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Promoting awareness on liver health for more than 2 decades!

Chennai Liver Foundation (CLF) is a voluntary, non-profit organization that aims to promote awareness about liver health by supporting research and educational activities. It offers help, support, and information to the medical fraternity and the general public about the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of liver-related diseases.

Concerned about the increasing incidence of liver disease, Prof. R.P. Shanmugam founded Chennai Liver Foundation in 1997. Later Dr.Vivekanandan joined hands to make CLF the first organization in India to focus on providing support for research and education into the causes, diagnoses, prevention, and treatment of all liver diseases.

The foundation has come a long way since then and intends to help promote further research, provide education about liver wellness and work to find cures and better treatment for all kinds of liver ailments.

Today, our focus remains virtually unchanged from those early days. CLF is committed to spreading awareness and campaigning for organ donation. By encouraging individuals to participate and be alert about their own health care, CLF believes it can make lasting changes in the lives of people.

Our Objectives

  • To improve public awareness and understanding of liver health and liver disease
  • One of the many ways you can support the Chennai Liver Foundation is by planning and organizing an event.
  • To encourage volunteer chapters across the country to further our causes.

Founder & Chairman



Dr. R. P. Shanmugam is the best gastroenterologist in Chennai and a pioneer in the field of Gastroenterology has more than 5 decades of experience in providing quality health care. He is the first certified gastroenterologist of India. He also performed the first-ever Liver transplant in the country at Stanley Medical College way back in 1996. He has touched many lives through his surgical expertise and service-mindedness. He is highly regarded among the medical fraternity for providing quality and personalized service to his patients. A high achiever, Prof. Shanmugam has a passion and genuine interest in serving people. His dream is to provide quality healthcare to people irrespective of socioeconomic status culminated in RPS HOSPITALS


54 years of Experience

Surgical Gastroenterologist

  • Gastrointestinal Cancer Surgery.
  • Hernia Repair surgery
  • Gallbladder Surgery(Cholecystectomy)
  • Appendectomy
  • Esophagus and Foregut (Upper GI) Surgery.
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Nissen fundoplication
  • Whipple Procedure (Pancreaticoduodenectomy)
  • Rectopexy
  • Liver and Bile Duct Surgery.
  • Pancreas Surgery
  • Advanced Laparoscopic GI surgery
  • Splenectomy
  1. An intra abdominal foreign body presenting as a mesenteric mass a case report. Chakravathi Rajkumar, R.P.Shanmugam, Srikumari Damodaran, N.Rangabashyam. Antiseptic Jan 1983.
  2. Ganglioneuroma of the adrenal gland –a case report. G.Elavazahan,
    R.P.Shanmugam, N.Rangabashyam Antiseptic June 1983.
  3. Leiomyosarcoma of the small intestine– a case report.
    D.Kannan, D.Ganaprakasam, R.P.Shanmugam, Srikumari Damodaran, N.Rangabashyam. The Antiseptic, Dec 1983, vol–80, no–12
  4. Etiological factors acalculous cholecystitis
    N.Rangabashyam, D.Gnanaprakasm, R.P.Shanmugam, B.S.Thiruvadanan Srikumari Damodaran.Ind.J.Surg.dec, 1983:696-699.
  5. Angiomyolipoma a case report
    B.Mahender, S.S.Sathyamurthy, R.P.Shanmugam, N.Rangabashyam. Southern Scientist March 1984, vol 9, no–1
  6. Acalculous cholecystitis N.Rangabashyam, D.Ghanaprakasam, R.P.Shanmugam, B.S.Tiruvadanan, Srikumari Damodaran, P.Subramaniam
    Am J Of proct. Gastro. & Colon & rectal surgery March 1984, vol–35 no–3
  7. Ulcer of the gastrojejunal stoma
    R.P.Shanmugam, D.Gnanaprakasam, N.Rangabashyam. Ind.J.Sur August 1984:399-403.
  8. Amoebic liver abscess. Ravikumar, R.P.Shanmgam, N.Rangabashyam IMPAI, Souvenir 1984
  9. Truncal Vagotomy & suitable drainage procedure for chronic duodenal ulcer. N.Rangabashyam, R.P.shanmugam.
    Abstracts, International Symposia on Peptic ulcer & Hepatitis Japanese society of Gastroenterology. Nov 1985,Japan
  10. Is there a need for gastrectomy in anastamotic ulcer? N.Rangabashyam, R.P.Shanmugam.
    Abstracts, International Symposia on Peptic ulcer & Hepatitis Japanese Society of Gastroenterology. Nov 1985, Japan
  11. Pseudo cyst of pancreas — Prospective study
    R.P.Shanmugam, N.Rangabashyam, South Indian Surgical Clinics September 1987 vol– 1 no– 4
  12. Koch’s belly. R.P.Shanmugam. South Indian Surgical Clinics Vol.2, no–4 oct-1988
  13. Necrotising Gut lesions – separate bogeys or a vestibule disease?
    R.P.Shanmugam Editorial. South Indian Surgical Clinics. Vol 2 no 1,Jan 1988.
  14. Malignant tumours of anal canal & anal margin. R.P.Shanmugam, S.Vetrivel,
    N.Rangabashyam.CME Annual of
    of Indian society of gastrenterology, 1985
  15. Orthoptic liver transplantation for primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
    P.Muiesan, R.P.Shanmugam, J.Devlin, M.Rela, N.D.Heaton, R.Williams. Transplantation proceedings, vol 26,no 6,1994:3574-3576
  16. Caecocutaneous fistula 40 years after Appendicectomy
    R.P.Shanmugam. Indian Journal Of gastroenterology 1995 Vol–14, no–4
  17. A case of large oesophageal mucocele after surgical isolation R.P.Shanmugam, A.S.Natarajan, Sadik Hussain, S.Vivekanandan Tropical Gastroenterology, Tropical Gastroenterology.
  18. Biliary Cyst adenoma. A case Report. Vivekanandan Shanmugam, R.P.Shanmugam, A.Ratnasami
    Tropical Gastroenterology.2002Vol 23: no-2; 92-93.
  19. Extra osseous Ewing’s Sarcoma. R.P.Shanmugam, V.Reddy, Vivekanandan Shanmugam. Tropical Gastroenterology. 2002;Vol 23: no –2; 105 –106
  20. Authored and published a book on Peptic ulcer and its Treatment in the regional language (Tamil) in a view to educate the public.
  21. Authored a chapter on Surgical Options in Cancer Oesophagus for a book on CANCER ESOPHAGUS to be published by the Department of Digestive Health & Diseases, Government Peripheral Hospital, Annanagar, Chennai, India.
  22. Pyrexia of Unknown Origin-A rare cause.Dr.Baskar,Dr.R.P.Shanmugam,Dr.Muralidharan,Dr.Karthik.Apollo Hosp.proc.Apr 2004,vol 2 p.54-59
  • The First Qualified Surgical Gastroenterologist of the country
  • Founder of the Department of Surgical Gastroenterology, Stanley Medical College, Chennai.
  • Part of the team which did the first ever Liver transplant in India in Dec 1995 at Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, India
  • Led the team of surgeons who performed the first Liver Transplantation at a Government hospital in India at Stanley Medical College & Hospital, Chennai India in January 1996
  • Former advisor to Government of Tamilnadu.
  • Member of the Indian Council Of Medical Research for formulating guidelines for xenotransplantation in India and ethical guidelines on Biomedical research involving human subjects.
  • Association of Surgeons of India
  • Indian Society of Gastroenterology
  • Indian Association of Surgical Gastroenterology
  • Executive Board Member of World Hepatitis Alliance