Founder Chairman, Care Institute of Health Sciences
Prof B Soma Raju is Founder Chairman of the Care Institute of Health Sciences. He is also Founder Chairman of the CARE Group of Hospitals, now comprising 14 hospitals, across 5 states. A multi-faceted personality, he is a cardiologist, researcher, teacher and philanthropist, with an overriding passion for training and learning. He began his career as Assistant Professor of Cardiology at Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, before joining the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, in 1984. When he left in 1993 as Professor and Head of the Department of Cardiology and Dean, he had built one of the best departments in the country and trained a whole generation of cardiologists.
Dr Soma Raju conducted the first percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) in India and heads a team which has performed the largest number of cardiac interventions in the country. He was integral to the development of India's first indigenous coronary stent — named the Kalam Raju Stent after former President of India Dr A P J Abdul Kalam and Dr Soma Raju. This led to a dramatic reduction in the cost of stents, bringing them within the reach of the people. He was also key in the development of India's first coronary balloon catheter and continues working on medical devices for use in interventional cardiology to offer more affordable Indian alternatives for the common man. He was conferred the Padma Shri in 2001.
Director, Care Institute of Health Sciences
Mr Kasi Raju is a management professional with diverse experience of 24 years in sectors such as IT, Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Delivery. Before joining CARE Hospitals, he managed a significant portfolio as Director, SSL, New Jersey, USA.
At CARE Hospitals, he has led various verticals such as Operations. Marketing, New Initiatives and Projects at the enterprise level. He has directed CARE’s growth from one single speciality hospital to a chain of multispecialty hospitals across the country. He is the architect of CARE’s growth and expansion. He was instrumental in attracting FDI in CARE Hospitals and, later, managed investor relations as part of his key responsibilities. Mr Kasi Raju has a postgraduate degree in Business Administration from Clemson University, USA and enjoys excellent business relations across various sectors.
Group COO, CIHS
Colonel M Rajgopal (retd) heads the Care Institute of Health Sciences (CIHS) as Group COO. He served in the Indian Army for 27 years in the field of Logistics, Material Management and Human Resource Management. He worked as the Executive and Business Head in large logistics installations with complex inventory. He has vast experience in the field of training and was Head, Faculty of Studies at the Army Materials Management College and Chief Instructor for training officers on Defence Management subjects.
Col Rajgopal worked with the CARE Group of Hospitals as Group CHRO for more than ten years and also underwent the Post Graduate HR Course from XLRI, Jamshedpur, where he stood fourth in order of merit. He was awarded the ‘HR Practice Leaders Award’ during the South Asia Regional HR Summit held in Mumbai in 2014. Under his guidance, CARE Hospitals was conferred the ‘Best Hospital to Work For Award’ in 2016 by the Association of Healthcare Providers, India. He is also a certified Executive Coach from the international Neuro-Leadership Institute.