About Dr. Subhash Gupta

About Dr. Subhash Gupta

MBBS, MS ( AIIMS ), FRCS ( Edin), FRCS ( Glas )
Chief Liver Transplant / HPB Surgeon
Chairman CLBS,Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket
E mail : livertransplant@gmail.com
Tel : +91 9811075683

Dr. Subhash Gupta is one of the pioneers of Living Donor Liver Transplantation(LDLT) in the Indian subcontinent. It is largely due to his efforts through the last 20 years that this specialty has become well established in this part of the world. Liver Transplant today has given fresh lease of life to thousands of patients with liver disease who would have had to travel abroad for this treatment at a huge cost.

He was born in Asansol in West Bengal in Eastern India. He spent his childhood years there and began an academically brilliant career at St Vincent’s and Patrick's High School. He was selected for the prestigious National Talent Scholarship in 1978.

In 1981, he was admitted in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences ( AIIMS ), Delhi where he obtained his medical degree. Thereafter, he trained in General Surgery before joining the Department of G I Surgery & Liver Transplantation as a Senior Resident under Prof. Samiran Nundy. To fulfill his wish to train in liver transplantation, he started work in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham first and then at St James’s University Hospital in Leeds. During his tenure there, he worked closely with some of the stalwarts of Liver Transplantation including Paul McMaster, Elwin Elias & James Neuberger. His Living Donor Liver transplant experience was gained in Seoul, Kyoto and Hong Kong.

In 1998, he joined as Consultant in Liver Transplantation and G I Surgery at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital ( SGRH ), New Delhi. There he played a pioneering role in developing the first active liver transplant program in the Indian subcontinent. The Liver Transplant program at SGRH was the culmination of years of preparation, aided by a few key innovations by Dr. Gupta and his colleagues. Once the program at SGRH had taken off, he moved to Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi where his efforts made it one of the largest LDLT programs in the world.In 2017, the CLBS group moved to Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket. Under his leadership, Max Saket Hospital, now has a very successful liver program.

Creation of CLBS group

In 2006, the CLBS group was set up and the core members have worked together as a team to conduct complex liver transplant operations. Today CLBS is one of the busiest Living Donor Liver Transplant program in the world. Side by side, the CLBS team is equally experienced in providing non transplant care to liver patients such as medical managementof Acute liver Failure, locoregional treatment of HCC and Budd Chiari Syndrome. The CLBS group philosophy is to “repair first before change” as Liver transplant alone cannot be the only treatment for liver disease.

The group has a strong Pediatric Hepatology Division under the leadership of Dr. Sharat Varma. Children with liver diseases such as those with Neonatal hepatitis, Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis ( PFIC ), Biliary atresia, Hyperoxaluria and Wilson's disease are regularly treated here. Phototherapy, dechelating therapy and genetic therapy are available here. Difficult metabolic disorders can be easily diagnosed here.

Tumours of the liver often present management dilemmas depending on the stage of presentation. Choosing the best treatment option for a patient with Hepatocellular cancer (HCC) can be tricky. Oral Sorafenib, simple ablation with RFA or Alcohol injection, TACE (Trans Arterial Chemo Embolisation), TARE ( Trans Arterial Radio Embolisation ), Liver Resection and Transplantation are among the many treatment options available. Whilst all these treatment modalities are available at CLBS, the best treatment for a patient will depend not only on the stage of the disease but also on the age and performance status of patient. Expensive treatments will be suggested only once there is likelihood of long term cure. Treatment should not be worse than the disease.

The group also deals with abdominal cancer such as those affecting the liver, bile duct, gall bladder, duodenum and pancreas. Laparoscopic liver surgery is also available here.

CLBS continues to excel as cliniciansas every patientis given personalized care, regular multidisciplinary meeting are held and every member of the team starting from the ward boy to the nurses are allowed to speak their mind towards patient care. From the time of admission to the time of discharge, one physician remains in charge of the patient.


CLBS has trained many transplant physicians in India and over 10 centres in India are manned by ex-CLBS trainees. Outside India, 3 centres have started liver transplantation in Pakistan (Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad), and in Almaty, Kazakhstan.


He has published over 30 publications on different aspects of liver disease including techniques, carcinogenesis, post-operative management and immunosuppression.
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National Service

Development of national guidelines for treatment of liver disease and liver transplantation in India for the Ministry of Health with support from Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry

  1. 1. Visiting Professor of Liver Transplantation at the Institute of Postgraduate Education and Medical Research in Kolkata, India.
  2. 2. Rotary Association of India Plaque for excellence in clinical medicine,
  3. 3. Vishist Chikitshak Rattan (Distinguished Clinician Medal) awarded by Delhi Medical Association.
  4. 4. YASH BHARTI ( Fame for India) Award by the Uttar Pradesh government.
  5. 5. Sysganov Professor of Liver Transplantation, Kazakhstan
  6. 6. Dr. BC Roy Award for achievement in developing liver transplant