28th November, 2022: As Founder Chairman of the Sajja Heart Foundation, Dr. Lokeswara Rao Sajja has a demanding job. Yet his expertise and experience are simultaneously called upon to fulfil a number of different roles. He is Director of Research and Senior Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Star Hospitals, Hyderabad, and is currently serving as Senior Vice-President of the Indian Association of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgeons, President of the Society of Coronary Surgeons, and is an active member of The American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS).

Dr. Lokeswara Rao Sajja’s commitment to his profession motivates and inspires him to frequently contribute his research findings to various prestigious peer-reviewed and indexed international and national cardiothoracic surgery and cardiology journals. He has shared his vast experience in conducting clinical studies through the papers that he publishes, and has recently published his 100th paper of original research.

Over the years, the medical community has benefited from his research on improving longevity and quality of life for patients with heart disease, and his articles that include landmark multi-centered randomized clinical trials, surveys on surgical techniques, and outcomes of surgical procedures. His research has helped to bring out improvised techniques and better outcomes, while also recommending several strategies in the field of surgery for coronary artery disease.  

There has been marked progress in clinical research in India, and Dr. Sajja’s landmark achievement of publishing no less than 100 papers, testifies to the fact that Indian authors are also able to publish many studies with high citations. His research works have been cited (a citation is a reference to the source of information used in a research paper) over 2500 times internationally and has an h-index of 20 (The h-index is a measure used to indicate the impact and productivity of a researcher based on how often his/her publications have been cited), and i10-index of 38 (the number of publications with at least 10 citations)

Dr. Sajja’s 100th publication is an original article on Trends of re-operative coronary artery bypass grafting: A two-decade experience in the Asian Cardiovascular and Thoracic Annals in November 2022. His another article on current practice of saphenous vein graft harvesting in coronary artery bypass graft surgery: an Indian survey is also accepted for publication as an original article in the Indian Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in November 2022.

By releasing this press report on his achievement, Sajja Heart Foundation takes immense pleasure to appreciate its chairman Dr. Lokeswara Rao Sajja for inspiring hundreds of young Cardio-Thoracic surgeons to contribute to scientific literature and shaping the patient management strategies.