About Dr. (Colonel) Avnish Seth, VSM

Dr. (Colonel) Avnish Seth

Dr Avnish Seth is Head, Department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology at Manipal Hospital, Dwarka, New Delhi and Head of Manipal Organ Sharing & Transplant (MOST). An alumnus of Armed Forces Medical College, Pune (1977-81), he completed M.D.(Medicine) from Pune University in 1989 and D.M.(Gastroenterology) from PGIMER Chandigarh in 1995. With fellowships in Hepatology & Liver Transplantation (Birmingham, UK) and Advance GI Endoscopy & Endoscopic Ultrasound (South Carolina & Alabama, USA), he has served as Governing Council member for Indian Society of Gastroenterology (ISG) and Society of GI Endoscopy of India (SGEI). A recognized teacher for MBBS, DNB (Medicine) and currently DNB (Gastroenterology), he has over 100 publications to his credit. Dr Seth is member of Apex Technical Committee of National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO) and member of Advisory Board of Multi Organ Harvesting Aid Network (MOHAN) Foundation. He is Chair of Expert Committee on ‘Ang Daan Yojana’, an initiative of Government of Haryana, India and is leading the Working Group on Donation after Circulatory Death (DCD) in India. He was invited to deliver a talk at Geneva on ‘Organ donation in Asia’ in 2017. He was invited as ‘Champion of organ donation in India’ for the ‘Tribute to Life’ project during Commonwealth Games at Birmingham in UK, 2022.

Dr Seth worked as Principal Director of Gastroenterology & Hepatobiliary Sciences at Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram and Director of Fortis Organ Retrieval and Transplant from 2012 to 2021. He is credited with the first Stool Transplant (Fecal Microbiota Transplant) of the country in 2014 and has done over 150 such procedures for patients with Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Alcoholic Hepatitis and addiction, Metabolic syndrome with obesity, Parkinson’s Disease and Autism Spectrum Disorder. He set up deceased donor transplant programs in 13 Fortis hospitals leading to hundreds of life-saving kidney, liver, heart, lung and pancreas transplants. His S-DOT score for assessment of hospitals in best practices in organ donation is widely recognized. Dr Seth and team trained over 800 nurses and initiated the IDEAL (Immediate Donation of Eyes After Life) protocol, the first nurse-driven smart-phone based program on cornea donationin the country leading to gift of sight to 600 individuals.

Dr Seth was Head of Gastroenterology & Hepatology at BLK-Max Super-speciality Hospital, Delhi 2009-2011 and Head of Gastroenterology and Hepatobiliary Sciences, at the Army Hospital (Research & Referral), New Delhi 2004-2011. He established Armed Forces Organ Retrieval & Transplant Authority (AORTA) and was head of Transplant Hepatology in the team that established the first successful liver transplant program in a Government hospital in India for which he was awarded Vishisht Seva Medal by the President of India in 2009.

Dr Seth brings over 27 years of experience in the management of Gastro-intestinal and liver disorders. His expertise includes advance diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures including Endoscopic ultrasound, ERCP, Power-Spiral Enteroscopy, Capsule endoscopy and Paediatric endoscopy. He holds Speciality Clinics in gastrointestinal disorders like Dyspepsia & pain abdomen, GI bleeding, Ulcerative Colitis & Crohn’s Disease, chronic constipation, chronic diarrhoea, pancreatitis and weight management including gastric balloon placement. Speciality Clinics in liver diseases includeacute &chronic hepatitis, liver transplant assessment and follow -up and diseases of gall bladder and bile duct.

Dr Avnish Seth has pioneered organ donation after brain death in India since 2006. In 2007 he launched the Armed Forces Organ Retrieval & Transplantation Authority (AORTA). As Founding Director he spearheaded the most successful campaign on organ donation after brain death in North India at Army Hospital(Research & Referral), New Delhi, that resulted in over 200 organ transplants. He is currently spearheading the deceased organ donation program in Manipal Hospitals as Head of Manipal Organ Sharing & Transplant (MOST). In 2016 he led the Healthcare Federation of India (NATHEALTH) National Working Group on Organ Transplant. He spearheaded the ‘More To Give’ campaign on organ donation, the largest awareness drive to promote awareness on organ donation in the country during 2016-18, reaching out to 68.3 million individuals. The campaign was awarded the ‘Health Care Awareness campaign of the year’ in 2016. A short film on organ donation won the prestigious ‘Dada Saheb Phalke award in the best Public Service Advertisement category’ in 2017. Dr Seth was invited to Geneva for a talk on ‘Organ donation in Asia’ in 2017. He was invited as ‘Champion of organ donation in India’ for the ‘Tribute to Life’ project during Commonwealth Games at Birmingham in UK, 2022.

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Patient Testimonials

  • Umesh Kumar Jhamb

    "Dr. Avnish Seth is very cool and nice is nature. I am satisfied with the treatment received from the doctor end till now. If their will be any patient having the same problem then surely i will recommend the doctor to him or her."

  • Pallavi Nautiyal

    "He is an outstanding doctor. His prescribed medicines were very effective and I got the positive results.He is very professional in his field and my experience with him was just great."

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