Mario Petrou

Co-Lead Cardiac Surgery at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, London.

Fazil Azeem is an experienced cardiac surgeon with a specialist interest in minimal access techniques. His patient focused approach is exemplary as reflected by his outstanding clinical outcomes. A talented surgeon who cares about his patients.

Rema Devi B

Patient

It was on last August 2022 I was rushed to Ananthapuri Hospital due to chest pain and after several tests, I underwent coronary bypass surgery. It was a successful surgery performed by Dr. Azeem's skilled hands and my sincere gratitude goes out to him for the excellent work he did. Both the personnel and the physicians were incredibly welcoming and accommodating. I would especially like to thank my cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Fazil Azeem, an amazing person and an absolute professional. His demeanor has really put me at ease.
I've been seeing Dr. Azeem for almost a year now, post-op. He is fantastic, he is really polite, kind, compassionate with patients and it is easy to get in contact with him via phone. He sets a good example for all medical professionals. Instead of simply telling me what to do, he collaborates with me to solve my health challenges. He wants to make sure that we are both at ease and on the same page. He gives me frequent phone calls to see how I'm doing. I felt very moved. It is uncommon to find a doctor that combines exceptional medical treatment with such individualized attention to each patient.
Should the necessity arise, I would strongly suggest him to my friends or family members. I've been given a second chance in life because of Dr. Azeem's superb surgical abilities and attentive care. Deepest appreciation.

Gopal Soppa

Consultant Cardiac Surgeon at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Liverpool, United Kingdom.

An extremely skilled surgeon highly experienced in off pump anaortic multi-arterial CABG, minimally invasive valve surgery and advanced aortovascular procedures. A pleasure to work with and an excellent colleague and trainer. He will be a credit to my department / hospital. Highly recommended professional.

Prof. (Dr.) Thrivikramji. K.P.

MSc, M.S., PhD. (Syracuse University, NY) FGS, Professor Emeritus

My experience with Cardiac Bypass Surgery (Surgeon: Dr. Fazil Azeem)
I had the misfortune of suffering a heart attack in March 2022. I was rushed to Ananthapuri Hospitals where I was taken to the Cathlab and given an angiogram to check whether there were blocks in any of my coronary arteries. I was told at the end of this test that there were 3 blocks and that my best option was a cardiac bypass surgery. The intervention cardiologists at the hospital described what this would entail. They also let me know that the Cardiothoracic surgeon who could do this for me is Dr. Fazil Azeem. I had the opportunity to talk to him at this point. I asked about where he had trained and he kindly told me that he was working as a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Royal Free Hospital (London) previously. My son who is a doctor told me that Dr. Fazil Azeem is probably one of the best cardiothoracic surgeons in South India. This helped me make the decision to go ahead with the bypass surgery. Dr. Azeem did an off-pump procedure (a surgery that is done on a beating heart). The surgery was completed without any complications. It has been about 14 months now (May 2023) since then and I have returned to my normal life style without any residual deficits. I walk on the treadmill for 45 minutes daily, do yoga, go to work in my teaching job every day during the week, and do not have any issues with walking, climbing stairs or other physically demanding activities. Please note that I am an 80 year old man who is able to do all this after a triple bypass surgery. I can also say that Dr. Fazil Azeem was very nice to me while I was at the hospital and did a thorough follow up in the months following the procedure. I can vouch for his skills and would recommend him to any patient who needs a cardiac bypass surgery. You may also contact me by email (thrivikramji@gmail.com) if you wish to ask me anything about my experience.

Kabeer Khader

Group Chairman, Floatels India Pvt. Ltd

Un equivocal, passionate and committed is the Thoracic Surgeon, I have come across in my life who saved my life apart from Almighty is none other than Dr. Fazil Azeem. More than a Doctor devoted to the core in his profession, he is a dedicated Doctor, valuing his profession. He is confident in his approach and guide patience to high morale. When I was diagnosed for an open heart surgery for one major and 3 minor blocks, we have scouted all big names of Thoracic Surgeon and finally decided to go with Dr. Azeem because of his overseas experience in the United Kingdom, his in-depth knowledge based on his practical experience, hands on skill and his high confidence level. We were deliberating between stent and surgery and finally concluded over various deliberation with experts, given the circumstances surgery was the best option.

Needless to say, today, I don't realize that I have undergone a surgery in 2015. It is six years by now: I am active, no side effects and feel younger. I do my gym and eat what I like. He make sure to enquire my health every now and then, I share my regular health check report and he give his advises. More than that, he is only a call away when ever you need him. He is not a Doctor to me anymore, rather he is a family friend and at time he extends his help.

His profession to him is his passion!

B. Remeshkumar

Trivandrum

Because of some breathing discomfort, I was hospitalized at the Ananthapuri hospital, Trivandrum, on July 9th, 2021. I was taken to the CCU, and soon it was found that my mitral valve was not at all functioning properly. Within two days, Dr. Fazil Azeem, along with Dr. Anand Marthandan Pillai, the Cardiologist, briefed about it to me. I never thought that I would have to undergo an open heart surgery like this. But I was really impressed by the confident and energetic words of Dr. Azeem. That reduced my stress considerably, and I started preparing mentally for the surgery. My family members, too, after considering various options, suggested that the surgery would have to be done by Dr. Azeem. Finally, it was held on July 20th. I realized that Dr. Azeem did that surgery in an excellent way. Instead of going for the easy option, valve replacement, he did the valve repair, which required more skill and attention. I was having an irregular heartbeat and Atrial fibrillation(AF) as well. I’m really glad to testify here that after the surgery, AF had stopped. That means his excellence went even beyond the Mitral valve repair. I’m much relieved and happy after the surgery. I’ll always be grateful to Dr. Azeem.

Lawrence

Patient

என்னுடைய பெயர் லாரன்ஸ் ஊர் திருநெல்வேலி மாவட்டத்தில் தேவர்குளம் கிராமம். *Dr.Fazil Mohammad Azeem* அவர்களை பற்றி சொல்ல வேண்டும் என்றால் இருதய அறுவை சிகிச்சை சிறப்பு நிபுணர். இவர் தன்னை நாடி வந்த நோயாளிகளை கனிவோடும், அக்கறையோடும் பார்க்கக்கூடியவர். ஏன் சொல்கிறேன் என்றால் எனக்கு 2013 அக்டோபர் மாதம் 1-ம் தேதி இருதய அறுவை சிகிச்சை செய்யப்பட்டது. இந்த அறுவை சிகிச்சை *Dr. Fazil Mohammad Azeem* அவர்களால் செய்யப்பட்டது. நான் எதற்காக *Dr.-ஐ* பற்றி கூறுகிறேன் என்றால், ICU வார்டில் என்னுடன் அருகில் இருந்த நபருக்கும் எனக்கும் ஒரே மாதிரியான அறுவை சிகிச்சை செய்யப்பட்டது. ஆனால் இருவருக்குமான அறுவை சிகிச்சை மருத்துவர்கள் வேறு வேறு. தினமும் காலை மாலை என இரு வேலைகளிலும் மருத்துவர்கள் தனது நோயாளிகளை பார்வையிட வருவார்கள். எனது அருகில் இருந்தவரை பார்வையிட வந்த மருத்துவர் அந்த நோயாளியை தனது சட்டையில் உள்ள பேனாவை எடுத்து நோயாளியின் உடம்பில் வேறு வேறு இடத்தில் வைத்து கொண்டு இங்கு வலிக்கிறதா என் கேட்டறிந்தார். ஆனால் எனக்கு அறுவை சிகிச்சை செய்த *Dr. Fazil Mohammad Azeem* எனது அருகில் வந்து அவரது உள்ளங்கையை தனது முதுகில் வைத்துக் கொண்டு எப்படி இருக்கிறீர்கள் லாரன்ஸ் என எனது பெயரையும் சொல்லிக் கொண்டு வேறு ஏதாவது உங்களுக்கு தொந்தரவு இருக்கிறதா என்பதை எனது முதுகை தொட்டு கொண்டு கேட்டறிந்தார். எனது அருகில் இருந்த நபரை பேனாவில் அவரை தொட்டு தொட்டு வலிக்கிறதா என்று கேட்ட டாக்டர் எங்கே *Dr. Fazil Mohammad Azeem* அவர்கள் எங்கே. அவர் எனது முதுகை தொட்டு கேட்கும் போதே எனக்கு பாதி நோய் குணமாகிவிட்டதது. மருத்துவ முறைகளில் இதுவும் ஒருவகையான *தொடு உணர்வு மருத்துவ முறை* என்றே சொல்லலாம். தற்போது வரை நேரடியாக சென்றும், WhatsApp மூலமாகவும் தனது மருத்துவ ஆலோசனைகளை பெற்று வருகிறேன். இவரை போன்ற மனித நேயமிக்க மருத்துவர்களில் இவரும் முக்கியமான ஒருவர். இவர்🙏🙏🙏 *எனது கடவுள்* 🙏🙏🙏

Shakil Farid

Consultant cardiac surgeon (with special interest in complex aortic surgery) at Oxford University Hospitals, England.

A great colleague, a fantastic surgeon. It was an honour to work with Azeem.

Dr. Prasandan Thayyil

Chief Cardiac Anaesthesiologist at Sree Mookambika Institute of Medical Sciences

Dr Fazil Azeem is a Senior Consultant Cardiac surgeon, who had worked in leading cardiac Centers in India and UK. He has worked at our institute at Kulasekharam, Kanyakumari for nearly 2 years and he has done over 600 adult open heart surgeries, the the bulk of the work being CABGs, mostly off pump. A very competent surgeon and a clinician, who was compassionate to the patients and ready to do extra for a poor patient. He has done CABGs, Redo CABGs, Valve Replacement surgeries- MVR, AVR, DVR, Redo valve replacements, Minimally invasive valve replacements , Minimally invasive ASD closures etc. Very cordial person to work with. A consultant cardiac surgeon Par excellence , of International Calibre. Expert in Adult Cardiac Surgery. Would be very happy to work with Dr Azeem in future as well.

Anbarasu Annamalai

Freelancer

“It is my pleasure to write for Dr. Fazil Azeem, whom i know since my practice as a cardiac anesthesiologist with him. He is highly skilled n handling all type of cardiac cases, which includes but are not limited to on CPB procedures (CABG, Valve repair and replacement)as well as Off Pump CABG and other procedures. He is highly trained in minimally invasive cardiac procedures. In addition, he was actively involved in management of ECMO cases, which include both VV-ECMO for both lung and AV ECMO for cardiac cases. He worked as a key person n starting the ECMO program and Cardiac transplant program n the hospital. He has exemplary leadership qualities and at the same time is an excellent team player. His talks are empathetic and reassuring towards his patients and their relatives. He treats his patents without any prejudice of any kind. All the colleagues appreciate his friendly and helping attitude.

Anju Susan Babu

Patient, London, United Kingdom

Dr. Fazil helped me get through the most challenging phase of my life. At 28, I found myself facing the need to undergo what was until then, the unimaginable – surgery for mitral valve repair. I had been in and out of hospitals for months battling autoimmune disease and after more than a year of various hospitals, doctors and undiagnosed health issues I was taken critically ill with a severely ruptured mitral valve. When Dr. Fazil first walked into my hospital room I was dangerously underweight, could barely take a few steps before going short of breath and had lost all hope of ever returning to normal life. I had forgotten what it was like to be anything other than a patient. But he approached me with immense respect and humane consideration which meant a lot to someone like me who had been in the shoes of the sick for long. Dr. Fazil showed genuine interest in understanding my state of mind and background before discussing my condition and easing me into the proposed treatment plan with simple explanations, clarity to all my doubts and assurance of successful recovery. He came across as professional, knowledgeable and reliable and as he explained away my fears, I knew I could trust his judgement. It was his contagious confidence and assuredness that gave me the courage to consent to surgery. I was convinced that I would be in safe hands. I knew he would do his best for me. And he surely did. Dr. Fazil’s surgical expertise ensured that I recovered within minimal recovery time and required minimal maintenance medication. He headed the cardiothoracic surgery department when I underwent surgery at KIMS and I have had the best experience of pre and post-operative care where it was evident that his team had imbibed his commendable quality of service. Today, seven years post-surgery I have lived a wonderful life, pursued my career interests, travelled and been on my own. I could not have asked for more. And I remain indebted to the man who gave me a second chance at life. Dr. Fazil is highly empathetic and sensitive to his patients and their families and goes out of his way to be there for them when they need him. Over the years, he has never turned down an anxious call from me or my family and has always remained accessible to us. Every time that I have met or called him despairing over health concerns, he would make time to reassure, advise and direct me. Without a second thought I would recommend him to anyone who needs his services. His integrity, humility and wisdom never fail to shine through his endearing personality. He is surely among the best in his field!”

Normal G. Rozario

Patient

Your profession is of the noblest of professions. Having people's lives in your hands is not something everybody can handle as we have seen especially during these past few years.
Now, coming to something closer to home, I would like to thank every single member of the medical team at the PRS Hospital for taking care and helping me in every step of the way. From the first step, Dr. Azeem Fazil Mohammed gave us a sense of assurance which helped calm our nerves, as you can imagine, it was a very stressful time. During all the panic, you and the medical staff remained calm and kept me and my family calm as well.
Thank you and everyone who helped to get me prepared for the surgery, it was tough, but you helped me get there. And during my valve replacement surgery, because of the sense of assurance from you, Dr. Azeem Fazil Mohammed, I went in the surgery with confidence and put my trust in you. And you and your team from the nurses to the Dr. Rohini Sastha Anaesthesiologist, the doctors and of course you, repaid that trust by successfully completing the surgery and dealing with all the risks that might have been there.
I will forever be grateful to you and your team. These words are not enough to express how thankful me and my family are to you and your team.
I wish you and everyone at the hospital the best and thank you for carrying on such a noble job.

Shibu Jacob

Cochin

I was diagnosed with Mitral Valve Prolapse with Severe Regurgitation along with High BP when I was 30 years old. In 2017, My cardiologist advised me to go for heart surgery. One of my friend in medical field, Dr Jasmine suggested Dr Fazil M Azeem. Incidentally my Cardiologist Dr Sheeba George whom I am consulting regularly, also suggested Dr Fazil. At the first meeting itself, Dr Fazil gave me confidence that Mitral valve prolapse can be effectively repaired through Minimally Invasive Surgery instead of going for Valve Replacement. During my hospital stay, Doctor used to visit multiple times some times very early morning, sometimes very late in the night to monitor my health parameters and was giving feedbacks. After a week, I was discharged. Any time he was ready to answer my queries associated with the treatment. After 3 or 4 months of Valve Repair, I was back in office. Now I am leading a normal life as a Banker in Cochin with my family. I am indebted to him and God for giving me a new life.

Mrs. Sindhu Jayapal

Trivandrum

A New Lease Of Life I am Sindhu Jayapal and this is my story. At the age of fifty five, I was diagnosed with a Cardiac condition, which included multiple blocks. The Year 2018 had just begun and this definitely was not the start I wanted in my life. The diagnosis was done in the nick of time and my Cardiologist had referred me for an immediate Surgery. Time was of extreme importance, and we were seeking the right advice (Where, How, When?) and most importantly Who?
There came the name of Dr.Fazil M Azeem,Cardio Thoracic Surgeon ,who’s very famous for- Off Pump Surgery. I was admitted to Ananthapuri Hospital in January 2018 and met Dr.Fazil Azeem, who would go on to perform the procedure. While at an all time low with very little hope ,Dr.Fazil explained and even diagrammed the complication of my problem and provided me the confidence that was very much required. The Surgery was performed on January 22nd 2018 and I was given a new lease of Life. Because of the-Off Pump Surgery- my recovery was so fast and in no time I am back to my normal life.
I felt that God’s hand had worked divinely through Dr.Fazil to bring me healing that he came into my life just at the right time to perform a miracle. I am very blessed to have you as my doctor and I admire you for your commitment to all of those patients who you touch everyday.
Now 3 years down the Lane. I am managing and moving around, active like I was before and more confident than ever. I owe my new Life to the Wonderful set of Medical Professionals and my Family and most importantly Dr.FAZIL. Thank you for all the excellence of your work and efforts to keep me well. May God bless you and your Wonderful skilled hands. Always Stay blessed.

Dr. Ashok Kumar C J, MD

Assistant Professor - Adult Cardiac Surgery, University of Mississippi Medical center, Jackson, Mississippi. USA.

Dr. Fazil Azeem, is a good friend and a very talented, technically skilled cardiac surgeon blended with genuine compassion towards his patients. He was trained by some of the very best in the field of cardiothoracic surgery in the United Kingdom before he returned to India. He can perform the broad spectrum of adult cardiac and thoracic surgery. He introduced me to a variety of new skills and techniques during my brief experience with him when I joined him immediately after graduating my residency program in 2014. He never hesitated in sharing his knowledge and skills with me which laid an important foundation to build my career in adult cardiac surgery. He has mastered the an-aortic total arterial revascularization of the coronary arteries, OPCAB, minimally invasive valve surgeries among other novel procedures. He has always been a good mentor, great partner and an amazing human being with solid values in helping people. I thoroughly enjoyed my time working with him. He is an amazing resource for patients seeking adult cardiac and thoracic surgeries and would highly recommend him. The medical fraternity and the patients should alike definitely utilize his extensive knowledge, training and technical skills for the best surgical outcomes. I wish him the very best in continuing with the service of best cardiothoracic surgery to the people in his region.

Lognath Franklin Desai

Incharge Clinical Perfusionist at American Medical Center/American Heart Institute

One of the coolest Surgeon I had ever worked with. The respect he gives to his patients is amusing. Will be my favorite Surgeon!!! Good luck Doc!!!

Dr. Prashanth P Bhaskar

Cardiac Anesthetist, Trivandrum, Kerala.

An exceptionally gifted surgeon, a pioneer in field of adult cardiac surgery with astonishing hands and results in off pump cabgs, minimally invasive cardiac sugery, ecmo etc. A humble human being, down to earth and so caring towards all his patients. Personally attends to all patient related queries in the oddest of the hours. He stays cool as a cucumber even during the hardest of the case standing tall and managing even the most challenging situation with ease and finesse. The way you approach patients with a smiling face and always ready to hear n sort out their problems as soon as possible makes u unique and favourite among all you patients and their families. Hope you will be able to take your good work to greater level and your professionalism and excellence in your surgery will be a true inspiration to the young cardiac surgeons….To work with you as a cardiac anesthetist in your team was a great experience in my career and was really a honour sir.

Elizabeth G Clark

MA, MPH Member at Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

Dr Fazil Azeem brings enthusiasm and dedication to his patients and his work. He was the head of Cardio Thoracic services at KIMS Hospital Trivandrum when I was a manager and he was very supportive of initiatives to advance patient care. He introduced ECMO to the hospital and made a strong case about why a leading clinical institute should invest and support this type of service. Additionally, he worked with me to increase training for Emergency Medicine residents and helped them better understand when they should call him and what they need to tell him in order for him to make an appropriate decision about a patient who presented to the ER. Dr Azeem is not afraid to step in and lend a hand to those who need help and I appreciate his team spirit and putting patients first.

Dr. Radhika Radhakrishnan

Director at Hycare Superspeciality Hospital

Dr Fazil Azeem being my Ex-colleague, over a year is a really competent surgeon. He is a wonderful human being and adapts to any organization well. His exposure is commendable and is a people’s person. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to any organization knowing he would be an asset. I wish Dr Azeem a great success in his future endeavours too

Geetha K

Muscat

Myself Geetha.K from Muscat, had undergone surgery for Thymoma in 2018. I would like to express my gratitude to Dr.Azeem for his noble service . Dr. Azem is a person who is down to earth, kind hearted, dedicated and so professional in his work. He is simple, elegant, humble and approachable person. He is an incredible person, I still remember the first day when I met Dr.Azem for the Thymoma treatment.
Dr.Azem explained everything in detail about the Thymoma and the need of the surgery and answered to all the queries patiently and its a rare disease. I my family were stressed to know about the surgery as it was a thoracic surgery. .Dr. Azem through his positive approach made us clearly understand about the surgery and gave us reassuring and comforting note. All my family members are very fortunate to get Dr. Azem do my surgery. Now its almost three years, at present I don’t even feel that I had underwent surgery. Even now I am in touch with doctor, my personal experience that any time I give him a call immediately he replies to my call. He gives importance to his patients. Thank You Dr. Azeem for everything. I wish good luck and prayers for him and his family.

Dr. Peter K Joseph

MD, MRCP( UK ) DCard ( Lon) FRCP ( Lon)

I am most pleased to write this testimonial for my friend and colleague Dr Fazil M Azeem.
I have known him to be a very competent surgeon whose patient care is brilliant. What i notice most is that he literally lives and breathes for his patients 24/7 .He is one of the breed of surgeons who does not keep an eye on financial considerations.
Recently he treated one of my relatives and demonstrated his exemplary service.
I am certain he is an asset to the institution and colleagues he works with.
I wish him all the best and expect him to continue the good work. God Bless