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About Us

Get to know your doctor and his amazing team

Welcome to Digestive Health Institute, we offer patients suffering from almost any gastrointestinal disease a second chance at life. Since our inception in 2004, we have helped thousands of patients return to a normal life by using cutting edge technology and holistic care. Digestive Health Institute is the vision of Priyanka Kaul Lakdawala, who founded it along with Dr. Muffazal Lakdawala, one of the most recognized names in healthcare. Today we are also known as India’s and Asia’s best centre for GI surgeries performed laparoscopically and through Single Incision (SILS).

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Founder & Chief Surgeon

The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is that there are physicians for the body and physicians for the soul, although the two cannot be separated.

Dr Muffazal Lakdawala is the founder of Digestive Health Institute. He is also the Chairman of Institute of Minimal Access Surgical Sciences and Research Centre, Saifee Hospital, Mumbai. In his career of 15 years, Dr Lakdawala has conducted numerous surgeries, in India, and abroad; a trained laparoscopic surgeon, he specialises in Bariatric surgery and GI Oncology surgery. He is known internationally for his pioneering work in the field of scarless Bariatric surgery and is a keen researcher in the field of diabetes surgery.

A graduate of the prestigious Grant Medical College in Mumbai, he earned his Masters in Surgery from BYL Nair Hospital. He went to train further in bariatric surgery at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio and at University of Ghent Hospital in Belgium; he has also trained in Advanced Colorectal Cancer surgery in Seoul, Korea.

He has many publications to his credit.

Dr. Lakdawala is on the board of Asian Endosurgery Task Force (AETF). To add another feather in his cap he is the President of IFSO- Asia Pacific chapter.

meet the team

  • Carlyne
  • Nimisha Kantharia
  • Tanvi Ghole
  • Neha Dhulla

Carlyne Remedios

Group manager clinic practice , nutrition & product development
  • B.HSC. in Food Science and Nutrition - SNDT University, Mumbai
  • Master in Dietetics - Deakin University, Melbourne
  • Accreditation as a practicing Dietician from the Dietician's Association os Australia.

She leads pre-operative and post-operative dietary intervention and counselling with patients and organizes support groups.

Carlyne has a Masters degree in Clinical Dietetics, and is also a specialist in sports nutrition, from ISSA. Accredited by the Dietitians Association of Australia, Carlyne has worked at community centres, hospitals and fitness centres, as well.

Dr Nimisha Kantharia


She is a graduate of Topiwala National Medical College & BYL Nair Charitable Hospital and Seth GS Medical College & KEM Hospital, Mumbai and holds a diploma from Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. Dr Kantharia has presented several papers and has been published in distinguished journals.

Dr Tanvi Ghole

Assistant Manager, Patient Relationships at Digestive Health Institute.

She leads our All Woman Initiative and is the Bariatric and Laparoscopic Surgeon at Apollo Hospital, CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai.

She is a graduate of CMPH Medical College, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences.

Neha Dhulla

Manager – Clinical Practices and Nutrition

With a Post-Graduate Diploma in Food Nutrition and Hospital Food care services, her expertise lies in nutritional counselling of patients pre and post-surgery for their behavioural & lifestyle modification. Neha is a trained yoga teacher and her other interests include reading, travelling and learning different languages.

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