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).
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.
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.
Dr Lakdawala is also very committed to mentoring and training younger surgeons and is a Professor at the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences. He regularly runs live surgery workshops and has been invited to conduct teaching workshops in almost every Asian country like Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, China, South Korea, Sri Lanka and Middle East. He has the highest number of publications in bariatric surgery in India to his credit and is regularly invited to be on prestigious committees worldwide.
A keen photographer, Dr Lakdawala has also been a professional cricketer, playing at the national level. His debut book, The Eat-Right Prescription (2016), was a bestseller.
Group Manager – Clinical Practices, Nutrition & Product Development
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.
In her spare time, Carlyne loves trying new cuisines and discovering interesting restaurants.
MBBS, MD Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon, Digestive Health Institute; Section Chief of Bariatric Surgery, Saifee Hospital
She leads our All Woman Initiative and is the Bariatric and Laparoscopic Surgeon at Apollo Hospital, CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai.
Dr Bhasker is the first Asian female surgeon to be awarded the designation of an International Center for Excellence for Bariatric Surgery, which she shares with Dr Muffazal Lakdawala and Digestive Health Institute. She is also the Organizing Secretary of Asian Consensus Meeting on Metabolic Surgery (ACMOMS). She has authored several papers and is a speaker at several workshops, conferences and forums, both in India and abroad.
Dr Bhasker is an accomplished painter with a large repertoire to her credit, and she loves to read, too.
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.
Assistant Manager, Patient Relationships at Digestive Health Institute.
She is a graduate of CMPH Medical College, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences.
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.
An ex-hedge Fund Manager and the Principal Trustee of Digestive Health Institute
Priyanka is the brain behind the brand Digestive Health Institute. Systems, processes, developing the brand and working steadfastly behind the scenes, she allows the teams to focus on their strengths stitching it all together.