Dr. Kavarana was born in Scotland, and grew up in Bombay, India. He graduated from medical school in India in 1994. Following this he received post-graduate training in general surgery at New York Medical College. During this period he spent a year at Columbia University, New York as a heart transplant and ventricular assist device post-doctorate fellow. The time spent at Columbia helped him develop a strong interest in heart transplant and the surgical management of heart failure. Following this he received cardiothoracic surgery training at the Jewish Hospital, University of Louisville, KY where they implanted the first implantable total artificial heart. During this time he continued to conduct research on novel concepts for pediatric cardiac assist which included direct external cardiac compression devices and developed a deep clinical and research interest in pediatric cardiac disease, pediatric cardiac assist and thoracic organ transplantation. Following this he completed a congenital heart surgery fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with Dr. Edward L. Bove.
In 2010 Dr. Kavarana joined the Division of Cardiothoracic surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston as a pediatric and congenital heart surgeon alongside Dr. Scott Bradley. Working closely with the Division of Pediatric Cardiology they have produced outcomes equal to or better than the best centers in the world. The Children’s Heart Center of South Carolina at MUSC is the only one in the state and performs approximately 400 cardiac surgical cases a year.
Dr. Kavarana’s clinical interests include neonatal and infant heart surgery, adult congenital heart surgery, heart and lung transplant and mechanical circulatory support.
Dr. Kavarana is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, the American Heart Association and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is the author of multiple peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters.
Dr. Kavarana’s research interests include the development of models of congenital heart disease and the field of pediatric mechanical support.