M S Valiathan
M S Valiathan is a National Research Professor of the Government of India. He is a medical graduate from the University of Kerala and completed his postgraduate training in general surgery from the University of Liverpool and other hospitals in the UK. He did his specialisation in cardiac surgery from the Johns Hopkins and Georgetown University Hospitals in the US. He was a cardiac surgeon for over three decades. His shift to Āyurvedic studies resulted in the publication of three volumes on Caraka, Suśruta and Vāgbhaṭa, and an Introduction to Āyurveda. The Department of Science and Technology set up a Task Force in Āyurvedic Biology under his chairmanship to promote research in the nascent discipline. He currently resides in Manipal.