Dr Devi Prasad Shetty is the founder and chairperson of the Narayana Health Care medical centres in India. It has 21 branches in India. He is himself a cardiac surgeon and is often referred as the Henry Ford of the heart surgery business for bringing change to the 'hearts' of India.
He completed his graduation in Medicine and post-graduation in General Surgery from Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore. He trained in cardiac surgery in the United Kingdom at Guys Hospital. In the year 1989, he returned to India and initially worked at B.M. Birla Hospital in Kolkata. After some time, he moved to Karnataka and started the Manipal Heart Foundation at Manipal Hospital in Bangalore.
He started his career as a cardio surgeon. In the West Midlands Cardiothoracic Rotation Program, he had gone through basic training in cardiac surgery. He obtained heavy capital from reliable sources and from the government to start with his project and thus in May 2001, he founded Narayana Hrudayalaya.
Dr Devi Shetty's legacy revolves around Narayana Hrudayalaya Private Limited. Dr Devi Shetty's Narayana Hrudayalaya has a striking simplicity in its business model. The paediatric cardiac unit, for instance, is the largest facility in the world. At any point of time, it handles fifty to sixty cases, probably, the number of cases that other hospitals would handle in a year.