Dr. Nandakumar Jairam currently is an advisor at Sheares India and an independent Health care advisor for a number of healthcare-related organizations. He was the Chairman, CEO, and Group Medical Director for Columbia Asia Hospitals in India.

  • He was associated with Columbia Asia through its journey in India.
  • He continues as a member of the board for Columbia Pacific communities.
  • He is a Board member of VST tractors and tillers and of Medica Synergi hospitals.
  • He holds the position of President for the RBANMS trust
  • He serves on the Board of ACESO a nonprofit organization for global health initiatives.
  • He serves on the Board of Aditya Birla health insurance co ltd.
  • He has been inducted on the Board of Portea.

He was the Chairman of the NABH under the auspices of QCI (Quality Council of India) and Past Chairman of the health services committee of FICCI. He was a member of the Health insurance forum of IRDA and FICCI. He is the founder member of NATHEALTH and Secretary of GAPIO as well as the founder trustee for Terry Fox foundation Bangalore until its existence. He founded Krishna charitable trust.

Till recently, Dr. Jairam was also a Consultant in Colorectal and General Surgery at Columbia Asia. He is also responsible for the development of the self-help group for Ostomy patients and was the Vice President of Ostomates, India until 2007. He was the Chairman, of the Health CII institute of quality from 1999 for a period of two years. He also led the delegation of health professionals as its Chairman, to England under the Indo-UK partnership treaty. From 1996 to 1998 he was the Medical Director of Mallya Hospital, Bangalore. He was secretary of a charitable hospital the Dhanavanthri Hospital between 1997 and 2000.

Between 1980 and 1994, he served at St John’s Medical College and Hospital firstly as a lecturer, later as an assistant professor, associate professor, Professor and head of Surgery, and member of the Board of administration of SJMCH.

Dr. Nandakumar Jairam is trained in colorectal and Minimally Invasive Surgery. He has spent time in the UK and the USA. He attended a course at St Mark’s Hospital in Colorectal surgery in 1986. He is an alumnus of Bangalore Medical College, National College, Basavanagudi, and Bishop Cottons School, Bangalore, India. He has been an examiner for MBBS and the MS examinations of several Indian Universities and he was also an examiner for DNB in surgery and inspector for the National Board. He has several papers including publications in the prestigious British Journal of Surgery and presentations to his credit.

He was awarded the FRCS in 2017, awarded as the health-care personality of India by FICCI in 2017, and the lifetime achievement award by ALERT in 2019. He is the recipient of the health-care award of Medgate 2021 and the lifetime achievement award of FICCI in healthcare 2021.