Vivek Kakar, MD, is a Staff Physician in the Anesthesiology Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.
Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Dr. Kakar was a Consultant in Critical Care, Anesthesia, Major Trauma, and ECMO at King’s College Hospital, London.
Dr. Kakar received his MBBS from NHL Medical College, Ahmedabad, India. He then completed his residency, and obtained an MD in Internal Medicine from BJ Medical College and Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad, India (one of the biggest teaching hospitals in India). He then moved to the UK and completed his residency in Anesthesia from North Bristol NHS Trust, UK. He completed his fellowship(s) in Anesthesia & Intensive Care from the Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital NHS Trust, London. He is registered as a specialist in Anesthesia and Critical Care on the specialist register with the General Medical Council, UK.
Dr. Kakar’s main areas of interest include cardiopulmonary critical care, cardiac anesthesia, anesthesia for major colorectal surgery, transesophageal echocardiography, and ECMO. With an International Diploma in ECMO from the La Pitie Salpetriere Hospital, Paris (Prof. Alain Combes) under his belt, Dr. Kakar has been extensively involved in ECMO provision at his previous job.
Dr. Kakar has also been actively involved in teaching and training medical students and residents. He is an instructor for focused echocardiography (FEEL-UK) and Advance Life Support (Resuscitation Council, UK) courses. He has completed a Masters (MA) in Medical Ethics and Law from Keele University, Staffordshire, UK. He frequently teaches medical students and residents about core fundamentals of decision-making in critical care. He has also been actively involved in and led the Risk and Governance for Critical Care.