Dr. Rajiv Kovumal | Pediatrics

Specialist Pediatrician & Neonatologist

Dr. Rajiv Kovumal is currently one of the senior-most Neonatologists of India with 30 years of professional experience. He had been a professor of Neonatology in Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kochi from 2002 to 2010, before he was invited by NMC specialty hospital, Dubai, to develop the department in 2010. During his 7-year long tenure as the Head of Neonatology, he has saved the lives of more than 2,000 babies, including the ones that were just 26 weeks in gestation. To date, he has saved close to 15,000 preterm babies with 93 percent survival above 24 weeks gestation.

Dr. Rajiv’s invention of the use of Viagra in blue babies has saved thousands of babies since 2002. He received the Certificate of Exemplary Performance given by Sydney University after obtaining Fellowship in Neonatology in 1991. After establishing ventilatory care for the first time in Chennai at the Child Trust Hospital in 1991, he set up the first ventilator care in Kerala in 1992. He saved the first 500gram baby of 23 weeks gestation in India in 1997. Furthermore, Dr. Rajiv’s was the first to introduce High-Frequency Ventilation in India. Languages spoken: English, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam.


  • General pediatrics up to 10 years
  • Ventilator care of preterm babies beyond 24 weeks
  • Follow up of high-risk preterm up to 7 years
  • Neuro-developmental follow up and scholastic performance assessment
  • Evaluation for ADHD, Hyperactivity, dyslexia, visual and auditory disability