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A visionary, carrying diverse approach to revolutionize quality healthcare: Dr. R.Kishore Kumar, Chairman


Jesse Owens had once said “We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” Success is at your step, when you have strength of mind to achieve what you have dreamt of. Committed to his vision of proffering quality Healthcare in India on par with international standards, Dr. R.Kishore Kumar founded Cloudnine in 2007 with a sturdy determination. He pioneered the concept of maternal healthcare in India with Cloudnine – a facility dedicated to providing exclusive and comprehensive services in maternal and child care. Dedicated to his passion for scaling new heights in Neonatology, as the Founding Chairman and senior neonatologist, Kishore has been instrumental in securing the pinnacle attained by Cloudnine today.

An internationally acclaimed Neonatologist, Kishore has worked in four continents over the course of his career covering North America, UK, Asia and 12 years in Australia. After completing his MBBS from Gulbarga University, he then did DCH from Mysore University and London. He also has an MD with a gold medal from Mysore University, MRCP (Paed) & FRCPCH from UK as well as MRCPI (Paed) and FRCPI from Ireland and FRACP from Australia along with Fellowship in Advanced Neonatal Intensive Care. At the time of his qualification, he was amongst one of the youngest and highest qualified Neonatologists in the world. To his credit, he has worked only in teaching hospitals around the world. Among his many awards and accreditations is the honour of being felicitated by former US President Bill Clinton for his exceptional achievements in the field of Neonatology.

Brief on Kishore’s dream venture ‘Cloudnine’

Being a founding brain at Cloudnine, Kishore and his passionate team truly believe that child is life’s greatest gift, which deserves to be nurtured and cared for, not just at birth, but for the entire duration of pregnancy. And to ensure a healthy and happy pregnancy, Cloudnine provides its customers with world-class medical expertise, state-of-the-art facilities, a space filled with love and laughter and staff dedicated to the holistic well-being of baby and mother.

With over 25,000 happy deliveries and a high Neonatal survival rate of 99.72%, Cloudnine is India’s leading chain of maternity hospitals. Till it was achieved, everyone thought that this kind of care is not possible in India. Their medical expertise and comprehensive care extends well past maternity services which includes Pregnancy Care, Infertility Care, Gynecological Care, Neonatal Care, Pediatric Care, New Born Intensive Care and High Risk Pregnancy Care. With the support of immensely passionate team, top-tier investors, Matrix Partners and Sequoia Capital, management team at Cloudnine has come up with new centers in Chennai, Mumbai, Pune and Gurgaon, with the aim of spreading Dr. Kishore Kumar’s vision of world-class healthcare across the country. They plan to spread their wings of expansion to more cities in the near future.

“3 years into our success, lots of parents who came for delivery saw our standard of services, transparency and accountability and requested us to provide them with infertility services rather than going elsewhere. Hence we looked into this & started Cloudnine Fertility Centres in 2009/10. The average success rate for infertility treatments at that time was around 30% in India and 35% to 40% around the world! Indian women are generally younger compared to our western counterparts who undergo fertility treatments. Hence we thought we should have better success rates with that motto by using Embryology techniques by a visiting Senior Embryologist from Australia who helped us train our local embryologists. Since then we have consistently been achieving higher success rates than those generally seen at other centers,” Explained Dr. Kishore.

In their endeavor to achieve international standards of women and child care in India, Cloudnine also arranges events like Baby Shower, Management of Baby Affairs (MBA) and Prenatal workshops are organized for all the moms-to-be, to provide the expert advice to make their journey of parenthood memorable, safe and confident.

Cloudnine Kids Children’s Hospital
With the increasing number of parents trusting them day by day, and their refusal to go elsewhere when the kids grew up let the team to start Cloudnine Kids Children’s Hospital- FIRST ever successful Private Children’s Hospital in Bangalore – as a FORWARD integration with 28 different pediatricians and all sub-specialties for the children of Bengaluru. Following their success, they have a “cluster approach” for every city they enter on the basis of Bengaluru’s success model.

Awards & Accolades at Cloudnine’s credit

  • Best Maternal & Infant Care Hospital in Karnataka Award in 2011 by Mr. Shashi Tharoor; in 2012 by Mr. Krishnammachari Srikanth and in 2013 (third consecutive year) by V.V.S. Laxman and again in 2014.
  • Trailblazers of Bengaluru 2011.
  • ET Leaders of Tomorrow Award 2012 by Mr. Anand Sharma, Minister of State for Commerce, Govt. of India in 2012.
  • All India Achievers’ Award by Mr. Anil Dhawan at All India Achievers’ Awards in Bengaluru, November 2012.
  • Mother Teresa Excellence Award received from Integrated Council for Socio-Economic Progress in recognition of praiseworthy services, excellent performance and memorable contribution for the overall progress of the society –received in Bengaluru on 25th November 2012.
  • CEO of the Year Award 2012, received in 2013 at Taj Lands End, Mumbai for being the Chief Executive Officer of the year taking Cloudnine Hospitals to where it is today in conjunction with Stars Group of the Industry & endorsed by Asian Confederation of Businesses.
  • VCCircle Award in 2013.
  • Pride of Karnataka Award in June 2014.
  • Best Entrepreneur Award 2014, awarded by the Entrepreneur India.
  • Frost & Sullivan’s Healthcare Award 2014.
  • Australian Service Excellence Award 2014 under International Category in October2014.

Leading by his passion of delivering finest services to society
An ardent believer of humanity, Kishore is man of deeds. An expert in Intact Survival of premature babies less than 28 weeks, Neonatal Screening, Neonatal Jaundice, Feeding of premature babies, Antenatal Counseling of parents with babies of metabolic disorders, previous IUDs and structural abnormalities, he is a Chief-Editor of ABCD Neonatology- a handbook of common neonatal problems for parents. A field expert, Kishore interest for writing has credited him 75 manuscripts in peer reviewed journals, 2 books on premature babies – “Arrived too soon” and “ABCD of Neonatology”, 6 chapters in books and recent advances, Honorary Editor of Paediatric-On-Call, an online journal (Sept 2008 – Present) and has also presented over 90 papers in National & International Conferences.

Laurels at Kishore’s Cap

  • Listed in the Marquis’s Who’s Who in the World in Medicine and Healthcare by Invitation and Honour in March 2000.
  • Felicitation by Former US President, Bill Clinton in Feb 2006 for being one of the Youngest & highest qualified Neonatologists.
  • Member of New York Academy of Sciences by invitation in May 2000.

Global proficiency and work knowledge
As part of his career, Kishore has gained a full-fledged experience by working internationally. He has worked in Australia for over 12 years in teaching Hospitals & Universities as faculty. Worked as a Consultant in Australia for over 9 years, Kishore carries experience in Neonatal Emergency Transport Service (NETS) in Australia for over a year, having worked in Sydney Children’s Hospital and the New Children’s Hospital, Sydney, Australia. He has completed his fellowships in Advanced Neonatal Intensive Care in Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne, Australia and Paediatric Intensive Care (PICU) Fellowship in Sydney Children’s Hospital (Sydney, Australia.)

Kishore has also worked in accredited teaching programmes in teaching hospitals (Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Birmingham, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle Upon Tyne and Great Ormand Street, London).

With all the experience & expertise achieved nearly over 2 decades, Dr Kishore has established a leading Chain of Maternity and Newborn Care Hospitals in India in a short span of 8 years – and has revolutionized the “Single Speciality Hospitals” sector in that segment in a BIG way. He has been active to achieve similar standards all across health sectors in India.

“At Cloudnine, we believe that a child is life’s greatest gift and pregnancy is one of the most magical experiences nature can offer.”