Sudhir Choudhrie is a London-based philanthropist best known for his prominence in business with interests in hospitality, aviation, and healthcare. The 71-year-old entrepreneur had a difficult but inspiring life story when realized a severe health condition as a young boy. However, this never deterred Sudhir Choudhrie from having a positive impact on all those around him. Sudhir is well-known for his support for transplant patients through advocating for organ donations and giving insights on heart transplants based on his own experience.
His venture at Columbia University Medical Centre, where he established the Cardiology Professorship, makes a difference in the medical field. To understand his efforts and passion in changing lives, one needs to learn about his journey with a severe illness and how he turned it into something beneficial to his family and society. Sudhir Choudhrie was born in India, and at the age of eight, his mother took him for his first medical exam, where the doctor discovered a leaking valve in his heart. The condition meant that his heart could fail at any time. Though Sudhir Choudhrie faced many health problems because of his heart condition, he never allowed it to stop him from succeeding. He earned a degree in economics from the University of Delhi, and for a short time, he worked for his grandfather. His career is a long history of achievements. Some of the ventures include founding the Magnum International Trading Company Ltd, a partnership with Taj Hotels Resort, and a non-Executive Director of Ebookers PLC.
Sudhir Choudhrie went through two heart attacks which caused deteriorating health, and a transplant was inevitable. Genetic testing before the transplant showed that he had the titin gene mutation, which substantially increased the risk of premature heart failure. Choudhrie underwent the transplant in 1999, and more than two decades later, he is the longest living recipient of a heart transplant. Through the Choudhrie Foundation established in 2010, they became organ donation promoters.