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Shahzad G. Raja, BSc., MBBS (Hons), MRCS, FRCS(C-Th) graduated from King Edward Medical College, Lahore (Pakistan) as Best All-round Graduate in 1996 and carried out his basic surgical training at Mayo Hospital, Lahore (Pakistan). He passed MRCS from Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2001 and Intercollegiate Board Examination in Cardiothoracic Surgery in 2009. He received his specialty training in Cardiothoracic Surgery in Glasgow University Hospitals, Glasgow, Harefield Hospital, London and Great Ormond Street Hospital, London. He is currently working as a Consultant Cardiac Surgeon at Harefield Hospital, London. His areas of expertise include minimal access cardiac surgery, total arterial grafting and off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting.
He has vastly published in peer-reviewed medical journals, contributed chapters to Cardiac Surgical Textbooks as well as edited books for undergraduate and postgraduate examinations. He is the deputy editor-in-chief of Journal of Thoracic Disease, assistant editor of International Journal of Surgery and member of the editorial board of World Journal of Methodology, Recent Patents on Cardiovascular Drug Discovery & Scientific World Journal. His interests lie in medical writing, medical education, undergraduate & postgraduate teaching. He has a special interest in assessing the impact of off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery in improving outcomes and has edited two books entitled “Off-pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting: Evolution, Techniques & Technology” and “Off-pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting: Outcomes, Concerns & Controversies”.
Areas of interest
Off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting; Total arterial revascularization; Minimal access aortic valve replacement; TAVI; keyhole heart surgery; CABG, beating heart surgery; aortic valve surgery; mitral valve surgery; aortic valve repair; atrial fibrilation ablation; midcab; atrial septal defect closure; tricuspid valve surgery; redo heart surgery;
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Harefield Hospital (Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust), London
Outcomes of coronary revascularization
Outcomes of minimal access aortic valve replacement
Use of bilateral internal mammary arteries
Outcomes of off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting
World Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery Award (2013) for best international presentation (Split, Croatia)
(Additional) Languages spoken
Raja SG, Navaratnarajah M, Husain M, Walker CP, Ilsley CD, Bahrami TT, Gaer JA, Amrai MA. Impact Of Concomitant Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting On In-hospital Outcomes In Octogenarians Undergoing Aortic Valve Replacement. Journal of Heart Valve Disease. 2013;22:176-183.
Raja SG, Husain M, Salhiyyah K, Navaratnarajah M, Chudasama D, Walker CP, Amin F, Amrani M. Concomitant Off-pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Results In Improved In-hospital Outcomes For Patients With Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation Undergoing Surgery. Heart Surg Forum. 2013 Feb 1;16(1):E15-20. doi: 10.1532/HSF98.20121039.
Raja SG, Salhiyyah K, Rafiq MU, Navaratnarajah M, Chudasama D, Walker CP, Amin F, Amrani M. In-hospital outcomes of pedicled bilateral internal mammary artery use in diabetic and nondiabetic patients undergoing off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting: single-surgeon, single-center experience. Heart Surg Forum. 2013 Feb 1;16(1):E1-7. doi: 10.1532/HSF98.20121038.
Raja SG, Salhiyyah K, Navaratnarajah M, Rafiq MU, Felderhof J, Walker CP, Ilsley CD, Amrani M. Ten-Year Outcome Analysis Of Off-Pump Sequential Grafting: Single Surgeon, Single Center Experience. Heart Surg Forum. 2012 Jun;15(3):E136-42.
Raja SG. Local Application Of Gentamicin-Containing Collagen Implant In The Prophylaxis And Treatment Of Surgical Site Infection Following Cardiac Surgery. Int J Surg. 2012;10 Suppl 1:S10-4. Epub 2012 May 30.
Raja SG, Navaratnarajah M, Kitchlu CS, George S, Ilsley CD, Amrani M. 10-Year Follow-Up Of Off-Pump Multivessel Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting. Asian Cardiovasc Thorac Ann. 2010 Jun;18(3):260-5.
Raja SG, Siddiqui H, Ilsley CD, Amrani M. In-Hospital Outcomes Of Off-Pump Multivessel Total Arterial And Conventional Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting: Single Surgeon, Single Center Experience. Ann Thorac Surg. 2009 Jul;88(1):47-52.
Dreyfus GD, Raja SG, John Chan KM. Tricuspid Leaflet Augmentation To Address Severe Tethering In Functional Tricuspid Regurgitation. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2008 Oct;34(4):908-10.
Raja SG, Haider Z, Ahmad M. Skeletonized bilateral internal mammary arteries for total arterial myocardial revascularization. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 2004;13(4):395-398.
Mr Shahzad Raja is consultant cardiac surgeon at Harefield Hospital. He is a recognised leader in the field of heart bypass surgery and has set institutional benchmarks for the specialty. Almost all of his patients currently receive multiple arterial grafts regardless of their age and have their heart bypass surgery performed on a beating heart. He is currently running one of the largest and most respected heart bypass programs in the UK. As a consequence, Mr Raja is a much sought after speaker both nationally and internationally.
The results from his most recent surgical series at Harefield Hospital highlight the outstanding outcomes achieved by Mr Raja in the field of heart bypass surgery.
From March 2012 to May 2013, Mr Raja has performed the highest number of heart bypass operations (170 cases) at Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital. His patients presented a high risk profile having urgent/emergent indication in 67% of cases and being obese or diabetic in 30% and 34% cases respectively. Despite such a high risk profile no patient experienced operative death (national rate 1.5%). No patient presented deep sternal wound infection against a national rate of 5%. Incidence of postoperative stroke was 1.8% against a national rate of 3.2% (see figure below). Overall, he achieved the lowest operative mortality amongst consultants in the trust.
Reference number 6036218
Details of entry to specialist register
- Cardiothoracic Surgery, 2013
- Harefield Hospital, UB9 6JH
- 08:30 - 17:00
- 01895 828550
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