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Under- & post- graduate medical training done at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. PhD completed at University of Cape Town (UCT). Appointed to the Chris Barnard Chair of Cardiothoracic surgery at UCT, Groote Schuur and Red Cross Children's Hospitals in 1993. Relocated to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom in 2001.
Areas of interest
Mitral valve repair / replacement surgery; Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG); Aortic valve & aortic root surgery; Atrial fibrillation surgery; Thoracic aortic aneurysm surgery; Tricuspid valve repair / replacement; Pericardiectomy; Thoracic aortic Aneurysm surgery
Anaesthetists worked with
- Dr Subramaniam Balachandran Not Fee Assured
- Dr Nguk-Hoon Tan Fee Assured
Current NHS consultant posts held
University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff
Mitral valve repair techniques, surgery for atrial fibrillation techniques, indications for and outcomes of heart valve surgery, protecting the heart during open heart surgery, spinal cord protection during aortic surgery
NHS Clinical Excellence Award – Bronze 2005, 2010, 2016
Honorary Chair / Professor of Cardiothoracic surgery, University of Cardiff, Wales.
(Additional) Languages spoken
- German - Basic
- Afrikaans - Basic
von Oppell UO, et al. Aortic annulus diameter and valve design each determine the valve size implanted. J Heart Valve Dis. 2012 Sep;21(5):591-8. Joint Task Force - European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS). Guidelines on the management of valvular heart disease (version 2012): the Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2012 Oct;42(4):S1-44.
Von Oppell UO, et al. Mitral valve surgery plus concomitant atrial fibrillation ablation is superior to mitral valve surgery alone with an intensive rhythm control strategy. Europ J Cardiothorac Surg 2009; 35:641-650.
Outcomes (checked and approved by medical professional body)
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The Risk adjusted (based on patient risk factors and surgical complexity) post operative Hospital survival of all Cardiac surgery done by myself (Apr 20125 to Mar 2018) was 98.85%, which was significantly better than the average for the UK. These results are analysed and published independantly by NICOR and the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland; http://www.scts.org/modules/surgeons/default.aspx and enter my surname
- MBBCh University of Witwatersrand, South Africa 1978
- FCS (SA) - Cardiothoracic Surgery College of Medicine, South Africa 1986
- PhD - Cardiothoracic Surgery University of Cape Town, South Africa 1992
- FETCS European Board of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons 2001
- Minimally Invasive surgery University of Leipzig 1999
Reference number 3223817
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Member of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2014
Details of entry to specialist register
- GMC (General Medical Council) United Kingdom, 1998
- SAMDC (South African Med & Dental Council), 1987
Affiliations / memberships
The European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery;
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (Illinois, USA);
The Society for Heart Valve Disease;
The Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland;
The Welsh Cardiac Society;
- Spire Cardiff Hospital Croescadarn Road...
- 17:30 - 20:00
- 029 2073 6011
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