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I was appointed as a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon in 2000 after training in Newcastle, Cambridge, London and Toronto. I practice widely in adult cardiac surgery with a special interest in cardiac valve replacement and complex cases. I have a major role in heart and lung transplantation and was Director of the Transplant Program from 2011 until 2016 when I was promoted to Clinical Director of Quality and Patient Safety in the Trust. I am also interested in minimally invasive cardiac surgery, transcatheter valve implantation, sutureless aortic valve replacement, robotics (lobectomy and mitral valve repair) and ex vivo organ perfusion. I hold a number of positions within the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery, the Royal College of Surgeons, GMC and the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation.
I have a keen interest in clinical research and am a Clinical Lecturer with the Institute of Cellular Medicine, University of Newcastle.
In 2014 I was appointed as Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Transplantation in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at the University of Northumbria.
Areas of interest
All forms of adult cardiac and thoracic surgery. Special interest in minimally invasive approaches (including percutaneous valve implantation - TAVI, , sutureless aortic valve replacement, robotic thoracic surgery, minimally invasive aortic valve replacement, port access mitral valve repair and arrhythmia surgery.
Cardiac and lung transplantation including ex vivo organ perfusion
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Director of Cardiopulmonary Transplantation
Newcastle upon Tyne
Heart and Lung Transplantation
Minimally invasive surgery
Patient safety and human factors
Courses offered to GPs
Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
Valve replacement and repair surgery
Robotic Thoracic Surgery
Surgery of the Aortic Root