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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 coronary artery bypass grafting, cardiac valve replacement/repair and complex/rare 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 have a major interest in minimally invasive cardiac surgery, transcatheter valve implantation, mitral valve repair, sutureless aortic valve replacement and aortic root surgery. I hold a number of positions within the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland, the Royal College of Surgeons, NICE and the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. I am also a Board Member of the European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
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. In this capacity I have a number of clinical research interests and have travelled abroad to set up or assist with heart and lung transplant programs in developing nations.
Areas of interest
All forms of adult cardiac surgery. Special interest in minimally invasive approaches (including percutaneous valve implantation - TAVI, , sutureless aortic valve replacement, minimally invasive aortic valve and aortic root replacement, 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 Heart and Lung Transplantation
Newcastle upon Tyne
Heart and Lung Transplantation
Minimally invasive surgery
Patient safety and human factors
NHS Silver Clinical Excellence Award
Courses offered to GPs
Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
Valve replacement and repair surgery
Robotic Thoracic Surgery
Surgery of the Aortic Root
- Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England RCS England 1993
- Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians RCP Edinburgh 2016
- Fellowship of the American College of Surgeons ACS 2019
- Fellw of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers RCS Edinburgh 2013
- Doctorate of Medicine University of Nottingham 1999
- Bachelor of Medicine, Batchelor of Surgery University of Nottingham 1989
- Batchelor of Medical Science University of Nottingham 1987
- Fellowship University of Toronto 2000
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Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.