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Professor Ascione is the Chair of Cardiac Surgery & Translational Research and Director of the Translational Biomedical Research Centre (TBRC) at University of Bristol (UoB), UK, and Consultant Cardiac Surgeon & Clinical Governance Lead at the Bristol Heart Institute (BHI), University Hospitals Bristol & Weston NHS Foundation Trust.
He has been an active Consultant Cardiac Surgeon since 2002 and has performed so far >3500 surgical procedures (survival >99%) with >90% of his surgical practice benefiting from new interventions he has validated in >15 phase I&II trials and >10 case cohort studies in the NHS in the areas of innovative surgery, diabetes as surgical risk, and reducing postoperative complications.
His areas of surgical expertise are: Mitral Valve surgery (> 1000 cases completed at survival of 99.5%, MV repair success rate >92%); Coronary Surgery (on the beating heart: >1400 cases completed at >99% survival); Aortic Valve surgery (>400 cases with survival >99%), Multivalvular surgery, Left Ventricular restoration, AF ablation.
He has trained/supported >25 junior clinical/academic scientists.
Professor Ascione was appointed as Consultant Senior Lecturer in 2002, promoted to Reader in 2006, and to Professor in 2010.
He is serving/has served in many senior leadership roles: Chair of the UoB BHI Research Board (2010-13 elected); Clinical Director of BHI NHS (2013-15); Theme Lead Cardiovascular BRU (2008-17); TBRC Director since 2015; ESC Cardiovascular Surgery Working Group since 2010; EACTS Academy (2009-17); SCTS Academy (since 2016); Italian MIUR-International Panel of Experts since 2017; New Emerging Technology Grants Committee HRUK since 2017; EPSRC-Peer Review College (Invited) since 2017; Best Practices in Nonclinical Evaluation of Polymer Valves Working Group since Feb 2021 (sponsored by FDA/Heart Valve Collaboratory/Heart Valve Society/ISO Cardiac Valves).
He is the recipient of the National Clinical Excellence Silver Award since 2013 for his outstanding clinical performance, the Garfield Weston Trust Senior Lectureship in Cardiac Surgery (2003-08), the Fellowship ad eundeum by the RCSE in 2004, the Master of Surgery by University of Bristol in 2002, the John Parker Gold Medal by the SCTS in 2001, and he was part of the Bristol team awarded the “Surgical Team of Year - 1st Prize” by UK Hospital Doctors in 2005.
Professor Ascione has £54M in grants and capital bid awards as PI or co-PI, > 240 publications including 200 Google Scholar-censed publications, 2 patents, 7 book chapters, 32 refereed Conference Contributions, 21 Reviews and Editorials. His research has inspired others with > 8400 citations; H-Index: 47 (Google Scholar). Significant international media interest with >40 reports including the BBC, The Times, The Washington Post.
His surgical performance is audited yearly and is available on this SCTS web page.
Areas of interest
- Mitral Valve Repair surgery (National Expert)
- Beating Heart Coronary Bypass surgery (International Expert)
- Aortic Valve surgery
- Multiple valvular surgery
- Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation
- LV Restoration
- Bristol Heart Institute Level 7, Management Floor BS2 8HW
- 0117 342 6577
Anaesthetists worked with
- Dr Richard Bateman Not Fee Assured
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Adult Cardiac Surgeon
University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
• First in man Clinical Trials in adult Cardiac Surgery to test novel interventions
• Developing new Drugs and Biomedical Devices
• Diabetes, Mitral Valve Repair, Beating Heart Coronary Surgery.
Opera, Cooking, Sun, Sea, Gardening
National Clinical Excellence Silver Award since 2013
"UK Surgical Team of Year prize 2005”, by Hospital Doctors UK
Fellow ad eundeum, by Royal College of Surgeons of England 2004
"John Parker Gold Medal", by Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery of Great Britain and Ireland 2001
(Additional) Languages spoken
- Italian - Native or bilingual
The list of my publications is available at:
Outcomes (checked and approved by medical professional body)
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Professor Ascione has been an active Consultant Cardiac Surgeon since 2002 and has performed so far >3500 surgical procedures (survival >99%).
His areas of surgical expertise are: Mitral Valve surgery (> 1000 cases completed at survival of 99.5%, MV repair success rate >92%); Coronary Surgery (on the beating heart: >1400 cases completed at >99% survival); Aortic Valve surgery (>400 cases with survival >99%),
- FRCS equiv University Hospital Federico II, Naples, Italy 1994
- FRCS CTh equiv UNiversity Hospital Federico II, Naples Italy 1999
- FRCS ad eundeum Royal College of Surgeon of England 2004
- Master of Surgery ChM University of Bristol 2002
- Senior Registrar in Cardiothoracic Surgery Bristol Cardiothoracic Centre 2000
Reference number 4392194
Details of entry to specialist register
- GMC, 1997
- GMC Specialist Register, 2002
Affiliations / memberships
- Spire Hospital Bristol
- 08:00 - 17:00
- 0117 980 4000
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