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Last updated: 12 Nov 2020
I have been a Consultant in cardiothoracic surgery for 15 years. In this role, I have performed more than 5000 open cardiac operations.
During my last 5 years at the University at the Saarland in Germany, I was the Lead of the Cardiothoracic Department and the Deputy to Prof HJ Schaefers (Chair for Cardiac Surgery). In this role, I was responsible for the organisation and running of the clinical service of the department with around 1200 open cardiac operations per year. In addition, I was the Lead Surgeon of the heart and lung transplant program.
When I became Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at King’s College Hospital in August 2004, I started to establish a modern type of cardiac service with a particular focus on arterial revascularisation and heart valve surgery. I became Lead Surgeon of the cardiothoracic department in 2006.
One of my areas of specialism is complete arterial bypass surgery and I have further developed a technique of “T-graft” revascularisation using only two skeletonized conduits, mostly the left internal mammary artery and one radial artery.
I have a particular interest in heart valve surgery with a focus on preservation of native heart valves. In patients with mitral valve regurgitation due to degenerative and endocarditic disease I achieve repair rates of around 95%. In patients with aortic regurgitation and aortic root dilatation I replace the aortic root and preserve the native aortic valve in a “David’s” type of surgery in those with anatomically intact valves. I am also specialised in aortic root replacements using stentless bioprostheses in elderly patients and those with complicated aortic valve endocarditis and aortic root pathology.
I perform all kinds of surgery on the thoracic aorta and in this context I cooperate regularly with my vascular surgical colleagues at King’s. In this cooperation, I perform aortic arch replacements using the “Elephant-Trunk” technique in patients with mega-aortic-syndrome, as the first stage treatment to facilitate endovascular treatment of the thoraco-abdominal aorta.
In my role as Lead for Cardiothoracic Surgery and as Clinical Director I established the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) Program at King’s which started with the first transapical aortic valve implantation in the UK in July 2007. Since then, we have developed the largest programme of this type in the UK at King’s Health Partners. We have participated in all European multicentre trials on this treatment and King’s now has an international reputation for this new type of interventional/surgical approach.
Areas of interest
Heart Valve Surgery; Mitral Valve Repair; Aortic Valve Repair; Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation; Transcatheter Mitral Valve Implantation; Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair; Aortic Root Replacement; Aortic Root Repair; Bicuspid Aortic Valve Disease; Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Surgery; Carcinoid Heart Valve Disease; Coronary Artery Disease; Arterial Coronary Bypass Surgery; Cardiac Arrhythmia Surgery; Minimal Invasive Surgery;
You can find Prof Wendler's publications on: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed
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- Aine Walsh
- Kings College Hospital Denmark Hill LONDON SE5 9RS
- 07908 413855
- 020 3299 3433
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Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon King's College Hospital
Professor of Cardiac Surgery at King's College London
I established the first TAVI program of its kind in the UK. I am the European Principal Investigator for all European Feasibility Trial using the SAPIEN valve.
I have established a program for complete arterial revascularisation at King’s in all patients of less than 70 years.
I have established and further developed various techniques of aortic root replacement with preservation of the native aortic valve.
When I started at King’s in 2004, I established mitral valve repair at King's.
In 2004 Prof Wendler was appointed consultant cardiothoracic surgeon at King's College Hospital (2006-2012 Clinical Director of Cardiovascular Services).
In 2007 Prof Wendler performed the first transapical TAVI in the UK, followed by the first TAVI in a failing aortic bioprosthesis (2008) and the first transcatheter valve implantation in a failing mitral bioprosthesis (2010).
Apart from work I enjoy live with my family, sailing, mountain hiking.
National Silver Award
Promoted Chair of Cardiac Surgery at King's College London in 2012
(Additional) Languages spoken
- German - Native or bilingual
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I achieved 0% mortality for 1st time CABG over the last years and revascularise almost all patients less 70 ys using exclusively arterial conduits.
I am specialised in mitral valve repair with a repair rate of 95% (national average 50%).
In the London Cardiovascular Review (2011) I am one of three surgeons who perform most of the thoracic aortic surgery per year, with a mortality in acute aortic dissection of 6% (last 3ys, national average 22%).
- MD University of Hamburg/Germany 1991
- PhD University of the Saarland/Germany 2002
Reference number 6047291
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Professor of Cardiac Surgery King's College Hospital/King's College London 2012
- Professor of Cardiac Surgery King's College London 2012
- Chair of the Heart and Vascular Institute Cleveland Clinic London 2018
Details of entry to specialist register
- Cardiothoracic Surgery, 2004
Affiliations / memberships
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Britain and Ireland
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery
European Society for Cardiology
German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (Board Member 2003 - 2004)
German Society for Cardiology
Member of the Faculty University of the Saarland/Germany
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- 12:00 - 18:00
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- King's College Hospital (Guthrie Clinic), SE5 9RS
- 09:00 - 14:00
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- 08:00 - 18:00
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