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South Wales Heart Centre
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South Wales Private Specialists in Heart Care

Prof Ulrich Von Oppell

  • Specialities:

    Cardiac surgery:

    • Mitral and Aortic heart valve repair & replacement surgery
    • Coronary artery bypass graft surgery – arterial revascularisation
    • Cardio thoracic surgery
    • Surgery for heart arrhythmias – atrial & ventricular fibrillation
    • Grown up congenital heart disease surgery
    • Coronary Artery Disease
    Research interests
    Surgical techniques to improve our ability to repair heart valves
    Surgical techniques to cure atrial fibrillation
    Protecting the heart during heart surgery
    Protecting the spinal cord during thoracic aneurysm surgery
    Current NHS and /or university posts
    Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff & Vale University Health board
    Honorary Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Cardiff


    Year of first medical qualification
    Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies
    Welsh Cardiovascular Society
    European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery
    Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery of Great Britain & Ireland
    Society of Thoracic Surgery – United States of America
    South African Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons

    Contact Details  

    Telephone number to make a private appointment
    029 2073 6011

    More about Prof Von Oppell 

    My undergraduate and postgraduate training was completed at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. I then visited specialised centres in the U.S.A. to obtain additional surgical skills and completed a PhD on ‘protecting the heart during cardiac surgery’ at the University of Cape Town in 1992.

    I was appointed to the Chris Barnard Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Groote Schuur Hospital, University of Cape Town, South Africa in 1993.  I then relocated to Cardiff, Wales in October 2001.

    I have maintained my academic research interests having published 22 book chapters and more than 80 original manuscripts in professional journals on multiple aspects of heart surgery.

    My clinical practice has high percentage of heart valve repair surgery as well as complex valve combined with aortic or coronary artery bypass graft surgery.

    The National Institute of Cardiac Outcomes Research( NICOR) monitors & reports surgical results in terms of risk stratified patient survival; which takes into account a patient’s other illnesses affecting other body organs, age, and lifestyle which affect a patient’s chances of surviving major heart surgery.  The current report (published 2014; available at http://www.scts.org/patient) shows that the risk stratified patient survival of all patients I treated (April 2010 to March 2013) was 99.2%.


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Prof Ulrich Von Oppell  
Consultant Cardiac Surgeon

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