Mr Velissaris has been a Consultant Cardiac Surgeon since 2009, when he was appointed at Manchester Royal Infirmary. He subsequently joined the cardiac surgical unit of the University Hospital of Southampton (UHS) in 2013. He has performed over 1000 cardiac operations as a Consultant undertaking all aspects of adult cardiac surgery. He has a special interest in assessing high risk and elderly patients and currently more than a quarter of his patients are over the age of 80.
Mr Velissaris’ personal operative results, and those of the Cardiac Unit at UHS, are available for public scrutiny at the Healthcare Commission website (www.heartsurgery.cqc.org.uk). Since he joined UHS his personal operative outcomes, and those of the cardiac unit at UHS, have consistently been significantly better than expected when adjusted for surgical and operative risk. They compare very favourably with other Cardiac Units in the United Kingdom.
Mr Velissaris was awarded an MD thesis by the University of Southampton in 2007 for his work on the pathophysiology of beating heart and conventional coronary artery bypass grafting. He has presented his research work at national and international meetings and was awarded several prizes, including the Ronald Edwards medal by the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland and he was a finalist for the Young investigator’s award by the European association for Cardiothoracic Surgery. He maintains an active interest in supervising clinical research, with over 30 peer-reviewed publications.
Mr Velissaris is very actively involved in teaching and training. He is a member of the question writing group for the Cardiothoracic Intercollegiate examination and he teaches senior Cardiothoracic registrars at a national course before their final examination. He is an educational supervisor for Cardiothoracic surgical trainees at UHS and he has active roles as an appraiser and as safety lead in Cardiothoracic Surgery.
Mr Velissaris studied medicine at the University of Patras in Greece and qualified in 1995. He undertook basic surgical training in Wales and Cardiothoracic surgical training initially at Royal Brompton Hospital and subsequently in Southampton. Following a period of research he was appointed as a Specialist Registrar in Cardiothoracic Surgery in 2002 and qualified in 2008.