Professor Sunil Ohri

Consultant Cardiac Surgeon
MB BS, MD, FRCS (Eng, Ed & CTh), FESC

Practising at

Spire Southampton Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Professor Sunil Ohri at Spire include:

Cardiac surgery at Spire Southampton Hospital

Other treatments

Cardiothoracic surgery: Congenital heart disease, Cardiac surgery

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Professional profile

I have been a Consultant Cardiac Surgeon in Southampton since 1998. I have performed over 5,000 cardiac operations as primary surgery undertaking all aspects of adult cardiac surgery. I have a special interest in coronary artery bypass grafting, which I perform both using cardiopulmonary bypass and on the beating heart. I have founded the use of endoscopic vein harvesting in Southampton. I perform both aortic and mitral valve replacement surgery. In the field of aortic valve replacement I am one of two consultant surgeons in Southampton who undertake transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVI).

My personal operative results, and those of the Cardiac Unit at UHS, are available for public scrutiny on the website of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland ( My 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 within other Cardiac Units in the United Kingdom.

My experience and results at Spire Southampton Hospital are available for scrutiny on the Spire Hospital website ( I have performed over 1,000 cardiac procedures at this hospital with a mortality rate less than 0.25% for all cases. The outcomes for the Cardiac Surgical Group at Spire Southampton are especially outstanding considering the surgical and operative risk profiles of patients are equivalent to many much larger Cardiac Units in the United Kingdom. The risk adjusted surgical outcome data for me and the Cardiac Surgical Group are consistently updated on the Spire Southampton website.

My academic interests and dedication to research are well established. I have been a Senior Lecturer at the University of Southampton since 1999. I have been the lead for clinical research in cardiothoracic surgery at the University Hospital Southampton for over a decade. My primary research interests are in the pathophysiology of cardiopulmonary bypass and in molecular mechanisms of aortic wall re-modelling. This clinical research has resulted in the publication of over 120 peer reviewed publications, two books of cardiac surgery. In addition, I have directed the research of cardiac surgical fellows and this has resulted in the Award of Higher Degrees (MD and PHD) by the University of Southampton. I am currently on the editorial board of the journal Heart and am also on the International Board of the Cardiothoracic network, CTS net.

I am currently the programme director for cardiothoracic surgical training for registrars in South Central England. This incorporates all trainees in the University Hospital Southampton and those training in Oxford. I am an examiner for the final FRCS (Cardiothoracic) Intercollegiate Examination. I am the Communication Secretary for The Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland.

I qualified from the Middlesex Hospital, University of London in 1985 (now part of University College London). I trained in general surgery in West London at the West Middlesex Hospital and the Hammersmith Hospital, Royal Postgraduate Medical School. I undertook my training in cardiothoracic surgery at Harefield Hospital, National Heart & Lung Institute, the Hammersmith Hospital and the Middlesex Hospital in London. I was British Heart Foundation Research Fellow in 1995 and this lead to the award of MD by the University of London. I was then a Locum Consultant Surgeon 1996-1997 at the Harefield Hospital, London before being appointed Consultant Cardiac Surgeon at UHS in 1998. I was appointed Senior Lecturer, University of Southampton in 1999.

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Qualification and professional memberships

MB BS / Middlesex Hospital, University of London / 1985
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

Professional memberships

Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland
Society for Thoracic Surgery (USA)
European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery
European Society of Cardiology
British Medical Association

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust (UHS)

Senior Lecturer, University of Southampton

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Research and Publication


Spire Southampton Cardiac Surgery Performance, Data and Outcomes

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Personal Profile

In my spare time I enjoy walking, gardening and listening to music.

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Private contact details

Private secretary Julia Walker and Magdalena Mojsa
Private secretary telephone 023 8091 4468 / 023 8091 4481
Private secretary email

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