Professor Raimondo Ascione

Consultant Adult Cardiac Surgeon

MBBS, FRCS-CTh equiv, ChM, FRCS

"I enjoy working at Spire Hospital. The atmosphere is very supportive and the staff are committed to delivering quality of care."


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I have been an active NHS Consultant Adult Cardiac Surgeon since 2002, with more than 3,500 adult cardiac procedures undertaken to date as Chief Surgeon. The overall survival rate of my practice, since 2002, is more than 99%.

I am one of the top Mitral Valve (MV) Repair Surgeons in the UK in terms of MV volume of surgery and MV repair rate. My overall MV repair practice includes more than 800 cases completed since 2006 at a survival of 99.5% and a MV repair success rate of more than 90%.

In addition, I am an international expert in Beating Heart Coronary Surgery, a surgical technique that I have contributed to pioneer and validate with rigorous research, having undertaken more than 1,300 bypass operations to date at a survival of more than 99%.

My practice also includes more routine basic surgical procedures such as Aortic Valve replacement (more than 350 undertaken at a survival of more than 99%) and also complex procedures such as redo cardiac surgery for the mitral valve, aortic valve and bypass surgery, for which I receive referrals from the South West of the UK and beyond.

My surgical performance is audited yearly by the National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR) professional body, and is publicly available at: https://scts.org/consultant/raimondo-ascione/

The latest audit available confirms that my risk-adjusted survival for all the surgical procedures undertaken for the period 2013-2016 is 99.31%, with 366 operations completed (this is better than the UK average).

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Professor Raimondo Ascione at Spire include:

Cardiac surgery

Other treatments

  • Mitral valve repair surgery (National Expert)
  • Beating heart coronary bypass surgery (International Expert)
  • Aortic valve surgery
  • Ablation of atrial fibrillation
  • Redo cardiac surgery

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Additional information

Clinical interests

Cardiothoracic surgery
Cardiac surgery

Special clinical interests: Coronary surgery without heart-lung machine. Arterial graft revascularisation. Mitral valve repair/ replacement. Aortic valve surgery. End-stage heart failure.

Qualification and professional memberships

MB BS / University Hospital Federico II, Naples, Italy / 1993
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
MBBS is a degree given to physicians at the basis of their training.


Professional memberships

The European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland.

Cardiothoracic Surgery Network

American Association for Thoracic Surgery


Professional leadership

July 2013-Aug 2015: Clinical Director Bristol Heart Institute UHBristol NHS Foundation Trust
May 2014-June 2015: Cardiac Surgery Lead, Bristol Heart Institute UHBristol NHS Foundation Trust
June 2010-July 2014: Nucleus Cardiovascular Surgery Working Group European Society of Cardiology

Research and publications

My areas of research include; beating heart coronary surgery, oxidative stress and endothelial dysfunction, bone marrow derived stem cell, myocardial protection of ischemic and hypertrophic hearts.

I have more than 170 publications listed in Google Scholar and a total of more than 220 publications in top scientific journals, books and in the media on various research topics related to Cardio-Thoracic surgery. 

I have more than 6,000 scientific citations, H-Index 41. As PI or co-PI I have secured in grants a total of approx. £38.5M. My publications are online here.


Articles

Expert position paper on the management of antiplatelet therapy in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Eur Heart Journal 2014 doi:10.1093/eurheart/ehu158
18/07/2014

Early and mid-term outcome after off-pump and on-pump surgery in Beating Heart Against Cardioplegic Arrest Studies (BHACAS 1 and 2): a pooled analysis of two randomised controlled trials. Lancet 2002;359:1194-99
April 2002

Media Coverage

I have featured within both national and local press. Including the Washington Post and BBC News.

"Poor Blood Sugar Control After Heart Surgery Impacts Outcomes"
14/07/2008

Cardiac team in stem-cell tests
June 2007

Current NHS posts

Consultant Adult Cardiac Surgeon at the University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust.

Professor of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Bristol.

Personal profile

I enjoy spending my spare time with my wife and two children, cycling, opera, cooking and hiking in the beautiful British countryside.

Contact information

Telephone 0117 928 3145
Private secretary Adam Hodgkinson
Private secretary telephone 0117 342 6661
Private secretary email Adam.Hodgkinson@UHBW.nhs.uk