Professor Raimondo Ascione

Consultant Adult Cardiac Surgeon

Practising at

Spire Bristol Hospital

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Treatment information

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

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Professional profile

I have been a Consultant Cardiac Surgeon at the Bristol Heart Institute since 2002.

I am the top expert for Mitral Valve Repair in the South-West for volume of surgery and results: >600 procedures; repair rate >90%; survival >99%;

I am a worldwide expert in Off-pump Beating Heart Coronary Surgery: >1000 procedures, survival 99%;

I was born near Pompei and qualified as a medical doctor in 1993 and as a Cardiovascular Surgeon in Naples, Italy in 1999. From 1997-98 I was seconded to the University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust as Senior Registrar were I received specialist training in Adult Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. In December 1999 I moved to UK to stay and was appointed as Specialist Senior Registrar.

In August 2002 I was appointed as Consultant Adult Cardiac Surgeon and since I spend my clinical time leading theatre lists (approx. 160 adult cardiac procedures per year), local and outreach clinics and labour ward rounds. I am on call for emergencies 1:10, including weekends.

My other areas of expertise include: Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation (>100 procedures undertaken, 70% success rate); Heart Failure Surgery (>60 procedures undertaken, survival 96%); Redo operations of bypass and valves.

In parallel to my NHS activities I am proud to have developed an academic career with the University of Bristol, as Senior Lecturer/Reader from 2002-2009 and then as Professor of Cardiac Surgery since 2009. My research and special clinical interests include protecting the heart muscle during open heart surgery, mending leaky mitral valves without using artificial material, using stem cells for cardiac repair in patients with heart attacks, developing new surgical techniques, testing new medical devices via regulatory experimental trials to boost their translation to the bed side in the NHS. To date I have more than 170 publications listed in Google-scholar and a total of >220 publications in top scientific journals, books and in the media on various research topics related to Cardiac Surgery.

Clinical Interests

Cardiothoracic surgery
Cardiac surgery

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

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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"

Cardiac team in stem-cell tests
June 2007

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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

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Current NHS posts

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

Professor of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Bristol.

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Research and Publication

My area of research includes; Beating heart coronary surgery. Oxidative stress and endothelial dysfunction. Bone marrow derived stem cell. Myocardial protection of ischemic and hypertrophic hearts

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

I have > 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.


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

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

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Personal Profile

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

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Private contact details

Telephone 0117 928 3145
Private secretary Agnieszka Tsirogianni "Agni"
Private secretary telephone 0117 3426577
Private secretary fax 0117 3425968
Private secretary email