I am a Consultant Cardiac Surgeon at Harefield Hospital. I trained and qualified at Pitié-Salpêtrière University Hospital in Paris, France. In France and in the UK, I trained and worked with three pioneers in cardiac surgery: Professor Alain Carpentier (who pioneered the technique of mitral valve repair surgery as well as artificial (biological) valves), Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub (who pioneered aortic valve surgery, homograft, stentless valve, and heart and lung transplantation) and Professor Alain Cabrol (who did the first heart transplantation in Europe). I have been at Harefield Hospital since 2001. I lead the minimally invasive and endoscopic cardiac surgery service, including mitral valve repair surgery.My expertise in cardiac and transplant surgery includes: mitral valve repair, minimally invasive endoscopic mitral valve repair, minimally invasive endoscopic coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) – MIDCAB, endoscopic atraumatic coronary artery bypass (EndoACAB), endoscopic vein harvesting, endoscopic surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation and minimally invasive aortic valve replacement (sutureless valve and Resilia valve).I am at the forefront of developments in endoscopic minimally invasive heart surgery. Instead of conventional surgery, heart valves are replaced or repaired by gaining access to the heart through a small incision between the ribs. For this, I use a thoracoscope to view the chest cavity and to guide my movements. In addition, I perform coronary artery bypass grafts (CABG) through a mini-incision on the side of the chest while the heart is beating (called off-pump CABG) rather than using a heart bypass machine. These procedures offer the benefits of conventional open-heart surgery but with less traumatic injury (a smaller incision), a shorter stay in hospital, a smaller and more aesthetic scar and a much quicker recovery time.I am nationally and internationally recognised in minimally invasive, endoscopic (keyhole) cardiac surgery including mitral valve repair and aortic valve replacement. I have completed between 3,000 and 4,000 surgical procedures on the heart.I have been the forerunner in utilising innovative surgical techniques, including:
In 2007, I performed the first double-lung transplant from a non-heart beating donor.
In 2007, I performed the UK’s first endoscopic vein harvesting surgery.
In 2014, I performed the first sutureless aortic valve replacement through a minimally invasive mini-thoracotomy.
In 2016, I implanted the first Inspiris Resilia aortic valve using a minimally invasive technique.
In 2017, I performed the first worldwide mitral valve repair, valve repair ablation and CABG using a minimally invasive technique.I have a strong clinical research programme with development of new technology in cardiac surgery including 3D endoscopy in cardiac surgery and robotic assisted heart surgery. I am participating in three multi-centric national trials in mitral valve surgery, TAVI and minimally access aortic valve.