Hospital(s): Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS FT
Special Interests: Adult Cardiac Surgery
Schooled in Llanelli, I studied medicine at St Georges’ Hospital Medical School London. I developed an interest in cardiothoracic surgery whilst completing my general surgical training in Brisbane Australia.
In the UK my training continued at Harefield, and then I completed a research MD at The Hatter Institute part of University College, London.
I completed my Cardiothoracic training in the northern rotation between The Freeman Hospital Newcastle and The James Cook University Hospital Middlesbrough. This was finished off with a fellowship at St Vincents Hospital Sydney prior to my consultant appointment at the Lancashire Cardiothoracic Centre in Blackpool.
Since appointment as a consultant I have built one of the largest practices in the UK with excellent outcomes.
My interests include coronary artery revascularisation, minimally invasive cardiac surgery and atrial fibrillation surgery. I routinely perform minimally invasive aortic valve procedures including sutureless valves, trans-apical and percutaneous TAVI. I have been granted fellowship of the International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery.
Regionally I have an excellent reputation for training advanced trainees in cardiac surgical skills. I am developing a national presence as the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland’s representative to the College of the Society of Clinical Perfusion Scientists reporting to the executive committee.
St Georges Hospital Medical School
Basic Surgical Training Rotation Brisbane Australia
Victoria Hospital Blackpool SHO Cardiothoracic Surgery
Harefield Hospital Specialist Registrar Cardiothoracic Surgery
The Hatter Institute University College London Research MD
Northern Deanery Cardiothoracic Rotation: Freeman Hospital Newcastle upon Tyne and The James Cook University Hospital Middlesbrough
Senior Fellow St Vincents Hospital Sydney
Diploma Business Management
Fellow of the International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgeons
Patient Centred Care
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Atrial Fibrillation Surgery
Off pump CABG
Teaching and Surgical Training
Number and type of operations performed
This graph shows the number and percentage of each type of heart surgery done by this consultant surgeon. The number of operations is shown in the line going up the left hand side. The percentage (%) underneath each coloured bar shows how much of this consultant's heart surgery is made up each procedure type.
The 'key' underneath the graph shows what procedure(s) each coloured bar shows. The abbreviations used are explained below:
- Isolated: This procedure has been carried out on its own. No other procedures were done during the same operation.
- CABG: Coronary artery bypass grafting
- AVR: Aortic valve replacement
- MV: Mitral valve procedure
You can find out more about these procedures in the 'About cardiothoracic surgery' section. If you or someone you know if having heart surgery, it may be helpful to know whether the consultant does lots of that procedure. If you have questions or concerns about the number of procedures being done at your hospital, you should speak to your heart surgeon.
In-hospital survival rate (risk adjusted)
This graph shows the percentage of patients who survived their operation and left hospital alive. This is the 'In-hospital survival rate'. Some patients are more unwell than others and some need more complex operations. Hence, hospitals and consultants perform a range of cardiac operations and the type of patients they operate on can differ. So that we can make fair comparisons between them, the survival rates have been 'risk adjusted' to take into account the illness of the patient and the complexity of the operation. The dot on the graph shows the risk-adjusted survival for the unit/surgeon you have selected and the number of operations performed over the last 3 year period. The blue line indicates the predicted survival and the red dotted lines the range of results expected, worked out by complex statistics.
For more information on understanding mortality rates, look at the Understanding the graphs page
Average patient risk profile
Some risk factors like age, gender, and other medical problems can affect the outcome of heart surgery.
Each of the graphs below shows what percentage of this consultant's patients have each risk factor (light blue bar on the left) next to the average for the whole of the UK (dark blue bar on the right). This can tell you whether the consultant operates on high risk patients in general, and whether they specialise in doing particular types of complicated surgery, like operations on the thoracic aorta.
You can find out more about the risk factors in the 'About cardiothoracic surgery' section.