GMC: 3187243


Special Interests: Adult Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery

I am a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon in the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Glasgow. I practice in both cardiac and thoracic surgery in adults.

I graduated from University College Cork in Ireland and gained my first exposure to Cardiothoracic Surgery there. I then moved to Oxford, following which I spent a short period in Liverpool. My next move was to Glasgow where I did the bulk of my training, with a year toward the end of the programme spent on a fellowship in St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney.

I have a PGCert in Medical Education.  I have been on the Scottish Training Committee for a number of years and am currently Training Programme Director for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Scotland.


Major open heart surgery is carried out by a team which includes surgeons, anaesthetists, intensive care physicians, nursing staff and other supporting professionals. At the Golden Jubilee National Hospital the cardiac surgery service is continually monitored and supported by a robust clinical governance structure which encompasses the whole team.

Training Attended
Undergraduate - University College Cork 1977-1983   Postgraduate - West of Scotland Cardiac Surgical Training Programme 1992-1998   Cardiac Transplant Fellow St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, Australia 1997   Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education, University of Glasgow 2014
Qualifications & Accreditations
MB,BCh,BAO FRCSI(CTh) PGcert Health Prof Ed
Additional Information

Number of lung cancer operations performed in 2017: 

John Butler works as part of a team of thoracic surgeons at
Click here to see data on how this team performed in 2017, including;

  • the number of operations to remove lung cancer performed by each surgeon in the team
  • the adjusted survival rates 30, 90 and 365 days after surgery to remove lung cancer
  • the length of time (defined as median days) patients having cancer surgery at this Trust spend in hospital.
  • the percentage of patients readmitted to hospital within 90 days of surgery
  • the pooled resection rate of Trusts served by this surgical unit

This data comes from the Lung Cancer Clinical Outcomes Publication.  This project makes the results achieved by surgical teams treating lung cancer within NHS England available to the public.

The latest report covers operations performed in 2017.  More information about this project is available here.