GMC: 4205768

Hospital(s): King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Special Interests: Adult Cardiac Surgery

Mr Max Baghai graduated in 1996 from Imperial College Medical School in London. After completing his

basic surgical training at Guy’s and St Thomas hospital, he started his training in cardiothoracic surgery

within the London deanery. During his training he was awarded a clinical fellowship by the British Heart

Foundation to complete a PhD at King’s College London. His research evolved around techniques in

preserving heart muscle during congenital cardiac surgery. After completing his training and passing the

board exams in 2011, he was awarded the Ethicon scholarship by the Society of Cardiothoracic

Surgeons in the UK which provided the opportunity for him to go on a fellowship to Hong Kong. During

the fellowship he gained experience in complex cardiac and minimal access surgery, which has paved

the way for his current practice in London. He has been a consultant at King’s College Hospital since

2012 where he went on to build the minimal access program in cardiac surgery and the unit provides one

of the largest and most diverse programs in the country. He is currently the clinical lead in cardiac

surgery and his main aim is to build on what is already a world-class department.

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Additional Information

Risk-adjusted in-hospital survival rate

This graph shows the “in hospital” survival rate of patients who are operated on by the individual surgeon/unit you have selected. “In hospital” means time the patient is in the hospital where they have had their operation. It does not include any time that patients may have spent in other hospitals, either before or after their heart operation.

The data has been through a complex methodology, including the variations in patient risk factors in order to give you a comparative base from which to work from. This means that the survival rates take into account the type and risk of patients being operated on for each surgeon/unit. This is known as risk adjusted survival.

The vertical axis shows the GMC number of the surgeon or the Hospital identifier. In brackets is the total number of patients operated on by the surgeon/unit and the percentage of patients for whom the survival is known. The horizontal axis is the percentage survival. The dashed vertical line shows the risk adjusted survival rate for the UK as a whole. The solid black horizontal line represents the surgeon/unit. What is important here is that the horizontal line crosses the vertical dashed line. If this occurs, it means that the surgeon/unit are within the expected outcomes given the case-mix and risk factors of the patients they operate on.

The icons that sit on the horizontal line should give you more information about your surgeon/team.

For example

The open square is the survival rate with no risk adjustments:
The X is the predicted survival with adjustments
The solid dot is the survival probability after the methodology has been applied.

  • If the solid dot is red it means survival is worse than expected
  • If the solid dot is black it means that it is within limits
  • If the solid dot is green it means that there is significantly higher survival than expected

There is a lot of information on these plots, but the takeaway message is that if the solid black line crosses the dashed vertical line then the survival rate for the surgeon/unit is within expectations and that there is no reason for any concern.

A more detailed explanation about these graphs and methodology can be found here: Graph Explanations