Hospital(s): Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS FT
Special Interests: Thoracic Surgery
I am a nationally and internationationally well established cardiac surgeon with expertise in all areas of adult cardiac surgery. My particular expertise is in heart failure surgery, especially mechanical assist devices. I have contributed over 2 decades to developements of heart and lung transplantation. I am leaading the largest program in the UK, and our team has pioneered a number of new developments in this field.
I have been an advocate for patients with advanced heart failure for more than a decade in the UK, and I have been an advisor for NICE most recently on destination therapy.
I am established in numerous international scientific societies, have been president, program chair, council chair in various sicieties. I am involved in international working groups on guidelines, etc.
I am involved in several scientific journals as asociate editor, and editorial board member, adn reviewer respectively.
I am an established researcher in several areas of LVAD therapy , heart and lung transplantation. In addition, I have pioneered several areas of minimally invasive and robotic surgery in the past
My surgical practice comprises most areas of adult cardiac surgery, mainly high risk pathologies, endstage heart disease, with previous surgical interventions.
Medical School University Bonn/ Germnay
Training in Genberal surgery at Hannover Medical School
Training in Thoracic and Vasscular surgery at Hannover Medical School
Training in Cardiac surgery at Hannover MEdical School/ Germany
PhD Free University of Berlin / Germany 1992
Consultant Cardiothoracic and Vascular surgeon German Heart Centre Berlin
Professor for Cardiac Surgery University Dresden
Consultant Cardiac Surgeon Freeman Hospital Newcastle/ UK.
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.