Zamvar Vipin

GMC: 4133379

Hospital(s): Royal Infirmary Edinburgh

Special Interests: Adult Cardiac Surgery

Dr Vipin Zamvar, born in 1965, graduated from Grant Medical College, Mumbai in 1988. He completed his initial general surgical training at Sir JJ Hospital,Mumbai, and speciality cardiothoracic surgical training in the UK. He has been a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh since 2002.
He has a joint cardiac and thoracic surgical practice, and his main areas of interests are Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery, Off-Pump Surgery, and Minimally Invasive Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery, Aortic Valve Surgery and Lung Cancer Surgery.
His main research interests are in the field of Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery. He is the primary investigator of many multi-center trials exploring the issues of conduits and techniques used in Coronary Artery Surgery.
He continues to train and mentor surgeons in cardiac and thoracic surgery. His other interests include audit and quality improvement in cardiothoracic surgery.
He is a member of numerous national and international societies, and has published several professional papers, and text-book chapters, and has made numerous presentations on cardiothoracic surgical topics. He has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery since its inception in 2006. He is on the editorial board of the Heart Surgery Forum, and The Physician. He also edits The Bulletin for the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland.
He is the current President of the World Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons.
Outside Surgery, his interests include Chess. He plays competitively and his FIDE rating is about 1600.

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Training Attended
No further information available
Qualifications & Accreditations

MBBS (1988)



DNB(CTh) (1994)


Additional Information

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.

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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

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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.

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