Special Interests: Adult Cardiac Surgery
Andrew Owens is a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon and director of R&D at the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is Reader in cardiac surgery in Newcastle University, with a research laboratory in the Institute of Genetic Medicine. His clinical interests include surgery of the aorta, aortic valve and minimal access cardiothoracic surgery, including transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI); he is also a TAVI proctor.
He studied medicine at Queen’s University, Belfast and obtained cardiothoracic training in Newcastle upon Tyne, Middlesbrough and Papworth Hospital, Cambridge where he focussed on cardiothoracic transplantation. He undertook a period of research funded by a Royal College of Surgeons of England Fellowship in the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney, Australia, where he still holds an honorary faculty position, and subsequently obtained his higher degree from Newcastle University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of England and in Ireland, has held research fellowships from the National Heart Foundation of Australia and Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, was winner of the McCormack Medal in cardiothoracic surgery and awarded a Hunterian Professorship by the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
His research interests are focussed on cardiac regeneration, fibrosis and the signalling mechanisms underlying thoracic aortic aneurysms. Recent research funding includes project grants from the British Heart Foundation and Heart Research UK and he has active collaborations with scientists in Durham University and Harvard Medical School.
• Qualified in medicine with honours in Queen’s University, Belfast.
• Basic surgical training and early cardiothoracic training in Northern Ireland.
• Appointed as a transplant fellow in Papworth Hospital, Cambridge and trained in all aspects of cardiopulmonary transplantation.
• Appointed to the Northern Deanery training programme in cardiothoracic surgery, undertaking higher specialist training in Newcastle and Middlesbrough.
• Appointed as consultant cardiothoracic surgeon at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
MB BCh BAO (Hons)
FRCS (Hunterian Professor)
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.
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