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Professor Olaf Wendler

Last updated: 3 Jan 2024

GMC: 6047291
Areas of Practice: Adult Cardiac and Thoracic
Region: London North
Hospitals: Cleveland Clinic, London and King's College Hospital

After his cardiothoracic surgical training at the Medical School Hannover/Germany, Professor Wendler worked as staff surgeon at the Heart Center Leipzig/Germany. He later became deputy of the Cardiothoracic Department at the University Hospital Saarland/Germany, where he completed his PhD on complete arterial revascularisation. In 2004 Professor Wendler was appointed at King’s College Hospital, and held the position of clinical director for cardiovascular services from 2006 until 2012, when he was promoted Professor of Cardiac Surgery at King’s College London. In 2018 he was appointed as chair of the Heart, Vascular and Thoracy Institute of the Cleveland Clinic London, which opened clinical service in September 2021.

Professor Wendler has a particular interest in the treatment of heart valve disease and is sub-specialised in valve repair techniques including the aortic root, mitral and tricuspid valve. Due to his particular expertise in this area, Professor Wendler runs a service particularly specialised in the treatment of complex multiple heart valve surgery including patients with carcinoid disease. Through his close collaboration with the vascular surgical department and interventional radiology he has established King’s College Hospital as one of the major centers for thoracic aortic surgery in London.

In 2007 Professor Wendler performed the first transapical Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) in the UK and has established King’s College Hospital as one of the major international centers for this innovative treatment. Over recent years the King’s Heart Team performed the first TAVI in a failing aortic bioprosthesis (2008) and the first transcatheter valve implantation in a failing mitral bioprosthesis (2010) in the UK.

Professor Wendler can be contacted through his secretary Karen Matsuoka, email: or directly using email: or mobile: +44 (0) 7732690339

Training Attended

1990-1994 Hannover Medical School, Hannover/Germany

1994-1997 Heart Center Leipzig, Leipzig/Germany

1997-2004 University Saarland, Homburg/Germany

Qualifications & Accreditations

04/1991 MD thesis

04/1997 Specialist Certificate Cardiac Surgery

10/2000 Specialist Certificate Thoracic Surgery

01/2002 PhD thesis

10/2002 Specialist Certificate Intensive Care in Cardiothoracic Surgery

02/2006 Fellow Royal College of Surgeons

06/2012 Professor of Cardiac Surgery King's College London

Additional Information

List of Publications Olaf Wendler.pdfPatient and Colleagues Feedback

Adult Cardiac Surgery

Thoracic Surgery

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National Lung Cancer Audit - 2017

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