I am a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne and Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Cardiopulmonary Transplantation in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at the University of Northumbria. My formal qualifications include BMedSci(Hons), BM, BS, DM, FFST, RCPathME, MCCT, FACS, FRCP, FRCS(C-Th).
After qualifying in 1989, I was appointed as a Consultant in December 2000 after training in London, Cambridge, Newcastle, and Toronto in cardiac, thoracic, and cardiopulmonary transplant surgery. I currently practice widely in all forms of adult cardiac and thoracic surgery including cardiopulmonary transplantation and was the Trust Clinical Director for Quality and Patient Safety between 2016 and 2019.
I am the Director of Cardiopulmonary Transplantation at Freeman Hospital and an expert for the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. I am a Medical Examiner for the Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust and am the Chairman of the European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
In the past, I have been an Assessing Examiner for Intercollegiate Basic Surgical Examinations at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and a College Assessor. I have also acted as a Specialist Performance Assessor for the General Medical Council, a Specialty Advisor in Cardiac Surgery for NICE, and a member of the Specialist Advisory Committee in Cardiothoracic Surgery. I have recently concluded my term as a Trustee on the Executive of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland (SCTS). I am a member of the SCTS Transplantation Working Group and an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery.