Mr Modi is one of only a handful of surgeons in the UK who regularly performs minimally invasive mitral valve and atrial fibrillation (AF) surgery. He was trained in Cardiothoracic Surgery in the UK, US and Europe, and is on the Specialist Register of the General Medical Council (GMC no 4125879). Mr Modi has one of the largest practices of minimally invasive mitral valve repair / replacement in the UK, and is the only British heart surgeon formally trained in robotic mitral valve repair.
Minimally techniques provide a huge number of benefits for patients such as minimal scarring, less pain and a reduced chance of post-operative wound infections, and they shorten the recovery period from open-heart surgery from about 3 months down to about 3 weeks.
Mr Modi graduated from Leeds University medical school in 1994 and four years later became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He then spent two years as a British Heart Foundation research fellow at Bristol University culminating in the award of the prestigious Doctorate in Medicine in 2003 for original research looking at ways of better protecting children’s hearts during open-heart surgery.
He was trained in Cardiothoracic Surgery in the UK and was then an attending (consultant) surgeon with Dr Randolph Chitwood in North Carolina, USA, for 1 year where he was trained primarily in robotic and video-assisted mitral valve repair and surgery for atrial fibrillation (AF). This is where Paul really developed his passion for keyhole heart surgery because it was immediately obvious to him how much quicker patients recovered compared to conventional sternotomy surgery where the front of the chest is opened. He was then awarded two scholarships, one of them the prestigious Society Scholarship for Cardiac Surgery, to train with the two European pioneers of minimally invasive cardiac surgery: Prof Fred Mohr in Leipzig, Germany, and Prof Hugo Vanermen in Aalst, Belgium. Following this, he then went on to do further super-specialist training in thoracoscopic AF surgery in The Netherlands.
On returning to the UK, Mr Modi brought many of the pioneering techniques he had learned overseas back to the NHS. With the advent of Patient Choice, patients can now choose their heart surgeon and be treated by those offering less invasive surgery. His philosophy is to provide the same surgical excellence to his patients as those treated in the major North American and European heart centres, such as the Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic. Mr Modi has extensively published on the benefits of minimally invasive valve surgery and has appeared live on the BBC when the One Show filmed him operating on a patient undergoing keyhole mitral valve repair. This patient was back on the golf course 3 weeks later. In ladies the cosmetic result is superb and leaves virtually no visible scarring as the incision is hidden under the right breast.
Mr Modi’s NHS practice is as a consultant cardiac surgeon at the second largest specialist centre for cardiac and thoracic surgery in the UK, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, where almost 2000 open-heart surgeries are performed per year. He is one of three specialist mitral valve surgeons and performs several mitral valve procedures every week, with a repair rate of over 95% for all degenerative valves. Mr Modi also teaches surgical skills and basic sciences at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and trains other consultants on best teaching practices. Mr Modi practices both in the NHS and privately.