Mr Prakash Punjabi

Consultant Cadiothoracic Surgeon

MS, MCh, FRCS, FCCP, Diplomate NBE (CTH)

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Personal profile

My annual workload is app. 175 - 200 cases including redo and complex cardiac procedures. I have been responsible for the introduction of complex mitral valve repair with surgical treatment of Atrial Fibrillation.

I can communicate apart from English in nine languages with my ethnic patients (approximately 65% of my practice) thus gain their confidence and provide a higher level of service. I have collaborated to the development of educational videos and DVDs with translation in other languages in conjunction with BHF for patients undergoing valve or coronary bypass surgery operations.

"CHD NSF Patient Survey": the only team and consultant specifically mentioned positively for patient satisfaction and high standard of care in the results of the survey. Trainee preference (Hammersmith and firm: 1st choice for trainees in region) demonstrates excellent training opportunities.

I have been invited to operate/lecture nationally and internationally for annual scientific society meetings as well as grand rounds.

I also operate for "Chain of Hope" charity as well as other charities Internationally Editor of journal "PERFUSION", editorial board -Cardiology CME, review scientific articles, publish in leading journals and advise the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship awards committee.

Clinical Excellence award: 2012 – 2017 – renewed 2017 - 2022

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow: Faculty of Surgical Trainers: Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh – FFSTEd - 2018
  • Fellow: European Society of Cardiology - FESC – 2015
  • Elected Trustee – Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in GB and Ireland: 2016 – 2019
  • Member: SAC (Specialty Advisory Committee) - Cardiothoracic Surgery - 2016 – 2021
  • SAC Liaison Member - North West Deanery + Mersey Deanery – Oct 2016 – Oct 2021
  • Workforce Lead – SAC - Oct 2017 onwards
  • EACTS Guideline writing committee Aug 2018 onwards
  • Nucleus member: Cardiovascular Surgery - ESC – 2017
  • Nucleus member: Valvular Heart Disease - ESC – 2013- 2017
  • ESC Guideline writing committee Aug 2016 onwards
  • Training Programme Director: Cardiothoracic Surgery – London Deanery – 2015 – 2020
  • Surgical Tutor: Royal College of Surgeons – England - 2008
  • President: European Valve Repair Group (EVRG) 2004 – 2014
  • Surgical Tutor: Royal College of Surgeons – England - 2008
  • Training Programme Director: Core Surgical Training – London Deanery - 2008 - 2011
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) USA 2005
  • European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery (EACTS) 2003
  • Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons (SCTS) UK - 2000
  • British Cardiac Society (BCS) - 2002

Current NHS and /or University Posts

  • Hammersmith Hospital

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