Meet the team

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

For role information on staff specialising in caring for those with congenital heart disease at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation use the arrows to expand each profile. 

Paediatric cardiologists

Secretary: 023 8120 5920

Specialty 

  • Paediatric cardiology 

Sub-specialties 

  • Fetal cardiology
  • Cardiac MRI 

Training and education 

  • Medical School- University of Cape Town, South Africa. 
  • General paediatrics- Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Cape Town.
  • Certificate of completion of training in paediatric cardiology- Southampton NHS Foundation Trust 2001
  • Fellowship in cardiac imaging- Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada 2005 

Experience 

Dr Roman has worked for the Trust since July 2005.  

Following medical school and postgraduate training in paediatrics in South Afrcia, Dr Roman trained in paediatric cardiology at Guy’s hospital in London and Southampton. He went to complete a three year fellowship in advanced cardiac imaging in Toronto, Canada, focussing on fetal cadiac imaging, and cardiac MRI. 

Dr Roman has been clinical lead for paediatric cardiology at Southampton since 2014 and director of the Wessex-Thames Valley congenital cardiac operational delivery network network since 2016. Dr Roman sees fetal referrals at both University Hospitals Southampton and the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS trusts. 

Dr Roman’s publications include: 

  • Hybrid strategies for high-risk non-hypoplastic left heart syndrome patients. Rehman SM, Ravaglioli A, Singappuli K, Roman K, Gnanapragasam J, Samarasinghe D, Viola N.J Card Surg. 2018 Jul;33(7):399-401.  
  • Foetal supraventricular tachycardia with hydrops fetalis: a role for direct intraperitoneal amiodarone. Kang SL, Howe D, Coleman M, Roman K, Gnanapragasam J. Cardiol Young. 2015 Mar;25(3):447-53.  
  • Midterm evaluation of biological prosthetic valves in the pulmonary position of grown-up patients. Vohra HA, Whistance RN, Baliulis G, Janusauskas V, Kaarne M, Veldtman GR, Roman K, Vettukattil JJ, Gnanapragasam J, Salmon AP, Haw MP. Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2012 Apr;60(3):205-9.  
  • Primary biventricular repair of atrioventricular septal defects: an analysis of reoperations. Vohra HA, Chia AX, Yuen HM, Vettukattil JJ, Veldtman G, Gnanapragasam J, Roman K, Salmon AP, Haw MP. Ann Thorac Surg. 2010 Sep;90(3):830-7.  
  • Determinants of outcome in fetal pulmonary valve stenosis or atresia with intact ventricular septum. Am J Cardiol. 2007 Mar 1;99(5):699-703. 
  • How is pulmonary arterial blood flow affected by pulmonary venous obstruction in children? A phase-contrast magnetic resonance study. Pediatr Radiol. 2005 Jun;35(6):580-6. 
  • The impact of patch augmentation on left atrioventricular valve dynamics in patients with atrioventricular septal defects: early and midterm follow-up. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2006 Nov;19(11):1382-92 

Secretary: 023 8120 6243

Specialty  

  • Paediatric cardiology 

Sub-specialty 

  • 3D echocardiography 
  • Fetal echocardiography 
  • Paediatric heart failure 

 Training and education 

  • MA MB BChir– University of Cambridge, 1997. 
  • MRCP- London, 2002. 
  • Fellowship in heart failure, transplant and pulmonary hypertension- Melbourne Australia, 2007- 2008. 
  • Certificate of completion of training in paediatric cardiology- Southampton NHS Foundation Trust 2009 
  • Fellowship in echocardiology and fetal cardiology- Toronto, Canada, 2011. 

 Experience 

Dr Bharucha has been a consultant paediatric cardiologist at the trust since November 2012. She trained in paediatric cardiology at Southampton, including fellowships in heart failure and transplantation in Melbourne, Australia, and advanced echo imaging and fetal cardiology in Toronto, Canada. She won the award for outstanding research in Pediatric Cardiology from the American Heart Association in 2008.  

She has an established fetal and general paediatric practice here at Southampton and runs a specialist multidisciplinary muscular dystrophy clinic. She is research lead for paediatric cardiology. 

Dr Bharucha’s publications include: 

  • Development of a Novel Risk Prediction Model for Sudden Cardiac Death in Childhood Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM Risk-Kids). Norrish G, Ding T, Field E, Ziólkowska L, Olivotto I, Limongelli G, Anastasakis A, Weintraub R, Biagini E, Ragni L, Prendiville T, Duignan S, McLeod K, Ilina M, Fernández A, Bökenkamp R, Baban A, Kubuš P, Daubeney PEF, Sarquella-Brugada G, Cesar S, Marrone C, Bhole V, Medrano C, Uzun O, Brown E, Gran F, Castro FJ, Stuart G, Vignati G, Barriales-Villa R, Guereta LG, Adwani S, Linter K, Bharucha T, Garcia-Pavia P, Rasmussen TB, Calcagnino MM, Jones CB, De Wilde H, Toru-Kubo J, Felice T, Mogensen J, Mathur S, Reinhardt Z, O’Mahony C, Elliott PM, Omar RZ, Kaski JP. JAMA Cardiol. 2019 Aug 14.  
  • Impact of Right Ventricular Geometry and Left Ventricular Hypertrophy on Right Ventricular Mechanics and Clinical Outcomes in Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Rösner A, Bharucha T, James A, Mertens L, Friedberg MK. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2019 Oct;32(10):1350-1358. 
  • Echocardiographic predictors of reoperation for subaortic stenosis in children and adults. Theocharis P, Viola N, Papamichael ND, Kaarne M, Bharucha T. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2019 Sep 1;56(3):549-556.  
  • Sudden death in childhood cardiomyopathy: results from a long-term national population-based study. Bharucha T, Lee KJ, Daubeney PE, Nugent AW, Turner C, Sholler GF, Robertson T, Justo R, Ramsay J, Carlin JB, Colan SD, King I, Weintraub RG, Davis AM; NACCS (National Australian Childhood Cardiomyopathy Study) Investigators. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2015 Jun 2;65(21):2302-10.  
  • Cor triatriatum or divided atriums: which approach provides the better understanding? Bharucha T, Spicer DE, Mohun TJ, Black D, Henry GW, Anderson RH. Cardiol Young. 2015 Feb;25(2):193-207.  
  • Mechanisms of tricuspid valve regurgitation in hypoplastic left heart syndrome: a case-matched echocardiographic-surgical comparison study. Bharucha T, Honjo O, Seller N, Atlin C, Redington A, Caldarone CA, van Arsdell G, Mertens L. Eur Heart J Cardiovasc Imaging. 2013 Feb;14(2):135-41.  
  • Impact of multiplanar review of three-dimensional echocardiographic data on management of congenital heart disease. Bharucha T, Roman KS, Anderson RH, Vettukattil JJ. Ann Thorac Surg. 2008 Sep;86(3):875-81.et al

Secretary tel no: 023 8120 8825

Specialty 

  • Congenital cardiology 

Sub-specialty 

  • Adult and paediatric congenital cardiac catheter intervention 

Training and education 

  • Qualified at London University, 1990. 
  • Adult cardiology, London, 1996. 
  • Paediatric cardiology, Glasgow, 2000. 
  • Paediatric intensive care, Glasgow and Melbourne, 2000 to 2002. 

Experience 

Following wide-ranging training including adult cardiology and paediatric intensive care, Dr Richens trained in paediatric cardiology in Glasgow, where he served as a consultant in paediatric cardiology and paediatric and adult congenital intervention from 2003 to 2012. In his time at Glasgow, Dr Richens was the paediatric cardiology training programme director for Scotland. 

He came to the trust in 2012 and is the lead for congenital catheter intervention for the trust. He is the current chair of the NHS national congenital cardiology clinical reference group and leads the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and data services for the department. 

Dr Richens’s publication’s include 

  • The development of a consensus-based nutritional pathway for infants with CHD before surgery using a modified Delphi process. Marino LV, Johnson MJ, Hall NJ, Davies NJ, Kidd CS, Daniels ML, Robinson JE, Richens T, Bharucha T, Darlington AE; British Dietetic Association Paediatric Cardiology Interest Group. Cardiol Young. 2018 Jul;28(7):938-948.  
  • Outcome after transcatheter occlusion of patent ductus arteriosus in infants less than 6 kg: A national study from United Kingdom and Ireland. Kang SL, Jivanji S, Mehta C, Tometzki AJ, Derrick G, Yates R, Khambadkone S, de Giovanni J, Stumper O, Dhillon R, Bhole V, Slavik Z, Rigby M, Noonan P, Smith B, Knight B, Richens T, Wilson N, Walsh K, James A, Thomson J, Bentham J, Hayes N, Nazir S, Adwani S, Shauq A, Ramaraj R, Duke C, Taliotis D, Kudumula V, Yong SF, Morgan G, Rosenthal E, Krasemann T, Qureshi S, Crossland D, Hermuzi T, Martin RP. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2017 Dec 1;90(7):1135-1144.  
  • Heart failure in the new born; vein of Galen aneurysmal malformation. Mathews AZ, Ibhanesebhor S, Richens T, Manjunatha CM. BMJ Case Rep. 2013 Jan 23;2013pii: bcr0320126132.  
  • Midterm follow-up of percutaneous closure of secundum atrial septal defect with Helex Septal Occluder. Smith BG, Wilson N, Richens T, Knight WB. J Interv Cardiol. 2008 Aug;21(4):363-8.  
  • Interventional treatment of lateral tunnel dehiscence in a total cavopulmonary connection using a balloon expandable covered stent. Richens T, Houston AB, Ruiz C, Wilson N. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2000 Aug;50(4):449-51.  

Secretary: 023 8120 5920

Specialty 

  • Paediatric cardiology 

Sub-specialty 

  • Adult and paediatric congenital cardiac catheter intervention 

Training and education 

  • BSc – University of Bristol, 1997 
  • MBChB – University of Bristol, 2000 
  • MRCPCH (member of the Royal College Paediatrics and Child Health) – 2004 
  • Certificate of completion of training in paediatric cardiology, London rotation – 2010 
  • Congenital intervention fellowship – Evelina London Children’s Hospital, 2010-2012 

Experience 

Dr Hayes has been a consultant paediatric and interventional congenital cardiologist at UHS since June 2013. He undertook paediatric cardiology training in London at Evelina Children’s, Royal Brompton and Great Ormond Street hospitals. Following this, he gained an additional two years of dedicated sub-specialty experience in paediatric and adult congenital intervention at the Evelina  London Children’s Hospital. 

Dr Hayes is experienced in the diagnosis, assessment and management of congenital heart disease. He has particular expertise in diagnostic and therapeutic catheter intervention. He is also the Training Programme Director for paediatric cardiology in the Wessex region and quality Lead for the National Paediatric Cardiology Specialist Advisory Committee (SAC) at the Royal College of Physicians. 

Dr Hayes’s publications include:  

  • Hybrid transcatheter tricuspid valve-in-valve placement of an Edwards Sapien XT valve in palliated hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Ho AB, Kaarne M, Mullen M, Hayes N. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2019 Feb 15;93(3):481-483. 
  • Duct Stenting Versus Modified Blalock-Taussig Shunt in Neonates With Duct-Dependent Pulmonary Blood Flow: Associations With Clinical Outcomes in a Multicenter National Study. Bentham JR, Zava NK, Harrison WJ, Shauq A, Kalantre A, Derrick G, Chen RH, Dhillon R, Taliotis D, Kang SL, Crossland D, Adesokan A, Hermuzi A, Kudumula V, Yong S, Noonan P, Hayes N, Stumper O, Thomson JDR. Circulation. 2018 Feb 6;137(6):581-588.  
  • Outcome after transcatheter occlusion of patent ductus arteriosus in infants less than 6 kg: A national study from United Kingdom and Ireland. Kang SL, Jivanji S, Mehta C, Tometzki AJ, Derrick G, Yates R, Khambadkone S, de Giovanni J, Stumper O, Dhillon R, Bhole V, Slavik Z, Rigby M, Noonan P, Smith B, Knight B, Richens T, Wilson N, Walsh K, James A, Thomson J, Bentham J, Hayes N, Nazir S, Adwani S, Shauq A, Ramaraj R, Duke C, Taliotis D, Kudumula V, Yong SF, Morgan G, Rosenthal E, Krasemann T, Qureshi S, Crossland D, Hermuzi T, Martin RP. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2017 Dec 1;90(7):1135-1144. 
  • Collapse of the Advanta V12 Large Diameter covered stent following implantation for aortic coarctation. Hayes N, Podnar T, Qureshi S. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2014 Jan 1;83(1):109-14. 
  • Stenting the atrial septum: a hybrid approach guided solely by echocardiography. Pushparajah K, Hayes N, Durward A, Qureshi S, Austin CB, Rosenthal E. J Card Surg. 2014 Jul;29(4):561-3.  

Secretary tel no: 023 8120 6243

Specialty  

  • Paediatric cardiology  

Sub-specialty 

  • Paediatric and adult congenital electrophysiology  

Training and education 

  • MBBS – Kilpauk Medical College, Chennai, India, 1997 
  • MRCPCH – Royal college of paediatrics and child health 2002 
  • Certificate of completion of training in paediatric cardiology- Southampton NHS Foundation Trust 2009 

Experience 

Dr Sadagopan undertook paediatric training in the midlands, obtaining his paediatric membership in 2002. He then proceeded to paediatric cardiology training in Southampton, also undertaking a fellowship in cardiac devices and electrophysiology here at Southampton. 

Following three years as a consultant at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, he returned to the trust as a paediatric cardiologist with special interest in electrophysiology and cardiac devices in May 2016. Dr Sadagopan’s achievements include the introduction of a specialist congenital heart disease electrophysiology multidisciplinary meeting and a specialist arrhythmia clinic at Southampton. He performs complex congenital ablations as well as device implantations such as resynchronisation therapy and implantable defibrillator insertion.   

Dr Sadagopan’s publications include: 

  • Ventricular fibromas in children, arrhythmia risk, and outcomes: A multicenter study. Jones JP, Ramcharan T, Chaudhari M, Bhole V, Mcleod K, Sadagopan S, Uzun O, Parry A, Till J, McMahon CJ, Stuart AG, Walsh MA. Heart Rhythm. 2018 Oct;15(10):1507-1512.  
  • Extraction of chronic pacing lead and angioplasty for complete superior baffle obstruction in complex congenital heart disease. Sadagopan SN, Veldtman GR, Roberts PR. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2008 Dec;31(12):1661-3.  
  • Correlations with operative anatomy of real time three-dimensional echocardiographic imaging of congenital aortic valvar stenosis. Sadagopan SN, Veldtman GR, Sivaprakasam MC, Keeton BR, Gnanapragasam JP, Salmon AP, Haw MP, Vettukattil JJ. Cardiol Young. 2006 Oct;16(5):490-4

Secretary: 023 8120 6724

Specialty 

  • Paediatric cardiology  

Subspecialty 

  • Fetal cardiology 

Training and education 

  • Medical school at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. 
  • General paediatric training at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa. 
  • Certificate of completion of training in paediatric cardiology, Southampton NHS Foundation Trust 2014 
  • Fetal cardiology fellowship at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, 2015 

Experience  

Following medical school and paediatric training in South Africa, Dr Black undertook paediatric cardiology training here in Southampton as part of an accredited academic programme before moving to Evelina London Children’s Hospital for a year- long fellowship in fetal cardiology.  

He returned to the trust in August 2015 as a consultant paediatric and fetal cardiologist.  

His areas of expertise are advanced echocardiography, including 3D echocardiography and speckle tracking, and fetal echocardiography. Dr Black is lead for fetal cardiology, seeing referrals at both University Hospitals Southampton and the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS trusts. 

Dr Black’s publications include: 

  • Cor triatriatum or divided atriums: which approach provides the better understanding? Bharucha T, Spicer DE, Mohun TJ, Black D, Henry GW, Anderson RH. Cardiol Young. 2015 Feb;25(2):193-207. doi: 10.1017/S1047951114000572. 
  • Increased regional deformation of the left ventricle in normal children with increased body mass index: implications for future cardiovascular health. Black D, Bryant J, Peebles C, Davies L, Inskip H, Godfrey K, Vettukattil J, Hanson M. Pediatr Cardiol. 2014 Feb;35(2):315-22. doi: 10.1007/s00246-013-0778-1. Epub 2013 Aug 29. 
  • Increased regional deformation of the left ventricle in normal children with increased body mass index: implications for future cardiovascular health. Pediatric Cardiology, February 2014;35(2):315-22. doi: 10.1007/s00246-013-0778-1. e-published 29 August 2013. 
  • Tissue motion annular displacement of the mitral valve using two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography predicts the left ventricular ejection fraction in normal children. Cardiology in the Young. 27 June 2013:1-9.  
  • Advanced echocardiographic imaging of the congenitally malformed heart. Current Cardiology Reviews (2013) 

Secretary: 023 8120 3528

Specialty 

  • Paediatric cardiology 

 Sub-specialty 

  • Adult and paediatric congenital cardiac catheter intervention 

Training and Education 

  • MA MBBChir– Pembroke College, Cambridge University 2004 
  • MRCPCH- Royal college of paediatrics and child health 2009 
  • MSc in Advanced paediatrics- King’s College London 2013 
  • Certificate of completion of training in paediatric cardiology, Southampton NHS Foundation Trust 2018
  • Congenital intervention fellowship- Leeds General Infirmary 2019 

Experience 

Following house jobs and foundation training in the Eastern and North West Thames Deaneries, Dr Ho undertook five years of general paediatric training in the Oxford region. He then moved to a year of middle-grade paediatric cardiology at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital before undertaking five years of paediatric cardiology training at Southampton, specialising in congenital cardiac intervention. 

Dr Ho returned to Southampton as a paediatric cardiology consultant with special interest in congenital cardiac catheter intervention in October 2019 following a year-long fellowship in adult and paediatric congenital intervention in Leeds. 

Dr Ho’s publications include: 

  • Hybrid transcatheter tricuspid valve-in-valve placement of an Edwards Sapien XT valve in palliated hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Ho AB, Kaarne M, Mullen M, Hayes N. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2019 Feb 15;93(3):481-483.  
  • Primary surgical repair of tetralogy of Fallot at under three months of age. Ho AB, Bharucha T, Jones E, Thuraisingham J, Kaarne M, Viola N. Asian Cardiovasc Thorac Ann. 2018 Sep;26(7):529-534.  
  • Descending aorta to right atrial fistula. Ho AB, Magee AG, Hayes N. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2017 Dec 1;90(7):1158-1160.
  • Anatomical considerations for the management of a left-sided superior caval vein draining to the roof of the left atrium. Saundankar J, Ho AB, Salmon AP, Anderson RH, Magee AG. Cardiol Young. 2017 Jul;27(5):846-850.  
  • Isolated Complete Heart Block in the Fetus. Ho A, Gordon P, Rosenthal E, Simpson J, Miller O, Sharland G. Am J Cardiol. 2015 Jul 1;116(1):142-7.  

Secretary: 023 8120 3528

Specialty 

  • Paediatric cardiology 

 Sub-specialty 

  • Congenital cardiac MRI

Experience 

Dr. Davide Marini joined the University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust in 2021 from the SickKids Hospital of Toronto, Canada, where, appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and Associate Scientist at the Research Institute has explored the usefulness of advanced MR technology to study the fetal cardiovascular system and the impact of congenital heart diseases on brain development.
He completed his medical and paediatric degrees at the University of Verona, Italy, where he also obtained a PhD in Multimodal Imaging, and was trained in Pediatric Cardiology and Radiology at the Hôpital Necker Enfantes Malades, Paris Descartes University, France.
Dr. Davide Marini has also worked several years in Turin, at the Ospedale Infantile Regina Margherita and in Rome, at the Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù, both in Italy, his clinical work included general pediatric cardiology, cross-sectional cardiac imaging and interventional treatment of congenital heart diseases. 

Congenital cardiac surgeons

Secretary tel no: 023 8120 5911

Specialty 

  • Cardiac surgery  

Sub-specialty 

  • Paediatric and congenital cardiac surgery 

Training and education 

  • Specialist in general surgery, Helsinki University, 1991. 
  • Specialist in thoracic and vascular surgery, Helsinki University, 1997. 

Experience 

Following medical school and training in cardiothoracic surgery in his native Finland, Mr Kaarne worked in Helsinki as a consultant paediatric and adult cardiothoracic surgeon. Following a period as a consultant surgeon in Alder Hey, Liverpool, Mr Kaarne joined Southampton in March 2008. 

He is the senior surgeon at the University Hospital Southampton with special interests including neonatal surgery, the Norwood operation, complex reconstructive surgery, the Ross operation, the surgical management of aortic valve disease and complex ACHD surgery. 

Mr Kaarne’s publications include: 

  • Right atrial and SVC infiltrating mass-the entity of infiltrating lipoma. Shah OA, Badran A, Kaarne M, Velissaris T. J Cardiothorac Surg. 2019 Dec 2;14(1):210.  
  • Echocardiographic predictors of reoperation for subaortic stenosis in children and adults. Theocharis P, Viola N, Papamichael ND, Kaarne M, Bharucha T. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2019 Sep 1;56(3):549-556.  
  • Valve-sparing aortic root replacement in adult patients previously operated for congenital heart defects: an initial experience. Baliulis G, Ropponen JO, Salmon TP, Kaarne MO. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2016 Jul;50(1):155-9.  
  • Midterm evaluation of biological prosthetic valves in the pulmonary position of grown-up patients. Vohra HA, Whistance RN, Baliulis G, Janusauskas V, Kaarne M, Veldtman GR, Roman K, Vettukattil JJ, Gnanapragasam J, Salmon AP, Haw MP. Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2012 Apr;60(3):205-9.  
  • Surgical approaches to the blalock shunt: does the approach matter? Shauq A, Agarwal V, Karunaratne A, Gladman G, Pozzi M, Kaarne M, Ladusans EJ. Heart Lung Circ. 2010 Aug;19(8):460-4.  
  • Auditing a nationwide vascular registry–the 4-year Finnvasc experience. Finnvasc Study Group. Kantonen I, Lepäntalo M, Salenius JP, Forsström E, Hakkarainen T, Huusari H, Jaakkola A, Kaarne M, Kaartinen P, Kivivuori R, Kostiainen S, Lehtonen J, Loponen P, Luther M, Mäenpää I, Nikula P, Riekkinen H, Rissanen K, Vilkko P, Ylönen K. Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg. 1997 Dec;14(6):468-74. 

Secretary tel no: 023 8120 5911

Specialty 

  • Cardiac surgery  

Sub-specialty 

  • Paediatric and congenital cardiac surgery 

Training and education 

  • Medical degree, Copenhagen University, Denmark, 1990. 
  • Residency, Copenhagen University, Denmark. 
  • Fellowship, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. 
  • Fellowship, Stanford University Medical Centre, California, USA. 

Experience 

Mr Lavrsen completed his medical school and early postgraduate training in Denmark. His cardiothoracic training then took him through a number of American centres including Harvard, Stanford, culminating in a position as a surgeon at the Oregon Health and Science University Hospital, USA, where he served as a paediatric and adult congenital cardiac surgeon for two years. 

Mr Lavrsen joined the trust as a consultant cardiac surgeon in July 2011. Areas of interest include valve surgery and atrioventricular septal defect repair. 

Mr Lavresen’s publications include: 

  • Midterm results of the modified Ross/Konno procedure in neonates and infants. Maeda K, Rizal RE, Lavrsen M, Malhotra SP, Akram SA, Davies R, Suleman S, Reinhartz O, Murphy DJ, Hanley FL, Reddy VM. Ann Thorac Surg. 2012 Jul;94(1):156-62; discussion 162-3 
  • Early outcomes of primary sutureless repair of the pulmonary veins. Azakie A, Lavrsen MJ, Johnson NC, Sapru A. Ann Thorac Surg. 2011 Aug;92(2):666-71; discussion 671-2.  
  • Cardiac surgery in low birth weight infants: current outcomes. Azakie A, Johnson NC, Anagnostopoulos PV, Egrie GD, Lavrsen MJ, Sapru A. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2011 Mar;12(3):409-13, discussion 414. 
  • Successful emergency surgery on triple-vessel spontaneous coronary artery dissection. Ooi A, Lavrsen M, Monro J, Langley SM. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2004 Aug;26(2):447-9. 

 

Secretary tel no: 023 8120 5911

Specialty 

  • Cardiac surgery 

Sub-specialty 

  • Paediatric and adult congenital cardiac surgery 

 Training and education 

  • Laurea in Medicina e Chirurgia, University of Verona, Italy, 1996. 
  • Residency cardiothoracic surgery, Hadassah University Hospital, Jerusalem, 1997. 
  • Specialist CTS surgery, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2004. 
  • Cardiothoracic surgery fellowship, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, 2005 to 2008. 
  • Pediatric cardiovascular surgery, University of Toronto, Canada, 2008 to 2009.  

Experience 

Mr Viola undertook his medical training in his home country of Italy before training in cardiothoracic surgery in Israel. He initially joined the trust in 2005 as a cardiothoracic fellow, completing his training with a congenital surgical fellowship at Sick Kids in Toronto, before returning to Southampton in 2010. 

He runs the clinical governance programme in congenital cardiac surgery and is surgical lead for the extracorporeal life support (ECLS) program. Areas of interest include neonatal surgery, complex reconstructive surgery and the Norwood operation. 

Research 

  • Key Questions in cardiac surgery. Moorjani N, Viola N, Ohri S. TFM Publishing Ltd 
  • Echocardiographic predictors of reoperation for subaortic stenosis in children and adults. Theocharis P, Viola N, Papamichael ND, Kaarne M, Bharucha T. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2019 Sep 1;56(3):549-556.  
  • Hybrid strategies for high-risk non-hypoplastic left heart syndrome patients. Rehman SM, Ravaglioli A, Singappuli K, Roman K, Gnanapragasam J, Samarasinghe D, Viola N. J Card Surg. 2018 Jul;33(7):399-401.  
  • Pulmonary Vein Stenosis in Infants: A Systematic Review, Meta-Analysis, and Meta-Regression. Backes CH, Nealon E, Armstrong AK, Cua CL, Mitchell C, Krishnan U, Vanderlaan RD, Song MK, Viola N, Smith CV, McConnell PI, Rivera BK, Bridge J. J Pediatr. 2018 Jul;198:36-45.e3. 
  • Short-term renal support in postoperative repair of tetralogy of Fallot in the paediatric intensive care unit: can we predict those who need it? Griksaitis MJ, Kemp RR, Dyer RJ, Gnanapragasam JP, Viola N, Macintosh I, Sykes K. Cardiol Young. 2015 Apr;25(4):760-4.  
  • Restoring anterior leaflet continuity: the Spinnaker repair of Ebstein’s anomaly. Viola N, Vettukattil JJ, Haw MP. Ann Thorac Surg. 2011 Aug;92(2):752-4.  
  • Primary sutureless repair for infants with mixed total anomalous pulmonary venous drainage. Honjo O, Atlin CR, Hamilton BC, Al-Radi O, Viola N, Coles JG, Van Arsdell GS, Caldarone CA. Ann Thorac Surg. 2010 Sep;90(3):862-8. 
  • Midterm outcomes of myocardial revascularization in children. Viola N, Alghamdi AA, Al-Radi OO, Coles JG, Van Arsdell GS, Caldarone CA. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2010 Feb;139(2):333-8.  
  • When should we discontinue antiarrhythmic therapy for atrial fibrillation after coronary artery bypass grafting? A prospective randomized study. Izhar U, Ad N, Rudis E, Milgalter E, Korach A, Viola N, Levi E, Asraff G, Merin G, Elami A. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2005 Feb;129(2):401-6. 

Secretary tel no: 023 8120 5911

Specialty

  • Cardiac surgery

Sub-specialty

  • Paediatric and adult congenital cardiac surgery

Training and Education

  • Medical degree, Univeristà degli Studi di Siena, Italy, 2008.
  • Specialist in cardiac surgery, Univeristà degli Studi di Siena, 2014.
  • Pulmonary endarterectomy surgical fellowship, Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, UK, 2013-2014.
  • Heart and Lung transplant surgical fellowship, Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, 2014-2015.
  • Paediatric and Adult cardiothoracic surgical fellowship, University Hospital Southampton, 2015-2019.
  • Paediatric and Adult Congenital consultant cardiac surgeon, Ospedale del Cuore, FTGM, Massa, Italy, 2019-2021

Experience

Mr Ravaglioli completed his medical and surgical training in Italy before moving in the UK. He spent two years at Papworth as a surgical fellow to improve my experience in transplant and mechanical circulatory support (ECMO and VAD), joining UHS in 2015 as a cardiothoracic fellow with special interest in congenital cardiac surgery. In 2019 he returned to Italy as a locum consultant congenital surgeon at Ospedale del Cuore in Italy, but rejoined UHS as a consultant surgeon in February 2021.

Areas of interest include neonatal and valve surgery.

Mr Ravaglioli’s publications include:

  • Pulmonary endarterectomy is effective and safe in patients with hemoglobinopathies and abnormal red blood cells: the Papworth experience. Balakrishnan Mahesh, Martin Besser, Antonio Ravaglioli, Joanna Pepke-Zaba, Guillermo Martinez, Andrew Klein, Choo Ng, Steven Tsui, John Dunning, David P. Jenkins. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg (2016) Sept; 50(3):537-541
  • Hybrid strategies for high-risk non-hypoplastic left heart syndrome patients. Syed Moby Rehman, Antonio Ravaglioli, Kanchana Singappuli, Kevin Roman, James Gnanapragasam, Duminda Samarasinghe, Nicola Viola. J Card Surg (2018) Jul;33(7):399-401
  • Retrieval team-initiated early donor management increases the donor heart utilization rate for transplantation. Cristina Barbero, Antonio Ravaglioli, Aravinda Page, Graham Betts, Stephen Fakelman, Evgeny Pavlushkov, Simon Messer, Barbora Parizkova, Marius Berman, Steven Tsui. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg (2019) Mar 1;55(3):468-475
  • The different surgical impact of the superior cavoatrial incision in children and adults. Lamia Ait Ali, Antonio Ravaglioli, Pierluigi Festa, Alessandro Tamburrini, Chiara Marrone, Magdalena Cuman, Cecilia Farnetani, Vitali Pak, Mario Chiavarelli, Duccio Federici . Cardiol Young (2020) 15:1-5
  • Pitfalls in surgical repair of Fallot’s tetralogy: the “ventricular subaortic pouch”. Duccio Federici, Lamia Ait-Ali, Antonio Ravaglioli, Pierluigi Festa Dante Chiappino, Vitali Pak, Alberto Clemente. J Card Surg (2021) Jun; 36(6):2164-2167
  • The impact of native Fallot anatomy on future therapeutic requirements and outcomes at follow-up. Antonio Ravaglioli, Lamia Ait Ali, Duccio Federici, Stefano Salvadori, Arketa Pllumi, Vitali Pak, Chiara Marrone, Alessandra Pizzuto, Philipp Bonhoeffer, Pierluigi Festa. Cardiovascular ultrasound (2021) Jun 19;19(1):23
  • Neo-aortic posterior sinus of Valsalva reduction and closed coronary artery transfer as a method to approach aorto-pulmonary mismatch in transposition of great arteries. Luigi Arcieri, A Brambilla, Antonio Ravaglioli, Cecilia Viacava, Duccio Federici, Vincenzo Poli, Vitali Pak, Bruno Murzi. J Card Surg (2021)

Children's cardiac nurse specialists (CCNS)

Children’s cardiac nurse specialists (CCNS) are senior nurses who support families from fetal diagnosis through to transition to adult services.

They can provide written information and diagrams of a child’s heart condition, along with details of how to access further information and local and national support groups.

Although a child’s cardiologist (heart doctor) will spend time with parents to explain the diagnosis and necessary treatment, many parents feel they would like further explanation and support. The CCNS helpline is always available to patients and families.

The nurses can offer advice on a number of matters, including hospital stays, a child’s surgery, financial and education issues, community support and lifestyle advice. Parents are also welcome to talk through any other concerns with them.

They are available Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm. 

Tel no. 023 8120 4659 

Outside of these hours please contact Ocean Ward on 023 8120 6470).

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Catherine SmithTel no: 023 8120 4659

Children's cardiac ward

E1 - Ocean Ward

E1 provides specialised family-centred care for newborn babies, children and teenagers and includes facilities for patients with physical disabilities.

Ocean Ward (E1) tel no. 023 8120 6470

Click here for more information about Ocean Ward.

Adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) cardiologists


Dr Carroll is experienced in all aspects of adult cardiology, specialising in caring for those with congenital heart disease. She has a special interest in echocardiography, advanced heart failure management and heart disease in pregnancy.

Secretary tel no: 023 8120 5942


Dr Smith is a consultant cardiologist.

Secretary tel no: 023 8120 5942

 


Dr Fitzsimmons joined the adult congenital cardiac team in October 2013. She has a specialist interest in pulmonary arterial hypertension in adult congenital heart disease (ACHD), care for women with cardiac problems during pregnancy and Fontan circulation patients.

Dr Fitzsimmons is an experienced and accredited member of the British Society of Echocardiography in transthoracic and transoesophageal echocardiography.

Secretary tel no: 023 8120 3687


Secretary tel no: 023 8120 3687 and 023 8120 5942


Secretary tel no: 023 8120 3687 and 023 8120 5942

Adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) nurse specialists

You can contact the adult congenital heart disease and pulmonary hypertension specialist nurses for additional advice and support. They are available on the contact number below Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm. 

Tel no. 023 81 20 4739


Tel no: 023 8120 4739


Tel no: 023 8120 4739


Tel no: 023 8120 4739


Tel no: 023 8120 4739