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Hull Surgeon Learns From Heart Masterclass
Prof Malakh Shrestha, Mr Sendhil K Balasubramanian, Mr Jorge Mascaro, Mr Aung Oo
A Hull cardiac surgeon has taken part in a national Masterclass to learn a new surgical technique that could save the lives of his patients who need heart surgery.

Senior Registrar CT Surgery, Sendhil K Balasubramanian from Castle Hill Hospital, Hull, attended the Masterclass funded by national charity Heart Research UK and held in the Human Anatomy Resource Centre at the University of Liverpool.

The class topic was 'aortic arch surgery' - a specialist area which the majority of heart surgeons rarely come into contact with. It is difficult to train in this type of surgery because the operations are complex and the numbers of patients are small.

Senior Registrar Mr Balasubramanian spoke about the importance of the Masterclass:
"It will improve my patients' care, as well as improving patient safety and quality of care in cardiothoracic surgery."

Led by Miss Deborah Harrington and Mr Aung Oo, Consultant Cardiac Surgeons at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, the Masterclass will provide a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience of total aortic arch replacement.

Deborah Harrington said:
"It was fantastic to have such an eminent European faculty. We had lively debates and excellent presentations from Professor Roberto Di Bartolomeo and Professor Malakh Shrestha. I am sure the opportunity to perform such complex surgery will benefit future generations for patients."

Barbara Harpham, National Director at Heart Research UK said:
"This was opportunity for our expert surgeons of tomorrow to expand their knowledge and get hands-on experience. Aortic arch surgery is rarely encountered by cardiac surgeons and this Masterclass allowed them to get a more practical understanding of this complex, specialist surgery. Above all, patients across the country will benefit as more surgeons will have expertise to carry out this lifesaving operation."

The first HRUK Masterclass took place in 2012 at the University of Oxford and this is the fourth to be funded by the charity. The Oxford Masterclass gave heart surgeons the opportunity to learn from world-renowned experts about a range of heart bypass surgery techniques which could help save the lives of more people all over the UK.

The series of Masterclasses, which are funded by national charity Heart Research UK, aim to give clinicians the opportunity to learn about the best techniques and the latest treatments so they can be used at their own centres around the UK.

Hull Surgeon Learns From Heart Masterclass, 14th November 2014, 21:54 PM