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Tristan D. Yan

Tristan D. Yan, BSc(Med). MB.BS. MS. MD. Ph.D. FRACS.
Professor of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Macquarie University Hospital
Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
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Adult Cardiac Surgery
General Thoracic Surgery


General Surgery, St George Hospital, Sydney, Australia
Vascular Surgery, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, Australia
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia
Heart and Lung Transplantation Surgery, St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, Australia
Paediatric Cardiac Surgery, the Children's Hospital, Westmead, Australia
Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons - Cardiothoracic Surgery Specialty (FRACS)
Sugarbaker Oncology, Washington DC, USA
Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Robotic Thoracic Surgery, Hackensack NJ, USA
Aortic Surgery, Liverpool, England
Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, Leipzig, Germany
Professor of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Macquarie University
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, Central Clinical School, University of Sydney
Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Macquarie University Hospital
Chairman, Collaborative Research (CORE) Group International
Chairman, International Aortic Arch Surgery Study Group
Co-President, Asia-Pacific Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
Editor-in-Chief, Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery (ACS)
Executive Editor-in-Chief (Cardiovascular Surgery), Journal of Thoracic Disease (JTD)
Associate Editor (Cardiac Surgery), European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery (EJCTS)
Member, European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery (EACTS)


Aortic Surgery
Minimally Invasive Aortic Surgery
Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery


Academic Achievements

Professor Tristan Yan has authored or co-authored more than 200 articles and textbook chapters, with an h-index of 32. Throughout his career, he has always aimed for the highest integrity towards clinical data, as he strongly advocates evidence-based medicine, rigorously pursues high-level evidence, continuously publishes research articles in high-impact journals, and actively promotes wide dissemination of research information in a timely, accurate and scientific manner. At least 40 of his papers have been published in journals with an impact factor above 4 and in the majority of these he is the first, or the corresponding author. During the past year his team has published more than 30 scientific publications.


Professor Yan is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery (ACS). This journal reflects his unique vision in cardiothoracic surgery, in that ACS will become a comprehensive video resource of cardiothoracic surgical procedures that truly embraces today’s technological and multimedia environment. The innovative format is further epitomized by its highly scientific Systematic Review and Meta-analysis and richly illustrated Art of Operative Techniques sections. As the pioneering format of ACS has not been seen in any other surgical journals, its themed issues, accompanied by video articles from leading surgeons, may become a model for future surgical journals. The uniqueness of ACS offers an unparalleled insight into cardiothoracic surgery. ACS has been accepted for inclusion by PubMed Central.

Professor Yan has several other editorial commitments including Executive Editor-in-Chief (Cardiovascular Surgery) for the Journal of Thoracic Disease, Associate Editor (Cardiac Surgery) of the European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery and CTSNet Editor for Journal and News Scan section of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Network. He is an external reviewer of National Institute of Clinical Evidence (NICE) for Health Technology Assessment. He is also on the journal review board for 15 journals, including Annals of Surgery, Annals of Surgical Oncology, British Journal of Cancer, British Journal of Surgery, Cancer, Cochrane Systematic Review Protocol, and Heart, amongst others.


Professor Yan’s team of twenty individuals is among the most productive in the world for clinical research and evidence synthesis in surgery, with a specific focus on cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. He has personally trained each member of his team in systematic review, meta-analysis, propensity score analysis and academic writing. He is currently co-supervising two PhD Research Fellows. Within the last five years he has successfully co-supervised more than ten research candidates. His students have national training numbers, research fellowship positions and fast career progressions, with some of them achieving more than 50 publications. This highlights the coherence and efficient collaboration between his team that he has personally fostered. He also provides clinical teaching and mentoring to the junior surgical registrars, preparing them for the next level of their clinical responsibility. 

International Collaborations

Professor Yan is the Chairman of Collaborative Research (CORE) Group International, a cohesive and highly networked research organization in cardiovascular, thoracic and oncologic surgery, which is strongly supported by his international collaborators. He has established the largest multi-national Aortic ARCH Projects, involving 12,500 patients from 36 leading aortic centers from 10 countries, and the VATS Lobectomy Consensus Group, involving 50 world experts in Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery. CORE Group is also in the process of obtaining an international accreditation from National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) as a sign of high standard information development.


Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BSc.MB.BS), University of New South Wales
Master of Surgery (MS), University of Sydney
Doctor of Medicine (MD), University of New South Wales
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D), University of New South Wales