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Announcing CTSNet's New Editor in Chief: Joel Dunning

Thursday, April 6, 2023

CTSNet is pleased to announce our new editor in chief, Joel Dunning, FRCS (Cth), PhD. Dr. Dunning is a thoracic surgeon and longtime contributing editor with CTSNet, and we are excited to welcome him into his new position with the organization.

Joel completed medical school at Oxford University and obtained his PhD at Manchester University, helping NICE in the UK as a systematic reviewer to create national guidelines in emergency medicine. He transitioned into cardiothoracic surgery after that, creating projects in evidence-based surgery with the ICVTS during his training, and was an associate editor for the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EJCTS) for six years. He has coauthored eighteen international guidelines and is the first author on nine of them. In addition, Joel created the cardiothoracic advanced life support course, which holds 600 courses worldwide per year. He has led heart surgery humanitarian missions to Ghana since 2019 and runs Pace4life, a charity that implanted 200 reconditioned pacemakers last year. 

Today, Joel is a cardiothoracic surgeon at James Cook University Hospital in the UK. He specializes in minimally invasive thoracic surgery and teaches teams in robotic thoracic surgery for Intuitive, Cambridge Medical Robotics, and LIVSMED wristed instruments. 

Hear more from Joel about his vision for CTSNet in this exclusive video.

Make sure to also listen to The Beat with Joel Dunning, the revamped version of CTSNet’s flagship podcast featuring the most popular content on and breaking cardiothoracic news and research from around the world.


CTSNet continues to exceed expectations!! Mark Ferguson has been a stalwart advocate for education and collaboration within this community, and has now passed the baton to another amazing colleague. I look forward to seeing what comes next in moving this initiative forward.

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