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Cha Rajakaruna

Cha Rajakaruna, M.D. FRCS

Bristol Heart Institute
Level 7
Bristol Heart Institute
Bristol  BS2 8HW
United Kingdom
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Surgeon - Cardiothoracic


I am an adult heart surgeon with a specialist interest in aortic and endovascular surgery. I have been performing heart operations since 2009. My training involved 4 major heart centres in the UK (Kings colllege hospital in London, Brighton heart centre, Plymouth heart Centre and Bristol Heart Institute). This involved training from over 12 heart surgeons over 6 years. In this time I also completed my reseach into beating heart surgery and obtained a higher specialist degree. The final part of my training was spent in the US with Prof Elefteriades at the Yale Aortic institute. Yale school of Medcine USA. Here I obtained specialist training in aortic and endovascular stent treatments for aneurysm of the aorta in the chest.

I was appointed to the Bristol Heart Institute/University of Bristol (Consultant senior lecturer) in July 2013.

My current areas of practice are

Coronary artery bypass surgery (including beating heart surgery)

Minimally invasive aortic vlave replacements

Mitral valve repair/replacement

Major thoracic aortic surgery including endovascular treatments for aneurysms and dissections (including type B dissections in the descending aorta)

Minimally invasive atrial fibrillation surgery

Transcather aortic valve implanation surgery (structural heart disease team)

A link to results

Other Interests

Aortic and Endovascular Surgery of the Thoracic Aorta


Genomic associations of bicuspid aortopathy

Development of Biomarkers of aortic aneurysm disease

Additional Educational Information

Mb ChB University of Leicester

Membership awarded of the Royal College of surgeons England and Edinburgh

MD Univeristy of Bristol (Research Degree in beating heart surgery)

Cardiothoracic Specialist Training (UK) London, Plymouth and Bristol

FRCS (C-Th) 2012 (Specialist examination)

2012-2013 Aortic Fellowship and endovascular fellowship- Yale Aortic Institute, Yale School of medicine. USA

Consultant Cardiac Surgeon and Senior Lecturer Bristol Heart Institute/ University of Bristol since 2013


Practice Areas

  • Cardiac
  • Minimally Invasive
  • Coronary disease
  • Electrophysiology/arrhythmia
  • Endocarditis
  • Extracorporeal circulation
  • Great vessels
  • Aorta
  • Endovascular