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Joel Dunning

Joel Dunning, FRCS, PhD

James Cook University Hospital, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Marton Road
Middlesbrough  TS4 3BW
United Kingdom
+44780 154 8122
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Surgeon - Cardiothoracic



I did my medical school training at Oxford University at a time when evidence based medicine was taking off. I then went to Manchester for my junior doctor positions and worked for Professor Mackway Jones who had just set up Best Evidence Topics in Emergency Medicine. He encouraged me to set up a 10 centre study in children's head injuries that became my PhD and I helped NICE to create National Guidelines in this area.
I then entered Cardiothoracic Surgery and continued projects in Evidence Based Surgery first inspired by Prof Ludwig Von Segesser to create Best BETS in Cardiothoracic Surgery for the ICVTS and then by Sam Nashef on the EACTS Clinical Guidelines committee to start to produce guidelines for our community.
I am currently promoting guidelines for the management of arrests after cardiac surgery which I still think is the most important guideline that I have ever helped to create and has the potential to save the most lives.

Clinically I spend a lot of my time doing minimally invasive Thoracic Surgery. I particularly like trying our new techniques for both robotic and VATS surgery including subxiphoid approaches for lobectomy and the thymus. I am involved in the development of a few novel devices including a new 5mm stapler.

And of course I love making videos, being involved in CTSNet and watching all your videos, so if you have anything great that you would like everyone to see, please get in contact and we will get it posted for you !!

Other Interests

EACTS guidelines for resuscitation after Cardiac Surgery.
EACTS guidelines for antiplatelet and anticoagulation management of patients undergoing cardiac surgery
EACTS Guidelines for preoperative medications after cardiac surgery - due late 2016
EACTS guidelines for the Management of Atrial Fibrillation
EACTS guidelines for the Surgical managment of Atrial Fibrillation
Cardiothoracic Advanced Life Support - guidelines for cardiac arrest in the CICU
Best Evidence Topics in Cardiothoracic surgery at
Associate Editor of the EJCTS for Cardiac surgery
Co-Editor in Chief of CTSNet
NICOR research and development board
SCTS academic and research board


Chairman of the EACTS guidelines for perioperative medications after cardiac surgery 

Chairman of the STS Expert consensus guidelines on the managment of arrest after cardiac surgery due for publication Jan 2016

PI of VIOLET Study ( VATS Versus open lobectomy) 

PI of PULMICC ( Surgery versus conservative treatment for colorectal metastases) 

CI of radiolabelled lung nodule excision study at James Cook University Hospital 

Currently researching novel ways to perform VATS lobectomy - 


Additional Educational Information

Oxford University BA(Hons) 1994, BM.BCh(oxon) 1997

Royal College of Surgeons Research Fellowship 2002

PhD Manchester University 2004