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Robert George

Robert Sobhi George, MBA, PhD, FRCS-CTh

University College London Hospitals (UCLH)
16-18 Westmoreland Street
London  W1G 8PH
United Kingdom
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Surgeon - Cardiothoracic


Higher Surgical Training in Cardiothoracic Surgery:
Clinical Research Fellow - Harefield Hospital, RBHT, London, UK (2005 - 2009)
Speciality Trainee in Cardiac Surgery - Leeds Teaching Hospitals, UK (Feb 2010 - July 2011)
Speciality Trainee in Thoracic Surgery - West Yorkshire and the Humber Deanery, UK (July 2011 - Sep 2016)

Surgical Training:
PRHO Surgery & Medicine - Portsmouth Hospitals, UK (2000 - 2001)
SHO in A&E - Medway Maritime Hospital, UK (2001 - 2002)
Basic Surgical Training - Queen Mary's Sidcup, London, UK (2002 - 2004)
SHO Cardiac Surgery - St Thomas's Hospital, London, UK (2003)
Senior SHO Cardiothoracic Surgery - Royal Brompton Hospital, RBHT, London, UK (2004 - 2005)

Other Interests

General Thoracic Surgery
VATS Surgery
Medical devices and technology
Reading, Music, Gym, Chess, Travelling, Photography


1) George RS, Milton R, Chaudhuri N, Kefaloyannis E, Papagiannopoulos K.
Totally Endoscopic (VATS) First Rib Resection for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2016

2) Acharya MN, George RS, Loubani M
A rare case of occult splenic rupture after left pneumonectomy
Journal of Surgical Case Reports 2016;2016(5)

3) Robert S. George and Kostas Papagiannopoulos.
Advances in Chest Drain Management in Thoracic Disease.
Journal of Thoracic Disease 2016;8(Suppl 1):S55-S64

4) Kouritas VK, George RS, Brunelli A, Kefaloyannis E
Lung herniation after uniportal video-assisted thoracic surgery lobectomy presenting with subcutaneous surgical emphysema
European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2016;49(4):1288

5) Robert S. George and Kostas Papagiannopoulos
Vacuum Assisted Closure for Complicated Reconstructions.
Current Surgery Reports 2015;3(5), DOI 10.1007/s40137-015-0090-5

6) Kostopanagiotou K, George RS, Kefaloyannis E, Papagiannopoulos K
Novel technique in managing bronchobiliary fistula in adults: Endobronchial embolization using silicone spigots in 2 cases
Annals of Thoracic Medicine 2015;10(1):67-8

7) George RS, Kostopanagiotou K, Papagiannopoulos K
The expanded role of extracellular matrix patch in malignant and non-malignant chest wall reconstruction in thoracic surgery
Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery 2014;18(3):335-9

8) George RS, Birks EJ, Cheetham A, Webb C, Smolenski RT, Khaghani A, Yacoub MH, Kelion A
The effect of long-term left ventricular assist device support on myocardial sympathetic activity in patients with non-ischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy
European Journal of Heart Failure 2013;15(9):1035-43

9) Nunan D, Sandercock GR, George RS, Jakovljevic DG, Donovan G, Bougard R, Yacoub MH, Brodie DA, Birks EJ
Cardiovascular autonomic control in patients undergoing left ventricular assist device (LVAD) support and pharmacologic therapy
International Journal of Cardiology 2013;168(4):4145-9

10) Marshall A, Cheetham A, George RS, Mason M, Kelion AD
Cardiac iodine-123 metaiodobenzylguanidine imaging predicts ventricular arrhythmia in heart failure patients receiving an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator for primary prevention
Heart 2012;98(18):1359-65

11) Birks EJ, George RS, Firouzi A, Wright G, Bahrami T, Yacoub MH, Khaghani A
Long-term outcomes of patients bridged to recovery versus patients bridged to transplantation
Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 2012;144(1):190-6

12) EJ Birks, RS George, M Hedger, T Bahrami, P Wilton, CT Bowles, C Webb, R Bougard, M Amrani, MH Yacoub, G Dreyfus, A Khaghani
Reversal of Severe Heart Failure Using A Continuous Flow Left Ventricular Assist Device and Pharmacologic Therapy: A Prospective Study
Circulation 2011;123(4):381-390

13) Jakovljevic DG, Birks EJ, George RS, Trenell MI, Seferovic PM, Yacoub MH, Brodie DA
Relationship between peak cardiac pumping capability and selected exercise-derived prognostic indicators in patients treated with left ventricular assist devices
European Journal of Heart Failure 2011;13(9):992-9

14) Kaul P, George R, Paniagua R, Petsa A, Congiu S
Innominate truncal dissection and rupture into right pleural cavity following acute type A dissection of the aorta with right coronary ostial avulsion and inferior STEMI
Perfusion 2011;26(5):435-40

15) Birks EJ, George RS
Molecular changes occurring during reverse remodelling following left ventricular assist device support
Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research 2010;3(6):635-42

16) RS George, NK Sabharwal, C Webb, MH Yacoub, CT Bowles, M Hedger, A Khaghani, EJ Birks
Echocardiographic assessment of flow across continuous flow ventricular assist devices at low speeds
Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation 2010;29(11):1245-52

17) Jakovljevic DG, George RS, Nunan D, Donovan G, Bougard RS, Yacoub MH, Birks EJ, Brodie DA
The impact of acute reduction of continuous-flow left ventricular assist device support on cardiac and exercise performance
Heart 2010;96(17):1390-5

18) Jakovljevic DG, George RS, Donovan G, Nunan D, Henderson K, Bougard RS, Yacoub MH, Birks EJ, Brodie DA
Comparison of cardiac power output and exercise performance in patients with left ventricular assist devices, explanted (recovered) patients, and those with moderate to severe heart failure
American Journal of Cardiology 2010;105(12):1780-5

19) George RS, Khaghani C, Bowles CT, Khaghani A, Birks EJ
Sustained myocardial recovery 5 years after in situ disconnection of a Jarvik 2000 device
Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation 2010;29(5):587-8

20) El-Hamamsy I, Eryigit Z, Stevens LM, Sarang Z, George R, Clark L, Melina G, Takkenberg JJ, Yacoub MH
Long-term outcomes after autograft versus homograft aortic root replacement in adults with aortic valve disease: a randomised controlled trial
Lancet 2010;376(9470):524-531

21) MH Yacoub, I El-Hamamsy, KSaid, G Magdi, F Abul Enein, R George, A Rossi, I Olivotto, F Cecchi
The Left Ventricular Outflow Tract in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: From Structure to Function
Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research 2009;2(4):510-517

22) LE Felkin, E Lara-Pezzi, R George, MH Yacoub, EJ Birks, PJR Barton
Expression of extracellular matrix genes during myocardial recovery from heart failure following left ventricular assist Device (LVAD) Support
Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation 2009;28(2):117-122

23) George RS, Yacoub MH, Bowles CT, Hipkin M, Rogers P, Hallas C, Banner NR, Dreyfus G, Khaghani A, Birks EJ
Quality of life after removal of left ventricular assist device for myocardial recovery.
Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation 2008;27(2):165-72

24) George RS, Yacoub MH, Tasca G, Webb C, Bowles CT, Tansley P, Hardy JP, Dreyfus G, Khaghani A, Birks EJ
Hemodynamic and echocardiographic responses to acute interruption of left ventricular assist device support: relevance to assessment of myocardial recovery.
Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation 2007;26(10):967-73

25) E Lara-Pezzi, L Felkin, EJ Birks, P Sarathchandra, KD Panse, R George, JL Hall, MH Yacoub, N Rosenthal, PJR Barton
Expression of follistatin-related genes is altered in heart failure.
Endocrinology 2008;149:5822-27

26) George RS, Birks EJ, Radley-Smith RC, Khaghani A, Yacoub M
Bridge to transplantation with a left ventricular assist device for systemic ventricular failure after Mustard procedure.
Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2007;83(1):306-8

27) N Latif, M Yacoub, RS George, P Barton, EJ Birks
Changes in Sarcomeric, Non-Sarcomeric Proteins and Focal Adhesion Molecules During Clinical Myocardial Recovery Following Left Ventricular Assist Device Support
Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation 2007;26(3):230-5

28) Hall JL, Birks EJ, Grindle S, Cullen ME, Barton PJ, Rider JE, Lee S, Harwalker S, Mariash A, Adhikari N, Charles NJ, Felkin LE, Polster S, George RS, Miller LW, Yacoub MH
Molecular signature of recovery following combination left ventricular assist device (LVAD) support and pharmacologic therapy.
European Heart Journal 2007;28(5):613-27

29) Chester AH, Azam R, Felkin LE, George R, Brand N
Correlation between vascular responsivensss and expression of novel transcripts of the ETA-receptor in human vascular tissue.
Vascular Pharmacology 2007;46(3):181-7

30) Birks EJ, Tansley PD, Hardy J, George RS, Bowles CT, Burke M, Banner NR, Khaghani A, Yacoub MH
Left ventricular assist device and drug therapy for the reversal of heart failure.
New England Journal of Medicine 2006;355(18):1873-84.

31) George RS, Birks EJ, Haj-Yahia S, Bowles CT, Hall A, Khaghani A, Petrou M
Acinetobacter mediastinitis in a heart transplant patient.
Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2006;82(2):715-6

Additional Educational Information

Biological Sciences, Southampton University (1999)
Bachelor of Medicine, Southampton University (2000)
MRCSEd (2005)
MBA in Healthcare Management (2009)
PhD, Imperial College London (2011)
FRCS-CTh (2015)