Surgery for Acute Aortic Dissection

Aortic surgery is a highly-specialised area and is difficult to train for because the operations are complex and the numbers of patients are small.


We were delighted to hold the eighth aortic surgery masterclass in May 2021 which was hosted by the Keele Anatomy and Surgical Training Centre (KASTC) at Keele University. The masterclass gave 14 cardiac surgeons from across the UK the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience of aortic surgery, with one-to-one supervision by the expert faculty.


The course director, Miss Deborah Harrington, is part of a team of cardiac surgeons at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital which is recognised as one of the leading centres in aortic surgery in the UK.  The faculty included talented and experienced consultant cardiac surgeons from Northern General Hospital in Sheffield, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Barts Heart Centre and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. We are indebted to the faculty for giving up their time to share their invaluable skills and expertise.


Miss Harrington said “’A massive thankyou to Heart Research UK for enabling the Aortic Dissection Masterclass at Keele Anatomy & Surgical Training Centre last week. It was fantastic for both delegates and Faculty to be able to meet up in person and enjoy discussions and training in complex operative procedures, which have been sadly lacking throughout the COVID pandemic. I am sure that many aortic dissection patients will continue to benefit in the future.’


We would like to thank our supporters who have helped to fund this Masterclass.

This course was accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

So far, 112 surgeons from hospitals across the UK have received training at our aortic surgery masterclasses.  We introduced aortic surgery masterclasses with the aim of improving the care of aortic patients and we hope that the new surgical skills learned will benefit patients across the country as more surgeons have the expertise to carry out these life-saving operations.

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