Heart Research UK's first ever Aortic Fellow is specialist cardiothoracic registrar Omar Nawaytou.
Our funding of the Fellowship follows successful Masterclasses in aortic arch surgery over the past three years at the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital.
Aortic surgery is a highly specialised and complex field, and such a Fellowship opportunity is not available elsewhere in the UK. The Thoracic Aortic Service in Liverpool is the largest of its kind in the UK and performs all types of aortic surgery.
Omar was previously based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and is excited about the role. “I have always been interested in aortic surgery and I think there is huge scope for development in this area.
“There is still a gap in diagnosis of aortic dissection, and a gap in referrals of patients and there is definitely a gap in the number of well-trained surgeons able to perform these operations.
”We also need to raise awareness through a higher index of suspicion so that doctors and GPs are picking up earlier signs of aortic dissection.”
Omar started early in 2016 and has been working with consultant cardiac surgeons Professor Aung Oo, Mr Manoj Kuduvalli, Mr Mark Field and Miss Deborah Harrington, giving him unparalleled experience in different aortic operations, developing the skills and expertise needed to carry out these lifesaving operations.
Originally from Egypt, Omar studied medicine at Cairo University which was followed by two postgraduate degrees in general surgery and training in cardiothoracic surgery in Cairo.
Omar was a Specialist Registrar in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham - the major aortic referral centre for the Midlands and Wales.
Aortic Surgery Fellowship success
The Aortic Surgery Fellowship was awarded to Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital and gave trainee cardiothoracic surgeon, Omar Nawaytou, the opportunity to work with, and learn from, a team of experienced surgeons.
Aortic surgery is a highly specialised and complex field of surgery. The Thoracic Aortic Service at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital is the largest of its kind in the UK and performs all types of aortic surgery.
During the 12 month Fellowship, Omar worked with consultant cardiac surgeons Professor Aung Oo, Mr Manoj Kuduvalli, Mr Mark Field and Miss Deborah Harrington. This gave him unparalleled experience of different aortic operations, and the skills and expertise to carry out these lifesaving operations.
Also, Omar became proficient at reviewing new patients and deciding on their management plan, was responsible for the aortic patients in intensive care and on the wards, and was first on call for emergency aortic cases.
Omar has now completed the Fellowship and we are delighted that he has been appointed as a locum consultant aortic surgeon at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, joining the team of surgeons who have been his mentors during the Fellowship.
Omar said “The HRUK Fellowship has been pivotal to my career and I have learnt a great deal. It has expanded my knowledge of aortic surgery, and allowed me to translate this knowledge and expertise for the benefit of patients and the community.”