Masterclass 2019 - Keele - Heart Research UK

Masterclass 2019 – Keele


Surgery for Acute Aortic Dissection


We were delighted to hold the sixth aortic surgery masterclass in May 2019 which was hosted by the Keele Anatomy and Surgical Training Centre (KASTC) at Keele University. The masterclass gave 13 cardiac surgeons from across the UK the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of aortic surgery, with one-to-one supervision by the expert faculty.

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 introduced aortic surgery masterclasses with the aim of improving the care of aortic patients.

The course director, Miss Deborah Harrington, is part of a team of consultant 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, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Barts Heart Centre and Southampton General Hospital. We are very grateful to the faculty for giving up their time to share their skills and expertise.

We would like to thank our Aortic Dissection Support Group for helping to fund this Masterclass.


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

So far, 83 surgeons from hospitals across the UK have received training at our aortic surgery masterclasses.  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.

Due to the success and popularity of the aortic surgery masterclass, we are planning another for this year, to be held on 22 November 2019.