Mr Sunil K Ohri

Qualifications

MB BS

MD

FRCS (Eng, Ed & CTh)

FESC

Special experience and interests

Mr Ohri has been a Consultant Cardiac Surgeon in Southampton since 1998. He has performed over 5000 cardiac operations as primary surgeon, undertaking all aspects of adult cardiac surgery. He has a special interest in coronary artery bypass grafting, which he performs both using cardiopulmonary bypass and on the beating heart. He has founded the use of endoscopic vein harvesting in Southampton. He performs both aortic and mitral valve replacement surgery. In the field of aortic valve replacement he is one of two Consultant Surgeons in Southampton who undertakes transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVI).

Mr Ohri’s personal operative results, and those of the Cardiac Unit at UHS, are available for public scrutiny on the website of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland (www.scts.org). His personal operative outcomes, and those of the Cardiac Unit at UHS, have consistently been significantly better than expected when adjusted for surgical and operative risk. They compare very favourably within other Cardiac Units in the United Kingdom.

Mr Ohri’s experience and results at Spire Southampton Hospital are available for scrutiny on the Spire Hospital website (www.spirehealthcare.com). He has performed over 1000 cardiac procedures at this hospital with a mortality rate less than 0.25% for all cases. The outcomes for the Cardiac Surgical Group at Spire Southampton are especially outstanding considering the surgical and operative risk profiles of patients are equivalent to many much larger Cardiac Units in the United Kingdom. The risk adjusted surgical outcome data for Mr Ohri and the Cardiac Surgical Group are consistently updated on the Spire Southampton website.

Professional and research interests

Academic interests have resulted in the publication of over 120 peer-reviewed publications, 2 books of cardiac surgery and the award of research fellows of higher degrees (MD & PhD) by the University of Southampton. He is also on the editorial board of the journal Heart and the International Board of the Cardiothoracic Network, CTSnet. He is an Assessor for the Intercollegiate Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery Final FRCS examination. 

Mr Ohri’s academic interests and dedication to research are well established. He has been a Senior Lecturer at the University of Southampton since 1999. He has been the lead for clinical research in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University Hospital Southampton for over a decade. His primary research interests are in the pathophysiology of cardiopulmonary bypass and in molecular mechanisms of aortic wall re-modelling. This clinical research has resulted in the publication of over 120 peer reviewed publications, two books of Cardiac Surgery. In addition he has directed the research of cardiac surgical fellows and this has resulted in the Award of Higher Degrees (MD and PHD) by the University of Southampton. 

Mr Ohri is currently the Programme Director for Cardiothoracic Surgical training for registrars in South Central England. This incorporates all trainees in the University Hospital Southampton and those training in Oxford. Mr Ohri is an assessor for the examiner for the final FRCS (Cardiothoracic) Intercollegiate Examination. 

Current NHS and/or university posts

Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust (UHS)

Senior Lecturer, University of Southampton

Year of first medical qualification

1985

Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies

Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain & Ireland

Society for Thoracic Surgery (USA)

European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery

European Society of Cardiology

British Medical Association

Background Information

Mr Ohri qualified from the Middlesex Hospital, University of London in 1985 (now part of University College London). He trained in General Surgery in West London at the West Middlesex Hospital and the Hammersmith Hospital, Royal Postgraduate Medical School. He undertook his training in cardiothoracic surgery at Harefield Hospital, National Heart & Lung Institute, the Hammersmith Hospital and the Middlesex Hospital in London. He was British Heart Foundation Research Fellow in 1995 and this lead to the award of MD by the University of London. Mr Ohri was then a Locum Consultant Surgeon 1996-1997 at the Harefield Hospital, London before being appointed Consultant Cardiac Surgeon at UHS in 1998. He was appointed Senior Lecturer, University of Southampton in 1999.


Surgical Outcomes Data

Number and type of operations performed

This graph shows the number and percentage of each type of heart surgery done by this consultant surgeon. The number of operations is shown in the line going up the left hand side. The percentage (%) underneath each coloured bar shows how much of this consultant's heart surgery is made up each procedure type.

The 'key' underneath the graph shows what procedure(s) each coloured bar shows. The abbreviations used are explained below:

  • Isolated: This procedure has been carried out on its own. No other procedures were done during the same operation.
  • CABG: Coronary artery bypass grafting
  • AVR: Aortic valve replacement
  • MV: Mitral valve procedure

You can find out more about these procedures in the 'About cardiothoracic surgery' section. If you or someone you know if having heart surgery, it may be helpful to know whether the consultant does lots of that procedure. If you have questions or concerns about the number of procedures being done at your hospital, you should speak to your heart surgeon.

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In-hospital survival rate (risk adjusted)

This graph shows the percentage of patients who survived their operation and left hospital alive. This is the 'In-hospital survival rate'. Some patients are more unwell than others and some need more complex operations. Hence, hospitals and consultants perform a range of cardiac operations and the type of patients they operate on can differ. So that we can make fair comparisons between them, the survival rates have been 'risk adjusted' to take into account the illness of the patient and the complexity of the operation. The dot on the graph shows the risk-adjusted survival for the unit/surgeon you have selected and the number of operations performed over the last 3 year period. The blue line indicates the predicted survival and the red dotted lines the range of results expected, worked out by complex statistics.

For more information on understanding mortality rates, look at the Understanding the graphs page

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Average patient risk profile

Some risk factors like age, gender, and other medical problems can affect the outcome of heart surgery.

Each of the graphs below shows what percentage of this consultant's patients have each risk factor (light blue bar on the left) next to the average for the whole of the UK (dark blue bar on the right). This can tell you whether the consultant operates on high risk patients in general, and whether they specialise in doing particular types of complicated surgery, like operations on the thoracic aorta.

You can find out more about the risk factors in the 'About cardiothoracic surgery' section.

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Risk adjusted in-hospital survival for all surgeons

This graph shows the percentage of patients who survived their operation and left hospital alive. This is the 'In-hospital survival rate'. Some patients are more unwell than others and some need more complex operations. Hence, hospitals and consultants perform a range of cardiac operations and the type of patients they operate on can differ. So that we can make fair comparisons between them, the survival rates have been 'risk adjusted' to take into account the illness of the patient and the complexity of the operation. The dot on the graph shows the risk-adjusted survival for the unit/surgeon you have selected in comparison with the other units and surgeons in GB&I.