Mr Sunil K Ohri

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FRCS (Eng, Ed & CTh)


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 surgery 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 ( 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 ( 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. Programme Director for Cardiothoracic Surgery Training for the Wessex Region. Currently on the editorial board of the journal Heart and the International Board of Cardiothoracic Network CTSnet. Examiner for the Intercollegiate Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Communication Secretary for the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain & Ireland.

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. He is currently on the editorial board of the journals Heart and is also on the International Board of the Cardiothoracic network, CTS net.

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 examiner for the examiner for the final FRCS (Cardiothoracic) Intercollegiate Examination. He is the Communication Secretary for the society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland.

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


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.