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Professor Massimo Caputo


I am recognised expert in several fields of cardiac surgery and I have given invited lectures on these topics at national and international meeting, educational seminars and postgraduate courses.  This includes being a faculty member on the Bristol Training Course in Cardiac Surgery, the Human Disease Course, the Paediatric Ground Round Program and the Bristol Paediatric Simulation Programme. In 2000 I was appointed to a Visiting Teacher position at the International Heart School “J W Kirklin” in Bergamo, Italy.  This is now recognised as the European School for Cardio-Thoracic Training. I am routinely involved in the preparation of monthly audits meetings for the Cardiothoracic Services at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and the Bristol heart Institute, and the junior doctors training for the Fellowship Examination. I am also the supervisor for Research Registrars with projects for Higher Degree thesis.

I have developed a monitoring system for assessing performance new surgical techniques, which greatly facilitate the auditing and constant monitoring of the results. This work has been widely published and has become fundamental in monitoring the training process of our specialist registers as well as the consultants in learning new surgical techniques.

Since January 2000, I have been involved as the chief surgeon, in the development of the Paediatric Cardiac Unit at the University of West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago, teaching local doctors and nurses, and since March 2006 I am an honorary surgeon for the International Compassionate Medical Assistance “CardioStart”, participating in a clinical and educational mission in Peru.

Since September 2009 I have started a video assisted anatomical course on the most common congenital abnormalities with videos recorded by myself of the most important surgical procedures performed at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. The lectures are run together with a cardiologist (for the pre-operative investigations) and have been greatly successful. The web site with all these interactive lectures is being developed:

Since 2010 I have also been appointed as surgical adviser for congenital heart surgery at the Bristol Medical Simulation Centre.

I act as external reviewer to several UK and European Universities for undergraduate and post-graduate degrees and Unit Assessment.

Since 2013 I am the teaching leader for the congenital heart disease theme for the MSc in Translational Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Bristol.

Since April 2014 I have been nominated academic mentor for the CardioThoracic and Vascular Residency Program at the Rush University Medical Center.