Department of Cardiovascular Sciences

Minimally Invasive Hybrid Percutaneous Techniques

Meet our Team


Enoch Akowuah - Moderator Enoch Akowuah is a Consultant Cardiac Surgeon at South Tees NHS Trust and a Senior Clinical Lecturer at Newcastle University. His clinical and research interest focus on minimally invasive cardiac surgery. He is the Chief Investigator for the UK Mini Mitral Trial, The PREPs Study and the MAVRIC Trial.

Hunaid Vohra - Moderator Hunaid Vohra is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Cardiac Surgery at the University of Bristol. He is the Principal investigator of LAAOS II, UK Mini-mitral and CO2 studies at the Bristol Heart Institute. His main focus of research has been on valve repair and minimally invasive valve surgery. He is the author of two books, Minimally Invasive Aortic Surgery and Minimally Invasive Mitral Surgery. He is the Co-chair of Innovation at the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of UK and Ireland.

Health Services Researchers

  • Rebecca Maier
  • Carol Gamble

Patient and Public Representatives

Wil Woan - PPI Member Wil Woan has worked in the voluntary sector for 20 years, with the last 5 years spent as CEO of Heart Valve Voice, the UK’s dedicated Heart Valve Disease Patient Organisation. During this time, Wil has launched several Parliamentary Reports into valve disease treatment in the UK, and has recently set up a Heart Valve Disease All Party Parliamentary Group. Throughout his work at Heart Valve Voice, Wil has championed innovation as means of improving the detection and treatment of heart valve disease, and was chosen to be the UK TAVI Trial patient representative. Wil has worked with leading clinicians and policy makers to produce guidelines and standards of care which provide a framework for the future care of valve disease patients. His work on Heart Valve Voice’s 2018 Gold Standard of Care mapped an optimal treatment pathway, and is now widely seen as the benchmark for all valve disease care in the UK.  

Alan Keys - PPI Member Alan Keys has been a cardiac patient representative since 2004, including BHF, CQC hospital inspector, CCG Governing Body and NHSE committees. He is currently President, Cardiovascular Care Partnership (UK), British Cardiovascular Society Council, Clinical Standards & Finance Committees, BCIS & ESC Clinical Standards Committees, MINAP Domain Expert Group & NICOR Patient Reference Group. Having benefitted from surgical expertise and worked on performance quality he wishes to contribute a little to advances in cardiac surgery by supporting specialist research.

Cardiothoracic Interdisciplinary Research Network Representative

Amer Harky - CIRN representative Amer Harky is a trainee in Cardiothoracic surgery in the North West Deanery of England with special interest in minimally invasive techniques in cardiovascular surgery. He is the representative of Cardiothoracic Interdisciplinary Research Network (CIRN) within the minimally invasive initiative approach/project.

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