'My patients are the most important aspect of my professional life'.
Mr Aman Coonar is a consultant thoracic surgeon and leads the Thoracic Surgery unit at the new Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge which has amongst the best one-year survival rate for lung cancer surgery. Patients from round the world visit Cambridge or have on-line consultations. The hospital was opened by the Queen in 2019.
He is author of the best-selling book "Thoracic Surgical Techniques".
Mr Coonar is the past President of the Royal Society of Medicine cardiothoracic section. He is a tutor at Cambridge University. He also undertakes research and is an educator running numerous courses.
He has an interest in all benign and malignant chest conditions that may require surgery for diagnosis or treatment. This includes chest wall problems such as pectus and trauma; thoracic outlet syndrome, thoracic endometriosis, pneumothorax and empyema. He has a major interest in lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) for Emphysema / COPD. In addition he treats lung cancer, mesothelioma, metastases, sarcoma and rare tumours, He undertakes minimally invasive (keyhole or VATS) and open surgery.
Mr Coonar qualified as a doctor from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, University of London. He also obtained a BSc(Hons) in psychology and was a visiting student at Harvard. He trained in internal medicine, intensive care and research. Mr Coonar’s general and cardiothoracic surgery training was at Guy’s, St Thomas’, King’s, Royal Brompton and London Chest Hospitals.
From 2005 – 2007 Mr Coonar was a senior fellow in thoracic and lung transplant at the world famous Toronto General Hospital.
He is also an expert witness for medicolegal purposes frequently providing reports for the NHS and solicitors.