Mr Toufan Bahrami is a leading senior consultant in cardiac surgery at the forefront of innovations in his field, based in London. He is nationally and internationally renowned for his expertise in various types of minimally-invasive and endoscopic keyhole cardiac procedures, including mitral, aortic, root and CABG surgeries as well as his wealth of experience in heart and lung transplantations and mechanical circulatory support and reoperation for complex heart operations.
Mr Bahrami trained and qualified as a doctor at Paris’ Pitié-Salpêtrière University Hospital, winning the first place in the French national examination for medical specialisation, le concour d’internat. He worked with Professor Alain Carpentier (pioneer of the technique of mitral valve repair).
He then relocated to the UK to undergo further training and went on to work as a consultant in cardiac surgery at the Hammersmith Hospital, St Bartholomew's Hospital and the London Chest Hospital. Since 2001, Mr Bahrami has been based at the Harefield Hospital where he worked with Sir Professor Magdi Yacoub and then pioneered and led the minimally-invasive and endoscopic cardiac surgery program, including mitral valve repair surgery since 2010. Additionally, he is an honorary consultant at four other NHS hospitals in Surrey, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire.
Mr Bahrami has been at the forefront of developments in endoscopic minimally invasive heart surgery and mitral valve repair for many years. He was the first surgeon in the UK to perform endoscopic vein harvesting surgery and mini thoracotomy aortic valve replacement. He was also the first surgeon worldwide to perform a minimally-invasive artificial heart implantation in 2009, and, multiple valve surgery that is endoscopically assisted as well as coronary artery bypass grafts (CABG) through minimal access. He also pioneered and regularly performs CABG through a mini incision on the left side of the chest whilst the heart is beating (MIDCAB).
Having performed over 4000 procedures, of which over 1500 are minimally-invasive cardiac surgeries over the past twenty two years, Mr Bahrami is regarded as one of the UK’s leading cardiac surgeons. He regularly takes on high risk and complex cases, with excellent outcomes for patients. Mr Bahrami is passionate about offering highly-personalised care tailored to each patient’s needs. Each case is thoroughly reviewed by himself and his multi-disciplinary team in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients. This approach, combined with his wealth of experience and knowledge of state-the-art surgical techniques make him a leading expert in his field.
Mr Bahrami has published numerous research papers in peer-reviewed journals on topics in his field such as valve repair and transplantation. He is actively involved in several research projects, including the pioneering harpoon beating heart mitral valve repair device. He organises regular training courses in Geneva for cardiac consultants about his areas of expertise.