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Cardiothoracic Surgery Research

Our Research Team

Professor Paul Bannon Head of Department and Research Lead
Dr Matthew Bayfield Consultant Surgeon
Dr Christopher Cao Consultant Surgeon
Prof Tristan Yan Consultant Surgeon
Dr Benjamin Robinson Consultant and Governance lead
Dr Brian Plunkett Consultant Surgeon
Dr Martin Misfield VMO and Co-Director of Research,
Institute of Academic Surgery, RPA Hospital
Lisa Turner Clinical Research Clinical Nurse Consultant
Lorna Beattie Clinical Research Clinical Nurse Consultant
Carmel Oostveen Clnical Research Clinical Nurse Consultant
Dhairya Vayada Research Officer
Dr Charis Tan Masters Student
Dr Matthew Doyle Masters Student

Selected Grants

Amount awarded Grant and project details
$1,825,648 NHMRC, 2019-2023
A phase III multicentre blinded randomised controlled clinical non-inferiority trial of cryopreserved platelets vs. conventional liquid-stored platelets for the management of post-surgical bleeding.
RPA Investigator: Bannon P
$869,566 MRFF, 2020-2024
Transfusion Triggers in Cardiac Surgery Australia trial (TRICS-IV)
RPA Investigator: Bannon P

Our Publications


Ramkumar R, Shiraev T, Loa J, Qasabian R. A case of clostridium septicum aortitis. ANZ J surg. 2022 Jun;92(6):1539-1541.
Brunel, L., Williams, Z., Yastrebov, K., Robinson, B., Wise, I., Paterson, H., Bannon, P. (2022). Splitting the anterior mitral leaflet impairs left ventricular function in an ovine model. European Journal Of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, 63(1).
Cao C, Gossot D, Seguin-Givelet A, Melfi F. Real-world postoperative outcomes of segmentectomy versus lobectomy for lung cancer. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2022 Dec 2;63(1):ezac571. doi: 10.1093/ejcts/ezac571. 
Cao C. Neoadjuvant Nivolumab plus Chemotherapy in Lung Cancer. N Engl J Med. 2022 Aug 11;387(6):571-572. doi: 10.1056/NEJMc2208133.
Carelli MG, Misfeld M, Wilson-Smith AR, Yan TD. Robotically assisted mitral valve repair-the string, ruler, and bulldog technique. Ann Cardiothorac Surg. 2022 Nov;11(6):622-628. doi: 10.21037/acs-2022-rmvs-30.
Fearon WF, Zimmermann FM, De Bruyne B, Piroth Z, van Straten AHM, Szekely L, Davidavičius G, Kalinauskas G, Mansour S, Kharbanda R, Östlund-Papadogeorgos N, Aminian A, Oldroyd KG, Al-Attar N, Jagic N, Dambrink JE, Kala P, Angerås O, MacCarthy P, Wendler O, Casselman F, Witt N, Mavromatis K, Miner SES, Sarma J, Engstrøm T, Christiansen EH, Tonino PAL, Reardon MJ, Lu D, Ding VY, Kobayashi Y, Hlatky MA, Mahaffey KW, Desai M, Woo YJ, Yeung AC, Pijls NHJ; FAME 3 Investigators. Fractional Flow Reserve-Guided PCI as Compared with Coronary Bypass Surgery. N Engl J Med. 2022 Jan 13;386(2):128-137. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa2112299. Epub 2021 Nov 4. 
Hwang B, Williams ML, Tian DH, Yan TD, Misfeld M. Coronary artery bypass surgery for acute coronary syndrome: A network meta-analysis of on-pump cardioplegic arrest, off-pump, and on-pump beating heart strategies. J Card Surg. 2022 Dec;37(12):5290-5299. doi: 10.1111/jocs.17149. Epub 2022 Nov 9. 
Jamieson, W., Ely, J., Brink, J., Pennel, T., Bannon, P., Patel, J., Kumar Gupta, R., Mohan Rao, P., Agrawal, D., Wiklund, L., et al (2022). PROSE: Prospective Randomized Trial of the On-X Mechanical Prosthesis and the St Jude Medical Mechanical Prosthesis Evaluation: Part 2: Study results-prostheses, positions, and economic development. JTCVS Open, 12, 51-70.
Lim, M., Portelli, S., Padang, R., Bannon, P., Hambly, B., Jeremy, R., Celermajer, D., Robertson, E. (2022). Novel insights into bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) aortopathy: Long non-coding RNAs TUG1 and MIAT are differentially expressed in BAV ascending aortas. Cardiovascular Pathology, 60, 10743-1-10743-4.
Mayne NR, Potter AL, Bharol K, Darling AJ, Raman V, Cao C, Li X, D'Amico TA, Jeffrey Yang CF. Perioperative Outcomes and Survival After Preoperative Immunotherapy for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. Ann Thorac Surg. 2022 Jun;113(6):1811-1820. doi:  10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.06.058. Epub 2021 Jul 24. PMID: 34314692.
McNamara NJ, Plunkett BT. Management of a Mycotic Right Coronary Artery Aneurysm With Contained Rupture. JACC Case Rep. 2022 Jun 1;4(11):694-698. doi: 10.1016/j.jaccas.2022.03.018. 
Moonen A, Chuang A, Simmons L, Plunkett BT, Fam NP, Webb JG, Ng MKC. One-Year Outcomes of Early, Compassionate Use of the PASCAL Ace Implant System for Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair. Struct Heart. 2022 May 12;6(2):100030. doi: 10.1016/j.shj.2022.100030. 
Mordhorst A, Yan TD, Hoskins N, Gagnon J, Kazemi K. Percutaneous proximal axillary artery versus femoral artery access for endovascular interventions. J Vasc Surg. 2022 Jul;76(1):165-173. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2022.03.031. Epub 2022 Mar 26. 
Rizkalla AJ, Yan TD. Robotic atrial myxoma resection-papillary subtype. Ann Cardiothorac Surg. 2022 Nov;11(6):634-636. doi: 10.21037/acs-2022-rmvs-162. 
Robertson, E., Bannon, P., Jeremy, R. (2022). Long-term outcomes in heritable thoracic aortic disease. Frontiers in Cardovascular Medicine, 9.
Seco, M., Lau, J., Medi, C., Bannon, P. (2022). Atrial fibrillation management during septal myectomy for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: A systematic review. Asian Cardiovascular and Thoracic Annals, 30(1), 98-107. 
Sidhu KK, Van Kessel CS, Cao C, Austin KKS. The combination of Chilaiditi syndrome and Bochdalek hernia in an adult: successful management with a robot assisted approach. ANZ J Surg. 2023 Apr;93(4):1035-1037. doi: 10.1111/ans.18068. Epub 2022 Sep 23. 
Williams ML, Hwang B, Huang L, Wilson-Smith A, Brookes J, Eranki A, Yan TD, Guy TS, Bonatti J. Robotic versus conventional sternotomy mitral valve surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Ann Cardiothorac Surg. 2022 Sep;11(5):490-503. doi: 10.21037/acs-2022-rmvs-21.
Yan TD, Leung PHY, Zwirewich C, Harris A, Chartier-Plante S. An unusual cause of pericardial effusion: A case report of a hepatic abscess following foreign body migration and duodenal perforation. Int J Surg Case Rep. 2022 Apr;93:106931. doi: 10.1016/j.ijscr.2022.106931. Epub 2022 Mar 9. 
Yan TD, Yang GK. Cryopreserved venous allograft in the treatment of a mycotic abdominal aortic aneurysm caused by group B Streptococcus. J Vasc Surg Cases Innov Tech. 2021 Nov 17;8(1):9-12. doi: 10.1016/j.jvscit.2021.10.014. 
Yastrebov, K., Brunel, L., Paterson, H., Williams, Z., Burrows, C., Wise, I., Robinson, B., Bannon, P. (2022). Analogue Mean Systemic Filling Pressure: a New Volume Management Approach During Percutaneous Left Ventricular Assist Device Therapy. Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research, 15(6), 1455-1463. 
Yastrebov, K., Brunel, L., Paterson, H., Williams, Z., Wise, I., Burrows, C., Bannon, P. (2022). Intracardiac Echocardiography for Point-of-Care Guided Left Ventricular Assist Device Implantation: Surgical Implications for COVID-19. Surgical Innovation, 29(2), 292-294.
Zhang O, Alzul R, Carelli M, Melfi F, Tian D, Cao C. Complications of Robotic Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery Compared to Open Thoracotomy for Resectable Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. J Pers Med. 2022 Aug 12;12(8):1311. doi: 10.3390/jpm12081311.
Zhu, Y., Jackson, D., Hunter, B., Beattie, L., Turner, L., Hambly, B., Jeremy, R., Malecki, C., Robertson, E., Li, A., Dos Remedios, C., Richmond, D., Semsarian, C., O'Sullivan, J., Bannon, P., Lal, S. (2022). Models of cardiovascular surgery biobanking to facilitate translational research and precision medicine. ESC Heart Failure, 9(1), 21-30.