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Prakash P Punjabi

Prakash P Punjabi is Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust - Hammersmith Hospital, London UK.

Prakash was born in Mumbai, India and completed his MBBS and post graduation in General Surgery from The Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram. Prakash imbibed the Gandhian principles cultivating excellence, understanding the importance of integrity, diversity, ethics and professionalism in Sevagram. His post graduation dissertation on Acute Appendicits - Clinico-bacteiological Correlation under the tutelage of Professors Dr R Narang and Dr (Mrs) P Narang, bolstered his clinical acumen and he subsequently embarked on a career in Cardiac Surgery achieving first rank with distinction in MCh Cardiovascular Surgery from LTMMC - Sion Hospital Mumbai University and also completed DNBE in Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Prakash trained further in Cardiothoracic surgery at hospitals across London with Professors Ken Taylor and Sir Magdi Yacoub, gained FRCS and was appointed Consultant at Hammersmith Hospital in 1998. He holds worldwide rights to two patented devices in Cardiac surgery and was awarded NHS Clinical Excellence Award in 2008.

He has pioneered Mitral Valve Repair in Degerative, Ischaemic and Rheumatic heart disease with innovative techniques and is invited to operate and lecture nationally and internationally.

He is Editor in Chief of "PERFUSION", member of various editorial boards, President of the European Valve Repair Group, Surgical Tutor for Royal College of Surgeons of England, Training Programme Director for Cardiothoracic Surgery, London, Educational Supervisor for Core Surgery/ Cardiothoracic Surgery and MBBS Personal Tutor for Imperial College.

Research led by Prakash includes myocardial regeneration using endogenous cardiac stem cells, mitral valve repair and clinical application of remote ischaemic preconditioning. He is Supervisor/Examiner for MD and PhD with grant awards from British Heart Foundation and various other organisations. He is member of the Guideline writing committee of the European Societies of Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery and is invited to review, grade submitted abstracts for national / international scientific journals and organisations and has published over 100 articles in scientific peer reviewed journals. Prakash also an active interest in philanthropy operating in India, Egypt, Ethiopia, Lithuania and is visiting Professor in Kazakhstan.

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