Gianluca Lucchese

Consultant cardiac surgeon


Gianluca Lucchese was appointed consultant cardiac and mitral surgeon at St Thomas’ Hospital in 2016.

Gianluca had full training in cardiac surgery in Italy and UK, including:

  • congenital cardiac
  • transplantation
  • mechanical circulatory support

Gianluca has focused on maximising his expertise on mitral and aortic valve repair surgery and complex aortic surgery with particular interest in the valve-sparing aortic root replacement.

He has pursued a specific interest in minimally invasive valvular surgery and trans-catheter valve implantation (such as TAVI).

Education and training

  • National Institute for Health Research – eLearning courses. Good Clinical Practice Certificate (primary care and secondary care), London, 2015
  • Workshop on cardiac intensive and critical care. Emogasanalysis and Ventilation Strategies in Difficult Scenarios, Milan, Italy, 2012
  • EACTS meeting 2014 – postgraduate course: techniques of mitral valve repair, Milan, Italy, 2014
  • PhD in cardiovascular sciences, University of Verona, Italy, 2012
  • Italian Society of Cardiac Surgeons – postgraduate course (congenital): atrioventricular valves repair, Rome, Italy, 2012
  • Training course on techniques of aortic valve repair, Homburg, Germany, 2012
  • Medical Statistics II (Epidemiology) – University of Verona, Italy, 2011
  • Medical Statistics I – University of Verona, Italy, 2011
  • Training course on the HeartMate II® LVAD implant (Thoratec Italia), Verona, Italy, 2010
  • Workshop on congenital heart surgery – tailoring perfusion for the smallest, Munich, Germany, 2010
  • Workshop on congenital heart surgery – pediatric ECMO, Geneva, Switzerland, 2010
  • Graduated from the Medical School of Siena’s University (Italy) with honours, 2002

Research interests

  • Myocardial protection
  • Heart remodelling
  • STAT proteins
  • Ross procedure
  • Valve repair/replacement
  • Medical statistic


  •  First prize for the research project entitled: “Early and late perspectives of the Ross (Ross/Konno) operation in the pediatric population: an Italian multi-centric study”, German Society for pediatric cardiology, 45th annual meeting, Weimar, 2013
  • Frst prize for the research project entitled: “Prophylaxis of post-operative AF with the combined use of sotalol and Mg+ in patients underwent isolated CABG” (author’s translation), Department of cardiac surgery, University Hospital of Siena, Italy, 2004
  • First prize for the research project entitled: “New perspectives in the secondary prevention of the ischemic stroke” (author’s translation), Medical School, University of Siena, Italy,1999

Last updated: January 2023

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