Vassilios S Avlonitis

Consultant cardiac (heart) surgeon


Vassilios Avlonitis has been a consultant at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust since 2013.

He has been the patient safety lead for heart surgery since 2016.

He has been the clinical service lead for heart surgery since 2018.

From 2001 to 2005 he was a researcher in lung transplantation at Newcastle University and attracted over half a million pounds through research grants.

After this he became a specialist registrar in cardiothoracic surgery and trained as a cardiac surgeon in Plymouth and Bristol.

In 2011, he worked as a senior fellow in heart surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Centre, New York, USA, where he trained in mitral repair and aortic root surgery. After returning from the United States, he was a locum consultant heart surgeon at the Bristol Heart Institute.

Education and training

  • Certificate of completion of training (CCT) in cardiothoracic surgery, 2012
  • Postgraduate certificate in medical education, University of Dundee, 2011
  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (cardiothoracic surgery) Glasgow, 2010
  • PhD in transplantation, Newcastle University, 2005
  • MD, Athens, 1997

Research interests

  • Clinical trials
  • Lung injury


  • Ronald Edwards medal, Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery of Great Britain and Ireland, 2004
  • Medawar medal nomination, British Transplantation Society, 2004
  • American Transplant Congress travel grant, British Transplantation Society, 2005
  • Travelling Fellowship, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow,  2011 to 2012

Last updated: October 2022

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