She was appointed as Consultant Cardiac Surgeon and Senior Lecturer in 2001 at St. George’s Hospital, University of London. She was appointed Professor of Cardiac Surgery at University of London in 2007. Her major interests in the field of clinical cardiac surgery include: surgery of the aorta, including aneurysms, especially major and major complex cases (Marfan), aortic valve surgery, minimally invasive aortic valve procedure, beating heart surgery, and cardiac surgery in pregnant patients. She regularly performs coronary artery bypass graft surgery using minimally invasive techniques for harvesting of conduits. She has contributed to advances in protecting neurocognition and has been instrumental in developing minimally invasive aortic surgery and major aortic surgery.
Marjan Jahangiri graduated in medicine from University College Hospital, London. Subsequently, she completed her general surgical training at University College London and affiliated hospitals. She embarked on a career in Cardiothoracic Surgery. She trained at the London Chest, St Bartholomew’s and the Royal Brompton Hospitals in London. She was awarded a research fellowship at the William Harvey Laboratories at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital and Medical School. She then subspecialized in paediatric and adult congenital surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Children’s Hospital in Boston, Harvard. She is the first female professor of cardiac surgery in the United Kingdom and Europe.
Marjan Jahangiri operates on approximately 250 cases per annum. This is one of the largest cardiac surgical services in the United Kingdom. Her overall mortality for all cases including complex and major complex heart operations is 1.5 – 3%.
These results are monitored by The Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery of GB & Ireland and available on their website https://scts.org
She has been the author of more than 250 peer-reviewed reviews, book chapters and manuscripts in addition to several abstracts and communications. She has successfully supervised more than 25 higher research degrees, including 11 PhDs and 14 Masters. She is a regular invited speaker at national and international conferences. She is the principal investigator in a number of clinical research trials. She has chaired multi-disciplinary guidelines on management of coronary artery disease, aortic valve (minimally invasive) and aortic disease. She has been one of two surgical leads for Heart Valve Disease Guidelines of NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) as well as a surgical lead for European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery valve disease guidelines.
She is an executive board member for Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) working on improving peri-operative care, improving patient’s outcomes and recovery after cardiac surgery.
She was the finalist for Silver Scalpel Award of The Royal College of Surgeons for excellence in training in 2018. She was awarded the BMJ Clinical Leadership Team Award 2018, for management of aortic valve and aortic diseases.
Academic and Professional Degrees
1988 University College, London (MB BS)
1992 Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, (FRCS)
1999 Intercollegiate Speciality in Cardiothoracic Surgery, (FRCS CTh)
1999 Master of Surgery, University of London, (MS)
Elected Member of Professional Societies
Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery of Great Britain and Ireland
European Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons
American Association for Thoracic Surgery
International Society for Minimally Invasive Surgery
Royal Society of Medicine
British Medical Association
Chair of the Specialty Advisory Committee (SAC) for Surgical Royal Colleges (2020-2023)
Associate Editor of Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Executive Board Member of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)
Invited Reviewer for several national and international guidelines
Executive Board Member of Cardiothoracic Surgery Network