I am a cardiothoracic surgeon, my practice is mixed. In cardiac surgery I have a special interest in aortic surgery, minimally invasive aortic surgery, I also perform the general cardiac operations ( CABG, OPCAB and valve surgery). In thoracic surgery, I deal with chest wall, lung, pleural and mediastinal surgical diseases. I have special interest in the minimally invasive approach (video assisted thoracoscopic procedures-VATS lobectomy) and fractured ribs fixation. I am interested in research; my qualification is a Medical Doctorate M.D. from Manchester University in 2007. My thesis was based on inflammatory response to the use of cardiopulmonary bypass in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. This response was linked to certain genotypes of a certain polymorphisms. My current affiliation is with the University of Salford, I am collaborating with researchers studying the myocardial cell dysfunction, the inflammatory response and its effect on the conduits that used in cardiac surgery.Recently I was appointed as honorary professor @ the University of Salford.
Mr.Bittar explained everything he was going to do and how it would and thebe done and made me feel confident in his ability to "mend" my heart. Even at the operating theatre door he reiterated which procedure he was going to do and I never felt anxious about the outcome. He also explained things in laymans language and I felt I knew exactly what was going to happen. The next five days on the hospital ward made me feel more confident about going home and all the staff were wonderful. The booklet the hospital gave me "Advice for patients having open heart surgery"was really useful, very practical and I don't think anything had been missed out. Once again having just been discharged by Mr Bittar I feel really good and know that if it wasn't for him and his team I might not be here.
Mr Bittar carried out my thoracic surgery and was fantastic from start to finish. He explained the procedure to me, was supportive and informative throughout the process and saw me every day whilst recovering on the ward. Due to my job as a submariner it was recommended that I had further surgery to allow me back to work as quickly as possible and Mr Bittar was fully supportive of this. Fitting me in with a weeks notice to have a second operation, I can’t thank him and his team enough! Within 4 months of sustaining an injury that could have quite easily ended my career, I am now back at work and I have Mr Bittar to thank. So thank you!
Mr Bittar, has performed lung surgery on me to remove a tumour. Along with the team he made me feel very relaxed by explaining what & how the surgery would be done & how long I would be expected to stay in hospital. On my follow up appointment he was again very pleasant & he was pleased on the positive outcome of my recovery. I would like to say a big thank you to Mr Bittar & all of the team for their care & support I was given.