Cardiothoracic Surgery

David Richens has been appointed clinical lead for the cardiothoracic surgery workstream, with the endorsement of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery. The cardiothoracic surgery workstream is managed by Caroline Davies (

The GIRFT national report on cardiothoracic surgery has now been published

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Clinical Lead, David Richens

David is a cardiac surgeon with a background in service development, clinical leadership and standard setting. He trained at Kings College Hospital, London, qualifying in 1981. After post graduate surgical training he moved to Sydney before holding his first NHS consultant post in Glasgow, where he was instrumental in setting up the Scottish Heart Transplant programme.

He performed Scotland’s first heart transplant on the first day of his appointment on New Year’s Day 1992. In 1995 he moved to Nottingham where he established the Heart Surgery unit. After working as Head of Service, Clinical Director and Director of Surgery, he retired from clinical practice in January 2017.

A Council Member and the International Director of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, David also chairs the Joint Committee on Intercollegiate Examinations on behalf of the four UK Surgical Royal Colleges, and worked with the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman as Internal Professional Adviser for ten years. He became National Clinical Lead for Cardiothoracic Surgery in 2016.

Project Manager: Caroline Davies