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Meet the Cardiac teamThe Heart Centre team includes four cardiac surgeons, nine cardiologists, seven cardiac anaesthetists, 12 Intensivists and over 300 nurses.

Cardiac Surgery

Cardiology, Intervention and Imaging

Cardiac Surgery

Ram Dhannapuneni


  • MBBS: Andhra University, India,
  • MBA (Health): Keele University
  • FRCS: Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh
  • FRCS Cardiothoracic: Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh


  • Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons in Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Rafael Guerrero FRCSI, FRCS(CTh),FETCS,MD

IMG_0013 - CopyMr Guerrero has been a Consultant Congenital Cardiac Surgeon at Alder Hey since 2012 and prior to this had been a Consultant at the Leeds Children’s Hospital from 2006.
He spent a year at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne – Australia, doing a fellowship in Congenital Cardiac Surgery.
He is one of three cardiac surgeons at Alder Hey, one of the largest children heart units in the United Kingdom. Over one hundred of our patients each year are newborn babies and all type of complex and high risk operations are performed with outcomes above the national average.

Outside work, Rafael is a keen rower, competing at national and international regattas, as well as enjoying road cycling and outdoor sports.


  • Universidad Nacional de San Marcos, Lima. Peru (MB ChB)
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCSI)
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons , Cardiothoracic Surgery (FRCS – CTh)
  • Fellow of the European Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (FETCS)
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Leeds (MD)
  • Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training – Cardiothoracic Surgery (CCST )


  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Training : Yorkshire Rotation, UK
  • Paediatric Cardiac Fellowship : Royal Melbourne Children’s Hospital, Australia

Membership and Affiliations

  • Royal College of Surgeons
  • British Congenital Cardiac Association
  • European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • World Society of Paediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Network
  • British Medical Association

Andreas Holchynist

Photograph and information coming soon

Prem Sundar Venugopal


  • MB BS
  • MS
  • MCh
  • FRCS (CTh) Edin


  • SCTS
  • BCCA

Clinical specialities

  • Congenital heart surgery including Adult congenital heart disease

Clinical interests

  • Minimally invasive cardiac surgery
  • Neonatal surgery

Cardiology, Intervention and Imaging

Gordon Gladman

G GlawdwellI am interested in all aspects of Paediatric Cardiology but particularly in foetal and neonatal cardiology.
I have been a Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist since 1996.

I hold dual accreditation in Paediatrics and Paediatric Cardiology and am on the European Specialist Paediatric Cardiology Register.

I graduated from Manchester University (MBChB) in 1982 and gained MRCP (UK) in 1986. I trained in Paediatrics/Paediatric cardiology in Nottingham, Sheffield, Birmingham and Manchester before spending three years at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto.

Rob Johnson


  • BA Hons Oxon – Physics
  • BM Southampton
  • MRCP

Clinical interests

  • Cardiac MRI, evidence-based paediatric cardiology and informatics in health care
  • Reviewer for Paediatric Cardiology

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