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Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Museum of London

The Size of a Walnut: Your Heart in Their Hands

Professor Martin Elliott


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What does it feel like to hold a baby's heart in your hands? To 'feel' their life. No one really talks about this, but as well as the obvious responsibility associated with cardiac surgery on children, there is also (for almost all surgeons) a great deal of emotion. 

In an attempt to explain that to you, this lecture compiles a series of video interviews with paediatric cardiac surgeons around the world who explain how that physical contact with someone else's beating heart makes them feel.


No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture.
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Martin Elliott MD FRCS is Professor Emeritus of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UCL & Emeritus Professor of Physic and Fellow at Gresham College.  He worked as a paediatric cardiothoracic (& transplant) surgeon at the Great Ormond Street from 1984 until 2019. He was co-Medical Director there from 2010 to 2015. He now holds a number of part time posts including as a non-executive director of the Royal Marsden Hospital NHS FT, London and Chief Medical Officer of Allocate Software Ltd. Pro Bono he is a non-executive director of Children’s Health Ireland, Dublin,  and was a member of the China Tribunal.

He has led research into the pathophysiology of cardiopulmonary bypass, outcomes and clinical databases and tracheal transplantation and is widely published.  He has delivered over 450 invited lectures worldwide and many named lectures. He has held several international visiting professorships and taught and operated throughout the world.

All of Professor Elliott's Gresham lectures can be accessed here.

[The image of Professor Elliott is used courtesy of Becan]

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25 May 2016

The Size of a Walnut: Your Heart in Their Hands
Professor Martin Elliott

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