John Pepper

John Pepper is Professor of Cardiac Surgery and Head of Surgical Research and Education at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust.  He has a major interest in the diseases of aortic valve, thoracic aorta and mechanical circulatory support for patients in chronic heart failure.  He has led several major international trials in aortic valve replacement and coronary artery surgery that have had a significant impact on surgical practice.  A novel prophylactic operation for Marfan Syndrome has been developed under his surgical leadership. He is Director of the Clinical Trials and Evaluation Unit at the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals and has published over 370 papers in peer reviewed journals.
He has a major interest in postgraduate education, and has led research into skills assessment and its use in the selection of candidates for a career in cardiothoracic surgery. He was closely involved in the development of a permanent skills laboratory and simulation laboratory in conjunction with the Royal Marsden Hospital at the Royal Brompton Hospital.   He is a past member of the EACTS Council and also a past chair of the Acquired Cardiac Disease Domain.