RACS Visitor, Grant Program
Joseph Woo, M.D. serves as the Norman E. Shumway Professor and Chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine and holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Bioengineering. He received his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania where he also conducted his postgraduate surgical training in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery as well as a postdoctoral research fellowship developing novel molecular strategies for attenuating myocardial ischemic injury.
Dr. Woo has an active clinical practice of 300 pump cases/year focusing on complex cardiac valve repair, aortic surgery, cardiopulmonary transplantation, and minimally-invasive surgery, and has advanced these fields by developing several innovative operations. Dr. Woo currently runs an NIH R01-funded basic science research lab studying stem cells, angiogenesis, tissue engineering, and biomechanics and has held continuous NIH funding since 2004. He has also served as PI for several clinical device trials as well as translational scientific clinical trials entailing administration of stem cells during coronary artery bypass grafting and LVAD implantation. He has co-authored over 230 peer-reviewed publications. Nationally, Dr. Woo has chaired several committees, including the American Heart Association Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia Council and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery Scientific Affairs and Government Relations Committee. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and has served as a Guest Editor for Circulation. During the past fours years, under his leadership, overall cardiovascular surgical clinical volume, extramural research funding, scholarly publications, and residency education programs in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery have doubled or tripled and continue to grow significantly.
Professor Bapat completed his medical education in Mumbai, India and pursued further career opportunities in Canada and United Kingdom. After completing Fellowship in Toronto General Hospital in 1999, he moved to the United Kingdom and there completed Cardiothoracic training and obtained FRCS.Cth in 2005. He was appointed as a consultant at the Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital in 2007 with special interest in aortic surgery.
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) program at St. Thomas’ Hospital is the largest TAVI program in UK and acts as a tertiary referral centre for complex TAVI cases. He has developed new methods of performing TAVI (transaortic approach), which led to improving patient outcomes all over the world. He is also an authority on the subject of valve-in-valve and has developed smartphone Apps, which are used all over the world as a reference tool for valve-in-valve. Professor Bapat has trained over 100 centres in TAVI all over the world and continues to participate actively in teaching and training on all aspects of TAVI.
Professor Bapat has also started minimally invasive (key-hole) aortic valve replacement program (MIS) utilising the Anterior Right Thoracotomy (ART) and his aim is to disseminate this technique in other centers in the United Kingdom.
Professor Papat has a large research and innovation program to help advance the field and has over 100 publications. He is an invited faculty for all major cardiology and cardiac surgical meetings. Recently he has also been appointed as Associate Editor to the flagship Journal of European Association and as a committee member for Techno-college. His main focus for the next 5 years will be innovation in valve designs and new treatments. He has recently moved to Columbia University in New York and has joined the prestigious Division of Cardiovascular Surgery.