Professor Francois Lacour-Gayet

Consultant Cardiac Surgeon

Professor Francois Lacour-Gayet is a world-renowned consultant cardiac surgeon at the Royal Brompton Hospital. He is also a visiting Professor at Imperial College London.

Over the course of his career, Professor Lacour-Gayet has earned an international reputation as a leader in performing complex procedures to correct congenital heart defects.


He trained at the Medical School, Faculty of Paris-Ouest and was a laureate of the Medical University of Paris. He first worked as a paediatric cardiac surgeon at L’Hôpital Marie Lannelongue in Paris.

From there he was made chief department of paediatric cardiac surgery at Eppendorf University Hospital, Hamburg, Germany. Following that, he became the chief department of paediatric CT surgery at the Denver Children’s Hospital in the USA. He then went on to become co-director of the Paediatric Heart Center at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, New York.

His academic appointments include Chair Professor of Surgery at the University of Colorado, Denver, and at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York.

Professor François Lacour-Gayet’s native country, France, conferred the Legion of Honor on the heart surgeon for his humanitarian work, and in New York, his colleagues have dubbed him ‘Knight of The Bronx’. He has been involved in international surgical missions to places around the globe including Haiti, Ethiopia, Senegal, Algeria, Iraq, Oman and Mozambique.

Clinical expertise

Professor Lacour-Gayet’s surgical expertise includes:

  • complex neonatal cardiac surgery
  • biventricular repair
  • single ventricle circulation
  • minimally invasive pediatric heart surgery
  • transplantation.

He is world expert in the arterial switch operation for transposition of the great arteries, inventor of the Aristotle Score that is used world-wide to evaluate surgical results and a frequent invited speaker in prominent scientific meetings worldwide.

Professor Lacour-Gayet’s achievements have focused on pioneering surgical repair in complex cardiac diseases, in developing an artificial heart for a failing single ventricle and on the development of a cardiac probe to measure cardiac output in infants.

Location: Royal Brompton Hospital

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