Mr Fabio De Robertis
Consultant cardiac and transplant surgeon
Mr Fabio De Robertis trained as a cardiac surgeon at the University of Naples, Italy. In 2000, he joined Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub at Harefield Hospital to obtain further subspecialty training in complex cardiac conditions and transplantation.
In 2007, he moved to Royal Brompton Hospital where he completed a post-CCT fellowship in mitral surgery, the first of its kind to be recognised for training by The Royal College of Surgeons of England.
In 2009, he became a locum consultant cardiac surgeon, and was appointed to his current position in 2010. Mr De Robertis treats NHS patients as well as private patients at Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care.
Mr Fabio De Robertis has vast clinical expertise in many aspects of cardiac surgery, including:
- total arterial revascularisation with off-pump (beating heart) techniques
- minimally invasive cardiac surgery (MIDCAB, mini-sternotomy, mini-thoracotomy)
- mitral valve reconstructive surgery
- aortic valve and root surgery with human substitutes (homograft) and prosthetic substitutes
- chest wall reconstruction for the treatment of recurrent sternal dehiscence following cardiac surgery
- heart and lung transplantation
- ventricular assist device (VAD) surgery.
His clinical interests include minimally invasive lung transplantation, the reconditioning and preservation of the donor organ, and alternative surgical therapies for cardiac failure.
Mr Fabio De Robertis is the principal investigator at Harefield Hospital for the Venous External Support Trial (VEST). This prospective multi-centre randomised controlled trial is in collaboration with the University of Oxford and Royal Brompton Hospital. The pilot trial is evaluating the VGS Fluent external support system and its impact on vein grafts’ patency.
He is also an investigator for the DEVELOP-UK trial to evaluate the impact of ex-vivo lung perfusion – a technique on reconditioning lungs from marginal donors and increase the number of transplantable organs.
Mr De Robertis performed the first donor run in UK using a new, portable ex-vivo lung perfusion system that can be used from the moment the organs are explanted at the donor hospital. Using the Organ Care System™ (OCS™) lung technology, lungs are transported whilst being perfused and ventilated (rather than stored on ice) thus reducing considerably the ischaemic time but also allowing the reconditioning of marginal lungs from the very beginning.
Mr Fabio De Robertis is frequently invited to lecture and present original scientific work at national and international meetings for surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and physiotherapists.
He is also an invited lecturer at the Royal Society of Medicine for cardiology trainees and regularly trains visiting postgraduate students from Italy.
He often teaches on cardiac failure surgery for BSc students at Imperial College London. He is responsible for the training and appraisal of surgical assistants and advanced practitioners in CT Surgery at the Trust.
Mr Fabio De Robertis is the author of a benchmark paper describing the use of a short-term ventricular assist device system to support patients with end-stage cardiac failure not eligible for transplantation.
He has written chapters in books and original articles published in peer-reviewed journals including the:
- Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
- Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
- European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
- Journal of Heart Valve Disease.
- In an article published in The Independent, lung transplant recipient Sharon Brennan meets Mr Fabio De Robertis, the surgeon who performed her double lung transplant in 2013.
- This article published in the Daily Mail shares the news that a former heart transplant patient, Andrew Britton, and his wife Lauren named their son Frank Fabio after Mr Fabio De Robertis.