Visiting Professional Programme – Vascular Surgery

The Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust Vascular Surgery Visiting Professionals Programme (VPP) is designed to provide international visiting professionals with the opportunity to profit from exposure to cutting edge endovascular case selection, planning, operative technique and new developments in the field. The Programme’s aim is to provide an unique development experience intended to broaden a visiting professional’s surgical education and to teach new skills with which the participant can ultimately enhance his/her home institution. Our programme offers an unrivalled opportunity covering the full range of vascular and endovascular surgery in a high volume, world class vascular unit in the heart of London.

The remit of the Endovascular VPP is to offer focused training in complex endovascular endografting of the full range of aortic pathologies that affect the aorta from the aortic valve to the femoral vessels. In addition, the unit maintains a comprehensive complex open aortic service and VPP participants are encouraged to profit from the learning opportunities that are available in open aortic surgery.

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Patient Selection
The participant will participate in the weekly multi disciplinary meeting (MDT) dedicated to complex endovascular aortic interventions and will also attend weekly clinics with our team of endovascular specialists, cardiovascular anaesthetists, specialist peri-operative dedicated for the proactive care of older people going to have surgery (POPS) team, and complex endovascular specialist nurse coordinator.

Endograft planning
The weekly timetable will include 2 sessions of focused advanced complex EVAR planning. Participants will learn to independently plan custommade fenestrated or branched endografts, thereby enhancing his/her future complex aortic endovascular practice by reducing delays in endograft production time.

Endograft procedure execution and operative steps
There will be a minimum of three complex endovascular operating sessions per week, at which advanced participants will be exposed to fenestrated and branched cases for the treatment of chronic dissection and degenerative aneurysms.

Participants will learn how to lead a team in complex endovascular procedures, discuss strategies related to patient care, anaesthetic options, operating room set up, radiation protection and detailed operative procedural steps.

A “hands-on” experience, if required, is available subject to appropriate GMC registration and medical indemnity arrangements.

The participant will benefit from working in state of the art hybrid endovascular theatre, equipped with advanced imaging fusion facility.

Trouble shooting and complications management
Participants will acquire technical tips for managing challenging anatomies and avoiding pitfalls and

Radiation exposure reduction
There will be specific training on the responsible use of ionising radiation and the use of strategies to minimise the radiation dose to clinical staff and patients.

Clinical enquiries

For clinical enquiries about the scope of programme please contact:

Mr Said Abisi
Consultant Vascular Surgeon

Individual weekly timetables will be created depending on each visiting professional’s requirements.

A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to visitors upon the end of their programme.


We are able to offer visiting professional programmes for international doctors for periods of 3 weeks to 12 months. The programme’s duration can be tailored to the specific learning requirements of those visiting the Trust.

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