Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Faculty Rank: Professor
Medical or Graduate Education:
St. John's Medical College, India
Royal Darwin Hospital, Australia - General Surgery
St. Vincent's Hospital, Australia - General Surgery
Austin Hospital, Australia - Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery
Children's Hospital at Westmead, Australia - Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
Aortic valve replacement
Congestive heart failure
Ventricular assist devices
Surgery for heart failure
Diastolic function and dysfunction
Extracardiac approaches to functional mitral valve disease
Topical therapy of the heart
Below is a list of scientific publications for which this practitioner was either the primary author or a contributor. Citations come from PubMed, a database of biomedical literature, life science journals and online books. PubMed is a service of the US Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Click on the title of the cited work for more information (this will take you directly to PubMed.gov). Listings go back five years.
The arrowhead ministernotomy with rigid sternal plate fixation: a minimally invasive approach for surgery of the ascending aorta and aortic root. Russo MJ, Gnezda J, Merlo A, Johnson EM, Hashmi M, Raman J Minim Invasive Surg 2014 2014:681371. Reply. Raman J Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2013 Sep 96(3):1126. Sternal closure with rigid plate fixation versus wire closure: a randomized controlled multicenter trial. Raman J, Lehmann S, Zehr K, De Guzman BJ, Aklog L, Garrett HE, MacMahon H, Hatcher BM, Wong MS. Ann Thorac Surg. 2012 2012 Dec 94(6):1854-61. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.07.085. Epub 2012 Oct 25. Rigid plate fixation promotes better bone healing after sternotomy. Raman J. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2012 2012 Autumn 24(3):147-50. doi: 10.1053/j.semtcvs.2012.08.004. Can we repair the mitral valve from outside the heart? A novel extra-cardiac approach to functional mitral regurgitation. Raman J, Jagannathan R, Chandrashekar P, Sugeng L. Heart Lung Circ 2011 Mar 20(3):157-62 Subclavian artery access for ambulatory balloon pump insertion. Raman J, Loor G, London M, Jolly N. Ann Thorac Surg. 2010 2010 Sep 90(3):1032-4. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2009.11.082. Postoperative pericardial calcification causing diastolic coronary compression. Weiss SA, Anderson AS, Raman J, Jolly N. Ann Thorac Surg. 2010 2010 Sep 90(3):1001-4. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2010.02.045. Reasons for nonadherence to guidelines for aortic valve replacement in patients with severe aortic stenosis and potential solutions. Freed BH, Sugeng L, Furlong K, Mor-Avi V, Raman J, Jeevanandam V, Lang RM. Am J Cardiol. 2010 2010 May 1 105(9):1339-42. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2009.12.056. Epub 2010 Mar 11. Ventricular fibrillation following autologous intramyocardial cell therapy for inherited cardiomyopathy. Pytel P, Husain A, Moskowitz I, Raman J, MacLeod H, Anderson AS, Burke M, McNally EM. Cardiovasc Pathol 2010 Mar-Apr 19(2):e33-6 Technique for left ventricular apical cannulation for short-term mechanical circulatory support. Akhter SA, Raman J, Jeevanandam V. Ann Thorac Surg 2010 Mar 89(3):994-5. Reversal of impaired myocardial beta-adrenergic receptor signaling by continuous-flow left ventricular assist device support. Akhter SA, D'Souza KM, Malhotra R, Staron ML, Valeroso TB, Fedson SE, Anderson AS, Raman J, Jeevanandam V. J Heart Lung Transplant 2010 Jun 29(6):603-9 Inability of intracoronary stenting to provide long-term relief for coronary compression secondary to chronic constrictive pericarditis. Jolly N, Goel A, Raman J. J Invasive Cardiol. 2010 2010 Jan 22(1):E13-5. Review. Rib osteotomy and fixation: enabling technique for better minithoracotomy exposure in cardiac and thoracic procedures. Raman J, Onsager D, Straus D. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2010 Apr 139(4):1083-5 Invited commentary. Raman J. Ann Thorac Surg 2009 Sep 88(3):726 Evaluation of a novel epicardial atrial fibrillation treatment system. Kiser AC, Nifong LW, Raman J, Kasirajan V, Campbell N, Chitwood WR Jr. Ann Thorac Surg 2008 Jan 85(1):300-3. Case 6--2008. An unusual case of right ventricular failure after orthotopic heart transplantation. Frogel J, Vodur S, Applefield D, Kruba R, Raman J, Mitter N. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth 2008 Dec 22(6):913-9 Real-time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography in valve disease: comparison with surgical findings and evaluation of prosthetic valves. Sugeng L, Shernan SK, Weinert L, Shook D, Raman J, Jeevanandam V, DuPont F, Fox J, Mor-Avi V, Lang RM. J Am Soc Echocardiogr 2008 Dec 21(12):1347-54 Live 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography initial experience using the fully-sampled matrix array probe. Sugeng L, Shernan SK, Salgo IS, Weinert L, Shook D, Raman J, Jeevanandam V, Dupont F, Settlemier S, Savord B, Fox J, Mor-Avi V, Lang RM. J Am Coll Cardiol 2008 Aug 5 52(6):446-9.
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When we do something, we disrupt as little of the body as possible, which is a feature of minimally invasive surgery. So we try to get to the heart through smaller incisions. We focus on the area of the heart that we need to be addressing. So we don’t open the whole chest, thereby minimizing the pain, the bleeding, the discomfort, and improving the chances of the patient actually getting better quicker.
I always walk around with this in my pocket [holds up model of anatomical heart]. And getting patients to actually visualize the heart — not just by looking at images or showing them videos or showing them animations — but actually getting them to hold the heart, opening it out [opens model anatomical heart], showing what’s on the inside [closes model anatomical heart], actually makes a big difference — then come to understand exactly where these structures are and how we’re able to get to specific areas of the heart by just making smaller cuts in the body.