Mr Kit Wong

Kit Wong is an eminent heart surgeon in London with expertise in coronary artery surgery, aortic and mitral valve surgery, aortic aneurysm surgery and minimally invasive surgery. Kit qualified from St Mary’s Hospital Medical School in 1986 and is currently a Consultant and the Clinical Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Barts Health.

His formative cardiothoracic training was at the prestigious and world renown Royal Brompton and London Chest Hospitals where pioneering heart surgery was first performed. At the Royal Brompton Hospital, he trained closely with Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub who has had a major influence in his career developing his interests in aortic aneurysm and valvular heart surgery. Kit spent a further year with Sir Magdi producing the seminal and landmark research on the modulation of cardiac muscles which spawned major research in the UK and internationally, and its use in clinical treatment (Harefield protocol).

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland, and has served on the council of the Royal Society of Medicine and the International College of Surgeons. He has also served as a specialist advisor on the panel of the London Cardiovascular Project, a group commissioned by NHS London to improve the model of care for cardiac surgery.

Kit has one of the best cardiac surgical results in the country with rates of survival significantly better than that predicted as evidenced by cardiac surgical results which have been published nationally since 2005. In the most recent National Adult Cardiac Surgery Audit produced for 2008-11, his results are outstanding with survival for all cardiac surgery 97.4%. He has a 100% and 98.4% survival for aortic valve and coronary artery bypass surgery, respectively, within this period.

Kit has developed expertise in various super-specialised areas in cardiac surgery:

Mitral Valve Surgery (Repair): Patients with degenerative mitral valve disease are best treated by mitral valve repair. Kit is one of two main mitral valve surgeons in his Trust who perform mitral valve repairs including complex repairs (bileaflet prolapse). His audited figures for the last 3 years show a repair rate of 92% which compares well with international benchmarking.

He also performs minimal access (“key-hole”) mitral valve surgery through a small right anterior thoracotomy in suitable patients and he is amongst a handful of surgeons who perform this in the UK.

Multiple arterial coronary bypass grafting: The use of multiple arterial grafts for coronary artery bypass particularly with double mammary arteries have been shown to improve long term results. In his practice, all patients will receive a mammary artery and patients younger than 70 years of age will often receive double mammary arteries. In the last 5 years, he has used double mammary and radial arteries (25% and 23%, respectively) in patients undergoing CABG.

Minimally invasive surgery: Kit has good experience in minimally invasive surgery which is surgery performed either without bypass (beating heart coronary artery bypass grafting) or minimal access (key hole) surgery for valvular (aortic and mitral) heart operations He performs “key hole” aortic valve replacement through either a partial sternotomy or through a small right anterior mini- thoracotomy and has done so for the last 8 years.

Aortic Surgery: One of his main interests is aortic surgery which include aortic root surgery (Bentall, aortic valve sparing root replacement -Yacoub or David operation), complex arch aneurysms and dissections. He performs with his interventional and vascular colleagues Endovascular (Aortic) Aneurysm Repair (EVAR) and aortic bypass which reduces the morbidity of conventional aortic arch operations.

Surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation: This is performed with radiofrequency ablation and has a 70% success rate in converting patients to sinus rhythm and is done in patients with atrial fibrillation while performing other cardiac procedures.

Septal Myectomy: He has experience in performing an extended septal myectomy for left ventricular outflow obstruction.

Kit’s NHS practice is at St Bartholomew’s and London Chest Hospitals and he sees private patients at the London Independent, Wellington Hospitals and the Harley Street Clinic.

Kit lives with his wife Anita and 4 lovely daughters in London and the family enjoy their skiing (& snowboarding!) holidays.