Por qué es un doctor de primer nivel/Professional statement/Perché è un dottore di prim’ordine

Mr Franco Ciulli is one of the UK's leading consultant cardiothoracic surgeons. He is based in Bristol and operates both at the Spire Hospital Bristol and the Bristol Heart Institute. He has performed over 5000 open heart procedures since being appointed as a consultant almost 30 years ago. Mr Ciulli has extensive experience in a vast range of adult cardiac conditions. He is an expert in minimally invasive cardiac surgery, coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), beating heart surgery (OPCAB) and aortic valve surgery (AVR). He also has a specialist interest in arrhythmia surgery for Atrial Fibrillation  and mitral valve repair (MVR).

One of Mr Ciulli's main interests is coronary artery bypass surgery which amounts to 75% of his workload. This is mostly performed with an 'off-pump' or beating heart  technique that Mr Ciulli helped develop at the  Bristol Heart Institute. Mr Ciulli uses the latest techniques for mitral valve repair. He has vast experience in performing high risk and complex cases that have had had an over 98% survival rate after open-heart surgery. Mr Ciulli acquired much of his knowledge at prestigious centres across the globe in France, Italy, the UK and Australia.

Mr Ciulli is the head of cardiac surgery at the renowned Bristol Heart Institute. He is one of the most senior surgeons in the UK. After completing his medical degree, he undertook further training in cardiovascular surgery at the University of Verona in Italy. Mr Ciulli started working as a cardiothoracic registrar on the Glasgow rotation and the heart and lung transplant registrar at Papworth Hospital in 1990.

He later also undertook a transplant fellowship at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney and was entered onto the GMC specialist register for thoracic and cardiac surgery in 1996. Mr Ciulli's first consultant position was in Sheffield in 1995. He went on to lead the team there that  performed the first heart-lung transplant and double lung transplant in 1997. Mr Ciulli also carried out the first minimally invasive mitral valve replacement in 1997 at the northern general hospital in Sheffield.

Since 1999 Mr Ciulli has worked as a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon at Bristol Heart Institute, which is part of the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. Mr Ciulli has held positions of clinical director, clinical governance lead, and is the clinical lead for the adult cardiac surgery unit. Mr Ciulli has been vital in helping bring modern mitral valve repair techniques to the Spire Hospital Bristol and Bristol Heart Institute. Mr Ciulli is an active researcher and has had work published in various peer-reviewed journals as well as the reputable textbook, Moghissi's Essentials of Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, also coedited by Mr Ciulli.

Mr Franco Ciulli recently appeared in the film Deep in the Heart,documentary that follows four patients for several months as they undergo life-saving surgery at the Bristol Heart Institute. The open heart surgeries are actually performed by Mr. Ciulli. and Deep in the Heart can be found on Amazon Prime.

Especialista en

Atrial fibrillation ablation

What is atrial fibrillation ablation? Atrial fibrillation ablation is a procedure used to treat &a...

Coronary bypass surgery


Mitral valve repair (minimally invasive)

What is mitral valve repair (minimally-invasive)? The mitral valve is a one-way valve that pumps blood into the left side of the heart. When op...

Mitral valve

What is the mitral valve? The mitral valve is located between the two left heart chambers (i.e. th...

Beating heart coronary heart bypass surgery (minimally invasive)

What is minimally-invasive beating heart coronary heart bypass surgery? Minimally-invasive beating heart coronary heart ...

Aortic valve replacement (minimally invasive)

What is aortic valve replacement (minimally-invasive)? Minimally-invasive aortic valve replacement (MIAVR) uses a much smaller incision compare...

Enfermedades, Pruebas y Tratamientos

  • Aortic root surgery
  • Aortic stenosis
  • Aortic surgery
  • Aortic valve replacement (minimally invasive)
  • Arrhythmia
  • Atrial fibrillation ablation
  • Beating heart coronary heart bypass surgery (minimally invasive)
  • Cardiac resynchronisation therapy
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Coronary angioplasty
  • Coronary bypass surgery
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Coronary stent
  • Coronary surgery
  • Costochondritis
  • Endoscopic coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Fractured ribs
  • Heart bypass
  • Heart transplant
  • Heart valve surgery
  • Hemothorax
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)
  • Interventional cardiology
  • Lung transplant
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Minimally invasive cardiac surgery
  • Mitral regurgitation
  • Mitral valve
  • Mitral valve repair (minimally invasive)
  • Myocarditis
  • Pacemaker
  • Pericarditis
  • Pleural effusion
  • Pneumothorax
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Redo cardiac surgery
  • Robotic surgery
  • Ross procedure
  • Stent
  • TAVI (transcatheter aortic valve implantation)
  • Thymoma
  • Tracheostomy
  • Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVR)
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Ventricular assist device VAD
  • Videothoracoscopy

Pide cita ahora


  • Spire Bristol Hospital
    Redland Hill BS6 6UT - Bristol
    (+44) 01174579772
  • Bristol Heart Institute
    Terrell Street BS2 8ED - Bristol
    (+44) 01174579772
  • e-consultation
    0 -

¿Tienes alguna duda?
Nuestro equipo médico está encantado de atenderte

Valoraciones de pacientes


Es un servicio de mensajería privada y videoconferencia que te permite realizar una consulta médica conmigo en cualquier momento y lugar./A private messaging and video conference service that allows you to contact the best doctors at any time and place./È un servizio di messaggistica privata e videoconferenza che ti permette di contattare i migliori medici in ogni momento e in qualsiasi luogo.