Dr Christiana Burt trained in medicine at the University of Cambridge and completed specialist training in anaesthesia in the East of England Deanery UK.

She completed a clinical fellowship in cardiac anaesthesia and intensive care at the Toronto General Hospital in Canada. She has been a substantive consultant in anaesthesia at Royal Papworth Hospital since January 2013.

Dr Burt has subspecialty interests in teaching, risk management and medical law (Masters qualification) and is one of the trust’s Medical Examiners. She was the department Royal College of Anaesthetists College Tutor for training and fellowships from 2017-2020 and has now handed this role over to Dr Ganesh Ramalingam


Adult cardiothoracic anaesthesia and intensive care

Specialist Clinical Interests
  • Medical Law
  • Perioperative 2D and 3D transoesophageal echocardiography
Research Interests

Cardiothoracic anesthesia, echocardiography

Education and Training

BA (hons) - Cambridge University 1999
MB BChir - Cambridge University 2001
MA (Cantab) - Cambridge University 2003
FRCA - London 2006
CCT in Anaesthesia - General Medical Council 2010
Accreditation in perioperative transoesophageal echocardiography - European Association of Echocardiography 2011
LLM – Northumbria University 2019

Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies and university posts

General Medical Council (6040321)
Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA)
Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI)
Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthetists (ACTA)
European Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthetists (EACTA)

Recent and Important Publications

Original Papers

Miles LF, Burt C, Arrowsmith JE, McKie MA, Villar SS, Govender P, Shaylor R, Tan Z, De Silva R and Falter F. Optimal protamine dosing after cardiopulmonary bypass: The PRODOSE adaptive randomised controlled trial. PloS Med 2021; in press.

Govender P, Tosh W, Burt C, Falter F. Evaluation of increase in intraoperative lactate level as a predictor of outcome in adults after cardiac surgery. Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia 2020 Apr;34 (4): 877-884

Valchanov K, Falter F, George S, Burt C, Roscoe A, Ng C, Besser M, Nasser S. Three cases of anaphylaxis to Protamine: management of anticoagulation reversal. 
Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia 2018 33 (2) p.482

Chloros T, Burt C, Dunning J. The role of intraoperative transoesophageal echocardiography in identifying a fenestrated occlusion of the inferior vena cava during Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy. Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia 2017 32 (3) p.1329

Noorani A, Burt C, Nashef SAM. Post-infarction biventricular free wall rupture with extracardiac shunt presenting as ventricular septal rupture. Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery 2013 17(2) p.419

Murkin J, Falter F, Granton J, Young B, Burt C, Chu M. High dose tranexamic acid is associated with clinical seizures in cardiac surgical patients. Anesthesia and Analgesia 2010 110 p.350 

Burt C, Pepke-Zaba J, Falter F. Pulmonary arterial hypertension. Current Vascular Pharmacology 2010; 8: 412-420

Burt C, Arrowsmith J. Respiratory failure. Surgery (Oxford) 2009; 27 (11): 475-479

Burt C, Durbridge J. Management of cardiac disease in pregnancy. Continuing Education in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain 2009; 9 (2): 44-7

Vizcaychipi M, Burt C, Burnstein R. Pulmonary embolism, an unusual case of acute liver failure. The Internet Journal of Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine 2007; 10 (2)

Book Chapters

John M, Burt C. Airway management in cardiothoracic intensive care: intubation and tracheostomy. In Valchanov K, Jones N, Hogue C: Core Topics in Cardiothoracic critical care 2nd edition 2018 Cambridge University Press

Burt C, Littwin S, Adebayo J, Mallavaram N.A, Thys D. Regional Anesthesia and Cardiovascular Disease. In Hadzic's Textbook of Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management 2nd Edition 2017 New York School of Regional Anesthesia (NYSORA) McGraw-Hill Education

Burt C, Hutton S, Evans B. Conduct of cardiopulmonary bypass. In Ghosh S, Falter F, Perrino A Jr: Cardiopulmonary bypass 2nd edition 2015 Cambridge University Press

Sandberg C, Burt C. Anaesthesia for MRI. In Falter F, Screaton N: Imaging the ICU patient 2014 Springer.

Burt C, Falter F. Controversies in cardiopulmonary bypass. In Mackay JM, Arrowsmith JE: Core topics in cardiac anaesthesia 2nd edition 2012 Cambridge University Press

Burt C, Nortje J. Sedation and analgesia. In Falter F: Bedside procedures in the ICU 2012 Springer

Burt C, Jariani M. Cardiac anesthesia and intraoperative management. In: Toppin J, Vegas A: Cardiac anesthesiology fellow's manual 7th edition 2011 University Health Network

Burt C, Jariani M. Monitoring for cardiac surgery. In: Toppin J, Vegas A: Cardiac anesthesiology fellow's manual 7th edition 2011 University Health Network