Dr Florian Falter trained in several countries in Europe before being appointed as consultant anaesthetist in Papworth in October 2001. His interest in cardiac anaesthesia developed early in his training, leading him to completing a PhD in Transoesophageal Echocardiography in the late 1990ties.

Dr Falter has an extensive research background and is focussing his academic efforts on cardiopulmonary bypass, coagulation and point of care laboratory testing. In addition to about 70 articles, he has published three textbooks and contributed numerous chapters to various book.

Dr Falter was appointed as a Visiting Professor at Columbia University in New York in 2013 and he is a Lecturer at Bristol University.

Specialist Clinical Interests
  • Adult cardiothoracic anaesthesia and intensive care
  • Anaesthesia for major aortic surgery
  • Anticoagulation for cardiopulmonary bypass
Education and Training
  • Consultant in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia & Intensive Care, Royal Papworth Hospital [2002]
  • Consultant in Cardiac Anaesthesia. University Hospital, Aachen, Germany [2001]
  • Assistenzartz (Specialist Registrar) in Intensive Care Medicine. Aachen, Germany [1999-2001]
  • Assistenzartz (Specialist Registrar) in Cardiac Anaesthesia. Aachen & Munster, Germany; and Innbruck, Austria [1997-99]
  • Anaesthesia training program. University Aachen, Germany [1994-97]
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD), 1994
  • PhD, 2000
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies and university posts

Professional Bodies

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (FRCA)
  • Fellow of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FFICM)

University Posts

  • Visiting Professor, Columbia University New York
  • Lecturer, Bristol University

Society Membership

  • SCA
  • AmSECT
Recent and Important Publicationss

Ball S, Banerjee A, Berry C, Boyle JR, Bray B, Bradlow W, Chaudhry A, Crawley R, Danesh J, Denniston A, Falter F, Figueroa JD, Hall C, Hemingway H, Jefferson E, Johnson T, King G, Lee KK, McKean P, Mason S, Mills NL, Pearson E, Pirmohamed M, Poon MTC, Priedon R, Shah A, Sofat R, Sterne JAC, Strachan FE, Sudlow CLM, Szarka Z, Whiteley W, Wyatt M; CVD-COVID-UK Consortium. Monitoring indirect impact of COVID-19 pandemic on services for cardiovascular diseases in the UK. Heart. 2020 Oct 5

Falter F, MacDonald S, Matthews C, Kemna E, Cañameres J, Besser M. Evaluation of Point-of-Care ACT Coagulometers and Anti-Xa Activity During Cardiopulmonary Bypass. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2020 Nov;34(11):2921-2927.

Pieterse J, Valchanov K, Abu-Omar Y, Falter F. Thrombotic risk in central venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation post cardiac surgery. Perfusion. 2020 May 27:267659120922016. doi: 10.1177/0267659120922016. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32460650.

Hecht P, Besser M, Falter F. Are We Able to Dose Protamine Accurately Yet? A Review of the Protamine Conundrum. J Extra Corpor Technol. 2020 Mar;52(1):63-70.

Tan Z, Besser M, Anderson S, Newey C, Iles R, Dunning J, Falter F. Pulsatile Versus Nonpulsatile Flow During Cardiopulmonary Bypass: Extent of Hemolysis and Clinical Significance. ASAIO J. 2020 Sep/Oct;66(9):1025-1030.

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. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2020 Apr;34(4):877-884.

Kiziltug H, Falter F. Circulatory support during lung transplantation. Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2020 Feb;33(1):37-42.

Kemna EWM, Schellings MWM, Vlachojannis GJ, Falter F, Milané-Santman A, Hesselink T, Scholten M, Krabbe JG. A Multicenter Comparison of 2 Point-of-Care Activated Clotting Time Test Systems. J Appl Lab Med. 2019 Nov;4(3):468-470.

Coulson TG, McPhilimey E, Falter F, Abu-Omar Y, Klein AA. The Association Between Pulsatile Cardiopulmonary Bypass and Acute Kidney Injury After Cardiac Surgery: A Before-and-After Study. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2020 Jan;34(1):108-113.

Oscier C, Patvardhan C, Falter F, Tosh W, Dunning J, Catarino P, DeSilva R, Besser M, Valchanov K. Three consecutive cases of fatal intraoperative intracardiac thrombosis associated with the initiation of venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in the presence of aprotinin. Perfusion. 2019 Jul;34(5):417-421.

Beuth J, Falter F, Pinto Ribeiro RV, Badiwala M, Meineri M. New Strategies to Expand and Optimize Heart Donor Pool: Ex Vivo Heart Perfusion and Donation After Circulatory Death: A Review of Current Research and Future Trends. Anesth Analg. 2019 Mar;128(3):406-413.

Ali JM, Miles LF, Abu-Omar Y, Galhardo C, Falter F. Global Cardioplegia Practices: Results from the Global Cardiopulmonary Bypass Survey. J Extra Corpor Technol. 2018 Jun;50(2):83-93.

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. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2019 Feb;33(2):482-486.

Falter F, Razzaq N, John M, Fassl J, Maurer M, Ewing S, Hofmeyr R. Clinical Evaluation of Measuring the ACT during Elective Cardiac Surgery with Two Different Devices. J Extra Corpor Technol. 2018 Mar;50(1):38-43.

Miles LF, Marchiori P, Falter F. Pilot validation of an individualised pharmacokinetic algorithm for protamine dosing after systemic heparinisation for cardiopulmonary bypass. Perfusion. 2017 Sep;32(6):481-488.


Ghosh S, Falter F, Cook D (eds): Cardiopulmonary Bypass, (Cambridge Clinical Guides), CUP 2009

Falter F (ed): Bedside Procedures in the ICU, Springer 2011

Falter F, Screaton N (eds): Imaging the ICU Patient, Springer 2014

Ghosh S, Falter F, Perrino A (eds): Cardiopulmonary Bypass, 2nd Edition (Cambridge Clinical Guides), CUP 2015