Mr Taghavi undertook his undergraduate training at the University of Leeds graduating in 2005. Following his basic surgical training, he went on to train in cardiothoracic surgery at Royal Papworth Hospital. During his time in training he spent 18 months completing a research project at Stanford University, investigating the feasibility of cardiac donation after circulatory death, and obtaining an MD from the University of Leeds. He undertook an advanced surgical fellowship in pulmonary endarterectomy surgery and was appointed as a consultant at Royal Papworth Hospital in 2018.

Mr Taghavi performs the full range of adult cardiac operation. His areas of interest include pulmonary endarterectomy surgery, aortic valve surgery (including TAVI), aortic surgery and coronary revascularization surgery.

Mr Taghavi also has a major interest in education and training.

Specialist Interests
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Specialist Clinical Interests
  • Coronary artery surgery
  • Pulmonary endarterectomy
  • Aortic valve replacement
  • Aortic surgery
  • TAVI
  • Pulmonary endarterectomy surgery
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Cardiac transplantation using DCD donors
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
Education and Training
  • MB ChB, University of Leeds
  • Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Doctor of Medicine MD, University of Leeds
  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Cardiothoracic Surgery (FRCS-CTh)
  • Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies and university posts
Recent and Important Publications

Taghavi*, Woods*, Shang*, Downey, Zalewski, Rubio, Liu, Homburger, Grunwald, Bollensdorff, Thanaporn, Ali, Riemer, Kohl, Mochly-Rosen, Gerstenfeld, Large, Ali, Ashley. In vivo Post-cardiac arrest myocardial dysfunction is supported by CaMKII-mediated calcium long-term potentiation and mitigated by Alda-1, an Agonist of Aldehyde Dehydrogenase Type 2 - Circulation 2016, 134(13): 961-977

F Taghavi*, P Lee*, P Yan, P Ewart, E Ashley, LM Loew, P Kohl, C Bollensdorff, CE Woods. In Situ Optical Mapping of Voltage and Calcium in the Heart. PLoS ONE 2012, 7(8)
Y Abu-Omar, FJ Taghavi, M Navaratnarajah, A Ali, A Shahir, L-M Yu, CK Choong, DP Taggart.  The impact of off-pump coronary artery bypass on postoperative renal function. Perfusion 2012 March, 27(2):127-131.

JM Findlay, MJ Keogh, FJ Taghavi, RA Sayeed. Radiological Presentation of a Giant Bulla as a Tension Pneumothorax. The Journal of Emergency Medicine 2012, 43(3) e211-e213.
Taghavi FJ, Markar SR, Large SR. Intra-cardiac metastasis from testicular teratoma; to resect or not to resect. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg 2010 Dec; 11(6):843-845.