Born in Kandy, Sri Lanka, Mrs Sudarshan qualified as a Doctor from Southampton. Whilst a large part of her Cardiothoracic Higher Surgical Training came from Royal Papworth, the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne have played a significant part in shaping it. She was appointed as a Consultant Surgeon at Royal Papworth in August 2006. 

Mrs Sudarshan is an Assigned Educational Supervisor for three Specialist Registrars attached to the East of England Deanery from the National Training Programme in Cardiothoracic Surgery. She is the clinical supervisor for the Transplant Surgical Fellows. She is the Consultant Cardiac Surgical Lead for the Alert Team Nurses.

Specialist Clinical Interests

a. Grown up Congenital Heart Surgery
b. Trans-catheter Heart Valve treatments (TAVI program)
c. Minimally invasive coronary and aortic valve surgery
d. Cardiac Surgery in the elderly population
e. Surgical treatment of end-stage heart diseases including:
i. Heart transplantation
ii. Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs)
f. Surgical treatment of end-stage lung diseases including:
i. Lung transplantation
ii. ECMO & Artificial lungs

Research Interests

Optimisation of multi-organ donors
Optimal preservation and reconditioning of Cardiothoracic Organs retrieved for transplantation
Trans catheter aortic Valve Implantation

Clinical Outcomes

To view Mrs Sudarshan's clinical outcomes, please click on this link. This will take you to the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery website which is not part of the Papworth Hospital website.

Education and Training

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery, University of Southampton
F.R.C.S. (Eng.) 1995 Fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons of England
F.R.C.S. (Edin.) 1995 Fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
F.R.C.S. (C-Th) 2004 Inter-collegiate Specialty Board in Cardiothoracic Surgery
Doctor of Medicine 2007 University of Newcastle upon Tyne

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

Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons of England
General Medical Council
Member of The Society for Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery of Great Britain & Ireland
Member of The International Society of Heart & Lung Transplantation

Recent and Important Publications

Ali AA, Lim E, Thanikachalam M, Sudarshan C, White P, Parameshwar J, Dhital K, Large SR. Cardiac arrest in the organ donor does not negatively influence recipient survival after heart transplantation. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2007 May;31(5):929-33. Epub 2007 Mar 26.

Berman M, Parameshwar J, Jenkins DP, Dhital K, Lewis C, Dempster K, Lincoln P, Sudarshan C, Large SR, Dunning J, Tsui SS. Thoratec implantable ventricular assist device: the Papworth experience. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2010 Feb;139(2):466-73. Epub 2009 Oct 14.

Klein AA, Webb ST, Tsui S, Sudarshan C, Shapiro L, Densem C. Transcatheter aortic valve insertion: anaesthetic implications of emerging new technology. Br J Anaesth. 2009 Dec;103(6):792-9. Review.

Jones ML, Qiu S, Sudarshan C. Perioperative outcomes in hybrid versus conventional surgical coronary artery revascularisation. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2010 Sep;11(3):292-6. Epub 2010 Jun 23. Review.

Taggart DP, Altman DG, Gray AM, Lees B, Nugara F, Yu LM, Campbell H, Flather M; ART Investigators. Randomized trial to compare bilateral vs. single internal mammary coronary artery bypass grafting: 1-year results of the Arterial Revascularisation Trial (ART). Eur Heart J. 2010 Oct;31(20):2470-81. Epub 2010 Aug 30.

Berman M, Goldsmith K, Jenkins D, Sudarshan C, Catarino P, Sukumaran N, Dunning J, Sharples LD, Tsui S, Parmar J. Comparison of outcomes from smoking and nonsmoking donors: thirteen-year experience. Ann Thorac Surg. 2010 Dec;90(6):1786-92.

Kutty RS, Parameshwar J, Lewis C, Catarino PA, Sudarshan CD, Jenkins DP, Dunning JJ, Tsui SS. Use of centrifugal left ventricular assist device as a bridge to candidacy in severe heart failure with secondary pulmonary hypertension. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2013 Jun;43(6):1237-42. doi: 10.1093/ejcts/ezs678. Epub 2013 Jan 22.