Samer Nashef is an adult cardiac surgeon at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, United Kingdom. He qualified as a doctor at the University of Bristol in 1980, and trained in general surgery in London and Exeter. His specialist training in cardiac surgery was in Glasgow, Sheffield, Manchester and Bordeaux in France. He was appointed consultant surgeon at Papworth in 1992. He practices all types of cardiac surgery in adults. His specialist clinical areas include minimally invasive coronary bypass and hybrid coronary revascularisation, mitral repair, surgery for atrial fibrillation and aortic root surgery with valve preservation.
He has many research interests, a major one of which being the measurement and monitoring of the quality of surgical treatment. In that field, he has led national and international projects, including the EuroSCORE Project. He is the author of The Naked Surgeon and a compiler of cryptic crosswords for the Guardian and the Financial Times. In his discussion, Samer Nashef will address safety and transparency in medicine and how we can design safer health systems in the future.