Mr Norman Briffa MB MD FRCS(Ed) FRCS (CTh)

Mr Norman BriffaHonorary Reader in Cardiac Surgery

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Northern General Hospital
Herries Road,
S5 7AU

Tel: 0114 226 6777
Fax: 0114 261 0350



I qualified in medicine at the University of Sheffield in 1983. I trained in Cardiothoracic Surgery in the West Midlands and Cambridge. I was awarded an MD from the University of Sheffield for a Research Project in Xenotransplanation that I completed during my time at Stanford University, California in 1996-97.
I became a Consultant in Cardiothoracic Surgery in 1998 and moved back to Sheffield in 2005.

Research Interests:

Clinical Trials in Heart Surgery and Data Analysis from patients undergoing Heart Valve Surgery

Professional Interests:

I am President of the British Heart Valve Society.
I am Chair of a Panel of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh designing a new unique specialty Exam for Cardiothoracic Surgical Care Practitioners.

Current Projects:

A clinical trial investigating the effect of a Novel Wound Dressing on Oxygen Delivery to Wound Edges of Diabetic Patients undergoing Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery.
I am supervising a University of Sheffield MD student who is participating in an EU funded (Horizon 2020) study called EURVALVE. Clinical data (including imaging data) is being used to construct a computer model to predict outcomes after treatment in patients with heart valve disease. This model will be used in a clinical decision support system.
I am supervising a BMedSci University of Sheffield student who is looking variables which influence gradients across aortic valve prostheses in patients undergoing aortic valve replacement surgery.

Key Publications:

  1.  Briffa N, Chambers JB. Biological Valves in Younger Patients Undergoing Aortic Valve Replacement. Circulation. 2017;135:1101–1103.
  2. Briffa N. Surgery for degenerative mitral valve disease. British Medical Journal Publishing Group; 2010.
  3. Briffa NP, Shorthouse R, Chan J, Silva H, Billingham M, Brazelton T, Morris RE. Histological and immunological characteristics of, and the effect of immunosuppressive treatment on, xenograft vasculopathy. Xenotransplantation. 2004;11:149–159.
  4. Holmes C, Briffa N. Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS) in patients undergoing heart valve surgery: why should we measure them and which instruments should we use? Open heart. 2016;3:e000315.
  5. Stott MC, Gooseman MR, Briffa NP. Improving Medical Students’ Application of Knowledge and Clinical Decision-Making Through a Porcine-Based Integrated Cardiac Basic Science Program. Journal of surgical education. 2016;73:675–681.

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