Joel Dunning, FRCS, PhD

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, UK

Dr. Dunning did the medical school training at Oxford University at a time when evidence based medicine was taking off. Then he went to Manchester for his junior doctor positions and worked for Professor Mackway Jones who had just set up Best Evidence Topics in Emergency Medicine and encouraged Dr. Dunning to set up a 10 centre study in children's head injuries that became his PhD and Dr. Dunning helped NICE to create National Guidelines in this area. Later Dr. Dunning entered Cardiothoracic Surgery and continued projects in Evidence Based Surgery first inspired by Prof. Ludwig Von Segesser to create Best BETS in Cardiothoracic Surgery for the ICVTS and then by Sam Nashef on the EACTS Clinical Guidelines committee to start to produce guidelines for our community.

He is currently promoting guidelines for the management of arrests after cardiac surgery which he thinks is the most important guideline that he has ever helped to create and has the potential to save the most lives.

Clinically Dr. Dunning spend a lot of time doing minimally invasive Thoracic Surgery. He particularly likes trying new techniques for both robotic and VATS surgery including subxiphoid approaches for lobectomy and the thymus. He’s involved in the development of a few novel devices including a new 5mm stapler.

Dr. Dunning is an associate editor of the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, managing the Cardiac General Section of the EJCTS and the Best BETs section of the ICVTS. He’s also CTSNet co-editor in chief, co-founder of the CALS course, which teaches safer emergency care after cardiac surgery to units and clinicians all over the world, and also the editor of a new edition of the annals of cardiothoracic surgery on mediastinal surgery. 

Terms of Appointment: Dec 2015 - Nov 2017; Jun 2019 - May 2021