Training in valve disease

Mitral surgeon, valve clinic, BHVS training days

Specialist valve activity

70% of my work relates to mitral and aortic valve disease, Valve clinic, Mitral and AV and TAVI MDTs. Performs 70+ valve operations per year (approx 30 AVR, 40+ mitral valve replacement/repair). 90% repair rate for degenerative mitral valve disease. Past-president and Treasurer of BHVS.


Multiple clinical research projects in heart valve disease. Extensive publication in the field of heart valve disease including:

Shah B et al. “Outpatient management of heart valve disease following the COVID-19 pandemic: implications for present and future care.” Heart 106, no. 20 (2020): 1549-1554

Jahangiri, M et al. “Surgical aortic valve replacement in the era of transcatheter aortic valve implantation: a review of the UK national database.” BMJ open 11, no. 10 (2021): e046491.

Briffa NP 

Results of mechanical versus tissue AVR: caution in young patients with tissue AVR 

Heart 2019;105:s34-s37.

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. doi: 10.1136/openhrt-2015-000315

Briffa, Norman, and John B. Chambers. “Biological valves in younger patients undergoing aortic valve replacement: a word of caution.” Circulation 135, no. 12 (2017): 1101-1103. 

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