Olaf WendlerMD, PhD, FRCS
Prof Wendler is a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon with a specialist internationally accredited interest in Adult Cardiac Surgery. He has a surgical and academic interest in transcatheter heart valve treatment, arterial revascularization, ischemic ventricular septal defect repair, valve and aortic root repair, minimally invasive heart valve surgery, mitral valve repair, thoracic aortic surgery, and repeat and complex cardiac operations.
Prof Wendler qualified, trained and gained substantial experience in Germany before his appointment as Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at King’s in 2004. He became Clinical Director for Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery in 2006 and was promoted to Chair of Cardiac Surgery at King's College Hospital in 2012. Prof Wendler’s special interest is to implement new innovative techniques and minimally-invasive surgical approaches to improve surgical outcomes for the elderly patient. He has implemented modern techniques at King’s College Hospital to preserve natural heart valves, in particular aortic and mitral valve, and new approaches to improve long-term results after coronary artery bypass grafting.