Professor Gianni Angelini qualified as a mechanical engineer
prior to obtaining his degree in medicine from the University of
Siena, Italy, in 1979.
Following training in Florence he decided to pursue his career in
the UK. After six months intensive language course he
obtained his first junior post in London and later became a
Registrar at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, where he
undertook most of his training. After a year spent in
Rotterdam at the Erasmus University training in paediatric cardiac
surgery and transplantation he was appointed as a Senior
Lecturer/Consultant at the University of Sheffield.
In 1992 he was appointed to the British Heart Foundation Chair of
Cardiac Surgery in the University of Bristol, and when the Bristol
Heart Institute was opened in October 1995 he became its
In 2003 he was awarded the "Cavaliere Order of Merit of Italy" in
recognition of his contribution to medicine.
In 2005 Professor Angelini and his team received the UK "Surgical
Team of the Year Award"
In 2008 and again in 2011 he led the successful bid for the NIHR
Biomedical Research Unit in Cardiovascular Medicine in Bristol and
he was appointed as Director. In 2009 and 2011 he was selected as
an NIHR Senior Investigator.
In 2011 he was elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical
In January 2010 Professor Angelini was also appointed as Clinical
Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Head of Cardiac Surgery in the
National Heart and Lung Institute based at the Hammersmith
His main research interests are in the area of saphenous vein
bypass graft failure, myocardial protection, coronary artery bypass
surgery on the beating heart and arterial revascularisation.