Prof Ascione spends his clinical time leading theatre lists
(approx 165 adult cardiac procedures per year), local and
outreach clinics and labour ward rounds. He is on call
for emergencies 1:12, including weekends. The main strength of his
clinical practice continues to be the consistency of his surgical
performance which compares well with the UK and EU standards for
all inclusive surgical procedures over the last five years.
His expertise in Mitral Valve Repair surgery has projected the BHI
within the top 5 centres into the UK this type of surgery.
Academically, he is the current Chairman of the Bristol Heart
Institute Research Steering Committee (> 250 research members
spanning across 3 Faculties and 3 NHS Trusts in Bristol).
Prof Ascione has co-led the validation and translation process
of the technique of beating heart coronary surgery (OPCAB surgery)
via a sequence of >10 randomised trials and >10 large cohort
analyse. He is the Chief Investigator of two world-first trials
using stem cells for myocardial repair in patients with acute or
chronic MI undergoing surgery; further clinical research he is
leading focuses on reducing postoperative complications in patients
with diabetes mellitus and on lung, cardiac, and kidney protection
He has a total of > 200 publications including 107
Pubmed-censed publications, seven book chapters, 21 refereed
Conference Contributions, 18 Reviews and Editorials and >
50 publications reports in the media or internet. His publications
are internationally outstanding (total impact factor: >500;
H-index 26); his research work has inspired others (Total citation:
Prof Ascione has contributed to a total of 16 successful Grants,
1 Capital bid, 1 Senior Lecturer Fellowship, 2 Clinical Academic
Fellowships, and 1 Scholarship for a total of approx £17m.
In his spare time he enjoys opera, painting and cooking.