Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care travelled to Dubai to attend Arab Health - the largest healthcare event in the Middle East region. Mr André Simon, consultant transplant surgeon at Harefield Hospital, demonstrated a pioneering procedure to treat heart failure.

The new generation ventricular assist device (VAD) procedure – also known as an ‘artificial heart’ – involves the insertion of a mechanical pump in one of the heart chambers, in order to support heart function in people suffering from severe heart failure. The procedure can be used as an alternative to a heart transplant - or as a ‘bridge’ for patients waiting for a transplant.

Above: Image showing the positioning of a VAD.

Mr Simon performed the surgical simulation in front of an audience of international medical leaders and UAE government officials, including UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Mr André Simon comments:

"Cardiovascular disease is the biggest killer in the Middle East, accounting for as many as 45 per cent of all deaths in the region."

"The revolutionary VAD procedure has already saved thousands of patients around the world and we are pleased to be able to showcase this for the first time in the Middle East."


Mr André Simon

Consultant cardiothoracic surgeon, Director of heart and lung transplantation