Biography

Dr Ashutosh Hardikar is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon located at the Royal Hobart Hospital where he is also the Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Staff Specialist. He has a special interest in aortic surgery, bicuspid aortic valves, adult congenital surgery, and thoracic surgical work.

He qualified as a cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon in India in 1996, and after working as a lecturer in Mumbai, he came to Adelaide as a Fellow in CT surgery for 3 years. He returned to India and set up a unit at Mangeshkar Hospital in Pune where he worked till 2008. He moved to Hobart in March 2008 and has lead the unit there since 2015. He helped set up another unit at Calvary Hospitals, Lenah Valley Campus.

Additionally, Dr Hardikar is currently working as a PhD student under the supervision of Professor Thomas Marwick at the University of Tasmania and Menzies research institute, focusing on the study of bicuspid aortic valves and associated aortic pathology.

Dr Hardikar established a Tasmanian registry of bicuspid aortic valves (BAV) and aortic pathology in Tasmania and has been responsible for all the data collection and maintenance so far.  The registry is a part of BAV-CON, a consortium of worldwide registries.

He is an active member of the cardiothoracic community and continues to further his clinical skills in various workshops and training, including a minimally invasive MIDCAB surgery workshop (Mumbai), VATS training course (New Delhi), minimally invasive mitral surgery workshop (Leipzig), and Uniportal VATS workshop and training (Shanghai).

Dr Hardikar works as a reviewer for The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery, Heart, Lung and Circulation, and Heart: BMJ Publications. He is has worked as an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the University of Tasmania since 2009.

Procedures & Conditions

Procedures Performed
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery including Total Arterial Revascularisation
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Aortic Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Repairs and Replacements
  • Maze Surgery for Atrial Fibrillation
  • Adult Congenital Surgery including redo procedures
  • Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)
  • Uniportal VATS
  • Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy
  • Mediastinal Surgery
  • Nuss Procedures
Conditions Treated
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Bicuspid Aortic Valve
  • Lung Cancer
  • Pectus Excavatum

Experience

  • Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery
    Royal Hobart Hospital 2015 - Present
  • Clinical Director Surgical Services
    Royal Hobart Hospital 2015 - 2016
  • Honorary Clinical Lecturer
    University of Tasmania 2009 - Present
  • Staff Specialist Cardiothoracic Surgery
    Royal Hobart Hospital 2008 - Present
  • Consultant Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeon and Coordinator
    Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Pune, India 2002 - 2008
  • Cardiothoracic Surgical Fellow
    Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia 1999 - 2001
  • Lecturer, Cardiothoracic Surgery
    Kind Edward Memorial Hospital and JJ Hospital, Mumbai, India 1997 - 1998

Memberships

Professional Memberships and Affiliations
  • Indian Medical Association

  • Life Member of the Indian Association of Cardiothoracic Surgeons

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow

  • Registered with Medical Board of Australia

  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

  • 2010 - Present

    Fellow of Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ)

  • 2010 - Present

    Member of Australia and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS)

  • 2009 - Present

    Member of European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgeons

  • 2013 - Present

    Member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Awards
  • Dr Hardikar has been a recipient of a number of awards in his academic career. He was ranked first in Pune University in his batch of MBBS (1989), M.S. general surgery (1993) as well as MCh (CT surgery).

Research & Publications

Publications

Dr Hardikar has over 60 publications to his credit, the important ones are shown below:

1. ‘Right Ventricular fibroma presenting as Tricuspid Stenosis’: a case report. Thorac Cardiovasc Surgeon: 1996; 44: 152 -154.

2. ‘Coronary sinus thrombosis after cannulation during CardioPulmonary Bypass’ : a Case report: Ann Thorac Surg 1996; 62: 1506 – 1507.

3. ‘Penetrating cardiac injury due to ball point pen’, case report; Asian annals of Cardiothoracic surgery, 1999; 7:158-60.

4. ‘Venous cannula obstruction due to embolus during Cardiopulmonary bypass’, case report; Asian Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery, 2001; 6.

5. ‘Cardiac involvement in a case of acute lymphoblastic leukemia’. Ann Thorac Surg. 2002 Apr;73(4):1310-2.

6. ‘Human Blood Vessel-Derived Endothelial progenitors for endothelialization of small diameter vascular prosthesis’ PLoS ONE   2009 Nov;4(11):e7718.

7. ‘Bilateral anterior compartment syndrome after routine coronary artery bypass surgery and severe hypothyroidism’ A case report. Ann Thorac Surg 2010;90:1338-40.

8. ‘Intracardiac lipoma arising from the papillary muscle’. A case report. J Card Surg 2011;26:65-66.

9. ‘Blunt Cardiac rupture in a setting of previous sternotomy.’ Ann Thorac Surg 2012;94:1343-  1345.

10. ‘Surgical thresholds for bicuspid aortic valve associated aortopathy’. JACC: Cardiovascular imaging. 2013;6:1311-20*

11. ‘Guidelines for the establishment of an adult Cardiac Surgery Unit’. 2013;22[9]:699-702.

12. ‘Aortic Reservoir pressure corresponds to cyclic changes in aortic volume: physiological validation in Humans’. Arterioscler Throm Vasc Biol 2014:34; 1597-1603.

13. ‘Clinical management and rehabilitation of persistent sternal instability’. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 2015;22[9] 443-6.

14. ‘Epithelial mesenchymal transition in smokers: large versus small airways and relation to airflow obstruction’: International Journal of COPD 2015; 10: 1515-24.

15. ‘The natural history of guidelines: The case of aortopathy related to bicuspid aortic valves’. International Journal of Cardiology 2015; 199[6]: 150-3.

16. ‘Association between patterns of aortic dilatation and aortic pathology in consecutive aortic surgery cases’. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 2015, Vol 24, s410.

17. ‘ TELL ME WHY: COPD PATHOGENESIS: Epithelial Mesenchymal Transition (emt): Comparison Of Large Versus Small Airways And Relation To Airflow Obstruction In Smokers’. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical care medicine Vol191, (1)

18. ‘Effect of Posterior Pericardiotomy on the Incidence of Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation in 1000 Consecutive Isolated CABG’. Heart, Lung and Circulation. Vol 25(8), e104-105.

19. ‘Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer: underlying pathophysiology and new therapeutic modalities’. Drugs.2018. Vol 78(16) page 1717-40.

20. ‘An economic analysis of medical and surgical management of aortopathy associated with bicuspid aortic valve’. 2019. European Heart Journal: Quality of care and clinical outcomes. Vol 5(4) 380-7

More research publications available upon request.

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