Biography

Mr Siven Seevanayagam is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Austin Health, Victoria. He is also a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at St John of God Geelong, Epworth Eastern and Epworth Richmond Hospitals.

Siven completed his Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery graduating with Honours from Monash University Medical School, before commencing his basic surgical training at the Austin & Repatriation Medical Centre. After completing his General Surgery and Advanced Cardiothoracic Surgery training, Siven obtained his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He was the only surgeon to have been appointed to both Cardiac Surgery and Thoracic Surgery Departments at Austin Health following his training.

Mr Seevanayagam is well know for his experience and expertise in complex adult cardiac and thoracic procedures. In cardiac surgery, he regularly performs total arterial revascularization in coronary artery bypass graft surgery, valve repairs and replacements, aortic surgery, and thoracoscopic epicardial ablation for atrial fibrillation. In thoracic surgery, he has a special interest in extended pulmonary resections and lung sparing complex bronchoplastic and vascular sleeve resections, thymectomy for myasthenia gravis, and airway lasers and stenting.

He introduced endobronchial ultrasound-guided biopsy (EBUS) in Victoria, which is now standard of care for thoracic oncology patients. Additionally, he is fully accredited for robotic assisted thoracic surgery at the Epworth Hospitals and St John of God Geelong, which uses the Da Vinci Surgical System to perform minimally invasive thoracic surgery. 

Mr Seevanayagam has strong research interests in health informatics and the use of analytic techniques in linked large datasets in the healthcare sector. He is on the Board of Studies Cardiothoracic Surgeon and a Supervisor of Training at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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Procedures & Conditions

Procedures Performed
  • Thoracic Aortic Surgery
  • Endovascular Surgery
  • Complex Airway Reconstructions
  • Endo-bronchial Laser Ablations
  • Airway Stenting
  • Endobronchial Ultrasound Guided Biopsy (EBUS)
  • Robotic Assisted Thoracic Surgery
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Total Arterial Revascularisation
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery
  • Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Aortic Valve Repair
  • Thoracoscopic Epicardial Ablation
  • Extended Pulmonary Resections
  • Lung Sparing Complex Bronchoplastic
  • Vascular Sleeve Resections
  • Thymectomy
Conditions Treated
  • Adult Cardiac Disease
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Mediastinal Tumors
  • Lung Cancer
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Airway Tumors
  • Aero-Digestive Fistulae

Experience

  • Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery
    Austin Health Present
  • Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon
    Epworth Eastern Present
  • Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon
    Epworth Richmond Present
  • Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon
    St John of God Geelong Present
  • Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon
    Knox Private Hospital Present

Memberships

Professional Memberships and Affiliations
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS)

  • Board of Studies Cardiothoracic Surgeon for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)

  • Australia and New Zealand Society of Cardio Thoracic Surgeons (ANZCTS)

  • Australian Medical Association (AMA)

Research & Publications

Publications

1. Taggart, David & Umberto, Benedetto & Gerry, Stephen & Altman, Douglas & Gray, Alastair & Lees, Belinda & Gaudino, Mario & Zamvar, Vipin & Bochenek, Andrzej & Buxton, Brian & Choong, Cliff & Clark, Stephen & Deja, Marek & Desai, Jatin & Hasan, Ragheb & Jasinski, Marek & O’Keefe, Peter & Moraes, Fernando & Pepper, John & Flather, Marcus. (2019). Bilateral versus Single Internal-Thoracic-Artery Grafts at 10 Years. New England Journal of Medicine. 380. 437-446. 10.1056/NEJMoa1808783.

2. Rim, Ghali & Maingard, Julian & Kok, Hong & Matalanis, George & Seevanayagam, Siven & Asadi, Hamed & Brooks, Mark. (2018). Catheter directed fenestration for Branch vessel reconnection in aortic dissection using the TruePath Chronic Total Occlusion Device: A technical report.. CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology. 42. 10.1007/s00270-018-2124-8.

3. Kim, Michelle & Buratto, Edward & Seevanayagam, Siven. (2018). A rational approach to improving deep sternal wound infection rates post cardiac surgery. Infection, Disease & Health. 23. S9. 10.1016/j.idh.2018.09.036.

4. Zweng, India & Galvin, Sean & Robbins, Ray & Bellomo, Rinaldo & Hart, Graeme & Seevanayagam, Siven & Matalanis, George. (2018). Initial Experience of the Use of 3-Factor Prothrombin Complex Concentrate and Thromboembolic Complications After Cardiac Surgery. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 28. 10.1016/j.hlc.2018.08.016.

5. Kunz, Stephen & Miles, Lachlan & Ianno, Damian & Mirowska-Allen, Kelly & Matalanis, George & Bellomo, Rinaldo & Seevanayagam, Siven. (2018). The effect of protamine dosing variation on bleeding and transfusion after heparinisation for cardiopulmonary bypass. Perfusion. 33. 026765911876304. 10.1177/0267659118763043.

6. Jones, Daryl & Matalanis, George & Mårtensson, Johan & Robbins, Raymond & Shaw, Margaret & Seevanayagam, Siven & Cowie, Dean & Bellomo, Rinaldo. (2018). Predictors and Outcomes of Cardiac Surgery-Associated Delirium. A Single Centre Retrospective Cohort Study. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 28. 10.1016/j.hlc.2018.01.007.

7. Wynne, Rochelle & McTier, Lauren & Kerr, Debra & Driscoll, A. & Seevanayagam, Siven & Skillington, P. & Tatoulis, J.. (2018). Risk Factors for 30-Day Readmission After Cardiac Surgery: A Multisite Victorian Study. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 27. S377. 10.1016/j.hlc.2018.06.750.

8. Kim, Michelle & Perera, Nisal & Knight, Simon & Barnett, Stephen & Gooi, Julian & Seevanayagam, Siven. (2018). Use of Decellularised Porcine Intestinal Submucosa Extracellular Matrix in Airway Reconstruction to Enable Lung-sparing Oncological Surgery. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 27. S521. 10.1016/j.hlc.2018.04.057.

9. Kim, Michelle & Thapa, Bibhusal & Seevanayagam, Siven. (2018). Video-assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery Diaphragmatic Plication With Mesh Repair: A Novel Technique. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 27. S563-S564. 10.1016/j.hlc.2018.04.176.

10. Kim, Michelle & Perera, N. & Knight, S. & Barnett, Stephen & Gooi, Julian & Seevanayagam, Siven. (2017). P3.16-052 Use of Decellularised Porcine Intestinal Submucosa Extracellular Matrix in Airway Reconstruction to Enable Lung-Sparing Oncological Surgery. Journal of Thoracic Oncology. 12. S2362. 10.1016/j.jtho.2017.09.1859.

11. Peake, Benjamin & Seevanayagam, Siven & Vazquez, Melisa & Weinberg, Laurence. (2017). Aberrant non-neoplastic liver tissue presenting as an intra-atrial mass. BMJ Case Reports. 2017. bcr2017219463. 10.1136/bcr-2017-219463.

12. Kunz, Stephen & Goh, Su Kah & Stelmach, Wanda & Seevanayagam, Siven. (2017). Traumatic rupture of the diaphragm resulting in the sub-acute presentation of an incarcerated intra-thoracic transverse colon. Journal of Surgical Case Reports. 2017. 10.1093/jscr/rjx057.

13. Chandra, Nikhil & Seevanayagam, Siven & Williams, Livia. (2017). Surgical Plication of Idiopathic Pulmonary Artery Aneurysm. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 26. S361. 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.03.025.

14. Kunz, Stephen & Mirowska-Allen, Kelly & Ianno, Damian & Seevanayagam, Siven. (2017). Swing Low – the Natural History of Haemoglobin Following Cardiac Surgery, Over 5 Years at a Single Tertiary Centre. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 26. S376. 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.03.070.

15. Kunz, Stephen & Mirowska-Allen, Kelly & Ianno, Damian & Seevanayagam, Siven. (2017). Bad Blood – A 5-Year Review of Transfusions Associated With CABGs and Single Valve Repairs at a Tertiary Cardiac Centre, and Their Compliance With National Guidelines. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 26. S375. 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.03.066.

16. Ianno, Damian & Mirowska-Allen, Kelly & Kunz, Stephen & Seevanayagam, Siven. (2017). There Will Be Blood: A 5-Year Review of Transfusions Associated With CABGs and Single Valve Repairs at a Tertiary Cardiac Centre, and Their Impact on Patient Hospital Length of Stay. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 26. S371-S372. 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.03.056.

17. Kunz, Stephen & Ianno, Damian & Mirowska-Allen, Kelly & Seevanayagam, Siven. (2017). Pumping Iron – the Impact of Preoperative Iron Transfusions on RBC Use in a Tertiary Centre Over 5 Years. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 26. S375-S376. 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.03.068.

18. Kunz, Stephen & Ianno, Damian & Mirowska-Allen, Kelly & Seevanayagam, Siven. (2017). The Clot Thickens: Anti-Fibrinolytic Use and its Effect on Blood Transfusion Over 5 Years in Coronary Artery Bypass Grafts and Single Valve Repairs. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 26. S377. 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.03.071.

19. Kunz, Stephen & Mirowska-Allen, Kelly & Ianno, Damian & Seevanayagam, Siven. (2017). First Blood: The Utility of the Initial Haemoglobin in ICU in Predicting the Likelihood of Postoperative Transfusions, Over 5 Years of Cardiac Surgery. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 26. S375. 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.03.067.

20. Chandra, Nikhil & Seevanayagam, Siven. (2017). A Case of Posterior Mediastinal Cyst of Mullerian Type (Hattori’s Cysts). Heart, Lung and Circulation. 26. S360-S361. 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.03.024.

21. Kunz, Stephen & Mirowska-Allen, Kelly & Ianno, Damian & Seevanayagam, Siven. (2017). Stopping a Bleeding Heart: The Impact of Intraoperative Protamine:Heparin Ratios on RBC Transfusion in a Tertiary Cardiac Centre From 2011-2015. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 26. S376. 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.03.069.

22. Machan, Laura & Churilov, Leonid & Hu, Raymond & Peyton, Philip & Tan, Chong & Pillai, Parameswaran & Ellard, Louise & Harley, Ian & Story, David & Hayward, Philip & Matalanis, George & Roubos, Nicholas & Seevanayagam, Siven & Weinberg, Laurence. (2016). Apneic Oxygenation vs. Low Tidal Volume Ventilation in Anesthetized Cardiac Surgical Patients: A Prospective, Single Center, Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia. 31. 10.1053/j.jvca.2016.12.019.

23. Tnay, Trevor & Perera, Nisal & Galvin, Sean & Seevanayagam, Siven & Matalanis, George. (2016). Total Aortic Repair for Acute Type A Aortic Dissection. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 25. e114-e115. 10.1016/j.hlc.2015.12.081.

24. Tnay, Trevor & Perera, Nisal & Seevanayagam, Siven. (2016). Does the Use of Extrapleural Catheters in Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) Improve Perioperative Pain Control?. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 25. e115. 10.1016/j.hlc.2015.12.082.

25. Tnay, Trevor & Perera, Nisal & Seevanayagam, Siven & Matalanis, George & Galvin, Sean. (2016). Should all Patients Receive Dual Anti-platelet Therapy following Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery?. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 25. e114. 10.1016/j.hlc.2015.12.080.

26. Perera, Nisal & Galvin, Sean & Brooks, Mark & Seevanayagam, Siven & Matalanis, George. (2016). Total Aortic Repair for Acute Type A Aortic Dissection Complicated by Malperfusion or Symptomatic Branch Vessel Malalignment. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 101. 2398-2400. 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2015.11.069.

27. Ip, S. & Barnett, Stephen & Gooi, Julian & Seevanayagam, Siven & Knight, S.. (2015). Diagnostic utility of electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy: A pilot study. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 24. e33-e34. 10.1016/j.hlc.2014.12.072.

28. Collins, N & Ellard, Louise & Licari, Elisa & Beasley, E & Seevanayagam, Siven & Doolan, L. (2014). Veno-Venous Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation and Apnoeic Oxygenation for Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula Repair in a Previously Pneumonectomised Patient. Anaesthesia and intensive care. 42. 789-92. 10.1177/0310057X1404200616.

29. Perera, Nisal & Galvin, Sean & Seevanayagam, Siven & Matalanis, George. (2014). Optimal management of acute type A aortic dissection with mesenteric malperfusion: Table 1:. Interactive cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. 19. 10.1093/icvts/ivu127.

30. Perera, Nisal & Galvin, Sean & Seevanayagam, Siven & Matalanis, George. (2014). Aortic Valve Replacement for Aortic Stenosis Over 11-Years. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 23. e56. 10.1016/j.hlc.2013.10.067.

More research publications available upon request. 

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