Professor Gavin J. Murphy

Professor Gavin Murphy British Heart Foundation Professor of Cardiac Surgery, University of Leicester

Honorary Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Department of Cardiovascular Sciences
University of Leicester
Clinical Sciences Wing
Glenfield General Hospital
Leicester, LE3 9QP

Tel: +44 (0)116 258 3054


For general enquiries, please contact Sue Page on or call +44 (0)116 256 3021.

Personal details

  • BSc in Physiology, Bristol, 1991
  • MBChB, Bristol, 1994
  • FRCS (Eng), 1998
  • MD, Leicester, 2003
  • FRCS (C.Th), 2005

Leicester Clinical Trials Unit

Professor Murphy was appointed Director of the Leicester Clinical Trials Unit in 2017

Current committee memberships

  • Member SCTS Executive 2015-
  • Associate Editor Heart 2013-
  • Associate Editor Cochrane Heart Group 2014-

Previous Committee Memberships

  • Chairman, Academic and Research Committee, Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in UK and Ireland (SCTS) 2015-2021



  • Inflammatory Organ Injury Post Cardiac Surgery
  • Blood Management


Murphy GJ, et al. Diagnostic and therapeutic medical devices for safer blood management in cardiac surgery: systematic reviews, observational studies and randomised controlled trials. Southampton (UK): NIHR Journals Library; Programme Grants for Applied Research 5.14. 2017 Sep.

Mariscalco G, et al. Body mass index and mortality among adults undergoing cardiac surgery: A nationwide study with a systematic review and meta-analysis. Circulation. 2017 Feb 28;135(9):850-863.

Bottle A, et al. Unwarranted variation in the quality of care for patients with diseases of the thoracic aorta. J Am Heart Assoc. 2017 Mar 14;6(3). pii: e004913.

Reeves BC, Pike K, Rogers CA, Brierley RCM, Stokes EA, Wordsworth S, Nash RL, Miles A, Mumford AD, Cohen A, Angelini GD, Murphy GJ, for the TITRe2 investigators. A multi-centre randomised controlled trial of Transfusion Indication Threshold Reduction on transfusion rates, morbidity and healthcare resource use following cardiac surgery (TITRe2) HTA Journal June 2016.

Patel NN, Avlonitis V, Jones H, Sterne JAC, Reeves BC, Murphy GJ. Indications for red cell transfusion in cardiac surgery: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials and observational studies. Lancet Haematol. 2015 Dec;2(12):e543-53.

Murphy GJ, Pike K, Rogers CA, Wordsworth S, Stokes EA, Angelini GD, Reeves BC on behalf of TITRe2 Investigators. Liberal or restrictive transfusion after cardiac surgery: TITRe2 randomized trial. New England Journal of Medicine 2015 Mar 12;372(11):997-1008.

Birnie K, Verheyden V, Pagano D, Bhabra B, Tilling K, Sterne JAS, Murphy GJ. Predictive models for Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) Defined Acute Kidney Injury in UK Cardiac Surgery. Critical Care 2014;18:606

Rogers CA, Pike K, Angelini GD, Reeves BC, Glauber M, Ferrarini M, Murphy GJ. An open randomized controlled trial of median sternotomy versus anterolateral left thoracotomy on morbidity and health care resource use in patients having off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery: the Sternotomy Versus Thoracotomy (STET) trial. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2013 Aug;146(2):306-16.e1-9.

Patel NN, Lin H, Jones C, Walkden G, Ray P, Sleeman PA, Angelini GD, Murphy GJ. Interactions of cardiopulmonary bypass and erythrocyte transfusion in the pathogenesis of pulmonary dysfunction in Swine. Anesthesiology. 2013 Aug;119(2):365-78

Patel NN, Toth T, Jones C, Lin H, Ray P, Sleeman P, Welsh G, Angelini GD, Murphy GJ. Reversal of anaemia with allogenic RBC transfusion prevents post cardiopulmonary bypass acute kidney injury in swine. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol 2011;301(3):F605-14.

Patel NN, Toth T, Jones C, Lin H, Ray P, Sleeman P, Welsh G, Angelini GD, Murphy GJ. Phosphodiesterase Type 5 inhibition prevents post cardiopulmonary bypass acute kidney injury in swine. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2011;92(6):2168-76.

Patel NN, Rogers CS, Angelini GD, Murphy GJ. Pharmacological therapies for the prevention of acute kidney injury following cardiac surgery: A systematic review. Heart Failure Reviews 2011;16(6):553-67.

Patel NN, Toth T, Jones C, Lin H, Ray P, Sleeman P, Welsh G, Angelini GD, George SJ, Murphy GJ. Prevention of post cardiopulmonary bypass acute kidney injury by endothelin-A receptor blockade. Critical Care Medicine 2011;39:793-802.

Murphy GJ, Reeves BC, Rogers CA, Rizvi SIA, Culliford L, Angelini GD. Increased mortality, post-operative morbidity and cost following red blood cell transfusion in patients having cardiac surgery. Circulation 2007;116:2544-52.

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