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Professor Sean Galvin



MB ChB 2002 Otago; FRACS (CS) 2013


Sean is  consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon working at Wakefield and Wellington Hospitals. After graduating from The University of Otago in 2002 he completed advanced training in Cardiothoracic Surgery through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Post-fellowship training in Melbourne focused on surgery of the thoracic aorta, valve repair surgery, the use of arterial conduits in coronary surgery and both general and minimally invasive thoracic surgical techniques.

Sean is actively involved in clinical research and currently holds editorial positions with two international cardiothoracic surgical journals and reviews for a number of international peer reviewed journals. He is also the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Supervisor of Training for Cardiothoracic Surgery at Wellington Hospital and maintains affiliations with a number of academic institutions.

Sean has the following professional associations:

  • New Zealand Medical Council - General and Vocational Registration (Cardiothoracic Surgery)
  • Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency - General and Specialist Registration (Cardiothoracic Surgery)
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Vitoria University of Wellington
  • Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Otago 
  • Cardiothoracic Surgical Sciences and PRinciples (CSSP) Examination Committee, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Member of the Academy of Surgical Educators, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • Expert Advisory Group for Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgical Site Infection Improvement Programme, Health Quality and Safety Commission New Zealand
  • New Zealand National Cardiac Surgical Clinical Network

Specialist Training:

Basic and advanced surgical training (Cardiothoracic Surgery) in Dunedin, Hamilton, Wellington and Melbourne, Australia. Fellow in Thoracic Surgery, Melbourne, Australia Senior Fellow in Adult Cardiac and Aortic Surgery, Melbourne, Australia. University Bookshop Prize for Medical Course in Dunedin, 2002 Obex Prize, New Zealand Cardiac Surgical Meeting 2007, 2008, 2011 St Jude Award, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 2010, 2011 Edwards Travelling Fellowship, Australia and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons 2010 Research Award Victorian Division of Cardiac Society of Australian and New Zealand 2012


All aspects of adult cardiac and thoracic surgery with specific interests in:

  • Diagnosis, surveillance and management of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms
  • Management of Acute and Chronic Aortic Dissections
  • Thoracic Aortic Surgery
  • Aortic Arch Replacement Hybrid Treatments (combined open and endovascular)
  • Aortic Root Surgery
  • Valvular Heart Disease
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting and Arterial Revascularisation
  • Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
  • Investigation and management of benign and malignant thoracic surgical conditions.

Title or Designation

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Full NZ Registration Date

5 March 2004

Vocational Scope

Cardiothoracic Surgery

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Contact Details

Professor Sean Galvin is available at the following services:

This service is available at the following location:

Wakefield Heart Centre

Located from the Rintoul Street entrance, Newtown, Wellington

Wakefield Heart Centre

Private Surgical Services

Wakefield Hospital - Cardiothoracic Surgery

This service is available at the following location:

Wakefield Hospital, Florence Street, Newtown, Wellington