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Dr. Francesco Pirone is a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at the Waikato Cardiothoracic Unit. He completed his cardiothoracic residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Italy. He subsequently moved to the United Kingdom to complete a fellowship in adult cardiothoracic surgery in Brighton and a fellowship in aortic surgery, minimally invasive aortic surgery, and transcatheter aortic valve implantation at St Thomas’ Hospital in London.


He was appointed as a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon at St Thomas’ London at the age of 33 becoming one of the youngest consultant cardiothoracic surgeons in the United Kingdom. He has performed over one thousand open heart operations in the UK with a survival rate above the national average. Francesco has pioneered innovative intervention in cardiovascular surgery. He has been invited as a faculty member to many international meetings.


Dr. Pirone moved to New Zealand in 2019 where he provides safe and compassionate care to patients with heart conditions. He practices as a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon at Waikato DHB and with the Heart Surgeon Group for private patients in collaboration with his colleagues and friends David McCormack and Nishith Patel.

Fellowships and Qualifications 

  • Medical Degree (Hons)

      University of Palermo, Italy

  • Certificate of Completion of Training in Cardiothoracic Surgery (Hons)

      University of Catania Italy

  • European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery (Fellow)

  • Specialist Cardiothoracic Surgeon New Zealand Medical Council


  • Specialist Cardiothoracic Surgeon General Medical Council UK


  • Specialist Cardiothoracic Surgeon Italian Medical Council



  • Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Waikato District Health Board

      Hamilton – New Zealand


  • Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Heart Surgeon Group

Specialist Training

  • Cardiothoracic residency, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Palermo Italy)


  • Adult cardiothoracic surgery fellowship, Royal Sussex County Hospital, (Brighton UK)


  • Fellowship in complex aortic surgery, minimally invasive aortic valve replacement and TAVI, St Thomas’ Hospital (London UK)

Specialist Appointments


Area of Specialisation

Coronary artery bypass surgery and Total arterial revascularization

Aortic valve replacement

Mitral valve repair/replacement

Aortic root surgery

Surgery for rheumatic heart disease

Atrial fibrillation surgery


At Heart Surgeon Group, we are able to accommodate teleconsultations. This option will allow you to meet with your surgeon through our online waiting room. Telehealth must be requested and booked in advance.

To start your teleconsultation with Dr. Pirone, click on the link below:


Mr Pirone has published and presented in multiple international and national meetings throughout his career.

Click below to view Mr. Pirone's full academic profile on ResearchGate:

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