Cardiology (heart)
Spoken Languages


  • European Society of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
  • International Xenotransplantation Association
  • American Society of Transplantation
  • German Society of Cardiology
  • German Society of Transplantation
  • German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery


Mr André R Simon undertook his training at: 

  • Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany
  • Harvard Medical School, USA
  • Hannover Medical School, Germany

Once qualified in cardiac and thoracic surgery, he continued his training, completing his doctorate (Christian Albrechts University), and a Higher Doctorate of Medicine (Hannover Medical School).

At Hannover Medical School, he worked as an attending cardiac surgeon (2003-2010). He was also director of the Hannover Thoracic Transplant Program (2007-2010). He was pivotal in the clinical development of minimally invasive lung transplantation there.

Between 2009 to 2010, he was director at the European Academy for Organ Transplantation (EUCAT). This is part of the Integrated Treatment Centre, based at Hannover Medical School. The centre, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, was founded in 2009.

Areas of expertise

Mr Simon is director of heart and lung transplantation, ventricular assist devices and a consultant cardiac surgeon at the Trust. He is an honorary senior lecturer at Imperial College, London. 

Mr Simon has a wide range of clinical and surgical expertise, including: 

  • Complex cardiac surgery

  • Total arterial revascularisation

  • Critical care

  • Heart and heart-lung transplantation

  • Minimally invasive lung transplantation

  • Ventricular assist devices (artificial hearts)

  • Extra corporeal life support

Research interests and publications 

Mr Simon has raised over £2 million in funding for research into:

  • transplantation immunology
  • cardiac imaging
  • ventricular assist devices

He has written over 100 peer-reviewed papers, reviews and editorials. He has also contributed chapters to a variety of textbooks. 

International reputation and voluntary work

Mr Simon reviews many international peer-reviewed journals. He sits on several international boards and scientific advisory committees and is often invited to lecture.

Mr Simon is the founder and president of 'HeartHelp', a charitable non-government organisation. HeartHelp provides cardiac surgery for adults in developing countries in Africa.

Private patient referral 

If you would like to make an appointment with this specialist for private care, contact the RB&HH Specialist care team

Research Publications


Owing to the improved long-term outcome after cardiac transplantation, cardiac allograft vasculopathy or valvular disease is developing late after heart transplantation in a gro


Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) represents an important outcome measure to assess the success of transplantation in the long term.