Sridhar Rathinam is a Consultant Thoracic Surgeon and Senior Lecturer in the university Hospitals of Leicester. His practice includes all aspects of thoracic surgery with a special interest in parenchyma preserving oncological lung resections, chest wall surgery, minimally invasive lung resections, benign oesophageal diseases and surgery for emphysema.
He is the Education secretary for Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery for Great Britain and Ireland (SCTS) and Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgical specialty Board, for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
He qualified and underwent General Surgical Training at the Madras Medical College and General Hospital [FRCSEd (CSiG )2000]. He continued cardiothoracic training in the UK on the British Council Fellowship and underwent higher surgical training in thoracic surgery in the West Midlands Cardiothoracic Training programme [FRCSEd (CTh) 2006] in Birmingham. He underwent a period of research studying the Proteomics in Lung Cancer at the University of Birmingham.
He was appointed as a Consultant Thoracic Surgeon in Leicester in 2009 and Honorary Senior Lecturer in University of Leicester in 2017.
He is a keen surgical trainer and a faculty member in national and international cardiothoracic courses. He is the Chair of the Cardiothoracic Training Programme in the East Midlands overseeing the training of young surgeons. He was elected to the Fellowship of Faculty of Surgical Trainers. He is an examiner for the Intercollegiate Speciality Board Examination in Cardiothoracic surgery Consultant qualification exam (Part III) and European Board in Cardiothoracic Surgery.
As the National Tutor for Thoracic Surgery, SCTS (2013-16), he has co-developed an innovative portfolio of 12 structured simulation based courses that had been designed and implemented. These courses mirror the ISCP curriculum and are provided free of charge which is the first of its kind in the world. As Education Secretary, SCTS (2017- date) he oversees the provision of education to all members of SCTS. He is a keen advocate on web based solutions for surgical education using webinars and teleconference as remote tools to disseminate surgical wisdom.
He has presented in national and international meetings and has regularly published his work in peer reviewed journals on surgical simulation training, emphysema, lung cancer, device evaluation trials, biomarkers and benign oesophageal conditions.