The angina monologues

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Wednesday 8 May

Conversation room

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

Join cardiac surgeon Samer Nashef in conversation with journalist Sathnam Sanghera as he explores his collection of heart-stopping true stories while discussing medical realities that are rarely observed. From the transporting of a donor’s heart up the motorway hard shoulder, to a traumatic trip to bring advanced cardiac surgery to the Palestinian West Bank.

About the speaker

Samer Nashef qualified as a doctor at the University of Bristol in 1980, and trained in general surgery in London and Exeter. His specialist training in cardiac surgery was in Glasgow, Sheffield, Manchester and Bordeaux in France.

He was appointed consultant surgeon at Royal Papworth Hospital in 1992. He practises all types of cardiac surgery, with a special interest in minimally invasive coronary bypass, mitral repair and surgery for atrial fibrillation. He is also interested in surgery of the aortic root.

He has many research interests, a major one being measuring and monitoring the quality of surgical treatment, and has led national and international projects in this field.

Your chair for the evening is author and journalist Sathnam Sanghera.


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm.

Book signing

Copies of Samer's book, 'The Angina Monologues: Stories of surgery for broken hearts', will be available for purchase and signing after the event. 


The theatre is on the first floor and there is step-free access from the street via lift.

The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.

There is space at floor level in the theatre for wheelchair users.

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Our theatre is equipped with an Audio Induction Loop. 

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