The HeartWorks Story

The three clinicians who created HeartWorks direct successful courses and workshops in perioperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) at the Heart Hospital (University College London Hospitals), London.

Frustrated with the limitations of plastic models and finding no sufficiently accurate virtual heart existed, they began talking of creating their own. Painstaking research, input from leading-edge clinicians and cardiac morphologists, and the expertize of Glassworks — a digital animation and visual effects company specializing in unusual projects — produced HeartWorks, an animated virtual heart of remarkable accuracy and realism.

Working with leading clinicians in the US, the HeartWorks team created this online curriculum for learning institutions and individual students of TEE. It uses the highly accurate, animated virtual heart to give students an in-depth understanding of TEE through engaging online learning.

The HeartWorks Team

Bruce Martin

Bruce Martin

Dr Bruce Martin MBBS FRCA qualified in medicine from the Royal Free Hospital (University of London) in 1984. After working in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand he gained the fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists in 1996. He was appointed Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the Heart Hospital in 2002, having previously spent two years as a Visiting Instructor at the University of Michigan, USA. He has wide experience in cardiothoracic anesthesia and intensive care, and is the current lead clinician for perioperative echocardiography.

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Dr Andrew Smith MBBS FRCA qualified in medicine from the Royal Free Hospital (University of London) in 1993. He gained fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists in 1998 and was appointed as Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the Heart Hospital in 2001. He has wide experience in anesthesia for cardiac and thoracic surgical procedures and has a particular interest in teaching and training skills in perioperative transesophageal echocardiography.


Sue Wright

Sue Wright

Dr Sue Wright MBBS FRCA was born and educated in Zimbabwe. She graduated in medicine from the University of London in 1984 and subsequently gained fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists in 1991. She has worked as an anestheseologist in Southern Africa and in the UK, and currently practices as a consultant anestheseologist at the Heart Hospital in London (University College London Hospitals). She established the UCLH course in perioperative TEE in 1997.


University College London Hospitals Charity

University College London Hospitals Charity (UCLHC) funds sickness relief, investigation into the causes of sickness and the advancement of scientific and medical education.

Inventive Medical Ltd

Inventive Medical Ltd (IML) is a wholly owned subsidiary trading company of UCLHC. It supports and markets the medical education, teaching and research initiatives of clinicians and other health professionals financed by UCLHC. IML’s profits fund future product development or are returned to UCLHC.

Glassworks and Wireworks

Specializing in pioneering software and unique digital tools, Glassworks was eager to embrace the challenge of creating an anatomically accurate, animated 3D heart. Glassworks’ agency Wireworks, specializing in the design and execution of digital projects, designed and built the HeartWorks eLearn site.

eLearn contributors

The following clinicians also contributed expertize to HeartWorks eLearn.

Julian S. Bick, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
Division of Cardiovascular Anesthesiology
Department of Anesthesiology
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN

Katherine Grichnik, MD

Professor of Anesthesia, Associate Dean
Duke Medical Center
Durham, NC

Gregg Hartmann, MD

Professor of Anesthesiology, Director of Cardiac Anesthesia
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon, NH

Dr Simon Lambden, MB, BS, FRCA

Fellow in Anesthesia
University College Hospital
London, UK

Aman Mahajan, MD, PhD, FAHA

Professor and Chief, Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Director, Interventional Cardiovascular Operations
Director, Perioperative Echocardiography
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA

Madhav Swaminathan, MD, FASE, FAHA

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Director, Perioperative Echocardiography
Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Duke University Health System
Durham, NC