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A/Prof Laszlo Kiraly

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  • Head of Division & Senior Consultant, Paediatric Cardiac Surgery, Department of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, National University Heart Centre, Singapore
  • Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore


MD (Hungary), NBQS (General Surgery), NBQS (Cardiac Surgery), FETCS (European Board Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery), PhD(Hungary)


Cardiothoracic Surgery

Clinical Disciplines/Programmes:

Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery (Heart), Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, Paediatric Cardiac Surgery

Special Interests:

Advanced Surgical Visualization, Cardiac Morphology and 3D Modelling, Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery, Minimal Invasive Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Neonatal Repair, 

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A/Prof Laszlo Kiraly graduated from Semmelweis Medical University in Budapest, Hungary. Having accomplished the curriculum of General Surgery in Hungary, he received full training in Cardiothoracic Surgery in France (CCML, Paris), in the UK (GOS in London, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Wessex Cardiothoracic Centre, Southampton) and in the US, concluding in National and European Cardiothoracic Board certification (FETCS). He was Paediatric Cardiac Surgeon-in-Chief and Chair of Congenital and Paediatric Cardiac Surgery/Intensive Care Unit at the National Paediatric Centre in Budapest between 2000 and 2006. During this period, the Institution became the leading paediatric cardiac unit in Central Europe.

A/Prof Kiraly was invited to Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) in Abu Dhabi in 2007 to establish and lead a new tertiary-care paediatric cardiac service for the United Arab Emirates. With his Team, he performed over 4800 paediatric cardiac operations in a mostly neonatal and infant population. Local case-complexity has significantly been higher than that in Europe due to consanguinity, a segregated population pattern, and other aspects of local sociocultural context. SKMC program has been offering complex neonatal open-heart surgery (including Norwood-1s, complex arch repairs, arterial switches, etc.), hybrid procedures for selected cases, ECMO and GUCH surgery as well. These and many of new surgical modalities (e.g. Ross operation, double-switch operation etc.) have been introduced at SKMC (A/Prof Kiraly being the primary operator) for the first time in the UAE. Overall mortality rate was below 3%. SEHA, Abu Dhabi Health Company nominated SKMC Paediatric Cardiac Surgery as one of its eight “Center of Excellence” programs in 2017.

A/Prof Kiraly has completed his PhD thesis on establishment of a comprehensive program in congenital cardiac surgery at the Postdoctoral School of Semmelweis Medical University, Budapest, Hungary, where he is Associate Professor at the Department of Public Health. Dr Kiraly has been awarded as Professor of Medicine by the same University (ranking in the top 50 universities in Europe).

A/Prof Kiraly has developed special expertise in 3D printing and modelling for healthcare. SEHA invited him as member to its Committee for Artifical Intelligence. This is first step in a wider program that involves augmented reality for surgical visualization and robotics. Advances in novel application of technology could revolutionize congenital heart surgery. A/Prof Kiraly joins National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS) to develop a centre-of-excellence in paediatric cardiothoracic surgery.


  • 2020 “Markusovszky Award“ presented by the Editorial Board of Hungarian Medical Journal (Orvosi Hetilap) for authoring of the most substantial clinical paper in 2019
  • 2018 “Honoring eminent citizens from 100 countries living in the UAE for their contribution to the society” – as part of Year of Zayed 2018, awarded by Ahalia Medical in association with the Abu Dhabi Community Police
  • 2016 “Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award” for Distinguished Academic Performance: SKMC Cardiac Sciences and Pediatric Cardiac Service

Journals & Publications

Selected Publications:

  1. Kiraly L, Gulyas B. The Galenic Heart in the Gothic Cathedral and the Adjournment in Discovery of Circulation. Reviews in CardioVascular Medicine. 2022. Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine, 2022, in print
  2. Shah NC, Kiraly L, El Badaoui H. Constrictive pericarditis: rare but reversible cause of protein losing enteropathy. Cardiology in the Young, 2022. doi: 10.1017/S1047951122000270
  3. Kiraly L, Shah NC, Abdullah O, Al-Ketan O, Rowshan R. Three-Dimensional Virtual and Printed Prototypes in Complex Congenital and Pediatric Cardiac Surgery—A Multidisciplinary Team-Learning Experience. Biomolecules 2021;11:1703.
  4. Kiraly L, Shah NCh, Duke C. Technical Features of Biventricular Repair for Unbalanced Transitional AVSD With LVOTO. World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery 2021. DOI: 10.1177/2150135120988633 [in press]
  5. Kiraly L, Vijayavenkataraman S. Biofabrication in Congenital Cardiac Surgery: A Plea from the Operating Theatre, Promise from Science. Micromachines 2021, 12, 332.
  6. Al Absi HS, Kiraly L, Mora B, Al Zoebie L, Al Shehhi S, Talo H. 11 Years of the Fontan operation at a single institution: Results from 87 consecutive patients. J Card Surg. 2020. doi: 10.1111/jocs.14425. [Epub ahead of print].
  7. Jha NK, Kiraly L, Shah N, Mulla A, Mora BN. Congenital aneurysmal right coronary artery with a fistula to the left atrium in an adult. J Cardiothor Surg 2019;14:33.
  8. Kiraly L, Kiraly B, Szigeti K, Tamas CZ, Daranyi S. Virtual museum of congenital heart defects: digitization and establishment of a database for cardiac specimens. Quant Imaging Med Surg 2018. doi: 10.21037/qims.2018.12.05
  9. Kiraly L. Three-dimensional virtual and printed models improve preoperative planning and promote patient-safety in complex congenital and pediatric cardiac surgery. Hung Med J (Orv Hetil). 2019; 160(19): 750–758.
  10. Kiraly L. Three-dimensional modelling and three-dimensional printing in pediatric and congenital cardiac surgery. Transl Pediatr, 2018. doi: 10.21037/tp.2018.01.02.

Professional Memberships

  • Singapore Medical Council (SMC)
  • Asian Society for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery (ASCVTS)
  • Hungarian Society for Cardiology (MKT)
  • International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery (ISMICS)
  • Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO), center membership
  • Pan-Arab Congenital Heart Disease Assocition (PACHDA)
  • Emirates Cardiac Society
  • European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery (EACTS)

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