I am a Consultant Cardiologist based in Bath and Bristol with a specialist interest in complex angioplasty. I work full time at the Royal United Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and contribute to the 24/7 Emergency Service at the Bristol Heart Institute, which covers the regional heart attack service.
I provide a contemporary, evidence-based service, which is patient focused, to investigate and treat a broad range of cardiovascular problems. These include the investigations and management of chest pain, breathlessness, palpitations and fainting.
My sub-specialty is coronary intervention – using wires, balloons and stents to treat narrowing’s within coronary arteries. I am a high volume operator (I performed 246 cases in 2016, compared to a national average of 123 cases) and perform the majority of my cases through the radial artery, which is proven to be the safest route. I have an excellent outcomes and safety record with a complication rate well below those predicted in the British Cardiovascular Interventional Society (BCIS) statistical model (0.75% actual vs. 2.3% predicted).
The most important person during any investigation or procedure is always the patient and I am strongly engaged with governance and quality improvement to ensure that teams work effectively to provide the best patient care possible.
I am closely involved in the education and training of Junior Doctors and contribute to a number of National and International research trials and registries. I sit on the National BCIS Council and I am a member of the BCIS Training and Education Group.
Outside work, I am a keen sportsman and cycle and run regularly. I have run many half and full marathons, cycled London to Paris and participate in cycling Sportives every year. I have three children: Thomas, Alex and Emily, and spend as much time as possible driving them to and supporting their busy social and sporting lives.
Current NHS position
Consultant Cardiologist, Royal United Hospital, Bath and Bristol Heart Institute, Bristol
Year of first medical qualification
Special clinical interest
- Coronary artery disease
- Angioplasty and stenting
- Angina/chest pain
- Heart failure
- Antiplatelet medication
- Pressure wires
- Risk avoidance
- British Society of Cardiology (BSC)
- British Cardiovascular Intervention Society (BCIS)
- European Association for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (EAPCI)
- British Society of Heart Failure