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Cardiology consultants

Consultant biographies

Prof Charalambos Antoniades MD PhD FRCP FESC

Consultant Cardiologist

Charis Antoniades is a full Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Consultant Cardiologist.

He is the Director of the Acute Vascular Imaging Centre of the University of Oxford, the Deputy Head of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and director of the Oxford Academic cardiovascular CT programme (and Core Lab). He is also the Chair of the British Atherosclerosis Society. He runs a hypertension clinic for Oxford University Hospitals.

His research is focused on the study of the cross-talk between adipose tissue and the cardiovascular system, with specific interest in the non-invasive imaging of inflammation.

His research has led to the development of novel imaging biomarkers using Computed Tomography, with major role in cardiovascular risk prognosis.

Special interests

  • Hypertension
  • Cardiovascular CT

Research interests

  • Understanding of the cross-talk between adipose tissue and the cardiovascular system, focused on developing novel imaging biomarkers of tissue characterisation or therapeutic targets for cardiovascular diseases
  • Artificial intelligence and big data in medical imaging
  • Advanced cardiovascular CT

Contact details

Alina Florea: 01865 221745
Email: alina.florea@cardiov.ox.ac.uk

Charis Antoniades

Prof Houman Ashrafian

Consultant Cardiologist
Houman Ashrafian

Prof Adrian Banning MB BS MD FRCP FESC

Consultant Cardiologist and Professor of Interventional Cardiology

Professor Banning has been in Oxford for more than 25 years.

He specialises in treatment of angina heart attack and the treatment of heart valve problems.

He leads a number of international trials and has published more than 500 original research articles in PUBMED.

He lectures and teaches cardiac intervention around the world and has been President of the British Cardiac Intervention Society.

He also sees and treats private patients at the John Radcliffe Hospital and Manor Hospital in Oxford.

Special interests

  • Interventional cardiology
  • Stents
  • TAVI
  • Left main coronary disease
  • Bifurcation disease
  • Revascularisation in multivessel disease
  • Angina and chest pain
  • New medical devices

Contact details

Janet Kinsey: 01865 228934
Email: janet.kinsey@ouh.nhs.uk

Private

thecardiologist.co.uk

Prof Adrian Banning

Dr Yaver Bashir MA DM (Oxon) FRCP MBA

Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist; Regional Cardiac Clinical Lead, NHSE&I South East Region

Dr Yaver Bashir graduated at Cambridge and Oxford Universities. His general medical training was in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, followed by cardiology and subspecialty training in cardiac electrophysiology and devices at Oxford and St George's Hospital.

He was appointed Consultant Cardiologist at Oxford University Hospitals in 1995 and established the regional cardiac electrophysiology service. He has been the Clinical Director since 2014.

Special interests

  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Healthcare management

Contact details

Kayleigh Morris: kayleigh.morris@ouh.nhs.uk

Private

Jenny Wright
Email: yaver.bashir@nuffieldhealth.com

Dr Yaver Bashir

Prof Tim R Betts

Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist

Professor Tim Betts is a consultant cardiologist who specialises in treating heart rhythm problems. He was appointed to his consultant post in 2004 after having trained in the UK and Chicago.

He works predominantly for Oxford University Hospitals, but also for the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, and is an Associate Professor in Cardiovascular Medicine in the University of Oxford Department of Cardiovascular Medicine.

Special interests

  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Biventricular pacing
  • Blackouts
  • Catheter ablation
  • Cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT)
  • Devices to treat heart failure
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs)
  • Lead extraction
  • Left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) to prevent stroke in patients with AF
  • Pacemakers
  • Palpitations
  • Sudden cardiac death
  • SVT
  • Syncope

Research interests

  • Treating atrial fibrillation
  • Preventing atrial fibrillation from causing strokes
  • New technologies to understand and treat arrhythmias
  • Novel technologies to treat heart failure

Contact details

Kayleigh Morris: 01865 220256
Email: drbetts.pa@ouh.nhs.uk

Private

Linda Howley: 07590 940788
Email: tim.betts@nuffieldhealth.com
www.oxfordheart.org

Tim Betts

Dr Harry Boardman MBBS BSc DPhil

Consultant Cardiologist

Harry trained completed his medical degree at Imperial college with a BSc in cardiovascular science at Royal Brompton Hospital.

He completed his cardiology training in Oxford completing a DPhil in the maternal cardiovascular risk associated with hypertensive pregnancy.

He now works as a Consultant Cardiologist at Milton Keynes University Hospital and Oxford University Hospitals, and is a member of the British Cardiovascular Society.

Special interests

  • Cardiac imaging
  • Heart failure
  • Obstetric cardiology
  • Pregnancy and cardiovascular risk

Contact details

Margaret Hunt: margaret.hunt@ouh.nhs.uk

Dr Harry Boardman

Prof Barbara Casadei MD (Pavia IT) DPhil (Oxon) FRCP

British Heart Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Honorary Consultant

Barbara Casadei is a British Heart Foundation (BHF) Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Oxford and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at Oxford University Hospitals where she leads the Cardiovascular Theme of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Oxford Biomedical Research Centre and is Steering Committee Member of the BHF Centre for Research Excellence.

Professor Casadei graduated in Medicine (cum Laude) at the University of Pavia, Italy and moved to Oxford in 1989 to undertake her clinical and research training.

She was awarded the Joan and Richard Doll Fellowship at Green College in 1991, a DPhil in Cardiovascular Medicine in 1995, and a BHF Senior Research Fellowship in 2001.

She is Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences, holds the highest honour of the British Cardiovascular Society (The Mackenzie Medal) and of the European Society of Cardiology (Gold Medal), and is the Immediate Past President of the ESC (2020-22).

Dr Casadei is the founder of the ESC Patient Forum and of EuroHeart, an initiative supporting the assessment and improvement of quality of cardiovascular care in Europe.

She provides a clinical service at the John Radcliffe Hospital and leads a bench-to-bedside translational research programme, which spans from bench-based investigation in human tissue and cells to clinical trials.

Special interest

Atrial fibrillation

Contact details

Eunice Berry: 01865 234664
Email: eunice.berry@cardiov.ox.ac.uk

Private

Prof Barbara Casadei - Radcliffe Department of Medicine

Prof Barbara Casadei

Prof Keith Channon MB ChB MD FRCP FMedSci

Consultant Cardiologist (Honorary) and Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine

Professor Channon is the British Heart Foundation's Field Marshal Earl Alexander Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine.

He has been a cardiologist in Oxford for more than 25 years and is one of the UK's most experienced clinician-scientist, cardiologists, with a specialist interest in coronary heart disease, cholesterol and cardiovascular risk and coronary intervention.

He is a Fellow of the UK's Academy of Medical Sciences, has published more than 400 research papers and has held numerous national leadership roles in the British Cardiovascular Society and the British Cardiac Intervention Society.

He is currently Chairman of the NIHR-BHF Cardiovascular Partnership, across the leading UK cardiovascular centres. He continues to be a 'front line' general cardiologist as well as a specialist leader in his field.

Special interests

  • Interventional cardiology
  • Stents
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Cholesterol and cardiovascular risk
  • High blood pressure

Research interests

  • Coronary artery disease intervention
  • Intracoronary imaging (IVUS, OCT)
  • Coronary physiology
  • Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
  • Basic mechanisms in coronary artery disease and cardiovascular risk relating to cholesterol, blood pressure and blood flow
  • Importance of pregnancy and pre-eclampsia in cardiovascular risk

Contact details

Simon Muncey: 01865 223365
Email: simon.muncey@ouh.nhs.uk

Private

Email: dianne.stafford@cardiov.ox.ac.uk

Keith Channon

Prof Robin Choudhury

Honorary Consultant Cardiologist and Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine
Professor Robin Choudhury undertook medical training in Oxford with postgraduate training in London and New York.

He has been a consultant (interventional cardiologist) in Oxford since 2005.

Special interests

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Coronary intervention
  • Vascular risk management (lipids and diabetes)
  • Assessment and management of patients with coronary artery disease.
  • High-risk Vascular Clinic (cholesterol; Lp(a); diabetes; early onset atherosclerosis and recurrent disease)

Research interests

Characterisation of inflammation in cardiovascular diseases

Prof Choudhury is Co-PI of the MeRIAD programme, an international consortium funded by the NovoNordisk Foundation (£4.8 million) to elucidate new ways to characterise and treat inflammation in diabetes.

Radcliffe Department of Medicine - Roin Choudhury

Heart regeneration after acute myocardial infarction

Funded by the British Heart Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the laboratory is working to define ways in which inflammation orchestrates processes of repair and regeneration after heart attack

Oxford Cardiovascular Science - BHF Centre of Regenerative Medicine

Contact details

NHS / Private

Simon Muncey: 01865 223365
Email: simon.muncey@ouh.nhs.uk

Robin Choudhury

Dr Chiara Cirillo

Consultant Cardiologist (Heart Failure and Cardiac Imaging)

Dr Cirillo is a Consultant Cardiologist specialising in heart failure and cardiac imaging at the Oxford Heart Centre.

Dr Cirillo graduated from the University Luigi Vanvitelli in Naples, Italy in 2010. She completed her cardiology training in Monaldi University Hospital in Naples and then undertook specialist fellowships at the Royal Brompton Hospital (perioperative and periprocedural echocardiography) and St Thomas’ Hospital (heart failure and cardiac magnetic resonance).

Dr Cirillo has authored various peer-reviewed publications in the field of echocardiography, heart transplantation, cardiac MRI and cardiac manifestations of COVID-19 infection.

Dr Cirillo was appointed as a Consultant Cardiologist at OUH in 2021. In addition to managing inpatients with heart failure, she carries out two specialist clinics per week in John Radcliffe Hospital and a monthly clinic at the Bicester Community Hospital.

Dr Cirillo has a weekly cardiac MRI list at the Oxford CMR Centre and she performs diagnostic and periprocedural transoesophageal echocardiography.

Special interests

  • Heart failure
  • Echocardiography
  • Cardiac MRI

Contact details

Abbie Hart: 01865226167
Email: abbie.hart@ouh.nhs.uk

Dr Chiara Cirillo

Dr Joanna d'Arcy MBChB MD FRCP DAvMed RAF

Consultant Cardiologist

Dr d'Arcy is a Consultant Cardiologist with sub-specialty interests in aviation cardiology and cardiovascular imaging (particularly echocardiography and cardiac MRI), as well as valvular heart disease.

Dr d'Arcy qualified from the University of Edinburgh Medical School, and undertook her specialist training in Oxford. She holds a consultant post with Oxford University Hospitals, and works at both the John Radcliffe Hospital and the Horton General Hospital. During her training, she undertook research involving the use of echocardiography and cardiac MRI.

Dr d'Arcy has a wealth of experience in aviation cardiology, and is familiar with civilian and military requirements for licensing, for both pilots and ATCOs.

She holds the Diploma in Aviation Medicine, and regularly teaches on a variety of courses. She has presented at national and international meetings on aviation cardiology, and has been part of an international working group developing guidelines in this area.

Special interests

  • Cardiology imaging
  • Acute internal medicine

Research interests

  • Aviation cardiology
  • Echo
  • Cardiac MRI
  • Valvular heart disease

Contact details

NHS - John Radcliffe Hospital

Kim Crawford: 01865 220326
Email: kim.e.crawford@ouh.nhs.uk

NHS - Horton General Hospital

Vicky Bullen / Marta Tustian: 01295 224181
Email: vicky.bullen@ouh.nhs.uk / marta.tustian@ouh.nhs.uk

Private

Bryan d'Arcy: 07833 491720
Email: private.cardiology.pa@gmail.com
oxford-cardiology.com

Joanna d'Arcy

Dr Sam Dawkins DPhil (PhD)

Consultant Cardiologist
Dr Sam Dawkins specialises in coronary and structural intervention. He is the Clinical Lead for the Structural Intervention Programme in Oxford, which treats patients with complex structural heart disease from across the South of England.

He trained in London and Oxford and spent two years working at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, which is the busiest valve centre in the United States. During his time in California he trained in valve intervention, critical care and mechanical circulatory support.

Special interests

  • Interventional cardiology
  • Structural intervention
  • Cardiac CT

Contact details

Natalie Wren: 01865 226567
Email: natalie.wren@ouh.nhs.uk

Private

Tel: 01865 598040
Email: clinic@samdawkins.com
www.samdawkins.com

Dr Sam Dawkins

Prof Vanessa Ferreira

Honorary Consultant Cardiologist and BHF Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine

Professor Vanessa Ferreira is Deputy Clinical Director of the Oxford Clinical Centre for Magnetic Resonance Research (OCMR) and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Oxford.

She has expertise in the study of heart disease using cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging.

Professor Ferreira took her Bachelor of Science (SB) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), MD and internal medicine residency at University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada), and cardiology fellowship at the University of Calgary (Canada).

She subsequently obtained a doctorate (DPhil) in Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Oxford.

Prof Ferreira's research focuses on clinical translation of quantitative maps of the heart using cardiac MRI scans.

One of her goals is to advance cardiac MRI methods to gain more insight into heart disease in ways not previously possible, in a non-invasive way.

Another is to minimise the need for injection of contrast agents for diagnostic images, allowing more patients to benefit from cardiac MRI, eliminating adverse reactions to contrast agents, and savings in time and cost.

Special interests

  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular magnetic resonance

Research interests

  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular magnetic resonance
  • Quantitative CMR methods, T1-mapping

Contact details

Simon Muncey: 01865 223365
Email: simon.muncey@ouh.nhs.uk

Oxford Clinical Centre for Magnetic Resonance Research (OCMR) Reception: 01865 221172

Vanessa Ferreira

Dr James Gamble BM BCh MA DM FRCP

Consultant Cardiologist

Dr Gamble trained in Cambridge and Oxford, and was appointed as a consultant cardiologist at Oxford University Hospitals in 2017. He leads the Heart Failure Service, running two clinics a week seeing patients with heart failure and related issues.

His other specialist interest is cardiac implantable devices, and he undertakes procedures to implant pacemakers, defibrillators and cardiac resynchronisation therapy devices - normally over 100 of these most years.

Dr Gamble spent nearly three years undertaking research on cardiac resynchronisation therapy during his training and continues to be interested in research in this area.

He collaborates with colleagues on trials of new devices and techniques for these procedures. He is also involved in research on new medications for patients with heart failure.

Special interests

  • Heart failure
  • Implantable cardiac devices

Research interests

  • Cardiac resynchronisation therapy
  • Medical therapy for heart failure
  • Ambulatory management of heart failure

Contact details

Emily Hambidge: 01865 221012
Email: drgamblesec@ouh.nhs.uk

Private

Tel: 01865 221012
www.drgamble.co.uk

James Gamble

Dr Matt Ginks BSc MBBS MD FRCP

Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist

Dr Matt Ginks is a consultant cardiologist and electrophysiologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital. He is involved in the investigation and treatment of patients with all forms of heart rhythm (arrhythmia) problems including catheter ablation and device therapy.

His research and clinical interests are centred around catheter ablation of complex cardiac arrhythmias, predominantly atrial fibrillation.

He is an active member of Heart Rhythm UK and has published over 50 peer reviewed papers.

Special interests

Cardiac rhythm management:

  • patients with palpitations or blackout
  • sudden cardiac death
  • prevention of stroke in atrial fibrillation.

Procedures include:

  • catheter ablation
  • pacemaker or biventricular pacemaker implantation (cardiac resynchronisation therapy)
  • implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs)
  • lead extraction.

Research interests

Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation

Contact details

Holli Richards: 01865 223172
Email: holli.richards@ouh.nhs.uk

Private

Email: manor.cardiac@nuffieldheath.com
www.oxfordheartdoctor.com

Matt Ginks

Prof Neil Herring DPhil FRCP FHRS

Consultant Cardiologist and BHF Associate Professor

Professor Neil Herring completed his PhD (DPhil) and medical degree at the University of Oxford, before undertaking medical training in Bath, Northampton, London and as a Clinical Lecturer in Oxford.

After becoming a Consultant Cardiologist (CCT 2013), he was made an Associate Professor (2015) by the University of Oxford having been awarded a Fellowship from the British Heart Foundation.

Neil is also widely involved in medical school education as a Tutorial Fellow in Preclinical Medicine at Exeter College, Oxford.

Special interests

Cardiac pacing and rhythm management devices

Research interests

Neil's research group at the University of Oxford has received international recognition in the field of cardiovascular autonomic neuroscience.

Over the last 20 years, this research has identified a variety of neuromodulator molecules. The aim is to understand their pathophysiology, identify potential therapeutic targets for cardiovascular disease, and validate their utility as both treatments and biomarkers.

Contact details

Kayleigh Morris: 01865 220256
Email: kayleigh.morris@ouh.nhs.uk

Private

Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics

Exeter College

Neil Herring

Dr David Holdsworth BM BCh MA (Cantab) DPhil (Oxon) MRCP DAvMed DTM&H

Consultant Cardiologist and General Physician

Dr David Holdsworth is an imaging cardiologist with a PhD in exercise physiology and metabolism. His principal interest is the use of cardiopulmonary exercise testing and exercise echo in the investigation of unexplained dyspnoea and exercise limitation in both civilian and military groups.

He is engaged in occupational military and aviation cardiology and is clinical lead of the Defence Aviation Medicine Consultation Service and also of the Defence COVID-19 Recovery Service.

In addition to cardiopulmonary exercise testing and exercise echo, he undertakes transoesophageal echo and cardiac CT.

He is Secretary of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology Task Force on Aviation and High Hazard Cardiology and a College Lecturer at St Hugh's College, Oxford.

Special interests

  • Imaging cardiology and cardiopulmonary exercise testing
  • Clinical:
    • Cardiac CT
    • TOE
    • Exercise limitation and unexplained breathlessness
  • Research:
    • Cardiopulmonary physiology
    • Iron-deficiency
    • High-altitude physiology and hypoxia
    • Aviation and high-hazard cardiology

Contact details

Margaret Hunt: 01865 223160
Email: margaret.hunt@ouh.nhs.uk

Dr David Holdsworth

Dr Andrew Kelion BA BM MA FRCP BSCI CBNC DM

Consultant Cardiologist

Andrew Kelion has been a Consultant Cardiologist in Oxford since May 2013, having previously been Director of Imaging at Harefield Hospital. His main interest is in cardiac imaging, particularly nuclear cardiology, cardiovascular computed tomography (CT) and echocardiography.

Dr Kelion is a former Secretary, Treasurer and President of the British Nuclear Cardiology Society, Chair of the Imaging Council of the British Cardiovascular Society and previously Chair of the Secretary of State for Transport's Honorary Medical Advisory Panel on Driving and Disorders of the Cardiovascular System.

He was a Topic Expert on the NICE Committee which updated the Chest Pain of Recent Onset Guideline CG95, has co-authored a number of influential national documents and is a regular contributor to many national and international training courses and conferences.

Special interests

  • Cardiology
  • Nuclear cardiology
  • Cardiovascular CT
  • Echocardiography
  • Investigation of suspected or known coronary artery disease
  • Cardiovascular CT in adult congenital heart disease
  • Cardio-oncology

Contact details

Margaret Hunt: 01865 223160
Email: margaret.hunt@ouh.nhs.uk

Private

Sally Kelion: 07816 603293
Email: kelionpa@hotmail.com

Dr Andrew Kelion

Prof Rajesh Kharbanda BSc MBChB PhD FRCP

Consultant Cardiologist

Prof Rajesh Kharbanda graduated from Edinburgh in 1991 and undertook specialist cardiology training in London and Cambridge, Toronto, and was appointed as an NHS consultant cardiologist in 2007.

He has a specialist interest in the assessment and treatment of coronary artery disease and heart valve disease. He is a Member of the British Cardiovascular Interventional Society and an Associate Professor, University of Oxford. He is active in clinical research in coronary artery and heart valve disease.

Special interests

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart valve disease

Contact details

Natalie Brechin: 01865 220325
Email: natalie.brechin@ouh.nhs.uk

Private

Professor Rajesh Kharbanda - Nuffield Health

Prof Rajesh Kharbanda

Prof Martin Landray MB ChB PhD FRCP FHEA FASN FBPhS FESC

Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Honorary Consultant Physician
Prof Martin Landray completed specialist training in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and General Internal Medicine at University of Birmingham.

His clinical interests are in general cardiology and in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and its complications.

Prof Landray's research focuses on the evaluation of medicines through large randomised clinical trials, chiefly of treatments for cardiovascular disease.

During the COVID-19 pandemic he used this experience to co-lead the RECOVERY trial, involving around 40,000 patients. This led to the discovery that the steroid drug dexamethasone improves the chances of survival for patients with severe disease, a result that was rapidly adopted worldwide.

Special interests

  • General cardiology
  • Preventative cardiovascular medicine
  • Clinical pharmacology

Contact details

Simon Muncey: 01865 223365
Email: simon.muncey@ouh.nhs.uk

Professor Martin Landray - Oxford Cardiovascular Science

Prof Martin Landray

Dr Jeremy Langrish MA(cantab) MBBCh(oxon) PGCertMedEd PhD

Consultant Interventional Cardiologist

Having started his medical career in Cambridge and Oxford, Dr Jeremy Langrish completed his general medical and specialty cardiology training in Edinburgh specialising in coronary intervention, and then completed a British Cardiovascular Intervention Society fellowship in Adelaide, Australia before being appointed as a consultant cardiologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital in 2016.

He specialises in the treatment of complex coronary artery disease and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh).

Special interests

  • General cardiology
  • Interventional cardiology
  • Complex coronary intervention
  • Chronic total occlusion
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Calcium modification
  • Coronary physiology
  • Ventricular support
  • Medical education and training

Contact details

Natalie Wren: 01865 226567
Email: natalie.wren@ouh.nhs.uk

Dr Jeremy Langrish

Prof Paul Leeson BSc (Hons) MB BChir PhD FRCP FESC

Consultant Cardiologist and Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine
Professor Leeson is a consultant cardiologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital as well as Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Oxford and Head of the Oxford Cardiovascular Clinical Research Facility.

He provides expertise in Cardiovascular Imaging, as well as General Cardiology and Cardiovascular Prevention through the Oxford Specialist Hypertension Clinic.

Special interests

  • Cardiac imaging
  • Hypertension
  • General cardiology

Research interests

  • Cardiac imaging
  • Hypertension

Contact details

Margaret Hunt: 01865 223160
Email: margaret.hunt@ouh.nhs.uk

Private

Nuffield Health - Professor Paul Leeson

Paul Leeson

Dr Joanna Lim MA BM BCh (Oxon) MRCP PGCertMedEd

Consultant Cardiologist (Adult Congenital Heart Disease)

Dr Joanna Lim is a Consultant Cardiologist specialising in Adult Congenital Heart Disease.

She graduated from the University of Oxford in 2006. She completed general cardiology training in Oxford and then undertook higher specialist training in congenital heart disease in London from 2014 to 2019, completing fellowships at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, the Royal Brompton, St Thomas' Hospital and St Bartholomew's Hospital.

Dr Lim was appointed as a Consultant in Oxford in 2019. She holds two adult congenital heart disease clinics in Oxford each week and also runs monthly clinics at the Great Western Hospital, Swindon, and Milton Keynes University Hospital.

She has a keen interest in congenital transthoracic echocardiography and has a weekly echo list for scanning patients with particularly complex hearts.

Special interests

  • Adult congenital heart disease
  • Congenital echocardiography

Contact details

Abigail Connolly: 01865 223382
Email: abigail.connolly@ouh.nhs.uk

Dr Joanna Lim

Dr Andrew Lucking BSc (Hons) MBChB (Hons) PhD FRCP

Consultant Interventional Cardiologist

Having completed clinical and academic training in Edinburgh and South Australia, Andrew is an interventional cardiologist with a particular interest in complex and CTO PCI.

He is passionate about enabling patients to make fully informed decisions about their care. He regularly contributes on faculty at national and international meetings and is an active contributor to research utilising contemporary imaging and physiological assessment to optimise PCI outcomes.

Special interests

  • General cardiology
  • Interventional cardiology
  • Complex and chronic total occlusion (CTO)
  • PCI
  • Imaging-based optimisation of PCI
  • Cardiovascular effects of air pollution exposure

Contact details

Kim Crawford: 01865 220326
Email: kim.e.crawford@ouh.nhs.uk

Dr Andrew Lucking

Dr Giovanni Luigi De Maria

Consultant Cardiologist

Giovanni Luigi De Maria graduated from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome (Italy) in 2008 and completed his training in General Cardiology at Policlinico A Gemelli in Rome in 2014.

He worked at Oxford University Hospitals as a Clinical Fellow in Interventional Cardiology from 2014 until 2018, when he became a consultant. In 2019 he completed his PhD in 'Clinical, Cellular and Molecular Research'.

His main subspecialty is represented by interventional cardiology with a special focus on coronary interventions. He performs both elective and emergency coronary procedures on a regular basis.

Special interests

  • Interventional cardiology
    • Coronary interventions
    • Acute coronary syndrome
    • Coronary physiology
    • Intravascular imaging
    • Novel therapies in ST elevation myocardial infarction
    • Coronary microcirculation
    • Coronary thrombosis

Research interests

  • coronary thrombosis
  • myocardial injury
  • coronary physiology
  • coronary microcirculation

ultimately aiming at developing new diagnostic tools and novel therapies to improve the clinical outcome of patients with ischemic heart disease.

Contact details

Natalie Wren: 01865 226567
Email: natalie.wren@ouh.nhs.uk

Giovanni Luigi De Maria

Dr Shawn Morais MBChB MRes PGCert MRCP

Locum Consultant Cardiologist

Dr Shawn Morais is a consultant cardiologist who specialises in heart failure. Dr Morais qualified from the University of Manchester in 2009, and undertook his specialist training in West Yorkshire and Wessex. His subspecialty training was in heart failure, implantation of cardiac devices and echocardiography. He was appointed as a locum consultant cardiologist at Oxford University Hospitals in 2020.

He works with a team of consultants and specialist community and inpatient nurses to deliver heart failure care across the county. His main base is Horton General Hospital in Banbury where see patients in general cardiology clinic and specialist heart failure clinic, provides cardiology inreach and acute/general medicine.

He covers cardiology procedures (pacemakers and transoesophageal echocardiography) and specialist cardiology on-call at John Radcliffe Hospital.

Special interests

  • Cardiology
  • Acute and general medicine
  • Heart failure
  • Cardiac devices
  • Echocardiography (including transoesophageal and stress echocardiography)

Contact details

Catherine Heath: 01295 229215
Email: catherine.heath@ouh.nhs.uk

Dr Shawn Morais

Prof Saul Myerson

Consultant Cardiologist
Professor Saul Myerson qualified from the University of Bristol and completed further training in London and Oxford.

He is a general cardiologist, with experience in all areas of cardiology. He specialises in cardiac imaging (especially cardiovascular magnetic resonance).

He is a member of the NICE Clinical Guideline Committee in Heart Valve Disease and also treasurer of the British Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance.

He has published over 100 papers and given many national and international lectures, as well as being a writer and editor.

He has substantial experience in producing medicolegal reports, and is an expert witness for the GMC.

Special interests

Cardiac imaging, particularly cardiac magnetic resonance and echocardiography

Research interests

  • Heart valve disease
  • Aortic disease
  • Cardiomyopathies

Contact details

Maggie Hunt: 01865 223160
Email: margaret.hunt@ouh.nhs.uk

Private

Email: secretary@oxfordcardiologist.com

www.oxfordcardiologist.com

Saul Myerson

Prof Stefan Neubauer

Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine; Head, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine; Director, Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance Research; Honorary Consultant Cardiologist

Prof Stefan Neubauer's work has been devoted to the development and application of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) imaging and spectroscopy, and, in recent years, he has also been interested in the development of novel liver MR imaging as well as novel coronary CT imaging.

He co-leads cardiac MR phenotyping for the UK Biobank imaging study, as well as the large international Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Registry.

He is a fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences. He has been Lead, first of the Cardiovascular and now of the Imaging, Theme for the Oxford NIHR Biomedical Research Centre.

He is also a founder of two University spinout companies, Perspectum (2012) and Caristo Diagnostics (2018).

Special interests

  • Cardiac imaging
  • Cardiac MRI
  • Cardiac CT
  • Multi-organ MRI
  • Population imaging
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Contact details

Simon Muncey: 01865 223365
Email: simon.muncey@ouh.nhs.uk

Prof Stefan Neubauer

Dr Jim Newton

Consultant Cardiologist

Dr Jim Newton qualified from the University of Leicester in 1998 then after a period of research undertook postgraduate training in Oxford.

He was appointed as a consultant cardiologist with a specialist interest in echocardiography and valvular heart disease in 2011.

Dr Jim Newton has been involved in the assessment of patients before, during and after TAVI procedures from the first case performed in Oxford in 2008, with expertise in all aspects of procedural imaging.

Current interests are in the development of intracardiac echocardiography for structural interventions and assessment of patients for novel transcatheter valve therapies.

Special interests

  • Echocardiography
  • Interventional imaging

Research interests

  • Valvular heart disease
  • Endocarditis

Contact details

Janet Kinsey: 01865 228934
Email: janet.kinsey@ouh.nhs.uk

Jim Newton

Dr Elizabeth Orchard MA MBBS FRCP DCH

Consultant ACHD Cardiologist

Dr Elizabeth Orchard is a Consultant Cardiologist at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She has subspecialty interests in adult congenital heart disease, paediatric and adolescent cardiology, obstetric cardiology and pulmonary hypertension.

She is the clinical lead for the ACHD Service and is the network lead for the Oxford Southampton paediatric cardiac network. She undertakes peripheral clinics monthly in Reading, Northampton and Jersey. Her research interests are mainly in mobile health technologies to improve patient care.

She is a member of the British Congenital Cardiac Association and UK Maternal Cardiology Society.

Special interests

  • Congenital heart disease
  • Paediatric cardiology
  • Obstetric cardiology and pulmonary hypertension
  • Pulmonary hypertension

Contact details

Vanessa Clarke: 01865 223084
Email: vanessa.clarke@ouh.nhs.uk

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Email: vanessa.clarke1@nhs.net

Dr Elizabeth Orchard

Dr Julian Ormerod MA PhD MRCP CCDS

Consultant Cardiologist

Dr Julian Ormerod trained in medicine at the universities of Cambridge and Oxford and was awarded a PhD in Cardiovascular Medicine from the University of Birmingham in 2011.

His research concerned the actions of nitrite in health and disease, including heart failure and ischaemia-reperfusion injury. He completed clinical cardiology training in Oxford in 2017.

Dr Ormerod works as a consultant cardiologist in Milton Keynes and Oxford. In MKUH he does inpatient and outpatient general cardiology and runs the implantable devices service.

In the Oxford Heart Centre he implants complex devices, participates in the inherited cardiac conditions service and has a weekly cardiac MRI list in OCMR.

Special interests

  • ICC
  • Devices
  • CMR

Research interests

Inherited arrhythmia syndromes such as Long QT and Brugada Syndromes

Contact details

Julie Johnson: 01865 228956
Email: julie.johnson4@ouh.nhs.uk

Julian Ormerod

Dr Michala Pedersen BSc BMBCh DPhil FRCP

Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist

Michala Pedersen is a Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist at Oxford and at Northampton General Hospital, dividing her time equally between the two trusts.

She qualified from the University of Oxford in 2001 and after junior years in Oxford she trained in cardiology and electrophysiology in London, predominantly at the Royal Brompton Hospital.

She spent a year specialising further in ablation during a fellowship with Prof Haïssaguerre’s electrophysiology group in Bordeaux, France.

She has written many papers and book chapters and holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford.

She is Lecturer in Clinical Medicine at one of the Oxford colleges, Christ Church.

Special interests

  • Any arrhythmia
  • Catheter ablation of arrhythmia
  • Pacing including defibrillators and leadless devices

Contact details

Holli Richards: 01865 223172
Email: holli.richards@ouh.nhs.uk

Michala Pedersen

Dr Alex Pitcher BA BM BCh MRCP DPhil PGDipLATHE MPVD

Consultant Cardiologist

Alex Pitcher is a consultant cardiologist at Oxford University Hospitals and Clinical Lead for Integrated Community Cardiology.

His general cardiology practice encompasses all routine aspects of inpatient and outpatient cardiology, and his specialist practice focuses on disorders of blood vessels, in particular Marfan syndrome, Loeys-Dietz syndrome and pulmonary vascular disease, including pulmonary embolism and pulmonary hypertension.

His research interests are mainly in large scale data applications to rare diseases, particularly Marfan syndrome. He is involved in undergraduate and postgraduate education and training, and is a Fellow of New College, Oxford.

Special interests

  • General cardiology
  • Aortic disease
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Loeys-Dietz syndrome

Contact details

General Cardiology

Linda Dequental: 01865 223735
Emal: linda.dequental@ouh.nhs.uk

Pulmonary Hypertension Service

Lorraine Soanes: 01865 220050
Email: lorraine.soanes@ouh.nhs.uk

Integrated Community Cardiology

Louise Lamble: 01865 226855
Email: louise.lamble@ouh.nhs.uk

Private

Louise Lamble: 01865 238789
Email: louise.lamble@ouh.nhs.uk

Alex Pitcher

Prof Kazem Rahimi MD DM MSc FRCP FESC

Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Population Health, Honorary Consultant Cardiologist
Prof Kazem Rahimi's research interests include hypertension, heart failure, multimorbidity and cardiovascular risk management, using a variety of methodologies such as individual-patient meta-analysis, large-scale decentralised clinical trials and digital health technologies.

Kazem leads the Deep Medicine programme at the Nuffield Department of Women's and Reproductive Health with a major interest in application of machine learning approaches to electronic health records.

He also leads the Blood Pressure Lowering Treatment Trialists' Collaboration (BPLTTC), which is an international collaboration of all the major trials of blood pressure lowering drugs.

He is the Director of the Martin School programme on Informal Cities and a Co-Investigator of the PEAK-Urban programme

Special interests

  • Heart failure
  • Hypertension
  • Preventive cardiology

Contact details

Naseem Akhtar: naseem.akhtar@wrh.ox.ac.uk

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Kazem Rahimi - Nuffield Department of Women's and Reproductive Health

Prof Kazem Rahimi

Dr Kim Rajappan BA MB BS MD FRCP

Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist

Kim Rajappan is a Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

He is involved in the investigation and treatment of patients with all forms of arrhythmia problems including ablation and device therapy.

His research and clinical interests are focussed on catheter ablation of complex cardiac arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia.

He is an active member of the British Heart Rhythm Society, an Executive Committee member of the Arrhythmia Alliance, and Program Director for Heart Rhythm Congress, the largest national arrhythmia meeting in the UK.

He has published over 90 peer reviewed papers, lectures nationally and internationally, and is one of the editors of the Oxford Handbook of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Catheter Ablation.

He travels internationally to help teach Electrophysiologists in other countries new techniques in ablation, particularly advanced cardiac mapping of arrhythmias, and implantation of ICD/CRT devices.

Special interests

  • Cardiology
  • Arrhythmias
  • Ablation
  • Pacemakers
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillators
  • Cardiac resynchronisation therapy

Research interests

Cardiac arrhythmia management including atrial fibrillation ablation

Contact details

Holli Richards: 01865 223172
Email: holli.richards@ouh.nhs.uk

Private

Email: manor.cardiac@nuffieldheath.com
www.kimrajappan.co.uk

Kim Rajappan

Prof Oliver Rider BMBCh hons (Oxon), BA (hons) Oxon, FRCP (UK), DPhil (Oxon)

Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine

Prof Oliver Rider is a clinical academic cardiologist running a dedicated research group that uses state-of-the-art cardiac magnetic resonance imaging to investigate heart disease. He is also a consultant cardiologist with acute, outpatient and inpatient responsibilities within Oxford University Hospitals, specialising in general cardiology and cardiac imaging.

After studying medicine at Pembroke College Oxford he completed the Royal College Examinations and specialised in Cardiology. He completed a PhD in Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Oxford, using advanced cardiac magnetic resonance imaging.

He took up the role of Clinical Lecturer in Cardiovascular Medicine in Oxford in 2010 and in 2015 was appointed as an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist, specialising in cardiac imaging, and Deputy Clinical Director of the University of Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance Research.

Special interests

  • Heart failure
  • Cardiac metabolism
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging

Contact details

Marta Tustian, Horton General Hospital: 01295 224181
Email: marta.tustian@ouh.nhs.uk

Prof Oliver Rider

Dr Nik Sabharwal BSc BMBCh FRCP DM

Consultant Cardiologist

Dr Sabharwal qualified in Oxford and trained in Cardiology in London and Oxford.

He was appointed consultant cardiologist in Oxford and Banbury, specialising in cardiac imaging (nuclear, CT and echocardiography) in 2009.

He is the author of various peer reviewed papers in nuclear cardiology and echocardiography, as well as Oxford Specialist Handbooks in nuclear cardiology and valvular heart disease.

Special interests

  • General cardiology
  • Cardiac imaging

Research interests

  • Angina
  • Valve disease
  • Heart failure
  • Amyloidosis
  • Cardio-oncology

Contact details

NHS - John Radcliffe Hospital

Sue Foster: 01865 220269
Email: sue.foster@ouh.nhs.uk

NHS - Horton General Hospital

Vicky Bullen / Marta Tustian: 01295 224181
Email: vicky.bullen@ouh.nhs.uk / marta.tustian@ouh.nhs.uk

Private

Email: dr.nsabharwalpa@gmail.com

Nik Sabharwal

Prof Hugh Watkins FRS FMedSci

Consultant Cardiologist
Prof Hugh Watkins

Dr Eleanor C Wicks PhD CCT BSCI MSc KBA MRCP MBChB 2004 BSc (hons)

Consultant Cardiologist

Dr Eleanor Wicks is the Clinical Lead of the Inherited Cardiac Conditions (ICC) service in Oxford with longstanding specialist interests in acquired and inherited conditions, genomics, heart failure (HF) and multimodality imaging.

She studied Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, UK. After qualifying in 2004, she trained in General Medicine, gaining membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 2009 and completed her general cardiology training in London.

She was appointed as a Consultant Cardiologist with dual accreditation in General Medicine in 2015 and moved to Oxford to become clinical lead of the HF and ICC service in 2017.

In 2019 she became an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Oxford and she was elected to the Council for the Association of Inherited Cardiovascular Conditions (AICC) in 2020.

Specialties

  • Heart failure
  • Inherited cardiac conditions (ICC)
  • Acquired, infiltrative and inflammatory and immune-mediated heart muscle diseases (including myocarditis and sarcoidosis)
  • Cardiac imaging (including CMR and PET)
  • General cardiology and general medicine

Special interests

  • Acquired and inherited cardiomyopathies
  • Heart failure and imaging with dual accreditation in Cardiology and General Internal Medicine
  • Heart failure and ICCs (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, dilated cardiomyopathy, arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy, restrictive cardiomyopathy) and genomics
  • Inflammatory and immune-mediated cardiomyopathy (particularly cardiac sarcoidosis and myocarditis), multi-system disorders, infiltrative disorders and multi-modality cardiovascular imaging

Also interested in quality improvement, clinical governance, technological integration within the NHS, automation and AI.

Contact details

Mr Steven Graver: 01865 234674
Email: steven.graver@ouh.nhs.uk / orh-tr.ICC@ouh.nhs.net

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Roxana Pop, ICC Admin Team Coordinator: 01865 221167

Dr Eleanor Wicks