Dr Sarah C Clarke MA, MD, FRCP, FESC, FACC is a Consultant Cardiologist and the Clinical Director for Strategic Development at Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge.  She has a specialist interest in interventional cardiology. She has a track record in management, service innovation and implementation. She has a regional and national profile.

Dr Clarke took up her consultant post in 2002.  She initially undertook clinical sessions at Hinchingbrooke Hospital and is also an Honorary Consultant at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.

Dr Clarke was Clinical Director of Cardiac Services from 2006 to 2012. During this time, she developed  Papworth Direct and implemented the Primary Angioplasty Service (PPCI) for heart attack patients at Papworth together with the roll out of the PPCI service to the East of England through her work as PPCI lead at the Strategic Health Authority.  In 2012 Dr Clarke was appointed Clinical Director for Strategic Development at Papworth Hospital. Her work has included service improvement at local district general hospitals, fund raising and, as a member of the Project Management Group, contributing to the design of New Papworth Hospital. She has developed an annual Children’s event at Papworth to educate local school children about a healthy lifestyle for a healthy heart. This has been adopted nationally by the British Cardiovascular Society. In 2012, Dr Clarke was awarded the Chairman’s award for Outstanding Achievement.

Dr Clarke is the cardiology Lead for the Eastern Academic Health Science Network Cardiovascular Clinical Study Group seeking to ensure best practice in cardiology across the Network and implementation of innovative practices, promoting research and links with industry. She is also Clinical lead for the Elective Care group (Cardiology, ENT, ophthalmology, orthopaedics and cancer) for the Cambridge and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Sustainability and Transformation Programme. This Programme is looking to reshape services across the CCG, removing institutional boundaries and putting the patient at the centre of all the clinical pathways to deliver innovative, yet cost effective care. She is also a member of the Innovation Hub for Cambridge University Partners (CUP) which promotes and helps nurture innovative ideas in healthcare delivery.

Dr Clarke is an active member of the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS). She was the Vice President for Education and Research (2011-2014). Through this post she chaired the Programme Committee delivering the Annual Conference (>2000 delegates per year) and led on Education and Research initiatives for members including education for trainees (she was a member of the Specialist Advisory Committee at the Royal College of Physicians) and revalidation for Consultants. She developed many national educational courses for cardiologists with the BCS including ‘Year in Cardiology’- a review of important developments over the preceding year. As a result of the success of this course, she secured and coordinated a series of articles for the prestigious European Heart Journal in Jan 2013. She is the ‘Innovation Champion’ for the Society and is Chair of the Cardiology section of the Medical Futures Awards which is the world’s most prestigious fora and catalyst for innovation in healthcare and life sciences. In 2013, Dr Clarke was elected to the Women in Cardiology Council at the American College of Cardiology as the international member. She is Editor of the American College of Cardiology e- newsletter and Editor for ‘Education in Heart’, part of the internationally peer reviewed journal Heart which targets health professionals and academics/researchers in cardiology. 

In 2014, she was elected by the membership of the BCS to be the first female President of the Society in over 80 years of its existence (2015 – 2018). She oversees the running and work of the Society, a charity with over 13,000 members. She works at a national and international level liaising with the Royal College of Physicians (London), other national and international Societies (including the European Society of Cardiology, ESC and American College of Cardiology, ACC), NHS England, politicians and the British Heart Foundation. See www.bcs.com for more information.

Dr Clarke is also a member of the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society.
She attends both national and international meetings in Europe, USA and Africa for professional development. She remains closely affiliated to Girton College, Cambridge and has interviewed for and supervised medical students there in the early years of their medical careers.

Specialist Clinical and Research Interests

Specialist Clinical Interests
General cardiology (including chest pain, murmurs and valve disease, palpitation/arrhythmia, dizziness/blackout, shortness of breath, heart failure, hypertension) and Interventional cardiology (angiography, coronary angioplasty, coronary stenting, rotablation for calcified narrowing’s, chronic total occlusions).

Research Interests
Evaluation new technologies, devices.
IVUS, pressure wire studies.
Collaborates with colleagues performing interventional coronary trials

Clinical Outcomes

To view Dr Clarke's clinical outcomes, please click on this link. This will take you to the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society website which is not part of the Papworth Hospital website.

Education and Training

Dr Clarke studied medicine at Girton College, University of Cambridge where she obtained a BA in 1987 and MB BChir in 1989.

Following junior hospital posts in the region her specialist training was undertaken at Addenbrooke’s and Papworth Hospitals.
She was awarded a Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, University of Harvard, Boston, USA in 2001.  Dr Clarke gained extensive experience in all aspects of interventional cardiology and vascular intervention.

Dr Clarke was awarded her research doctorate in medicine (MD) in 2004, by the University of Cambridge, UK.

She was elected a Fellow Royal College of Physicians (FRCP), London in 2006, Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (FESC) and a Fellow of the American College Cardiology (FACC) in 2010.

Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies and university posts

Registered with the General Medical Council (registration number: 3331406)
Fellow Royal College Physicians (London) - FRCP
Fellow European Society of Cardiology- FESC
Fellow American College Cardiology- FACC
Member British Cardiovascular Society (President from 2015 to 2018)
Member British Cardiovascular Intervention Society

Recent and Important Publications

Clarke SC, Schofield PM, Grace AA, Metcalfe JC, Kirschenlohr HL. Tamoxifen effects on endothelial function and cardiovascular risk factors in men with advanced atherosclerosis Circulation 2001; 103(11): 1497-502

Other Publications

Hoole SP, Heck PM, Sharples L, Khan S, Duehmke R, Densem CG, Clarke SC, Shapiro LM, Schofield PM, O'Sullivan M, Dutka DP, Cardiac Remote ISchaemic Preconditioning in Coronary Stenting (CRISP stent) Study: a prospective randomised controlled study. Circulation 2009

Centre of Excellence, Papworth Hospital, Papworth Everard, Cambridge, England. Circulation: European Perspectives April 20, 2010

Where are we based?

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Papworth Road
Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Telephone:  01223 638000

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