As a private patient at Royal Papworth Hospital your consultant will provide you with one-to-one personal advice and care from your first consultation and throughout your stay with us. 

You can find out more about our Consultants and their areas of expertise below. If you would like to arrange a consultation, please email papworth.privatecare@nhs.net or complete this online form

Consultant Anaesthetists 

Dr Joseph 'Joe' E Arrowsmith, Consultant Anaesthetist

Clinical Lead for Information Management & Technology (2005-)
Examiner - Final FRCA (2009-), Primary FRCA (2006-2009)
Royal College of Anaesthetists tutor (2004-2009)
Secretary - Papworth Medical Advisory Committee (2004-2006)
Local Negotiating Committee chairman (2009-), secretary (2005-2009)
Organiser - ACTA Spring Scientific Meeting 2001
Attending Anesthesiologist / Visiting Associate in Cardiothoracic and Critical Care Anesthesia, Duke University Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, USA. [1996-8]

Senior Registrar in Anaesthesia, St George's Hospital, London. [1994-6]
Clinical Research Fellow in Cardiothoracic Surgery, University College London & Honorary Senior Registrar in Intensive Care, The Middlesex and University College Hospitals, London. [1992-4]

Registrar in Anaesthesia, The Middlesex and University College Hospitals, London. [1991-2]

Senior House Officer in General Medicine, St George's Hospital, London. [1989-91]

Contact details:

Switchboard 01480 830541
Direct Fax 01480 364936

Secretary

Melanie E J Yea
Tel: 01223 639666
Email: melanie.yea@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic anaesthesia and intensive care

Dr Sunit Ghosh, Consultant Anaesthetist

Consultant in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia & Intensive Care (1993)
Clinical Director: Theatres, Critical Care and Anaesthesia (2006-9)
Visiting Assistant Professor in Anesthesiology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, USA (1989-90)
Senior Registrar in Anaesthesia, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge
Senior House Officer & Registrar in Anaesthesia, St Bartholomew's Hospital, London

Contact details:

Switchboard 01480 830541
Fax 01480 831315

Secretary

Melanie E J Yea
Tel: 01223 639666
Email: melanie.yea@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic anaesthesia and intensive care.

Dr Andrew A Klein, Consultant Anaesthetist and Departmental Chairman

Dr Andrew Klein is a Cardiothoracic Anaesthetist and Chair of the Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of Anaesthesia, and is on the Board and Council of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland. He is an examiner at the Royal College of Anaesthetists and sits on the Board and Council of the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA). He is also a member of the research committee for the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA).

Dr Klein is the lead anaesthetist for interventional procedures in the cardiac catheter laboratory and is also the Clinical Lead for the pulmonary endarterectomy (PTE) service. His main research area is pre-operative anaemia and the effects of iron replacement therapy.

 

Secretary

Melanie E J Yea
Tel: 01223 639666
Email: melanie.yea@nhs.net 

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic anaesthesia and intensive care.

Dr Jon Mackay, Consultant Anaesthetist

Chairman, Papworth Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care (2014- & 2009-12)
Clinical Lead to ALERT (Outreach) Service (2009- )
Chairman, UK Association Cardiothoracic Anaesthetists (ACTA) (2010-2011)    
Treasurer, UK Association Cardiothoracic Anaesthetists (ACTA)  (2006-10)

Contact details:

Switchboard 01480 830541
Fax 01480 831315

Secretary

Melanie E J Yea
Tel: 01223 639666
Email: melanie.yea@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Intensive Care

Dr Alain Vuylsteke, Consultant Intensivist & Clinical Director of Clinical & Diagnostic Services

Dr Alain Vuylsteke is the Clinical Director of Clinical and Diagnostic Services (CADS).

He has been a Consultant in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at Papworth since 1998, and has been Director of the National Respiratory ECMO Service at Papworth since 2011. Prior to taking on the role of Clinical Director of CADS, Dr Vuylsteke spent four years as director of the Intensive Care Unit, and four years as the Chair of the Hospital Drugs and Therapeutics Committee.

Outside Papworth, Dr Vuylsteke is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Cambridge and an examiner for the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine. His clinical interests include Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy (PTE), and blood conservation. Other research interests include the impact of IT on healthcare.

 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01480 830541
Fax: 01480 831315

Secretary

Dianne Austin
Tel: 01480 364381
Email: dianne.austin@nhs.net

Specialties:

Intensive care

Dr Stephen T Webb MB BCh BAO FRCA, Consultant in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care

Contact details:

Telephone: 01480 830541
Fax: 01480 831315

Secretary

Melanie Yea
Tel: 01480 364406
Email: melanie.yea@nhs.net

Specialties:

Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine.Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine.

Consultant Cardiologists

Dr Sharad Agarwal, Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist

Dr Sharad Agarwal did his Cardiology training at the Leeds General Infirmary and Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne. He undertook research assessing various optical techniques to non-invasively assess the endothelial function and was awarded a M.D by the Newcastle University.

He subsequently did training fellowship in Cardiac Electrophysiology in Victoria, Canada and was appointed a consultant at Papworth in 2011.

He is interested in all aspects of Cardiac electrophysiology and performs ablations for cardiac arrhythmias and performs device implantations.

Contact details:

Telephone: 01480 830541
Fax: 01480 831315

Secretary

Jenny Spencer
Tel: 01223 639754
Email: jenny.spencer@nhs.net

Specialties:

General Cardiology, Cardiac ElectrophysiologyGeneral Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology

Dr David Begley, Clinical Director for Cardiology

Dr Begley is a consultant cardiologist and specialist in cardiac rhythm management at Royal Papworth Hospital. He was appointed Clinical Director for Cardiology in September 2018.

He graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1994. Following a period of general training in Scotland, he completed a period of clinical research in hypertrophic cardiomoypathy at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, USA and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine by the University of Edinburgh.
He trained in general cardiology in the northern rotation based at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle and James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough where he completed subspecialty training in cardiac electrophysiology and device therapy. He was appointed a consultant at Papworth in 2007. He was clinical lead for cardiac electrophysiology and device therapy between 2011 and 2016.

He has extensive experience in all aspects of adult cardiac electrophysiology including the ablation of complex arrhythmias, device implantation, extraction techniques. Special interests include the ablation of ventricular tachycardias related to ischaemic heart disease and cardiomyopathies. His research interests are related to the ablation of complex arrhythmias.

He is heavily involved in medical education at all levels and is currently Undergraduate Program Director in Cardiology, educational supervisor for foundation trainees, University of Cambridge Senior Clinical Tutor. In addition, he has been involved with the British Heart Rhythm Society Accreditation Examination Committee since it was significantly revised in 2010.

Contact details:

Telephone: 01480 830541
Fax: 01480 831315

Secretary

Jenny Peel
Tel: 01480 364361
Email: jenny.peel1@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiac Electrophysiology and Device Therapy.

Dr Begley is Clinical Director for Cardiology at Royal Papworth Hospital.

Dr Denise Braganza, Consultant Cardiologist

Dr Denise Braganza, born in Manchester, studied medicine at the University of Bristol, graduating in 1994. During her undergraduate years, she obtained a B.Sc. in Biochemistry and later went on to undertake a further period of research into the role of statins in plaque composition, funded by a Medical Research Council Fellowship and was awarded a PhD for this work by the University of Cambridge in 2006. She undertook postgraduate medical training initially in the South West of England before moving to Cambridgeshire for her SHO and registrar rotations. Following an interventional training fellowship at the Hôpital Europeén Georges Pompidou in Paris, Dr Braganza took up a Consultant position based jointly at Papworth and Peterborough Hospitals in 2008.

She is dually accredited in General Medicine and in Cardiology and as such her work embraces general cardiology (including rapid access chest pain assessment, palpitations, heart failure, cardiac assessment of renal transplantion candidates, murmurs and valvular heart disease) as well as sub-specialising in coronary intervention (angioplasty/stenting and the use of IVUS/pressure wire techniques to assess the clinical significance of angiographically-detected narrowings). She undertakes angioplasty procedures both radially and femorally.

Dr Braganza is a member of the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society and an active committee member at the British Cardiovascular Society.
 

Contact details:

Telephone: +44 (0) 1480 364639
Fax: +44 (0) 1480 364412

Secretary

Kayreen Waldron-Andrade
Tel: 01223 639700
Email: kayreen.waldron-andrade@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiology, General Internal Medicine.

Dr Patrick Calvert, Consultant Cardiologist

Patrick Calvert is a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust specialising in coronary and structural intervention and Clinical Lead for Structural Intervention. From 2014-2016, he was a Consultant Cardiologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University Hospitals Birmingham where he was Cardiovascular Clinical Academic Group Lead.

At Royal Papworth, Dr Calvert undertakes a broad range of coronary and structural interventions. He graduated from the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford and trained in the Eastern Deanery for general and interventional cardiology. He undertook a PhD at Cambridge University investigating vulnerability in coronary plaques which resulted in several publications and prizes including the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society Young Investigators Award and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology Young Author Achievement Award (JACC Imaging).

He undertook a Fellowship in Paris in 2010 at Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Bichat. He continues his research into the vulnerable plaque and is Principle Investigator on several national database projects examining the health outcomes from coronary and structural interventions. He is on the EuroPCR Programme Committee and the TCT Scientific Committee (USA). Dr Calvert is currently the National Institute of Healthcare Research Clinical Research Network National Specialty Lead for Atherosclerosis and also Preventative Cardiovascular Diseases.
 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01480 830541
Fax: 01480 831315

Secretary

Laura Field
Tel: 01223 639753
Email: laura.field3@nhs.net

Specialties:

Coronary and Structural Intervention

Dr Sarah Clarke, Consultant Cardiologist

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.
 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01480 830541
Fax: 01480 831315

Secretary

Kayreen Waldron-andrade
Tel: 01223 639700
Email: kayreen.waldron-andrade@nhs.net

Secretary Fax: 01480 364799

Private Secretary
Email clarke.clinics@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiology.

Dr Will Davies PhD MRCP MRCS, Consultant Cardiologist

Dr Will Davies is a Consultant Cardiologist at Royal Papworth Hospital with specialist interests in percutaneous coronary intervention for coronary artery disease and structural intervention for degenerative valvular disease.

Dr Davies graduated from the University of Sheffield in 1998, gaining clinical distinctions and prizes at Final MB ChB. He then undertook training in Cardiothoracic Surgery, and was awarded Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2001.

During his period of surgical training, Dr Davies was appointed as the William J von Liebig Scholar in Cardiothoracic Transplantation at the Mayo Clinic, USA where he studied towards a Doctor of Philosophy research degree. His work on the role of circulating progenitor cells post cardiac transplantation led to him being honoured with the Mayo Clinic and Foundation Award for Individual Excellence.

On returning to the UK he worked as a Specialist Registrar for 18 months on the cardiac surgery service here at Papworth, including a six month period within the Transplant Team.

Having experienced first-hand the exciting advances in minimally invasive valve therapies whilst in the US, Dr Davies undertook cardiology training within the Eastern Deanery and gained Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 2009. His Fellowship at St Thomas’ Hospital, London afforded him the opportunity to work alongside the pioneers in the field of minimally-invasive heart valve implantation.

Dr Davies’s unique training in both cardiac surgery and cardiology allows him to understand the relative strengths and weaknesses of both specialties when dealing with the patient with complex cardiac pathology.
 

Secretary

Stella Horsman
Tel: 01223 639831
Email: stellahorsman@nhs.net

Specialties:

Interventional and Structural Cardiology

Dr Will Davies is a Consultant Cardiologist at Royal Papworth Hospital with specialist interests in percutaneous coronary intervention for coronary artery disease and structural intervention for degenerative valvular disease.

Dr Cameron Densem, Consultant Cardiologist

Dr Densem qualified with honours from Liverpool Medical School having also acquired a first class degree in Anatomy and Human Biology. His Cardiology training took place in the North West of England, principally at the Wythenshawe Cardiothoracic Centre in Manchester. During this tenure he conducted research on the development of coronary artery disease within cardiac transplant recipients. Specialisation within interventional cardiology, principally balloon angioplasty and stent implantation, led him to complete his training in Vancouver, British Columbia between 2004 and 2006. This allowed exposure to truly state of the art minimal access techniques, for example, percutaneous aortic valve replacement.

Dr Densem was appointed to Royal Papworth Hospital in 2006. He has since been integral in setting up a number of clinical services including primary angioplasty for the treatment of heart attacks, TAVI (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation, a new heart valve implanted via the leg arteries), as well as leading dedicated teams for the treatment of aortic valve disease and some forms of cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease).
 

Secretary

Laura Field
Tel: 01223 639753
Email: laura.field3@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiology

Dr Andrew Grace, Consultant Cardiologist

Dr Grace has developed one of the largest clinical practices in cardiac arrhythmia management in the United Kingdom and specialises in catheter ablation techniques particularly for atrial fibrillation.Dr Grace has developed one of the largest clinical practices in cardiac arrhythmia management in the United Kingdom and specialises in catheter ablation techniques particularly for atrial fibrillation.
 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01480 830541
Fax: 01480 364799

Secretary

Kathryn Marshall
Tel: 01480 364920
Email: kathryn.marshall3@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiology

Dr Patrick Heck, Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist, Clinical Lead for Cardiac Rhythm Management

Dr Heck completed his undergraduate training in medicine at Cambridge University (Gonville and Caius College) in 1997 and later graduated from clinical school at Oxford University in 2000. After completing his junior doctor training, Dr Heck undertook his specialist training in Cardiology in Cambridge before completing a period of post-graduate clinical research for he was awarded a Doctor of Medicine (DM) from Oxford University in 2010. He then completed an 18-month Electrophysiology Fellowship at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia, one of the world’s leading centres in cardiac electrophysiology.

His areas of major interest are ablation of all cardiac arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. Additionally, he is interested in complex device implantation (ICDs and CRT) and is trained in the device extraction.
 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01480 830541
Fax: 01480 831315

Secretary

Ruth Littlechild
Tel: 01223 639698
Email: ruth.littlechild@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiology, Electrophysiology and Devices

Dr Stephen Hoole, Consultant Cardiologist

Dr Hoole qualified in medicine with distinction from University of Oxford, and subsequently trained in cardiology in London and Cambridge. He was appointed as a consultant interventional cardiologist in September 2011 and leads interventional research in Cambridge. He is also the clinical lead for valve intervention.

His research interests include invasive ventricular and microcirculatory assessment and treatment to improve PCI outcomes. He was shortlisted for the Thomas J. Linnemeier Spirit of Interventional Cardiology International Young Investigator Award for this work. He has published over 80 peer reviewed manuscripts and is regularly invited as faculty to speak at scientific congresses.

Since his appointment he has been accepted into the SCAI Emerging Leader Mentorship (SCAI-ELM) program as one of 12 national and international SCAI-ELM fellows (2013-2015) and is an Elected Member of Early Career Section Leadership Council of the ACC (2018-2021). He is a specialist adviser to MHRA interventional device program, NICE interventional procedures program and the NIHR HTA program. He is an Expert Adviser for the NICE Centre for Guidelines. He has participated in guideline and position paper publications for the ESC, ACC, AHA and NICE and has recently been appointed as a NICE clinical guideline chair.

 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01480 830541
Fax: 01480 831315

Secretary

Sam Kannemeyer
Tel: 01480 830541 Ext. 86053
Email: samantha.kannemeyer@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology

Dr Michael O’Sullivan, Consultant Cardiologist

Following undergraduate training at Cambridge University, Dr O’Sullivan undertook postgraduate training at The Royal Brompton National Heart & Lung Hospital and the Oxford University Teaching Hospitals. He returned to Cambridge in 1996 to complete higher cardiological training with particular emphasis on interventional cardiology. During this period he was awarded a PhD, and the British Cardiac Society Young Research Worker's Prize, for research into mechanisms of coronary stent failure. From 2003-2004, he worked in the Department of Interventional Cardiology at University of British Columbia, Vancouver and gained extensive experience in advanced interventional techniques and new strategies for the treatment of coronary disease.

Dr O’Sullivan was appointed Consultant Cardiologist at Royal Papworth Hospital and Addenbrooke's Hospitals in 2004.  In this position he provides secondary and tertiary centre care to patients with general cardiac problems (valve disease, heart failure, heart rhythm problems etc.), in addition to those with coronary disease.

Whilst maintaining a busy clinical practice, Dr O’Sullivan has a major role in medical management, having been appointed Clinical Director of the Addenbrooke's Cardiology Department in 2006. He serves as regional specialty advisor for Cardiology to the British Cardiovascular Society and the Royal College of Physicians. In addition, he remains active in the research arena, with interests in the invasive assessment and treatment of coronary disease and the exciting field of percutaneous mitral valve repair.
 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01480 830541
Fax: 01480 831315

Secretary

Stella Horsman
Tel: 01223 639831
Email: stellahorsman@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiology.

Dr Peter Schofield, Consultant Cardiologist

Dr Schofield has been a Consultant Cardiologist at Papworth and Addenbrooke’s Hospitals, Cambridge, since 1989.  He has extensive experience in the investigation and treatment of patients with cardiovascular disease.
 
His sub-speciality interest is Interventional Cardiology, particularly coronary angioplasty / coronary artery stenting and using new minimally invasive techniques for treating mitral valve disease.
 
Dr Schofield holds a 'silver' National Clinical Excellence Award. He is the Training Programme Director for Cardiology Training within the East of England. He is a former secretary of the British Cardiac Society.
 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01480 830541
Fax: 01480 831315

Secretary

Gill Kitchener and Maureen McGlory
Tel: 01480 364349
Email: maureen.mcglory@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiology.

Dr Leonard M Shapiro, Consultant Cardiologist

Dr Shapiro has diverse clinical interests and is the Medical Advisor to the Football Association, especially involved in screening footballers for heart disease. Dr Shapiro established a Nationwide Cardiac Screening Programme  to look for life threatening heart problems in young footballers to prevent the tragedy of sudden death. Dr Shapiro, in conjunction with the Medical Department of the Football Association and the Professional Footballers Association, has examined nearly 20,000 footballers in this ongoing project. Dr Shapiro has a special interest in the heart of athletes and has published widely on this subject.Dr Shapiro has diverse clinical interests and is the Medical Advisor to the Football Association, especially involved in screening footballers for heart disease.

Dr Shapiro established a Nationwide Cardiac Screening Programme  to look for life threatening heart problems in young footballers to prevent the tragedy of sudden death. Dr Shapiro, in conjunction with the Medical Department of the Football Association and the Professional Footballers Association, has examined nearly 20,000 footballers in this ongoing project. Dr Shapiro has a special interest in the heart of athletes and has published widely on this subject.
 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01480 830541
Fax: 01480 831315

Secretary

Laura Field
Tel: 01480 364353
Email: laura.field@papworth.nhs.uk

Specialties:

Structural intervention and valve disease..Structural  intervention and valve disease.

Dr Munmohan Singh Virdee, Consultant Cardiologist

Dr Virdee graduated from the medical school of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals in 1994, and worked as a junior doctor within the prestigious golden circuit in London and as a research fellow at St George’s Hospital. He returned to Guy’s to complete his training in cardiology, and was duly appointed to Papworth Hospital in June 2006 as a consultant cardiologist with a specialist interest in cardiac electrophysiology. He is one of only a few UK cardiologists that hold the NASPExam for physicians.

Interested in all aspects of cardiac electrophysiology, he performs catheter ablations for all cardiac arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation (AF), and device related procedures. He has a particular expertise in implanting biventricular devices that deliver cardiac resynchronisation therapy, and device extraction. He has developed research links with the University of Cambridge in this field, and this work has been presented at many international conferences. He has a personal interest in clinical audit, and is the clinical lead for audit for the cardiac directorate. 
 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01480 830541
Fax: 01480 831315

Secretary

Christine Suggars
Tel: 01480 364515
Email: christine.suggars@nhs.net

Specialties:

General Cardiology.
Cardiac Electrophysiology.

Dr Nick West, Consultant Cardiologist

Dr West qualified from Trinity Hall, Cambridge and St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School, London. He subsequently trained in Cardiology at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford and undertook research in the field of vascular biology and vein graft disease in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Oxford and the Cardiovascular Division, Duke University, North Carolina. USA. This research led to the British Atherosclerosis Society Young Investigator prize, the award of an MD thesis and also both the Sir Lionel Whitby Medal and the Sir Walter Langdon-Brown Prize the by the University of Cambridge. Following training in coronary angioplasty in Oxford, he completed an Interventional Fellowship at Green Lane Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand, where he was involved in several cutting-edge/First-in-Man studies and gained extensive experience of intravascular ultrasound and advanced interventional techniques.

He was appointed as a Consultant Cardiologist at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2003 and was instrumental in designing and initiating a now-thriving PCI service without onsite surgical cover. During this appointment, he delivered general cardiological services to a large, busy secondary care trust over two sites (Cheltenham and Gloucester) and was also an Honorary Consultant at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, where he performed complex coronary interventions and continued to participate in interventional research.

Dr West moved to Papworth Hospital as a Consultant Cardiologist in 2007 and continues to be active in clinical cardiological research. He is currently Clinical Lead for Coronary Intervention at Papworth, Lead for Audit in Interventional Cardiology, Royal College of Physicians Tutor and Lead for Cardiac Rehabilitation. He is also Medical Advisor to Plaquetec Ltd, a novel biotech startup based at Papworth.
 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01480 830541
Fax: 01480 831315

Secretary

Debbie Jenkins
Tel: 01480 364504
Email: debbie.jenkins@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiology
Specialist Clinical Interests
Interventional Cardiology

Dr Simon Fynn, Consultant Cardiologist

Dr Simon Fynn is a Consultant Cardiologist at Royal Papworth Hospital. He is also a member of the Clinical Advisory Group of the Anglia Stroke & Heart Network and is the Network Lead for Electrophysiology. His training began at the University of Cambridge, where he read medicine at St. John’s College. He undertook specialist training in cardiology in Manchester before spending two years at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia, one of the world’s leading centres in cardiac electrophysiology.

He specialises in the investigation and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias and undertakes radiofrequency catheter ablation. He has a particular interest in the commonest heart rhythm disorder (atrial fibrillation) and received an MD from the University of Cambridge for his research in this field.

In recent times he has led the development of a Family Cardiac Screening Clinic, where family members of those who have suffered a sudden and unexpected cardiac death can be screened for inherited cardiac conditions.
He has published numerous clinical and research papers on the mechanisms and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, and also on the treatment of cardiac failure using Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy.
 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01480 830541
Fax: 01480 831315

Secretary

Jenny Peel
Tel: 01480 364361
Email: jenny.peel1@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiac Devices (pacemakers & ICDs)

Dr Simon Fynn, Consultant Cardiologist at Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge

Consultants - Chest Medical Unit 

Dr Helen C Barker MA MB BChir FRCP, Consultant in Respiratory and General Internal Medicine

Contact details:

SwitchBoard: 01480 364477
Fax: 01480 364330

Secretary

Louise Downes
Tel: 01223 639777
Email: louisedownes@nhs.net

Specialties: 

Respiratory Medicine (adults) General Internal Medicine (adults)

Contact details:

Telephone: 01480 364477
Fax: 01480 364330

Secretary

Louise Downes
Tel: 01223 639777
Email: louisedownes@nhs.net

Specialties:

Respiratory Medicine (adults) General Internal Medicine (adults)

Professor R. Andres Floto MA PhD FRCP, Consultant Physician

R. Andres Floto is a Wellcome Trust Investigator and Professor of Respiratory Biology in the Molecular Immunity Unit of the University of Cambridge (based at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology), Research Director of the Cambridge Centre for Lung Infection at Royal Papworth Hospital, and Director of the UK Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Innovation Hub. 

His basic research is focused on understanding how macrophages interact with bacteria, how bacteria evolve during chronic infection and transmission, and how forward and reverse genetics can be combined with fragment-based drug discovery to develop novel antibiotics and host-directed therapies.

His clinical research is centred around tackling chronic inflammation in CF and non-CF bronchiectasis, treating Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM), and using graphical model-based machine learning to understand and predict pulmonary exacerbations in CF. 

Clinically he specialises in the management of Nontuberculous mycobacteria, Cystic Fibrosis, non-CF bronchiectasis, and recurrent chest infections
He co-chairs the British Thoracic Society NTM guidelines committee, the joint US CF Foundation-European CF Society (ECFS) NTM Guidelines Group, and the ECFS working group on NTM.
 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01480 364673 (sec)
Fax: 01480 364330

Secretary

Maxine Lane
Tel: 01480 344673
Email: maxinelane@nhs.net

Specialties:

Respiratory Medicine (adults)

Dr Charles Haworth, MD FRCP, Director, Cambridge Centre for Lung Infection, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine

Charles Haworth is Director of the Cambridge Centre for Lung Infection (incorporating The Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre, The Lung Defence Clinic and The Respiratory Immunology Clinic) at Royal Papworth Hospital. He is also an Honorary Consultant at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

The Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre oversees the care of >330 adults with CF. The Lung Defence Clinic oversees the care of >2000 patients with bronchiectasis associated with primary and secondary immunodeficiencies, non-tuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung disease, Aspergillus related lung disease, rheumatoid arthritis, serious childhood infection, chronic aspiration and primary ciliary dyskinesia. 

Both the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre and Lung Defence Clinic have European Reference Network (ERN) designation.

Charles Haworth trained at the Manchester Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre, Hammersmith Hospital and the Royal Brompton Hospital before moving to Cambridge in 2003. 

Dr Haworth is the senior author of the US Cystic Fibrosis Foundation & European Cystic Fibrosis Society NTM guidelines published in 2016 and first author of the British Thoracic Society NTM guidelines published in 2017. He also co-authored the European Respiratory Society Bronchiectasis guidelines published in September 2017 and is a member of the British Thoracic Society Bronchiectasis guidelines committee. 

Dr Haworth is an Honorary Visiting Senior Fellow in the Department of Medicine at the University of Cambridge; he is a member of two European Union Framework Programme 7 funded  research consortia (iABC and CFMATTERS); he is co-chief investigator of three current international multicentre novel therapy clinical trials in people with bronchiectasis; he is the Papworth site Principal Investigator for the European Cystic Fibrosis Society Clinical Trials network; he is a member of the US Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Data Safety Monitoring Board; he is a Steering Committee and Scientific Committee member of the European Bronchiectasis Registry (EMBARC); he is a member of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust Strategic Implementation Board; and a member of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society Scientific Committee.

Contact details:

Telephone: 01480 830541
Fax: 01480 364330

Secretary

Lynn Manfroi
Tel: 01223 639701
Email: lynn.manfroi@nhs.net

Specialties:

Respiratory Medicine (adults)

Dr Chris Johnson, Consultant Cambridge Centre for Lung Infection, Clinical Lead for the Lung Defence service and Chief Medical Information Officer

Chris Johnson is Clinical Lead for the Lung Defence and Immunology Services at Royal Papworth Hospital and Consultant to the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Unit. He is also an Honorary Consultant at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and a Board Member of the European Reference Network on Rare Lung disease.

The Lung Defence Clinic oversees the care of >2000 patients with bronchiectasis associated with primary and secondary immunodeficiencies, chronic Pseudomonal infection, non-tuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung disease, Aspergillus related lung disease, rheumatoid arthritis, serious childhood infection, chronic aspiration and primary ciliary dyskinesia.

Chris trained at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford before completing his post-graduate training in Cambridge and undertaking a Preceptorship at Royal Papworth Hospital, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the National Jewish Hospital in Denver, USA.

He is also the Trust’s Chief Medical Information Officer with responsibility for clinical IT systems and has various national roles in IT with NHS Digital.
 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01480 830541
Fax: 01480 831315

Secretary

Lynn Manfroi
Tel: 01223 639701
Email: lynn.manfroi@nhs.net

Specialties:

Respiratory Medicine (Adults); General Internal Medicine (Adults)Respiratory Medicine (Adults); General Internal Medicine (Adults)

Dr Robert Rintoul, Consultant Physician

Dr Rintoul is Reader in Thoracic Oncology in the Department of Oncology, University of Cambridge and Honorary Respiratory Physician, Royal Papworth Hospital.  He qualified in medicine from the Universities of St Andrews and Edinburgh and trained in respiratory medicine in London and Edinburgh. Dr Rintoul received his doctorate from the University of Edinburgh for research investigating mechanisms underlying resistance to chemotherapy in small cell lung cancer.

He was appointed consultant in respiratory medicine specialising in thoracic oncology at Royal Papworth Hospital in 2005 before taking up his current post in 2017.  Dr Rintoul is lead clinician for cancer at Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Director of the Papworth Trials Unit Collaboration.  He is currently co-lead for the Aerodigestive Programme of the Cambridge Cancer Centre and leads thoracic oncology research in Cambridge.

Contact details:

Telephone: 01480 830541
Fax: 01480 364331

Secretary

Clinical PA
Belinda Leadbetter
Tel: 01223 639749
Email: belinda.leadbetter@nhs.net

Academic PA
Jane Sales
Tel: 01223 768433
Email: jms203@medschl.cam.ac.uk
 

Specialties:

Respiratory Medicine.

Dr Rintoul is Reader in Thoracic Oncology in the Department of Oncology, University of Cambridge and Honorary Respiratory Physician, Royal Papworth Hospital.

Consultant Radiologists

Dr Bobby Agrawal, Consultant Radiologist

Dr Agrawal was appointed as Consultant Cardiac and Thoracic Radiologist at Royal Papworth Hospital May 2008.
He is the Clinical lead for Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging, the Clinical lead for radiology information technology and Business Lead for Clinical Radiology.

Dr Agrawal’s main interests include stress imaging for the detection of cardiac ischaemia using both Adenosine and Dobutamine; imaging in congenital heart disease using both cardiac MRI and CT; and cardiomyopathy imaging. Other interests include nuclear cardiology and vascular access procedures.

Since his appointment as Consultant the MRI service has grown from ~440 cases/year in 2007-08 to over 1800 cases 2012.

Contact details:

Telephone: 01480 830541
Fax: 01480 831315

Secretary

Radiology Secretaries
Tel: 01480 364562
Email: papworth.radiologysecretaries@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiac and thoracic radiology

Phyisicans - Respiratory Support and Sleep Centre (RSSC)

Dr Michael Davies MD FRCP FFICM, Consultant Respiratory Physician

Dr Davies is a consultant Respiratory physician within the Respiratory Support and Sleep Centre and is the Clinical Director for Thoracic Services. 

He specialises in the treatment of respiratory failure, including the weaning of patients from invasive ventilation, the provision of home mechanical ventilation, and in the treatment of respiratory and non-respiratory sleep disorders. 

He undertakes sleep disturbance clinics, general respiratory clinics. He has a sub-specialty interest in respiratory problems in neuromuscular disorders, contributing to Royal Papworth Hospital’s dedicated MND service and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy service.

He is the Clinical Lead for the British Thoracic Society (BTS) acute NIV audit and current chair of the BTS Respiratory Critical Care Specialist Advisory Group.

Contact details:

Telephone: 01480 830541
Fax: 01480 831315

Secretary

Linda Sabey
Tel: 01223 639799
Email: linda.sabey@nhs.net

Specialties:

Respiratory Medicine, Sleep Medicine

Dr Martina Mason, Consultant Physician

Dr Mason graduated from Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic in 2000 and completed all her postgraduate training in the UK. She began her training in Southampton where she gained Membership of the Royal College of Physicians. She continued her specialist training in Respiratory Medicine and General (Internal) Medicine in the East of England Deanery.

She was awarded a Research Fellowship at the Respiratory Support and Sleep Centre at Royal Papworth Hospital which allowed her to undertake 2 years of scientific research looking at patients with obstructive sleep apnoea undergoing surgical procedures and the effect of obstructive sleep apnoea on post-operative outcomes.

Dr Mason continues to regularly attend general respiratory and sleep clinics at Royal Papworth Hospital and continues to look after patients with ventilatory failure and those needing liberating from invasive mechanical ventilation. She continues her specialist interest in obstructive sleep apnoea and has given presentations at several international scientific meetings.

She is a member of Cochrane Airway Group and author of two systematic Cochrane reviews looking at "Drug treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea" and "The effect of sedatives and hypnotics on patients with sleep apnoea".

Contact details:

Telephone: 01480 830541
Fax: 01480 831315

Secretary

Caroline Woodcock
Tel: 01223 639803
Email: caroline.woodcock@nhs.net

Specialties:

Respiratory Medicine
Sleep Medicine

Dr Nicholas Oscroft, Respiratory Physician

Contact details:

Telephone: 01480 830541
Fax: 01480 831315

Secretary

Caroline Woodcock
Tel: 01223 639803
Email: caroline.woodcock@nhs.net

Specialties:

Respiratory and Sleep Medicine

Dr Timothy G Quinnell MD FRACP FRCP

Dr Quinnell is a consultant respiratory and sleep disorders physician.

He sees patients with a wide range of respiratory disorders (including asthma, emphysema/COPD, cough, interstitial lung disease, respiratory muscle weakness and respiratory failure). He specialises in disorders of ventilation and their treatment with domiciliary ventilatory support.

He has undergone extensive training in sleep medicine in the UK and Australia, and is an accredited sleep physician. He is consultant lead for Papworth Hospital’s Sleep Laboratory, the only accredited facility in the UK.

 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01480 830541
Fax: 01480 364568

Secretary

Jane Warmer
Tel: 01223 639718
Email: jane.warmer@nhs.net

Specialties:

Respiratory Medicine
Sleep Medicine

Dr Ian E Smith, Consultant Physician and Deputy Medical Director

Dr Ian Smith is a chest physician specialising in ventilatory failure and sleep medicine with expertise in weaning, domiciliary ventilation, sleep apnoea and non-respiratory sleep disorders including narcolepsy and parasomnias. He is the Director of Royal Papworth Hospital’s Respiratory Support and Sleep Centre (RSSC), the first accredited by the European and British Sleep Societies. He was a founder the regional Motor Neurone Disease care network and was a co-author on the recent NICE guidelines for people with MND.

He is Deputy Medical Director, leads the Research and Development Directorate and oversaw the establishment of the Papworth Clinical Trials Unit. In his own research Dr Smith has a number of grant funded collaborations and has supervised candidates to higher degrees. He is Vice Chair of the UK Association of Respiratory Technicians and Physiologists sleep section. He co-authored the British Thoracic Society position statement on driving and sleep apnoea. He is the current President of the East Anglian Thoracic Society.

Dr Smith is an Associate Lecturer to the University of Cambridge and has held a number of key educational posts including Programme Director for respiratory medicine in East Anglia, Attachment Director for respiratory and cardiology undergraduate training and Clinical Tutor for the Royal College of Physicians. As Clinical Director of Thoracic Services he oversaw expansion in each of the subspecialties, the establishment of the Interstitial Lung Disease Service and the National Adult Ataxia Telangiectasia Service.
 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01480 830541
Fax: 01480 831315

Secretary

Lisa Arnold
Tel: 01223 639736
Email: lisa.arnold@nhs.net

Specialties:

Respiratory Medicine, Sleep Medicine.

Consultant Surgeons 

Mr Yasir Abu-Omar, Consultant Surgeon

Mr. Abu-Omar undertook his training in cardiothoracic surgery at Papworth, Oxford and London. Prior to that, he spent 3 years completing a research project investigating cerebral injury following cardiac surgery, and obtaining a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) at the University of Oxford.

Mr. Abu-Omar performs the full range of adult cardiac operations. His areas of interest include minimally invasive surgery, mitral valve surgery, coronary revascularization and surgery for atrial fibrillation. He is also a member of the transplant team at Royal Papworth.

His research interests include investigating the efficacy of surgery for atrial fibrillation, the investigation of end-organ injury following cardiac surgery and beating-heart surgery.

He has published widely and is currently the co-editor of two forthcoming textbooks. He also has a major interest in education and training.


 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01480 830541
Fax: 01480 831315

Secretary

Martyne Traher
Tel: 01223 639915
Email: martyne.traher@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic surgery
Cardiopulmonary transplantation

Mr Aman Coonar, Consultant Surgeon

Mr Coonar qualified as a doctor in London. His general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery training was at Guy's, St Thomas's, King's, Royal Brompton and the London Chest Hospitals.
 
In 2005-2007, Mr Coonar worked at the Toronto General Hospital in Canada and took fellowships in general thoracic surgery and lung transplant surgery. 
 
Mr Coonar has been a consultant at Royal Papworth Hospital since 2007 and his practice is in pure thoracic surgery. He works closely with a large team including other surgeons, specialist nurses, radiologists and physicians.

Mr Coonar was appointed President of the Royal Society of Medicine Cardiothoracic Section in December 2013.
 
He handles benign diseases and cancer. His main clinical interests are:

  • minimally invasive surgery (video-assisted, endoscopic and others)
  • lung cancer surgery (including advanced cases and patients with poor lung function)
  • mesothelioma surgery
  • chest wall surgery
  • airway surgery
  • lung volume reduction surgery
  • surgery for thoracic sarcoma 
  • resection of metastatic cancer to the chest


 Mr Coonar has published several research papers and book chapters, some of which have received awards.

Contact details:

Telephone: 01480 830541
Fax: 01480 831315

Secretary

Julie Vaughan
Tel: 01223 639874
Email: Julie.vaughan2@nhs.net

Specialties:

Thoracic surgery

Mr Ravi De Silva, Consultant Surgeon

Mr De Silva returned to Royal Papworth Hospital after practicing as a consultant in Oxford University Hospital for 4 years. He had previously spent 6 years training at Papworth, and so came back to a familiar environment in which he is able to pursue his clinical and research interests.

Mr De Silva has considerable expertise in adult cardiac surgery, with a particular interest in minimal access surgery, aortic and aortic valve surgery, hybrid and off pump revascularization. He has a keen interest in education and training, having previously run the cardiothoracic training programme in Oxford. He has published widely, and has particular research interests in the inflammatory effects of cardiopulmonary bypass, the pathogenesis of nitric oxide in cardiovascular disease, and safety in cardiac surgery.
 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01480 830541
Fax: 01480 364709

Secretary

Caroline Higgins
Tel: 01223 639916
Email: caroline.higgins1@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Mr David Jenkins, Clinical Director of Surgery, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Mr Jenkins graduated in 1989 and trained in surgery in London. He completed a period of research into myocardial protection at the Hatter Institute at UCL and was awarded the degree of Master of Surgery from The University of London.

Mr Jenkins trained in cardiac surgery on the west London rotation and was appointed as consultant at Royal Papworth Hospital in 2001. He has experience in all aspects of adult cardiac surgery. Specialist experience includes heart and lung transplantation, mechanical circulatory support including ventricular assist devices and ECMO (artificial hearts and lungs).

Mr Jenkins is the lead surgeon for the national pulmonary endarterectomy programme. His research interests are related to pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary endarterectomy surgery.
 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01480 830541
Fax: 01480 831315

Secretary

Jane Fisher
Tel: 01480 364807
Email: jane.fisher6@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic surgery

Mr Samer Nashef, Consultant Surgeon

Mr Nashef qualified as a doctor at the University of Bristol in 1980, and trained in general surgery in London and Exeter. His specialist training in cardiac surgery was in Glasgow, Sheffield, Manchester and Bordeaux in France.

He was appointed consultant surgeon at Royal Papworth Hospital in 1992. He practises all types of cardiac surgery, with a special interest in minimally invasive coronary bypass, mitral repair and surgery for atrial fibrillation. He is also interested in surgery of the aortic root.

He has many research interests, a major one being measuring and monitoring the quality of surgical treatment, and has led national and international projects in this field.

He is the author of the Naked Surgeon, a book which deals with the issues of transparency in medicine, published by Scribe (https://scribepublications.co.uk/ )
 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01480 830541
Fax: 01480 364744

Secretary

Jane Fisher
Tel: 01480 364807
Email: jane.fisher6@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiac Surgery.

Mr Francis Wells, Consultant Surgeon

Initially trained in London and the United States, Mr Wells has worked at Papworth Hospital as a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon since 1986. His specialist area of cardiac surgical interest is the management of all forms of heart valve disease, especially mitral valve reconstruction.

Mr Wells has the largest experience in the United Kingdom and among the largest in the world with over 3,000 cases completed achieving a near 100% repair rate for leaking mitral valves with mortality at less than 1.0% for first time procedures. His aim is to achieve a normally functioning valve. He also has an interest in aortic valve repair and surgery of the aorta.

In his thoracic practice, Mr Wells offers a full range of surgical procedures for lung cancer and all benign diseases in the chest. This includes hyperhydrosis, thoracic outlet syndrome and pectus deformities.
 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01480 830541
Fax: 01480 831315

Secretary

Joanne Aveling
Tel: 01480 364421
Email: joanna.aveling@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery; Thoracic Surgery

Where are we based?

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Papworth Everard
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB23 3RE

Telephone:  01480 830541

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