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:

Telephone: 01223 638000

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:

Telephone: 01223 638000

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.

 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01223 638000

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:

Telephone: 01223 638000

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: 01223 638000

Secretary

Dianne Austin
Tel: 01223 639762
Email: dianne.austin@nhs.net

Specialties:

Intensive care

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

Dr Webb is Consultant in Intensive Care & Associate Medical Director at Royal Papworth Hospital Cambridge. His clinical, education and research interests lie in cardiothoracic intensive care, patient safety and quality improvement.

Dr Webb is also Member of the East of England Clinical Senate Council, Clinical Lead for the Eastern Academic Health Science Network (EAHSN) Patient Safety Collaborative, Honorary Secretary of the Intensive Care Society (ICS).

Contact details:

Telephone: 01223 638000

Secretary

Melanie Yea
Tel: 01223 639666
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.

Royal Papworth Private Care
Tel: 01223 638818

Private Secretary
Tel: 07950 962003
Email: sfprivate.practice@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: 01223 638000

Secretary

Jenny Peel
Tel: 01223 639757
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.
 

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Tel: 01223 638818

Private Secretary
Tel: 07950 962003
Email: sfprivate.practice@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: 01223 638000

Secretary

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

Specialties:

Coronary and Structural Intervention

Dr Sarah Clarke, Consultant Cardiologist and Clinical Director Strategic Development

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  trained in Cambridge, UK and at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA. She was appointed Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge in 2002. She was Clinical Director for Cardiac Services (2006-2012) leading the development and introduction of the PPCI service across the East of England. She has been Clinical Director for Strategic Development since 2012 and was Cardiology Lead for the design and development of New Royal Papworth Hospital opening 2019. She was Cardiology Lead for the Cambridge and Peterborough STP from 2015-2019 developing evidence based clinical pathways across the system and addressing cross-cutting themes such as outpatients and out-of-hours oncall.

In 2017, she was appointed Joint National Lead for Cardiology for the GIRFT, ‘Getting It Right First Time’ programme helping to improve the quality of care within the NHS by reducing unwarranted variations, bringing efficiencies and improving patient outcomes across over 130 Trusts in the UK. The National Report for Cardiology is due publication early next year.

Dr Clarke has been involved in the work of the British Cardiovascular Society since 2000. As Vice President for Education and Research, she became the first female Officer and Trustee of the Society in 2011. She was elected the first female Immediate Past President in 2015 and took the Society through an ambitious modernisation programme to provide a better service for members and deliver key initiatives in quality improvement, education, research and data science.

Dr Clarke was elected Councillor and Trustee to the Board of the Royal College of Physicians (London) in 2018 and in 2019 was elected Clinical Vice President responsible for the Care Quality Improvement Division.

Dr Clarke is Trustee to the Board of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and a member of the Board of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) in 2019, chairing the Media Committee.  She is European Representative on the Assembly of International Governors of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and Co-chair of the International Centres of Excellence Programme (ACC). Dr Clarke is Editor for Education in Heart, the international peer-reviewed journal and International Editor of the European Heart Journal.

In 2018 Dr Clarke was awarded a grant to attend the Women Transforming Leadership Programme at the Säid Business School in Oxford and in the same year was awarded the International Service Award by the President of the American College of Cardiology for her outstanding contribution to enhancing cardiovascular care and education throughout the world.

One of her significant personal achievements was running her first Marathon in London earlier this year raising more than £12K for the British Heart Foundation.

Royal Papworth Private Care
Tel: 01223 638818

Private Secretary
Tel: 07496 411510
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.
 

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Tel: 01223 638818

Private Secretary
Tel: 07950 962003
Email: sfprivate.practice@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).
 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01223 638000

Secretary

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

Specialties:

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: 01223 638000

Secretary

Jenny Peel
Tel: 01223 639757
Email: jenny.peel1@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiac Devices (pacemakers & ICDs)

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

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: 01223 638000

Secretary

Kathryn Marshall
Tel: 01223 86061
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: 01223 638000

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.

 

Royal Papworth Private Care
Tel: 01223 638818

Private Secretary
Tel: 07950 962003
Email: sfprivate.practice@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology

Dr Anna Kydd, Consultant Cardiologist

Dr Anna Kydd graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2003. She completed her general medical training in Birmingham and her cardiology subspecialty training in Cambridge at Addenbrooke’s and Papworth Hospitals. She was awarded a Doctorate of Medicine (MD) from the University of Cambridge in 2016 following a period of research into the role of echocardiography in guiding cardiac resynchronisation therapy for patients with heart failure. She completed a fellowship in cardiac MRI in London at the Heart Hospital and Barts Hospital. Her areas of interest are advanced heart failure, heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support and cardiac imaging. She has obtained European Society of Cardiology Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Accreditation to level 3 and British society of Echocardiography accreditation in transthoracic and transoesophageal echocardiography. 

Dr Kydd was appointed a Consultant Cardiologist at Papworth in 2016. She works as part of a multi-disciplinary team looking after patients with advanced heart failure, patients who have undergone heart transplant and patients who are supported with ventricular assist devices. 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01223 638000

Secretary

Joanna Turnbull
Tel: 01223 686307
Email: joanna.turnbull@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiology

Dr Claire Martin, Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist

Dr Martin undertook undergraduate and clinical training at Cambridge University (Gonville and Caius College). She then completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge funded by a Medical Research Council Training Fellowship, and for this was awarded the British Cardiovascular Society Young Research Workers’ Prize. After specialist training at Papworth Hospital, she undertook clinical fellowships at two world-leading cardiac centres: Barts Heart Centre and subsequently at the Hopital du Haut-Leveque, Bordeaux, through funding from a prestigious European Society of Cardiology Training Grant.

Dr Martin treats all cardiac arrhythmias, and has a particular interest in the ablation of ventricular tachycardia and atrial fibrillation. See clairemartincardiologist.com and cardiovascular.cam.ac.uk for further details of her research interests.
 

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Tel: 01223 638818

Private Secretary
Tel: 07950 962003
Email: sfprivate.practice@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiology, Electrophysiology and Devices

Profile of Dr Claire Martin, Consutlant Cardiologist at Royal Papworth Hospital.

Dr Greg Mellor, Consultant Cardiologist & Cardiac Electrophysiologist

Dr. Mellor graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2004 and completed the majority of his medical training in East Anglia. He undertook a clinical research fellowship, funded by Cardiac Risk in the Young, at St. George’s, University of London in the field of sudden cardiac death and exercise which led to the award of an MD(Res) in 2017. He also completed a clinical fellowship in cardiac electrophysiology with a focus on inherited arrhythmia syndromes at St. Paul’s hospital Vancouver. 

Dr. Mellor treats a wide range of heart rhythm disorders with particular interests in inherited arrhythmia syndromes, unexplained cardiac arrest and arrhythmias in athletes.
 

Royal Papworth Private Care
Tel: 01223 638818

Private Secretary
Tel: 07950 962003
Email: sfprivate.practice@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiac Electrophysiology

Dr Greg Mellor, Consultant Cardiologist & Cardiac Electrophysiologist at Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge.

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: 01223 638000

Secretary

Debbie Jenkins
Tel: 01223 639786
Email: debbie.jenkins@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: 01223 638000

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: 01223 638000

Secretary

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

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.

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. 
 

Private Secretary
Christine Suggars
Telephone: 07868287366
Email: msv.pp@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.
 

Royal Papworth Private Care
Tel: 01223 638818

Private Secretary
Tel: 07950 962003
Email: sfprivate.practice@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiology
Specialist Clinical Interests
Interventional Cardiology

Consultants - Chest Medical Unit 

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

Contact details:

01223 639507

Secretary

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

Specialties: 

Respiratory Medicine (adults) General Internal Medicine (adults)

Contact details:

Telephone: 01223 638000

Secretary

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

Specialties:

Respiratory Medicine (adults) General Internal Medicine (adults)

Dr John Cannon, Consultant Physician

Dr Cannon graduated from the Royal Free and University College Medical School in 2002 with distinctions in his final medical examinations. He undertook his basic postgraduate medical training in London at St Thomas’ and the Royal Brompton Hospitals before moving to the Eastern Deanery for his higher medical training in Respiratory and General Internal Medicine.

During this training he undertook research into the role of bone morphogenetic signalling in zebrafish vascular development, which led to the award of his PhD from The University of Cambridge. He sub-specialised in pulmonary vascular diseases and was awarded a Masters Degree from The University of Bologna in 2013. He was appointed as a Consultant Respiratory Physician at Royal Papworth Hospital in the Pulmonary Vascular Diseases Unit in 2013.
 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01223 638000

Secretary

Grace Trimmer
Tel: 01223 639697

Specialties:

Respiratory Medicine

Dr Cannon graduated from the Royal Free and University College Medical School in 2002 with distinctions in his final medical examinations.

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: 01223 638000

Secretary

Lynn Manfroi
Tel: 01223 639701
Email: lynn.manroi@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: 01223 638000

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: 01223 638000

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: 01223 638000 (Switchboard)

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.

Dr Nicky Simler, Consultant in Respiratory and General Medicine

Dr Nicky Simler graduated from Manchester Medical School in 1993. She completed an MD Thesis whilst working in the Interstitial Lung Disease service at Wythenshawe Hospital investigating the role of pro-angiogenic cytokines in interstitial pneumonia.

She completed her higher respiratory training in North West Thames with experience in the Royal Brompton Interstitial Lung Disease service before taking up her consultant role in Hinchingbrooke and Royal Papworth Hospitals in 2006.

She has an interest in Clinical Trials and is currently the Respiratory Specialty Lead for the Eastern Clinical Research Network.  She is also the Training Programme Director for Respiratory Medicine in the East of England.

Contact details:

Telephone: 01223 638000

Secretary

Vicki Virgo
Tel: 01223 639791
Email: vicki.virgo@nhs.net

Specialties:

Respiratory Medicine

Consultant Radiologists

Dr Bobby Agrawal, Consultant Radiologist

Having trained in Radiology in Cambridge, he went on to do a Subspecialty Fellowship in Cardiac and Thoracic radiology at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire and then a Fellowship in Cardiac MRI at Southampton University Hospital.

Since his appointment as Consultant in Cardiac and Thoracic Radiology at Papworth Hospital in 2008, he has developed subspecialty interests including Stress imaging, Cardiac CT and GUCH imaging.  Other imaging interests include Nuclear imaging. 

He has been the Clinical lead for CMR since 2009 and the Clinical Lead for Radiology at Papworth since 2012.  Service developments include enabling Radiographer lead stressing in MRI, radiographer lead cardiac CT including betablocker administration, the introduction of FFR-CT to Cambridge and expansion of the CT and CMR services into one of the largest in the UK.

He has been an invited speaker at several National and International meetings, lecturing on a wide range of subjects within the fields of Cardiac MRI and Cardiac CT.  He has organised several Local and National meetings in the field of Cardiac Imaging. 

Recently elected to the Executive Committee of the British Society of Cardiac Imaging/British Society of Cardiac Computed Tomography (BSCI/BSCCT). 

Other roles include Lead for Radiology IT and Associate Lecturer at the University of Cambridge.

He has successfully led the transition of Imaging from the old Papworth site to its new home at Royal Papworth Hospital on the Biomedical Campus in Cambridge.

Contact details:

Telephone: 01223 638000

Secretary

Dee Nicholls
Tel: 01223 639451
Email: deenicholls@nhs.net

Secretary

Radiology Secretaries: phn-tr.radiologysecretaries@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic radiology

Dr Allanah Barker, Cardiothoracic Radiologist

Dr Allanah Barker completed her undergraduate training at the University of Dundee. She trained in surgery on the West of Scotland rotation and then as a higher surgical trainee in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Royal Papworth Hospital.

From 2011 Dr Barker trained in Radiology and completed the East of England Radiology rotation in Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and then at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge.

She was a Fellow in Cardiothoracic Radiology at Royal Papworth Hospital and was appointed as a Consultant Radiologist in March 2019. As well as Cardiac CT she has a special interest in Thoracic imaging and intervention, in particular in oncology, and performs Endobronchial Ultrasound and Endoscopic Ultrasound for full staging of lung cancer. 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01223 638000

Secretary

Dee Nicholls
Tel: 01223 639451
Email: deenicholls@nhs.net

Specialties:

  • Cardiothoracic Radiology
  • Specialist Clinical Interests
  • Thoracic Oncology imaging including CT guided intervention, EBUS and EUS
  • CT coronary angiography

Dr. Luigia D'Errico, Consultant Radiologist

Dr. D'Errico was a clinical and research Fellow in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Radiology with CT-guided lung biopsy experience at Toronto General Hospital, University of Toronto from 2015-2017.

She obtained a certificate of Fellowship in Cardiac Imaging in 2016 from the University of Toronto, competence of Level 3 training in Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance in 2016 and European board of Cardiac Radiology (EBCR) in 2014, Board in Radiology in 2011.

Previously she worked as Radiologist Consultant at the University Hospital of Basel, Switzerland where she had exposure to general and emergency radiology (2011-2014). She was also trained at the University Hospital of Pisa in Italy in Radiology and graduated at the University of Naples, Italy.

Contact details:

Telephone: 01223 638000

Secretary

Radiology Secretaries
Tel: 01223 639809
Email: papworth.radiologysecretaries@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiovascular and Chest Imaging

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: 01223 638000

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".

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

Specialties:

Respiratory Medicine
Sleep Medicine

Dr Nicholas Oscroft, Respiratory Physician

Contact details:

Telephone: 01223 638000

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: 01223 639475

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: 01223 638000

Secretary

Tracy Curuk
Tel: 01223 639715
Email: tracy.curuk@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: 01223 638000

Secretary

Amelia Davies
Tel: 01223 639794
Email: amelia.davies3@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic surgery
Cardiopulmonary transplantation

Mr Giuseppe Aresu MD PhD, Consultant Thoracic Surgeon

Mr Aresu undertook his Cardiothoracic specialist training in Padua, Udine (Italy) and in Bristol (UK).

In November 2011 he started working as consultant thoracic surgeon in Udine where he developed the minimally invasive program (VATS and robotic) for lung resections and thymectomies introducing in January 2014 the uniportal vats lobectomy program and in September 2015 the uniportal subxiphoid thymectomy program.

Between 2015 and 2017 he spent several periods of training in the Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital the biggest thoracic surgery Unit in the world.

During his fellowship in minimally invasive thoracic surgery in Shanghai he further improved his clinical expertise in key hole uniportal VATS lobectomy, uniportal vats segmental lung resections and uniportal VATS subxiphoid approach for lung resections and thymectomies.

Mr Aresu has been appointed Consultant Thoracic Surgeon at Papworth from July 2016.
Up to now (August 2017) the overall 30 days mortality rate for the operations performed by his team at the Papworth Hospital is 0%.
 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01223 638000

Secretary

Heather Baker
Tel: 01223 639766
Email: heather.baker1@nhs.net

Specialties:

Thoracic Surgery

Mr Marius Berman MD FRCS (CTh), Consultant Surgeon

Mr Marius Berman is a cardiothoracic surgeon providing the full range of cardiac surgical procedures in adult patients.

He is the clinical lead for organ retrieval for Royal Papworth Hospital. Mr. Berman is the consultant lead for patient safety in surgery and transplantation.  He is also a member of the heart and lung transplant team, and has an extensive experience of the use of mechanical circulatory and respiratory support. In particular, he has used a large number of different artificial pumps to support the heart, both in the short and long terms. In 2006, Mr. Berman started a post CCT fellowship in adult heart and lung transplantation, followed by a fellowship in pulmonary endarterectomy surgery at Papworth Hospital.

His research focus is on the improvement of outcomes for transplantation, and in the development of a new approach to circulatory support.
 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01223 638000

Secretary

Sara Smith
Tel: 01223 639742
Email: sara.smith7@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery
Heart and Lung  transplantation

Mr Pedro Catarino, Consultant Surgeon

Pedro Catarino is a cardiothoracic surgeon providing the full range of cardiac surgical procedures in adult patients.

He performs bypass procedures either with or without the heart-lung machine, and has a preference for using multiple arterial conduits. He undertakes valve repair and replacements, and cardiac surgery through mini-incisions. He is the lead surgeon for the Papworth Specialist Aortic Service, which looks after patients with aneurysms of the ascending aorta, arch and descending thoracic aorta. He works closely with vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists from Addenbrooke’s hospital to provide a comprehensive service for patients including endovascular stenting.

He is also a member of the heart and lung transplant team, and has an extensive experience of the use of mechanical circulatory and respiratory support. In particular, he has used a large number of different artificial pumps to support the heart, both in the short and long terms.

His research focus is on the improvement of outcomes for transplantation, and in the development of a new approach to circulatory support.
 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01223 638000

Secretary

Claire Pitcher
Tel: 01223 639669
Email: claire.pitcher@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery
Specialist Clinical Interests
Aortic Surgery
Heart and Lung Transplantation, Mechanical Circulatory and Respiratory Support
Research Interests
Heart and Lung Transplantation.
Mechanical Circulatory Support
Myocardial Gene Expression

Mr Pedro Catarino is a cardiothoracic surgeon providing the full range of cardiac surgical procedures in adult patients.

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: 01223 638000

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: 01223 638000

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: 01223 638000

Secretary

Jane Fisher
Tel: 01223 639860
Email: jane.fisher6@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic surgery

Mr Stephen Large, Consultant Surgeon

Stephen Large was appointed to Royal Papworth Hospital in 1989 with a specialist interest in surgery for ventricular tachycardia. His early interest in medical student education led to a Cambridge University appointment as Associate Lecturer in the Department of Medicine and on to become clinical sub-dean for cardiac and thoracic services. He was awarded the diploma of Physician as Educator- RCP by the Royal College of Physicians in 2001 after becoming a fellow five years earlier. He ran the heart transplant service from appointment to the end of 2008 developing the national mechanical heart assist programme in 2001 through his particular interest in the failing human heart.

His research interest lies in this area and his team are pursuing the possibilities of expanding the human donor heart pool through collaboration with the clinical transplant team in Cambridge, Stanford University, California and the Canadian Research Centre in Winnipeg. An additional fascination with management led him to achieve an MBA through the Open University in 2000 and to chair the Cardiac Directorate for five years until 2007. He now represents the speciality on the Interventional Advisory Committee of NICE, the HTA Interventional committee and is lead investigator of HTA observational study ETTAA (5 years from July 2013  value £1.7 million).
 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01223 638000

Secretary

Jane Beavis
Tel: 01223 639820
Email: janebeavis@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardio-thoracic surgery.

Mr Narain Moorjani

Narain Moorjani is a cardiothoracic surgeon providing the full range of cardiac surgical procedures, including coronary artery bypass grafting and aortic valve replacement.  He forms part of the specialist valve group, performing complex mitral valve repair surgery, as well as surgery of the thoracic aorta.

He also performs procedures to control abnormal heart rhythms, as well as minimally invasive cardiac surgery (including valve surgery through small incisions and coronary surgery without the use of the heart-lung bypass machine). He was the first surgeon to introduce minimally invasive cardiopulmonary bypass to Royal Papworth Hospital.

Narain Moorjani came to Royal Papworth Hospital having previous worked as a consultant cardiac surgeon at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London and Assistant Professor in Cardiothoracic Surgery in Philadelphia, USA. Prior to that, he completed a research doctorate of medicine (MD) at the University of Oxford and National Heart and Lung Institute, investigating the genes involved in the development of heart failure.

His research interests are currently focussing on the genes responsible for enlargement of the thoracic aorta.

More recently, he has published several international best-selling, award-winning cardiac surgery textbooks, including 'Key Questions in Cardiac Surgery' and 'Cardiac Surgery: Recent Advances and Techniques', with further cardiothoracic surgery textbooks on the mitral and tricuspid valves due out soon.

From an educational point of view, he has developed a unique portfolio of award-winning, simulation-based, curriculum-aligned, cardiothoracic surgery training courses, which are run in Great Britain and Europe.
 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01223 638000

Secretary

Michelle Pellant
Tel: 01223 639792
Email: michelle.pellant@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: 01223 638000

Secretary

Lisa Lunleavy
Tel: 01223 639077
Email: lisa.dunleavy@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiac Surgery.

Mr Choo Yen Ng, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Mr Ng graduated in 1993 from Trinity College, Dublin. He completed his basic surgical training in East Yorkshire. His cardiothoracic surgery training began in 2000 and was based entirely at Royal Papworth Hospital with short stints in Norwich and Oxford. He undertook a two-year period of research in transplantation tolerance at the Transplantation Biology Research Centre of Harvard University from 2005 to 2007.

He was appointed as a locum consultant surgeon at Royal Papworth Hospital in 2009 before becoming a substantive appointment in Feb 2011. He has experience in all aspects of adult cardiac surgery. Specialist interest includes high-risk surgery in the sick elderly population, aortic surgery specifically acute aortic dissection emergencies and pulmonary endarterectomy surgery.

He is one of four surgeons in the national pulmonary endarterectomy programme at Royal Papworth Hospital.

Contact details:

Telephone: 01223 638000

Secretary

Lesley Evich
Tel: 01223 639869
Email: lesley.evich@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Mr Adam Peryt, Consultant Thoracic Surgeon

Mr Peryt qualified as a doctor in Warsaw. His thoracic surgery training was at National Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases in Warsaw – the biggest and referral thoracic surgery centre in Poland. He worked there since 2004 and was appointed as a consultant in thoracic surgery in 2013.
 
In 2015 and 2016, Mr Peryt worked as a locum consultant in Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital..
 
Mr Peryt was appointed to a Consultant Surgeon’s position at Papworth in 2016 and his practice includes all areas of adult thoracic surgery with major interests in lung cancer treatment.
 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01223 638000

Secretary

Melanie Seston
Tel: 01223 639775
Email: melanie.seston@nhs.net

Specialties:

Thoracic surgery

Dr John Taghavi, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Mr Taghavi undertook his undergraduate training at the University of Leeds graduating in 2005. Following his basic surgical training, he went on to train in cardiothoracic surgery at Royal Papworth Hospital. During his time in training he spent 18 months completing a research project at Stanford University, investigating the feasibility of cardiac donation after circulatory death, and obtaining an MD from the University of Leeds. He undertook an advanced surgical fellowship in pulmonary endarterectomy surgery and was appointed as a consultant at Royal Papworth Hospital in 2018.

Mr Taghavi performs the full range of adult cardiac operation. His areas of interest include pulmonary endarterectomy surgery, aortic valve surgery (including TAVI), aortic surgery and coronary revascularization surgery.

Mr Taghavi also has a major interest in education and training.

Contact details:

Telephone: 01223 638000

Secretary

Jane Beavis
Tel: 01223 639820
Email: jane.beavis@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Mr Steven Tsui, Consultant Surgeon, Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Mr Tsui is the Clinical Director of the Transplant Service and is the Clinical Lead for the Mechanical Circulatory Support Device Programme at Papworth. He is also the Regional Training Programme Director and Chairman of the Specialty Training Committee for Cardiothoracic Surgery at the East of England Deanery.

His national duties include:

1) Chairman of the Cardiothoracic Advisory Group (CTAG), at NHS Blood & Transplant
2) Member of the Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) forum, National Commissioning Group (NCG)
3) Examiner on the Intercollegiate Board for the FCRS (C-Th) exam
4) Specialist Advisor to the NICE Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee 2010-13
 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01223 639000

Secretary

Katie Lawrence
Tel: 01223 639741
Email: katie.lawrence4@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery and Transplantation.

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: 01223 638000

Secretary

Joanne Aveling
Tel: 01223 639764
Email: joanna.aveling@nhs.net

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery; Thoracic Surgery

Where are we based?

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Papworth Road
Cambridge Biomedical Campus
Cambridge
CB2 0AY

Telephone:  01223 638000

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