My career path
I trained at UCL and Westminster hospital, graduating with a first class BSc in pharmacology in 1981 and qualifying in medicine in 1984. After working in London, I trained in general medicine in Leicester and Cardiff. Here I spent 2 years trying to recreate the atherosclerotic plaque in vitro: hard work recognised by graduating with an MD.
I entered into specialty training in cardiology as a registrar at UCL and Middlesex hospitals, and a senior registrar at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. I have been in post as a consultant at Bedford Hospital since 1996 and performed coronary intervention at Papworth Hospital until 2010 when the coronary intervention service started at Bedford.
I have been instrumental in the development of local services which now includes cardiac pacing, coronary angiography and coronary intervention.
I have a broad experience in general cardiology and general medicine. I enjoy evaluating new therapies.
I am the lead cardiologist at Bedford Hospital and The Chairman of the Hospital Resuscitation Committee. I am passionate about delivering high quality personal care to my patients.
My early life revolved around a small post office near Gatwick which my parents owned. I attended Whitgift school in Croydon and following successful A level results I entered my preclinical year at University College London.
I am one of 2 children. My brother pursued a career in general practice. I spent a week shadowing him to see if general practice was for me. It definitely wasn’t – I enjoyed the fact that he knew all his patients and their families but I wanted to pursue one area of medicine in depth. So a career in medicine and cardiology followed.
I married my wife Kerry when I was 28. She is a primary school teacher and over the years has given me sound counsel, support and encouragement in addition to 3 wonderful children who are a source of great happiness. I am a keen sportsman and photographer. I love medicine, patients and people. I don’t love politics but realise it is important to be involved in this to achieve goals. I am active member of my local church. I am generally very tolerant and want the best for people but find it difficult not to act when I see people who are in poor positions being mistreated.
What I do
I treat adult patients (over 16 years old) and have had a broad exposure to all areas of cardiology throughout my career. I have a particular interest in coronary artery disease.
I see patients with a range of symptoms for example chest pain, palpitation, breathlessness and fainting. I look after patients with coronary artery disease, heart failure, hypertension, arrhythmias and valvular heart disease and perform coronary angiography, and percutaneous coronary intervention (‘angioplasty/stenting’).
My results for intervention are reported publicly on the BCIS website and updated annually.