Cardiorenal Forum 2019 Faculty

Dr Lisa Anderson MB ChB, BSc, MD, FRCP (pictured left)
Heart Failure Cardiologist, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London


Dr Anderson is a heart failure cardiologist at St George’s Hospital and Honorary Reader at the Cardiology Clinical Academic Group, St George’s University in London. She trained on the London cardiology specialist registrar training scheme, gaining completion in 2005. She was the British Heart Foundation Junior Research Fellow at the Royal Brompton Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Unit from 1998–2001, and during this time she developed a method (Cardiac T2*) for early detection of cardiac iron and prevention of cardiac deaths in thalassaemia which remains the International Gold Standard for the assessment of cardiac iron and has revolutionised care and significantly reduced mortality for this condition. Dr Anderson has on-going research interests in heart failure, cardiac amyloidosis and cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging, and she has worked with colleagues, commissioners and St George’s Hospital to improve community and hospital heart failure services since her appointment in 2005. In April 2016 the St George’s Acute Heart Failure Unit opened, providing specialist nursing, therapist and cardiac care to admitted patients with heart failure. The purpose of this unit is to improve patient experience and outcomes, to better integrate acute with community care and to provide a centre of excellence in which to train heart failure nurses and future heart failure cardiologists. Dr Anderson was appointed as Councillor to the British Society for Heart Failure (BSH) board in 2015-2017 and Observer to the Board of BSH 2017-2019.

Dr Nigel Beckett FRCP FESC (pictured right)
Consultant Physician in Geriatric and General Internal Medicine, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London


Dr Beckett’s interests focus around the acute care of older patients. His clinical work involves leading and working on the Acute Older Person’s (frailty) Unit, as well as care of general medical inpatients, patients undergoing rehabilitation at the Pulross Care Centre in Lambeth, and running a comprehensive geriatric medicine clinic. His research interests are in cardiovascular disease in older adults and he co-ordinated the landmark HYVET study. Dr Beckett has published widely within the field of hypertension in older adults. He was elected a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology in 2010 for his contribution to hypertension research. He won the best oral presentation at the European Geriatric Medicine Society in 2015. He is the co-lead for the South London Local Clinical Research Network for ageing.

Dr Kate Bramham PhD (pictured left)
Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist, King's College London and King's College NHS Foundation Trust School of Life Course Sciences, London


Dr Bramham trained at Oxford University and University College London. She is a Consultant Nephrologist at King’s College Hospital and Senior Clinical Lecturer in Renal Sciences, King's College London. She is Deputy Lead for Rare Renal Diseases Registry and is academic lead for the UK Renal Disease in Pregnancy rare diseases group. She has authored several original manuscripts and book chapters on renal disease and pregnancy. Her research interests include acute kidney injury in pregnancy, including thrombotic microangiopathy, pathophysiology of superimposed pre-eclampsia and mechanisms of progression of renal disease in pregnancy.

Professor Peter Conlon MB, FRCPI (pictured right)
Consultant Nephrologist and Clinical Director, Department of Nephrology, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, and Associate Professor of Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland


Professor Conlon has had an interest in genetics of inherited kidney disease for many years and established the Irish Kidney Gene Project to help understand the genetic basis of kidney disease in Ireland and he has been a founding member of the UKIRTC to study the role of genetics in kidney transplantation. He has authored more than 250 peer-reviewed publications on all aspects of kidney disease. He did a renal fellowship at Duke University, North Carolina, US, and has been a consultant at Beaumont Hospital for the past 22 years.

Dr Derek Connolly BSc, MB ChB, PhD, FRCP (pictured left)
Consultant Cardiologist, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, Birmingham


Dr Connolly’s primary interest is coronary heart disease (CHD), its management and risk factors including PCI (angioplasty and stents) early detection and treatment. He is the Chief / Primary investigator of several international trials in CHD.

Dr Ameenathul Mazaya Fawzy PhD, MSc, MB ChB, MRCP (pictured right)
Clinical Research Fellow, Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


Dr Fawzy undertook foundation and core medical trainin in the West Midlands. She has been working as a clinical research fellow alongside Professor GYH Lip, focusing on areas such as atrial fibrillation and atrial high rate episode, whilst also working on other mulitnational cardiovascular trials as a sub-investigator. She will embark on cardiology specialty training in the West Midlands deanery this September.

Dr Matthew Graham-Brown BSc, MB ChB, MRCP (pictured left)
Specialist Registrar in Renal Medicine, University Hospitals of Leicester, and Doctoral Research Fellow at the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine, Loughborough University


Dr Graham-Brown’s PhD assessed the effects of a programme of intradialytic cycling on cardiovascular structure and function measured with cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the CYCLE-HD study. He was a co-investigator on the MIDNIGHT study, which assessed the effects of extended hours nocturnal dialysis on cardiac structure and function. He holds grants with Kidney Research UK for research aiming to validate non-contrast MRI sequences against histology in patients with end-stage renal disease, and also for his research in the use of social media to explore the needs of patients with chronic illness. He is Chair of the UK and Ireland RA Nephrology SpR Club, and is Editor and Founder the nephrology education website www.renalmed.co.uk.

Professor Julian Halcox MA, MD, FRCP (pictured right)
Chair in Cardiology, Swansea University College of Medicine, and Consultant Cardiologist, University Health Board, Swansea


Professor Halcox is a clinician scientist with a special interest in vascular biology and cardiovascular disease prevention. His research programme addresses the understanding and prevention of cardiovascular disease using a wide range of clinical research methods including non-invasive vascular imaging, biomarkers, clinical trials and real-world population healthcare datasets. He was the Chief Investigator for the REHEARSE-AF clinical trial using the AliveCor Kardia Mobile heart monitor to screen for atrial fibrillation in an at-risk population.

Dr Rachael James BSc, MD, FRCP (pictured left)
Consultant Cardiologist and Deputy Medical Director (Standards), Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Brighton


Dr James is trained in all aspects of general cardiology and specialises in echocardiography. She holds British Society of Echocardiography accreditation in both transthoracic and transoesophageal echocardiography and European accreditation in paediatric and congenital echocardiography. She has a special interest in adult congenital heart disease and her practice includes the specialist areas of cardiac disease in pregnancy and valve disease. She undertakes a specialist adolescent clinic at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital.

Dr Paul Kalra MD FRCP (pictured right)
Consultant Cardiologist, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust


Dr Kalra’s research interests include the pathophysiology of heart failure, including the impact of anaemia. He is one of the founders of the Cardiorenal Forum and he is Chair of the British Society for Heart Failure.

Professor Philip Kalra MA, MB B Chir, MD FRCP (pictured left)
Professor of Renal Medicine, University of Manchester and Consultant Nephrologist at the Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust


Professor Kalra is lead of the renal research team at Salford Royal Hospital, which has a major focus on cardiovascular disease in kidney patients. He was co-originator and lead nephrologist for the ASTRAL trial and was the chair of the NIHR CRN National Renal speciality group between 2010-2018. He is the current Academic Vice President of the Renal Association and Chair of the UK Kidney Research Consortium. He has played a significant role in amalgamating cardiorenal education and research within the UK.

Dr Durga Kanigicherla MBBS, MD, MRCP (pictured right)
Consultant Renal Physician, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester


Dr Kanigicheria is interested in glomerulonephritis and clinical transplantation. He qualified from the University of Health Sciences in India in 1998, and following a Residency in Internal Medicine at Nizams Institute, Hyderabad, India, gained. specialist training in renal medicine. He carried out a post-certificate of completion of training fellowship in transplantation at Imperial College London Renal Transplant Centre.

Dr David Lappin MB, PhD, FRCPI (pictured left)
Honorary Personal Professor of Nephrology and Hypertension, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland


Dr Lappin’s special interests include hypertension, acute kidney injury, glomerular disease, chronic kidney disease, anaemia of chronic kidney disease, end stage kidney disease, dialysis, and transplantation. He was the National Specialty Director for renal training from 2005–08 and was appointed the founding Clinical Director for the department of medicine in Galway University Hospitals.

Professor Iain Macdougall BSc, MD, FRCP (pictured right)
Consultant Nephrologist and Professor of Clinical Nephrology, King’s College Hospital, London


Professor Macdougall has led or been on the steering committee of multiple clinical trials in nephrology, particularly in the field of renal anaemia, including FIND-CKD, CREATE, TREAT, PIVOTAL, PEDAL, PREVENTT, IRONMAN, H4RT, and SIMPLIFIED. He has been involved in numerous advisory boards in global renal anaemia management. Frequently invited to lecture internationally, he has published 22 book chapters and over 200 scientific papers, with a focus on renal anaemia. In 2016, Professor Macdougall received a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) award for excellence in research leadership in the UK and, in March 2017, he received an NIHR Senior Investigator Award.

Professor Gerry McCann BSc, MB ChB, MRCP, Dip Sp Med, MD (pictured left)
Professor of Cardiac Imaging and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist, University of Leicester and NIHR Leicester Cardiovascular BRU


Professor McCann directs a very active research programme with funding from the British Heart Foundation, Medical Research Council and the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). He continues to have a major interest in aortic stenosis (AS) with two active studies, one assessing prognostic imaging markers in asymptomatic moderate-severe AS and another comparing reverse remodelling and brain injury in patients undergoing TAVI v surgical AVR. He is currently undertaking a full-time research fellowship funded by the NIHR and is a visiting fellow at the University of Oxford. His doctoral research was in cardiopulmonary exercise testing in AS and he undertook a fellowship in cardiac MRI (CMR) at the VU Medical Center in Amsterdam.

Mr Ted McDermott FRCSI (pictured right)
Consultant Urologist, Tallaght and St James Hospitals, Dublin, Ireland


Mr McDermott was previously Consultant Urological Surgeon at Tallaght University Hospital and St James's Hospital, Dublin. He has acted as consultant renal transplant surgeon and has been President of the Irish Society of Urologists.

Dr Geraint Morton MA, MBBS, MRCP, PhD (pictured left)
Consultant Cardiologist, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Portsmouth


Dr Morton has a subspecialty expertise is in heart failure, devices and cardiac MRI, with research interests in cardiac MRI and heart failure. He has published over 35 peer-reviewed publications in these fields. His clinical research PhD was in cardiac MRI.

Dr David Mulcahy MD FRCPI FESC (pictured right)
Consultant Cardiologist, Tallaght University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland


Dr Mulcahy’s interests include developments in interventional cardiology and the early detection and prevention of cardiovascular diseases. He is an Editorial Board member of the British Journal of Cardiology and has presented widely at international cardiology meetings.

Dr Handrean Soran MSc, MD, FRCP (pictured left)
Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Dr Soran has a specialist interest in lipidology, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular risk, parathyroid, calcium and bone metabolism. He provides a tertiary centre service for lipoprotein disorders, as well as calcium and metabolic bone diseases. His research work is mainly focused on cardiovascular risk, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) quality, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) functionality, micro- and macrovascular complications in diabetes and obesity and the effect of metabolic surgery induced weight loss. Dr Soran acted as the UK chief investigator for more than 15 clinical trials, principal investigator for more than 20 clinical trials and studies, as well as being on the steering committee of many large multinational randomised control trials including the European Atherosclerosis Society’s Familial Hypercholesterolaemia Collaborative Studies.

Dr Carol Whelan BSc, MB ChB, MD, FRCP (pictured right)
Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, London


Dr Whelan is particularly interested in echocardiography including stress echocardiography and transoesophageal echocardiography. She has a special interest in cardiac amyloidosis and her work includes the screening and follow up of patients for this condition at the National Amyloidosis Centre based at the Royal Free Hospital.

Dr Peter Winocour MD, FRCP (pictured left)
Consultant Physician and Clinical Director for Diabetes and Endocrine Service, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust


Dr Winocour is a past Chairman of the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD) and previously co-ordinated national surveys of specialist diabetes services, was the diabetes lead in the 2014 JBS3 guidelines on cardiovascular disease prevention, and has led production of joint ABCD-Renal Association (RA) guidelines on diabetic nephropathy and organised successful joint ABCD-RA clinical meetings since 2013. He has published over 80 original articles. He is currently the Royal College of Physicians London Chair of the Joint Speciality Committee in Diabetes and Endocrinology and ABCD Lead on Renal Disease and on Transitional Diabetes Care.

Dr Rosita Zakeri MB ChB, PhD, MRCP (pictured right)
NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Cardiology, Imperial College London, and BJCA representative


Dr Zakeri's interests are heart failure and advanced cardiovascular imaging.


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