FACULTY

TRAINING VENUES

DR. TIM BETTS

 

Tim Betts has been a consultant cardiac electrophysiologist at Oxford University Hospitals since 2004. Prior to that, he trained in cardiology and EP in Southampton and at Northwestern in Chicago. His current practice includes ablation of a broad spectrum of arrhythmias using a variety of approaches and tools, from good old fashioned 3 wire studies to 3D mapping, non-contact mapping, RF, laser and cryoablation. The structured, didactic and meticulous nature of his training in the US has set the foundations for his approach to EP today and is replicated in the various courses that he participates in, including the long-running ‘Introduction to EP’ course and the SJM/Abbott IEPC persistent AF ablation modules. He also undertakes complex device implantation and has been an early adopter of left atrial appendage occlusion. He is the co-author of the best-selling Oxford Handbook of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology. He leads a successful research programme, participating in international multicentre trials as well as investigator-led projects in AF mapping and ablation. He has published more than 100 original papers. He remains convinced that cardiac electrophysiology is the most interesting and stimulating specialty in clinical medicine and can’t understand why more trainees don’t choose it. Outside of work, he runs a lot, sometimes for quite ridiculous distances.

DR. MARK HALL

 

Mark is clinical lead for EP and devices at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital. He trained in cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology in Newcastle and Manchester before taking up his consultant post in 2007. He holds an honorary appointment at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. His clinical and research interests include atrial arrhythmias, stroke prevention in AF, paediatric cardiac electrophysiology, and the management of ventricular arrhythmias, including catheter ablation of ischaemic ventricular tachycardia.

DR. DERICK M TODD

 

Dr Derick Todd is an EP consultant / nerd currently working at Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital. Derick has been a consultant since 2003 which has allowed him to bring a wealth of clinical experience to his teaching skills. Derick’s clinical interests include atrial fibrillation – with special expertise in ablation of AF, palpitations assessment e.g. ventricular ectopics SVT – with special expertise in ablation of SVT Syncope, cardiomyopathy – hypertrophic, dilated and ARVC Long QT syndrome and other inherited cardiac conditions such as sudden cardiac arrest. A word from Derick- “Learning EP can be fun. I hope after taking the Advanced EP Skills course that you will agree too! My focus is on interactive learning in an informal way. It’s great to figure out what is going on from signals and learn how to avoid pitfalls in the process. We hope to build on your knowledge to take you to that next level.” Aside from EP Derick all enjoys all kinds of sports and the odd glass of wine.

DR. RIYAZ SOMANI

 

Dr Riyaz Somani is a Consultant Cardiologist & Electrophysiologist at The Glenfield Hospital, Leicester and Honorary Senior Lecturer at The University of Leicester, having been appointed in 2013. Dr Somani graduated from The University of Leeds in 1998 and subsequently completed his MRCP in 2002 before obtaining a British Heart Foundation funded PhD at the University of Leeds in 2011. He received training in general cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology at The Yorkshire Heart Centre before successfully completing a two-year fellowship in Cardiac Electrophysiology and Device Therapy at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. During his time in Canada he received extensive structured training in the full spectrum of invasive cardiac electrophysiology and participated in several studies leading to a variety of publications. His current practice involves catheter ablation of SVTs, atrial arrhythmias and endocardial and epicardial ablation for VT as well as undertaking complex device therapy. He is passionate about teaching with regular teaching commitments to cardiology trainees, electrophysiology fellows and cardiac physiologists and has been part of the faculty for the SJM Interventional EP curriculum in VT. In his spare time, Dr Somani enjoys climbing, skiing and travelling.

DR. LEE GRAHAM

 

Dr Lee Graham is a senior Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist at the Yorkshire Heart Centre, Leeds, UK. He was appointed in 2008. He specialises in all aspects of the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias and in standard and complex cardiac pacing. Dr Graham qualified from Manchester University in 1996 and subsequently undertook specialist cardiology training in Leeds. He obtained a PhD from the University of Leeds in 2004 after a period of research. More recently, Dr Graham has specialised in the field of interventional electrophysiology and spent a fellowship year in Christchurch, New Zealand where he received extensive training in the management of patients with cardiac arrhythmias before returning to the UK to complete his training. Dr Graham’s specific areas of interest are: palpitations and heart rhythm disorders, radiofrequency ablation procedures, atrial fibrillation ablation, ventricular tachycardia ablation including epicardial ablation, pacemaker and defibrillator implantation and cardiac resynchronisation therapy for heart failure. He also implants left atrial appendage occlusion devices.

DR. ANDREW HOGARTH

 

Dr Hogarth is a consultant in Cardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiology, working for the West Yorkshire Arrhythmia Service at Leeds General Infirmary. Dr Hogarth is not only the lead clinician in cardiology but also lead for EP teaching and training. Additionally, Dr Hogarth is course director for Leeds Core Curriculum EP Course and Leeds Implantable Devices Surgical Skills Course. Dr Hogarth graduated from The University of Manchester in 2000 and subsequently undertook his MRCP postgraduate medical diploma in 2003, and a PhD at the University of Leeds in 2008. Particular areas of research Dr Hogarth has been avidly involved in include the autonomic nervous system and the heart and clinical trials related to interventional treatment of AF and the autonomy of AF. His specialised interests include catheter ablation of SVT AF and VT and complex devices and extraction- performing 150 catheter ablations, 150 device implants and 40 device system extracts annually.

DR. NICK KELLAND

 

After graduating from Oxford, Dr Kelland completed General Medical Training in Newcastle, before gaining a British Heart Foundation funded PhD in Endothelial Function, from the University of Edinburgh. He returned to the North East to train in Cardiology, sub-specialising in Electrophysiology and Devices whilst working at the Freeman, Newcastle and James Cook University (Middlesbrough) Hospitals. This was complemented by a Fellowship in the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia, working with Professor Jonathan Kalman. He took up his Consultant post in Cardiac Electrophysiology and Devices at the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust in 2012. He now performs over 250 Electrophysiological and Device procedures each year, dealing with all types of arrhythmia, including VT and AF, using the latest ablation techniques.

DR. DAVID JONES

 

Dr. Jones is a consultant cardiologist at Harefield Hospital and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the National Heart and Lung Institute (Imperial College London). He read medicine at St Mary’s, obtaining BSc with 1st class honours in Cardiovascular Medicine 1997, followed by MBBS 2000. After graduation, he trained in internal medicine in London and Plymouth then trained in cardiology, electrophysiology and devices at Green Lane (Auckland, New Zealand), Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals. His clinical practice covers management of all cardiac arrhythmias, including complex devices and catheter ablation of AF, SVT and VT; he has a particular interest in treating arrhythmias in advanced heart failure and post-transplantation. His research for MD(Res), awarded 2013, examined the role of catheter ablation to treat persistent AF in heart failure. Dr Jones is dual-accredited by the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) in Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology and Cardiac Pacing/ICDs. He has wide experience on all major electrophysiology mapping systems, his clinical and research experience on the EnSite Precision™ system extending to over a decade, including early use of high-density mapping, and he is an alumnus of the SJM Interventional EP curriculum in VT. He regularly teaches cardiology trainees, electrophysiology fellows and cardiac physiologists, developed the simulation-based Harefield Transseptal Course and is clinical lead for Harefield’s catheter laboratory sim- and human factors-based training programme.

IAN WRIGHT

 

Ian Wright is a principal cardiac physiologist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and has worked in electrophysiology and cardiac rhythm management for two decades. He was one of the first UK physiologists to take the NASPE EP exam (now IBHRE) – scoring in the 98th percentile. He is committed to education in EP and has taught the EP for Enthusiasts course over the last decade, developing the content to reflect developments in the field. He is a representative on BHRS council and is a member of the exam writing committee for the European Heart Rhythm Association Allied Professionals Exam. He has presented at international meetings and has been a member of faculty at the British Heart Rhythm Congress since its inception. Actively involved in research, in 2015 he was awarded the Highest Scoring Abstract in the Allied Professionals Category at HRS in Boston.

CLAIRE DOOLE

 

Claire started her training in Belfast and graduated from the University of Ulster with BSc (Hons) Clinical Physiology + DPP in 2009.  After graduating she moved to Scotland to start her career in Cardiac Physiology and a year later moved to Manchester to gain experience in more complex and invasive cardiology.  During her time at the University Hospital South Manchester she gained IBHRE CCDS and CEPS accreditation.  Claire joined St. Jude Medical in September 2015 as a Field Technical Engineer, gaining 3.5 years of clinical and technical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of complex arrhythmias before moving into Abbott EP Education.

ALISON KIRKPATRICK

 

Alison Kirkpatrick started her Cardiology training at the world renowned Royal Brompton Hospital in 2003. Whilst there she quickly specialised in, and gained a passion for, Electrophysiology. Alison became IBHRE (EP) accredited in 2007, in addition to completing her BSc (Hons) degree in Cardiac Physiology.

Alison joined St. Jude Medical in 2010 as a technical specialist in both Electrophysiology and Cardiac Devices. In 2011, she became IBHRE (Devices) accredited.

Over the years, Alison has progressed to Senior Product Specialist and Clinical Development Specialist, culminating in joining the Abbott EP Education team as the Education Manager for London and the South-East region.

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