Consultant Profile

Dr Sarah C Clarke

Practicing at:
Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital
  • Cardiology
    • Interventional cardiology
Special clinical interests:

Coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, hypertension, heart failure and palpitation.
Interventional cardiology.

Research interests:

Evaluation of new technologies and devices (Dr Clarke is a Consultant to a cardiac device company and Chair of the cardiology section of the Medical Futures Awards, the worlds’ most prestigious fora for innovation in healthcare and life sciences), coronary imaging including intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and optical coherence tomography (OCT), pressure and flow wire assessment of coronary arteries.

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Cardiologist and Clinical Director Strategic Development, Papworth Hospital, Cambridge
Honorary Consultant Cardiologist, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Fellow Royal College Physicians, London
Fellow European Society Cardiology
Fellow American College Cardiology
Member British Cardiovascular Society
Member British Cardiovascular Intervention Society

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
01223 266990
Clinics held on Wednesday afternoons/evenings
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Dr Clarke is a general cardiologist with special interest in interventional cardiology. Having graduated from the University of Cambridge she undertook cardiology training and research in Cambridge. She was awarded a Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at the world renowned Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University, Boston, USA, before taking up her Consultants post in Cambridge UK in 2002.

Dr Clarke was appointed Clinical Director for Cardiac Services in 2006 and has developed and introduced key initiatives including a one-stop diagnostic service ‘Papworth Direct’ and primary angioplasty- stenting for acute heart attack patients. Through her lead role at the SHA she has overseen the role out of the heart attack service to the East of England. She has also overseen a restructuring of the Directorate to improve engagement and performance of the Directorate in what is an increasingly challenging climate in the NHS.

In 2012 Dr Clarke was appointed Clinical Director for Strategic Development at Papworth Hospital and has been part of the project team leading in the design of the New Papworth Hospital. She has also undertaken consultancy work assisting neighbouring Trusts with service review and redesign.

Dr Clarke was elected to Vice President of Education and Research at the British Cardiovascular Society in 2011. Honoured to hold this position she is also the first female officer of the Society. Her role is to deliver the Annual Conference for members (trainee and trained cardiologists and allied professionals) and develop and implement the education and research strategy of the Society. Education for the revalidation of doctors will become increasingly important in years ahead. She is also Editor for Education in Heart, a peer reviewed international journal for cardiologists.

Personal profile:

Dr Clarke is experienced in aspects of General Cardiology including chest pain/angina, heart murmur/valve disease, palpitation/arrhythmia, shortness of breath/heart failure and high blood pressure/hypertension, dizziness/syncope, women with heart disease and screening.

Dr Clarke undertakes non-invasive investigation including ECG, echocardiography, exercise treadmill testing, heart rhythm/holter recorders and blood pressure recorders. She can arrange TILT testing and radiology investigations including MRI and CT, stress echocardiography, nuclear medicine (MIBI), and lung function testing.

Dr Clarkes’ subspecialty interest is interventional cardiology including both acute and elective cases. She has extensive experience and is a high volume operator with exemplary outcomes in both angiography and angioplasty/stenting. Procedures are predominantly undertaken via the radial artery in the wrist but can be undertaken via the femoral artery in the groin, if required. She undertakes complex cases and is trained and has expertise in chronically occluded arteries and heavily calcified arteries (often treated with a device known as a rotablator- a small rotating drill). She uses all available modalities of assessment of coronary narrowings including intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), optical coherence tomography (OCT) and pressure wire studies.

Dr Clarke is patient focused giving patients the time they need during consultations to ensure all questions/concerns are addressed and a full explanation of test results and the management plan are given. She is easily contactable through her PA at all times.

Fees are available on request. She is fee assured for BUPA patients.

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Dr Sarah C Clarke

Dr Sarah C Clarke Cardiology Consultant, Cambridge, private hospital specialist.

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