James has been a Consultant Cardiologist in Southampton since July 2011. He also has NHS commitments at Lymington and Salisbury hospitals. His specialist area of interest is coronary intervention (treating narrowings with balloons and stents). He has an interest in complex coronary intervention, chronic total occlusions (chronically blocked arteries), and radial intervention (procedures via the wrist rather than the leg). His other cardiology interests include general cardiology, echocardiography and permanent pacemaker implantation.
James qualified in 1995 from St George’s Hospital Medical School, where he was President of the student union. He did his intercalated BSc at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School in 1994. He did his house jobs and general professional training in London, obtaining his MRCP qualification in 1999. His specialist registrar training in Cardiology was on the NE Thames rotation from 2000 to 2010, when he obtained his certificate of completion of training.
James has a strong background in Medical Education and spent a year as an Education Research Fellow at the Royal College of Physicians in 2003, where he was involved in the development of new assessment methods that are now used for doctors in training. He has taught as faculty for the Doctors as Educators programme since 2003. He has an interest in the use of simulators to train cardiologists. He is published in education and regularly peer reviews education papers. With a British Heart Foundation Studentship grant he undertook basic science research from 2004-2007 with Professor Sir Salvador Moncada’s group at University College London. This led to the award of a PhD in Cell Biology. He studied the role of mitochondria and reactive oxygen species in cardiovascular aging and disease. He has also been involved in clinical research, which has been presented and published at international meetings.
James completed his sub-specialist training in intervention at two internationally renowned cardiac units, St Bartholomew’s and the London Chest Hospital. He has experience of novel ways of doing day-case work, the development of heart attack services and experience with new interventional techniques. In his final year he also did General Internal Medicine at the Royal London Hospital and dual accredited in this. He worked as a locum consultant for Barts and the London NHS Trust prior to his current appointment.