Dr Ashan Gunarathne
Consultant Interventional Cardiologist and Honorary Assistant Professor of Cardiology
MBBS, MRCP, MD
I am an Honorary Assistant Professor and Consultant Cardiologist at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) specialising in coronary and structural interventions.
I first completed my Cardiology training in the East Midlands then went on to obtain further training in performing complex coronary and structural interventions (CTOs, TAVI, LAAO, PFO) during my fellowship. Subsequently, I completed a higher academic research degree leading to many peer reviewed publications in high impact factor journals as well as a Doctor of Medicine degree (MD) from the University of Birmingham.
Qualifications notwithstanding, I also pioneered a myriad of state-of-the-art, novel structural interventional services to the NUH, acting as the clinical lead for left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) service. I affiliated to the University of Nottingham as an assistant professor and am currently working as Clinical Lead for the Undergraduate Cardiology teaching Programme.
Additionally, I am a keen researcher and have contributed many clinical national and international cardiology clinical trials as a local Principal Investigator. I am an author of more than 50 publications and book chapters and have delivered academic lecturers in both national and international conferences and eager to continue and expand research in Nottingham.
I am both passionate and exemplarily skilled at coronary and structural interventional procedures, having performed more than 2,000 of these over the last seven years whilst working as an interventional cardiologist. I pride myself on being an pioneer within the medical field, with the expertise to perform novel innovative procedures such as left atrial appendage occlusion and transcatheter edge-to-edge mitral valve repair (keyhole). I have a wealth of experience and expertise in diagnosis and treatment of patients with cardiac symptoms such as chest pain, breathlessness and palpitations (angina, atrial fibrillation, heart failure) and offer a comprehensive patient centred service to manage these patients safely and effectively.
On a similar scale, I am passionate about contributing towards national and international educational programmes. I am the course director of the Introduction to Cardiac Structural Intervention (ICSI -UK) International cardiology course. I have served as a committee member of the Royal College of Physicians National Trainees committee (RCP-UK), as well as being deputy chair for the MRCP management committee board and a representative of British Junior Cardiologist Association-UK for the Euro-PCR Young Cardiologists of Tomorrows committee.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Ashan Gunarathne at Spire include:
MRCP / University of Birmingham / 2005
Member of the Royal College of Physicians
MBBS / University of Peradeniya / 2000
Bachelor of medicine and Surgery
Service lead for Structural Intervention: Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion at University Hospital Nottingham NHS Trust
Principal Investigator (PI) research projects:
Recent research projects: As a supervisor and Investigator: ( Since 2020)
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