Professor Paul Kalra

Professor Paul Kalra

Consultant Cardiologist

Practising at

Spire Portsmouth Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Professor Paul Kalra at Spire include:

Other treatments

• 24-hour blood pressure assessment

• Ambulatory monitor (24-hour tape or longer periods of monitoring)

• Echocardiogram

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Professional profile

The majority of my work involves the assessment, investigation and management of patients with known or suspected cardiac (heart) problems. This includes patients with symptoms of breathlessness, palpitations and chest pain. While I have a broad interest in all aspects of general adult cardiology my sub-specialty interest is the assessment and management of patients with heart failure.

Locally I have developed and lead a comprehensive, integrated heart failure service across primary and secondary care. I am Chair of the British Society for Heart Failure (Chair commenced November 2017), the national body providing expert advice, support and education to NHS organizations, professionals and patients (working closely with patient groups).

I graduated in 1992 from Cambridge University. Having passed MRCP in 1995, I undertook cardiology specialist training in Wessex. I spent two years at the National Heart Lung Institute and Royal Brompton Hospitals, London to further my clinical and research interest in chronic heart failure. I started as a Consultant Cardiologist at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust in April 2004.

I have a major interest in research and have published over 80 peer-reviewed papers. I am leading a large 5 year study across approximately 70 UK sites that is funded by the British Heart Foundation: IRONMAN – a randomized study evaluating whether treatment with iron can improve outcomes for patients with heart failure.

I am also committed to medical education and organise regular national meetings (see and for doctors, GPs and specialist nurses. I actively contribute to education of cardiology trainees through roles with national (British Cardiovascular Society) and international (European Society for Cardiology) societies. I have edited a cardiology textbook "Specialist Training in Cardiology".

Clinical Interests

Special Clinical Interests: Heart failure, device therapies (pacemakers, complex devices – implantable cardioverter defibrillators/cardiac resynchronisation devices), Ischaemic heart disease, valvular heart disease, palpitations.

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Media Coverage

IRONMAN: a randomized study evaluating iron treatment for patients with heart failure

Taking steps to improve your health

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Qualification and professional memberships

BA (Hons) / Churchill College, Cambridge University / 1989

MB BChir / Cambridge University / 1992
Clinical Medicine

MRCP / London / 1995
Member of the Royal College of Physicians

FRCP / London / 2007
Senior membership of the Royal College of Physicians

MD / Imperial College, University of London / 2009
Doctor of Medicine

Professional memberships

British Cardiovascular Society
British Society for Heart Failure

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Cardiologist and Heart Failure Lead, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Portsmouth

Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow

Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, National Heart Lung Institute, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College, London

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Personal Profile

My main interests outside medicine are focused around sports and in particular football, cricket, cycling and golf (active participation but increasing amount of time watching children participate). With my wife Sian and three young sons (not forgetting Merlin the dog) I also enjoy spending time walking and cycling and reading literature for the under 10s!

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Financial Interests

Owns 10% of the cardiology equipment he uses at Spire Portsmouth Hospital. (The remaining share of the equipment is owned by other clinicians).

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Private contact details

Private secretary Carol Longland / Alison Moore
Private secretary telephone 0239 245 6050 / 0239 200 3932
Private secretary email /

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