Dr Sarah Clarke

Dr Sarah Clarke

Consultant Cardiologist, Clinical Director Strategic Development, PresidentBritish Cardiovascular Society

"I enjoy working at Spire Cambridge Lea as the staff are very approachable, keen to help, caring and put the patient first. The hospital has undergone extensive renovation over recent years and has a fresh welcoming feel…"

Practising at

Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Sarah Clarke at Spire include:

Cardiology at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital

Other treatments

48 hour, 7 day holter recording and cadiomemo. 

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Professional profile

I have been a Consultant Cardiologist at Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, for 15 years. Whilst a general cardiologist, my subspecialty interest is coronary intervention ie coronary stenting to relieve angina and treat acute heart attacks. I am also trained in specialised techniques to treatcalcified and chronically blocked (occluded) arteries. My results are exemplary when compared to national standards.

I specialise in coronary angiography and intervention (angioplasty and stenting) for coronary artery disease. I use imaging techniques to guide the appropriateness of intervention where benefit not clear. With a colleague, I undertake complex coronary intervention and, in particular, for chronically occluded arteries. We work together as a team using latest techniques to open these vessels. We have exemplary outcomes.

In the early years of my career I performed a significant volume of procedures annually- up to 750 coronary interventional procedures in a year. Due to acute interventional rotas and the increasing complexity of some of the procedures I now undertake around 250 coronary interventional procedures in a year which is still considered high volume, more than the national average, and with exemplary outcomes. I am a highly experienced coronary intervention operator and am able to draw on all imaging, assessment and treatment modalities available to treat coronary artery disease, even the most complex of cases. Please note that complex cases are always discussed in a multi-disciplinary team to explore all treatment options.

I am Clinical Director for Strategic Development at Papworth Hospital leading on external facing strategic projects for Papworth. In 2016, I was appointed Lead for the Cardiology Workstream of the Peterborough and Cambridge Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) reviewing cardiology pathways across the CCG to streamline, improve quality and reduce repetition and unwarranted variation. In 2017, I was appointed joint National Lead for Cardiology for the GIRFT programme (Getting IT Right First Time) to improve quality and reduce unwarranted variation across cardiology units in the NHS.

I am proud to be the first female President of the British Cardiovascular Society. I am also a member of Council to the Royal College of Physicians (London), Governor of the GB and Irish Chapter of the American College Cardiology (ACC), European Representative at the Assembly of International Governors of the ACC, Chair of the successful ACC International Centres of Excellence Programme, International Member of the Women in Cardiology Leadership Council at the ACC promoting diversity in the workplace. Councillor to the Board of the European Society of Cardiology and chair of the ESC e-Communications Committee.

Clinical Interests

Atrial fibrillation
Coronary artery disease
Interventional cardiology

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I am Editor in Chief to Education in Heart which is part of the Heart Journal (a BMJ publication). This is an international peer reviewed journal, with impact factor 6.059

Media Coverage

Lunchtime Live with Jeremy Sallis, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

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Qualification and professional memberships

MB BChir / University of Cambridge, UK / 1989
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
This is the degree awarded for basic medical training. Further medical qualification includes FRCP

Professional memberships

Member British Cardiovascular Society (BCS)
Member British Cardiovascular Intervention Society (BCIS)
Fellow Royal College Physicians (RCP-London)
Fellow European Society Cardiology (FESC)
Fellow American College Cardiology (FACC)

Professional leadership

I am President of the British Cardiovascular Society, member of Council at RCP (London), Governor of the GB/Irish Chapter of the ACC, European Representative at Assembly of International Governors of the ACC, Chair of ACC International Centres of Excellence Programme, International Member of the Women in Cardiology Leadership Council ACC, Councillor to the Board of the ESC. I am National Cardiology Lead for the 'Get It Right First Time', GIRFT programme, Cardiology lead for the Cambridge and Pet

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Current NHS posts

Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge UK CB23 3RE

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Private contact details

Telephone 01223 266 990
Private secretary Miss Katie Hodge and Mrs Gillian Kitchener
Private secretary telephone 01480 364 836 or 07496 411 510
Private secretary fax 01480 364 799
Private secretary email

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