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Dr Charles J McKenna

Dr Charles J McKenna

Consultant Cardiologist
BSc, MBChB, MD, FRCP

Practising at

Spire Dunedin Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Charles J McKenna at Spire include:

Other treatments

  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Interventional cardiology
  • Vascular medicine

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Professional profile

Dr Charlie McKenna began studying Medicine at the University of Edinburgh in 1981 and during that time achieved merits in anatomy, biology, computer science and physiology; He also spent an elective period at Harvard University and went on to do a science degree in physiology in 1985, before qualifying for my medical degree in 1988.

He has benefited from a far-reaching, prestigious and varied training in cardiology. This started at the City Hospital in Belfast (his home town) before moving on to the Mater Hospital in Dublin (1993-96). During his time there he also completed my doctoral MD thesis on dilated cardiomyopathy, looking at the causes and inheritance patterns of this form of heart failure. After this he went on to work at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in the USA (1996-98). There he was involved in research on coronary stent technology specifically aimed at improving outcomes and the durability of angioplasty.

Following on from this he returned to his alma mater, working at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh (1998-2000). He was then awarded an interventional fellowship by the British Heart Foundation which he used to further expand my practice specifically in the area of coronary stenting at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford (2000-2002), before being appointed as a consultant cardiologist in Reading in 2002.

Since starting in Reading he has become heavily involved as a clinical tutor in teaching the Oxford medical students. He is an examiner at their final exams and has been awarded a Senior Clinical Lectureship by Oxford University in recognition of his efforts.

Clinical Interests


Dr McKenna is well-practised and has a large breadth and depth of experience in all aspects of Adult Cardiology. This includes the assessment and management of chest pain, breathlessness, palpitations, dizziness and blackouts; cardiac risk calculation and reduction; blood pressure and cholesterol treatment, and familial screening for cardiac disease.

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Qualification and professional memberships

BSc (Hons) / University of Edinburgh / 1985
Bachelor of Science (with honours) in Physiology

MBChB / University of Edinburgh / 1988
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery [ChB]

MD / University of Edinburgh / 1991
Doctor of Medicine


Professional memberships

Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh
British Cardiac Society
Mayo Alumni

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Berkshire NHS Trust, Reading

Senior Clinical Lecturer, Oxford University

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Private contact details

Telephone 0118 955 3433
Private secretary telephone 0118 955 3433