Dr Charles J McKenna

Dr Charles J McKenna

Consultant Cardiologist


"Dr McKenna is well-practised and has a large breadth and depth of experience in all aspects of adult cardiology."

Specialises in

  • Cardiac risk calculation and reduction
  • Familial screening for cardiac disease
  • Assessment and management of chest pain, breathlessness, palpitations, dizziness and blackouts
  • Blood pressure and cholesterol treatment

I began studying medicine at the University of Edinburgh in 1981 and during that time achieved merits in anatomy, biology, computer science and physiology; I 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.

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

Following on from this I returned to my alma mater, working at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh (1998 - 2000). I 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 I have become heavily involved as a clinical tutor in teaching the Oxford medical students. I am an examiner at their final exams and have been awarded a Senior Clinical Lectureship by Oxford University in recognition of my efforts.


General Medical Council Number: C3274497

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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Additional information


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.

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

Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Berkshire NHS Trust, Reading.

Senior Clinical Lecturer, Oxford University.