Dr Kamal Chitkara

Consultant Cardiologist


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I have been a Consultant Cardiologist and research lead at Royal Derby Hospital since 2010. I strongly believe that there are no shortcuts or substitutes for experience. Assessing and treating patients with potentially life threatening heart diseases leaves no room for complacency or error. Appropriate investigation followed by sympathetic reassurance is the key to returning to a normal life.

I am highly experienced in many aspects of heart disease, my expertise have been acquired from a long traditional training programme at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester. I was awarded an M.D in 2008 after a period of research in intervention at the University of Leicester. I subsequently undertook an Interventional Fellowship at the highly renowned Leeds General Infirmary and gained a wealth of experience in Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI).

I have performed at least 5,000 coronary angiograms and 2,500 simple and complex PCI procedures, primarily via a radial route and consider myself to be a radial operator. I was instrumental in establishing primary angioplasty for the acute management of myocardial infarction (heart attack) at the Royal Derby Hospital and I have also successfully established an uncontrolled hypertension clinic.

I pride myself in being an approachable and fun loving guy with a keen interest in golf.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Kamal Chitkara at Spire include:

Other treatments

  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Coronary Angiography
  • Coronary Angioplasty and Stent
  • Management of Uncontrolled Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Management of Dizziness and Syncope (fainting)
  • Management of Arrhythmia, Heart Failure, Valvular heart disease and Hypercholesterolemia

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Interventional cardiology

Angina (chest pain), Myocardial infarction (heart attack), Uncontrolled Hypertension (high blood pressure), Dizziness and Syncope (fainting), Palpitations, Arrhythmia (irregular heart beat), High Cholesterol, Shortness of breath, Congestive heart failure, Diseases of the heart valves, Coronary artery disease

MBBS / Kasturba Medical College, India / 1995
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

MRCP / Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh / 2001
Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians

MD / University of Leicester, UK / 2008
Doctor of Medicine

Professional memberships

British Cardiac Interventional Society (BCIS)

Medical Protection Society

Society of Catheter and Interventions (SCAI)

European Club of Interventional Cardiologists (ECIC)

I continue to be actively involved in ground breaking clinical research and Principle Investigator for various randomised clinical trials involving stents, aortic stenosis, atrial fibrillation, angina and moderate coronary artery disease.  I have recently published a book on Coronary complications during PCI-survival handbook.


1. Complications of PCI - Survival handbook  http://www.springer.com/gb/book/9781447149583

2. Pre-clinical assessment of Eptifibatide Eluting Stents http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pre-clinical-assessment-Eptifibatide-Eluting-Stents/dp/3659249874



Principle Investigator for multi-centre studies: RIPCORD, BRICCS-AS, EMMACE4, ULTIMASTER, EAST, REDUAL PCI.


Abstracts and Papers


  • A diagonal no like other - Case presentation TCT 2016
  • Audit of Nonagenarians PCI outcome - Presented at TCT 2015
  • Successful removal of an entrapped and knotted JL 3.5 catheter during right transdial cardiac catheterisation by snaring and unwinding the catheter via femoral access-challenging case presented at TCT 2015
  • Computerised Tomography Calcium Score in a "real world" cohort of elderly patients with new onset chest pain - A single centre experience. SCAI Scientific session - USA 2015
  • Routine Pressure Wire Assessment at Time of Diagnostic Angiography: Is it ready for Prime Time? The RIPCORD Study. Circ Cardiovasc Interv. 2014:7:139-141 Chitkara K*, Nick Curzen et. 

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