Dr Zoe Astroulakis
MBBS BSc Hons PhD FRCP(UK)
"Spire St Anthony's has invested both time and money in developing a comprehensive cardiology facility to rival other private institutions. It provides a first class environment for my patients."
I am a London born and trained Consultant Cardiologist and was appointed to St George's Hospital, London in 2012. I was awarded a PhD for my research into cardiovascular disease by King's College London in 2011, the results of which have been presented internationally. I am one of a very small handful of female consultant interventional cardiologists currently practising within the UK. I am committed to the development of innovative, cutting edge techniques to advance the treatment and care of my patients in both the NHS and Private sectors, as well as to the training of specialty trainees/junior doctors for which I have received multiple awards. I am very proud to serve my chosen specialty as a role model and mentor.
In addition to practising all aspects of general cardiology, I have specialised in interventional cardiology, performing angiography and angioplasty in order to diagnose and treat patients for chest pain (angina) arising from narrowings of the arteries of the heart. I operate from the wrist (radial artery approach) in >90% cases, a much safer approach with fewer complications, thereby allowing patients to mobilise immediately after their procedures. I enjoy excellent working relations with my cardiothoracic surgical colleagues, with whom it is occasionally necessary to discuss cases in a multi-disciplinary forum to ensure the best patient care.
I continue to undertake work at St George's and contribute my expertise to the provision of the regional emergency heart attack service, operating on heart attack patients on their arrival to hospital via two ambulance services (LAS and SECAMB). As one of St George's interventional consultant cardiologists, I operate in a high volume centre, with over 1,500 coronary angioplasties performed per year. This is in addition to having undertaken thousands of angiograms throughout my training and career to date. These are often undertaken in the setting of acute heart attacks, involving complex treatments and cutting edge technologies under the enormous pressures of the emergency setting.
I have served as the Lead for Interventional Training for Health Education South London for the past three years, appointing future interventional trainees and delivering training, education and mentorship across the region. I served as the first Lead for the delivery of Catheter Lab Training to Advanced Paramedics of the London Ambulance Service in association with Kingston University. I have served as Chair of the cardiac MDT at St George's, revolutionising the meeting and ensuring high standards of clinical governance (2015-2018). I continue in my role as the Founding Director of the annual Regional Cardiology Simulation training programme which runs hands-on training days for junior cardiology trainees, to great reviews.
I am an Honorary Senior Lecturer at St George's University of London Medical School, and play an active role in the education and pastoral care of current undergraduate students. I have won multiple awards from the medical school and from St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for both undergraduate and postgraduate education.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Zoe Astroulakis at Spire include:
MBBS BSc Hons PhD FRCP (UK) / University College London, University of London / 1997
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery; Bachelor of Science (Honours); Doctor of Philosophy
British Cardiovascular Society
British Cardiovascular Intervention Society
European Society of Cardiology
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
Honorary Senior Lecturer, St George's University of London (Present)
Honorary Consultant Cardiologist, St George's University Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Honorary Senior Lecturer, St George's University of London
I am London born and bred, and was educated in Westminster at Grey Coat Hospital School for Girls', where I was Head Girl. I am married to a Consultant in General Internal Medicine, and have two delightful children. I speak fluent Greek as well as conversational French. Ever since early childhood I have had a passion for horse-riding, though I regret I now rarely get the time to indulge this hobby.