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Faculty

dr owais dar

Consultant Cardiologist in Heart Failure, Transplant and MCS, Harefield Hospital. Honorary Senior Lecturer, Adjunct Senior Lecturer School of Cardiovascular Medicine and Sciences Kings College London.

Dr Dar completed his specialist general cardiology training and sub-speciality heart failure training in London (United Kingdom), Vienna General Hospital (Austria) and Stanford Health Care (California, USA). In Oct 2015 he took up his current post within Harefield Hospital.

Dr Dar got his research degree from the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, in 2010, studying the role of telemonitoring in heart failure patients. His research interests include studying non-invasive techniques in cardiac rejection diagnosis, obesity and weight loss in advanced heart failure, advanced heart failure epidemiology, and development of non-invasive cardiac output monitoring techniques.

Dr Owais Dar, MRCP, MDres

Mr Akhtar is the only UK specialist registrar in cardiology & intensive care with a particular interest in cardiogenic shock, heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support.

Mr Akhtar is currently a national trainee representative on the board of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, trainee representative at NHS Blood & Transplant London, vice president of British Transplant Physician Trainees and on critical care section council at Royal Society of Medicine.

dr waqas akhtar

dr anthony barron

Consultant Cardiologist, Harefield Hospital since 2016, specialising in cardiac imaging and heart failure. Leads the general heart failure team at Harefield.

Dr Barron’s principle areas of imaging expertise include nuclear cardiology and echocardiography, including interventional transoesophageal echocardiography.

Dr Barron’s PhD was performed at Imperial College from 2010-2013 and was entitled “Identifying the Ideal Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test Variable to distinguish between the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Components of Functional Limitation and to detect Relevant Physiological Changes in Function”.

Alongside his clinical work, Dr Barron is a committed educationalist and works as a senior lecturer at Brunel Medical School, as well as being the Royal College Tutor for Medicine at Harefield Hospital.

dr anthony barron

paul brookes

Director of the H&I Laboratory, Consultant Clinical Scientist, Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals.

Mr Brookes has 35 years’ experience in H&I Laboratories supporting solid organ and stem cell transplantation and he has worked as a Consultant Clinical Scientist since 2011 at the Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College NHS Trust and subsequently at the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals (part of Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS foundation Trust).

Mr Brooks was awarded a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Southampton and completed the Fellowship Examination in Immunology in 1986, achieved HCPC registration as a Biomedical Scientist and Clinical Scientist in 2002 and Fellowship of the IBMS in January 2010. He was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Immunology, Pathology from Imperial College School of Medicine, Science and Technology in 2002. In 2003, he studied for an MSc in Conservation Biology at the University of Kent at Canterbury. He was awarded FRCPath in H&I in 2011.

Mr Brookes’ research interests have an emphasis on the development and use of novel methodologies and their translation into clinical practice to improve transplant outcomes and to benefit patient management.

dr paul Brookes, PhD FRCPath

Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Harefield Hospital.

Dr Erez initially trained in General Internal Medicine and had a particular interest in patients with dyslipidaemia, before relocating to the UK to pursue a career in palliative medicine.

She completed (with distinction) her MSc in Palliative Care at King’s College London and The Cicely Saunders Institute, and currently is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Palliative Care at Hull York Medical School.

She has a special interest in medical ethics and clinical uncertainty, and has an ambition to extend palliative care provision to patient populations who have traditionally had less access to it, including those with non-cancer diagnoses and life-threatening yet potentially modifiable disease trajectories.

Dr gilli erez

espeed khoshbin

Consultant in cardiac surgery transplantation and mechanical circulatory support, Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals. Honorary clinical senior lecturer, Imperial College and The National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI), London.

Mr Khoshbin is the national lead for heart and lung transplant education, and a trustee of the society of cardiothoracic surgeons of GB&I. He is an examiner for the board of examiners in the European and UKs intercollegiate exam in cardiac surgery. He is the NHS lead for organ utilisation and the local lead for cardiac surgical training at Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals.

Mr Khoshbin performs a variety of major cardiac procedures. He is specialised in surgical therapy for heart and lung diseases through transplantation and ventricular assist device technologies.

He has an active research profile and he has published extensively in peer review medical journals and he is an expert reviewer.

Mr espeed khosbin, MBChB MD FRCS (CTh)

Vasileios Panoulas

Consultant cardiologist, Harefield Hospital. Honorary senior clinical lecturer, Imperial College London.

After graduating from the School of Medicine at the University of Ioannina, Greece, Dr Panoulas completed a PhD in genetic regulation of hypertension in patients with rheumatoid arthritis at Russells Hall Hospital in Birmingham and the University of Ioannina.

Dr Panoulas also holds an MSc in interventional cardiology from Universita Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan, Italy.

Dr Panoulas underwent his core medical training at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals (2008-2010) and his cardiology core training at Hammersmith Hospital (Imperial College NHS Trust), where he was appointed as a National Heart and Lung Institute (NIHR) academic clinical fellow (2010-2013).

He then undertook an interventional cardiology fellowship at San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy for one year (2013-2014) and subsequently was a North West London interventional fellow for two years at Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College NHS Trust (2014-2016). He was appointed a NIHR clinical lecturer in cardiology from 2013-2016 (NIHR, Imperial College London).

Dr Vasileios Panoulas

Organisers

Ama Boadu

Assistant Account RBHH Charity

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René Mance

head of digital

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Marketing

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Sally Ridley

Secretary

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Andrew Sykes

Operations Manager Medical Education

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