Dr Mark Gallagher was a very experienced Registrar when I started my training and I was very pleased when he returned to St George's last yeara few years in Italy and then Cardiff.He has a vast experience in the various electrical irregularities that can arise in people with ICDs.He has been coming to St Peter's to perform electrophysiological ablation procedures, implant ICDs, help with the ICD Clinic and run a specialist electrical clinic for the last year.
Dr Adam Jacques trained at Harefield Hospital and started in March this year. He, David Fluck and Sola Odemuyiwa run the coronary angioplasty service.His research doctorate was on inherited cardiac muscle abnormalities such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and he has maintained this as a clinical interest and is our local expert.He also implants ICDs. During his free time he partakes in Judo and has a black belt and so we are always on best behaviour.
Dr Riyaz Kaba started in December 2010. He has specialised in Cardiac Electrophysiology in The Royal Brompton and Manhattan.The bulk of his week will be at St Peter's seeing people with rhythm abnormalities, performing electrophysiological ablations and implanting pacemakers/ICDs.His particular interests are ablating ventricular tachycardia and pacing in congenital heart disease.
We feel that we have built a team of Consultants and Physiologists (Ian, Janet, Nicola and Krissie) that can provide excellent care for our local population.However, we do miss Vince Paul especially in light of recent cricket results, trinations rugby, last rugby world cup and so on...
*Ablation: Fast abnormal heart rhythms are caused by electrical currents spreading across the heart like a bush-fire. Burning fire-breaks stop bush-fires from spreading and ablation procedures use the same method. An area of the heart responsible for allowing the abnormal rhythm to arise is heated up or frozen to create small scar that stops the rhythm from spreading. It is a bit more complicated than this so no DIY bush-fires in the garage please.