Meet the Consultants

When Dr Vince Paul left for Perth Australia in 2010 we had to go back to referring patients with complex electrical mischief to St George's for a few months. Fortunately, new Consultant appointments have redressed this situation.

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 does 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.
Dr Para Dhillon was one of our excellent Cardiology Registrars at Ashford and St Peter's about 4 years ago.  At that stage he had already completed a Doctorate at St Mary's London on Heart Rhythm abnormalities and we hoped that one day he could return as one of our Heart Rhythm Specialists.  He completed his Cardiology and Electrophysiology training at St George's London and until recently was Locum Consultant Electrophysiologist at King's College Hospital.  We were delighted to welcome him back to our department in January.  He has already made a huge difference to the service provided by the Arrhythmia Service and plans to develop new treatments for heart rhythm abnormalities at St Peter's.

On 5 April 2014 at the ICDC Surrey Education Day, Dr Dhillon will be talking about Defibrillator Generator Changes (replacing ICDs when the battery is becoming depleted).  We try to make this procedure as simple as possible, but with the human body and new technology there are often challenges that we need cope with.  Para will give an overview and answer members questions on this subject. 

Contributed by
Dr Ian Beeton

*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.

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