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Dr Andrew Wragg, Cardiologist

Dr. Ajay Jain

I am a Consultant Cardiologist at Barts Heart Centre and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. At Barts I am also the clinical lead for the nationally renowned Barts Heart Attack Centre, which is among one of the busiest and most effective centres of its type in the UK.

Clinical Practice

My clinical interests include a wide range of symptoms and conditions, including chest pain, hypertension and structural heart disease. I have a particular interest in coronary artery disease (the cause of angina and heart attacks) and its treatment with coronary angioplasty and stent implantation, and where required more complex technologies including rotational atherectomy and advanced intravascular imaging. In addition, with increasing treatments being made available for valve disease and congenital heart disease, I perform closure of atrial septal defects, mitral valve procedures and renal sympathetic nerve ablation. I act as proctor for several of these procedures. Another area of interest is stroke and mini-stroke, particularly in younger patients in whom underlying cardiac disease may be an important factor. With this interest I have become experienced in the investigation and management of patients with patent foramen ovale, and minimally invasive techniques for treating these heart defects.

I am actively involved in education, and act as faculty on many national and international meetings. He is a co-director of the Cardiovascular Training Institute, hosted at Barts Heart Centre.

 

Research background and interests

I was awarded an MD by the University of London for my research into novel techniques for the treatment of coronary artery disease. My current research interests include the design and development of devices to facilitate intra-vascular and coronary procedures. I collaborate closely with colleagues working in the fields of bio-engineering and materials science. I hold several patents in this field, and have licensed products to commercial partners for development. I am involved in several start-up companies, and acts as a medical consultant to several major medical device manufacturers. Recent grant awards have been to support work in the development of novel cardiac devices for cardiac support, and computational models of the vascular system to mimic conditions such as myocardial infarction and cardiogenic shock.

My research publications can be found here.

 

Training

I graduated from St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School in 1995 with a first class intercalated degree and honours in Medicine. I subsequently completed training in cardiology and interventional cardiology at the London Chest Hospital and Barts Hospital, and was appointed as a consultant at Barts in 2010, and an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at King Georges Hospital in Ilford London. I am also an honorary senior lecturer at the William Harvey Research Institute, part of Queen Mary College, University of London.

 

Current and Previous Positions

2010-date Clinical Lead, Barts Heart Attack Centre

2010-date Educational supervisor for junior doctors in training at all levels.

2010-2012 Audit Lead, London Chest Hospital

 

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