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Dr Ashan Gunarathne is an Honorary Assistant Professor and Consultant Cardiologist at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) specialising in coronary and structural interventions.
He first completed his Cardiology training in the East Midlands then went on to obtain further training in performing complex coronary and structural interventions (CTOs, TAVI, LAAO, PFO) during his fellowship. Subsequently, he completed a higher academic research degree leading to many peer reviewed publications in high impact factor journals as well as a Doctor of Medicine degree (MD) from the University of Birmingham.
Qualifications notwithstanding, he also pioneered a myriad of state-of-the-art, novel structural interventional services to the NUH, acting as the clinical lead for left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) service. He affiliated to the University of Nottingham as an assistant professor and is currently working as Clinical Lead for the Undergraduate Cardiology teaching Program.
Dr Gunarathne is a keen researcher and has contributed many clinical national and international cardiology clinical trials as a local Principal Investigator. He is an author of more than fifty publications and book chapters and has delivered academic lecturers in both national and international conferences and eager to continue and expand research in Nottingham.
On a similar scale, he is passionate about contributing towards national and International educational programs. He is the course director of the Introduction to Cardiac Structural Intervention (ICSI -UK) International cardiology course. He has served as a committee member of the Royal College of Physicians National Trainees committee (RCP-UK), as well as being deputy chair for the MRCP management committee board and a representative of British Junior Cardiologist Association-UK for the Euro-PCR Young Cardiologists of Tomorrows committee.
Areas of interest
Angina; Ischemic Heart disease; heart attack ;palpitations; hypertension; heart failure; shortness of breath; collapse, atrial fibrillation; irregular heart beat; stenting; angiography;murmurs; aortic stenosis
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Coronary Interventions, TAVI, South Asians
Primary recipient of the Evans & Gaisford Research Grant award for
developing a novel technique to assess vascular structure & function, University of
Books & Chapters:
1. Gunarathne, A., & A. Gershlick ; Coronary embolization-How, When & Why; Complications of percutaneous Coronary Intervention: The Survival Handbook , Springer Link, 2016
2. Nicholson, T., Gunarathne, A., Pocket Prescriber (2009); Hodder Arnold, London.
1. Gunarathne A, et al., The impact of learning-curve-experience on transcatheter aortic valve replacement outcomes: Insights from the United Kingdom and Ireland all-comers second-generation ACURATE neo™ transcatheter aortic heart valve registry. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2022: 99:1172-1180.
2. Rampat R, Gunarathne, A., et al., Conduction abnormalities and permanent pacemaker implantation after transcatheter aortic valve implantation using the repositionable LOTUS device: UK experience. JACC Cardiovasc Interv 2017 :10:1247-1253
3. Sundeep Kalra, Gunarathne, A., et al., . Initial experience of a second generation Self-expanding Transcatheter Aortic Valve: The Uk & Ireland Evolut TM R Implanters’ registry. JACC Cardiovasc Interv 2017:10;3:276-282
4. Rampat R, Gunarathne,A., et al., Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Using the Repositionable LOTUS Valve: United Kingdom Experience. JACC Cardiovasc Interv.2016 Feb 22;9:367-72
5. Gunarathne , A Gershlick A: Clinical utility of Prasugral in acute coronary syndromes, Invited review, Expert Review of Therapeutics, Expert Rev Cardiovasc Ther. 2016 Oct 4
6. Gunarathne A, Gershlick AH. Data supporting the use of the radial approachas the default strategy in octogenarians undergoing primary-PCI? Int JCardiol. 2016 Apr 1;208:60-4.
10. Gunarathne, Kausar, S., et al.(2009).Glycaemic status underlies increased arterial stiffness and impaired endothelial function in migrant South Asian stroke survivors compared to European Caucasians: pathophysiological insights from the West Birmingham Stroke Project. Stroke, 40:2298-306
12. Gunarathne, A. Hughes, E.A., et al. (2008).Measurement of stiffness index by digital volume pulse analysis technique: clinical utility in cardiovascular disease risk stratification. American Journal of Hypertension,21:866-72
13. Gunarathne, A., Gammon, B., Hughes, E.A., (2008). et al. Impact of mean arterial blood pressure on higher arterial stiffness indices in South Asians compared to White Europeans. Journal of Hypertension, 26:1420-6.
17. Gammon, B. and Gunarathne, A. (2008). It’s time to re-appraise recruitment of South Asians to clinical trials in the UK. British Medical Journal,336:7634
Courses offered to GPs
Course Director :(ICSI-UK) 2022
Introduction to Cardiac Structural Interventions
for Trainees and Beginners in Structural Interventions ,Trent Cardiac Centre, Nottingham
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- MRCP Royal College of Physicians 2005
- MD (Research) University of Birmingham 2012
- MBBS University of Birmingham 2000
- Fellowship in Structural and Coronary Interventions UK 2015
Reference number 6067087
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Royal College of Physicians Trainees Representative Royal College of Physicians 2014
- Young Cardiologist Interventional Committee UK representative Euro PCR 2015
Affiliations / memberships
British Cardiology Intervention Society
British Medical Association
British Cardiac Society
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