Dr Kanarath Balachandran

Dr Bala

Cardiology 04752552


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  • Open Referral network
Bupa Platinum consultant
Fee assured
Open Referral network

Specialises in

  • General cardiology
  • Interventional cardiology


  • Face-to-face consultations
  • Video and telephone consultations

About me

I graduated from Madras Medical College, Chennai, India in 1991 and qualified for post graduate training in General Medicine at Madras Medical College after achieving the 11th rank in the All India entrance exams at first attempt. I had also stood 1st in the state entrance exam. Three years were spent in postgraduate training in Govt General Hospital, Chennai, India. I successfully submitted a thesis on Isolated Systolic Hypertension and was awarded the best trainee in Medicine in 1996. Having obtained my doctorate in Medicine (MD) in May 1996, I went onto achieve the MRCP(UK) diploma in Oct 1996 following a short stint as a clinical attache.

I returned to Chennai and worked as a Registrar for a year in a major cardiothoracic unit before commencing his employment in the UK as a Registrar in Medicine/Cardiology at Hairmyres Hospital, East Kilbride, Glasgow. Hairmyres Hospital was the first hospital in the UK to commence a PCI program without onsite surgery. This was followed by a very successful period of coronary interventional research under Professor Keith Oldroyd which culminated in multiple peer reviewed publications and in 2002, I was one of the recipients of the Young Investigators Award at the European Society of Cardiology in Berlin.

In August 2002, I successfully entered the Specialist Training program in Cardiology at Bristol. I spent 5 years in Bristol sub-specialising in coronary intervention and complex device therapy. In 2007, I was appointed as Consultant Cardiologist in the new cardiology department based at Royal Blackburn Hospital, Blackburn. Over the last 12 years, my colleagues and I have transformed the face of cardiology in East Lancashire which can now proudly claim to possess one of the best performing cardiology units in the country. This unit is now the largest non-surgical PCI centre in the North of England with nearly 800 PCIs performed yearly since 2014. It is also amongst the largest trans-radial centres by percentage in the country with 97% of PCIs performed via the trans-radial route. I lead the pacing service and was instrumental in developing a local biventricular pacing as well as the implantable defibrillator service. I have continued to maintain my research interest in coronary artery disease, developed close links with the academic unit in Glasgow and have published in multiple international peer reviewed journals.
I was appointed as the first Clinical Director for Cardiology in April 2012. My work has been recognised by the following appointments
1. Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow
2. Honorary Clinical Reader, University of Central Lancashire
3. Honorary Lecturer, University of Lancaster

Areas of interest

Chest pain; Palpitations; Syncope; Breathlessness; Pacing and ICD; Echocardiography; Invasive cardiology; Interventional cardiology; Hypertension; Cardio-oncology

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