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Cardiology

Secretary to Dr Sankaranarayanan/Kanagala/Papadopoulos - 0151 529 2721

Secretary to Dr Burgess/Khand/Dr Oguguo - 0151 529 2720

Secretary to Dr Clarke/Chuah - 0151 529 2584

Secretary to Dr Douglas/Ranjit/Borbas  - 0151 529 6401

Catheter Lab Co-ordinator - 0151 529 8231

Cardiology Lab, Diagnostic Enquires - 0151 529 2700         

About the service

The Cardiology Department provides a comprehensive inpatient and outpatient service for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with a wide range of cardiac illnesses and conditions.

The department provides a full and comprehensive range of modern, diagnostic and therapeutic techniques in addition to specialist clinics, including:

  • Cardiac Laboratory – for cardiac investigations (including Echocardiography, ECG, Tilt testing, etc)
  • Catheter Laboratory. Read more about our Cardiac Laboratory here
  • Inpatient Cardiology Wards including Coronary Care Unit, further monitored beds and general Cardiology beds
  • Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic
  • Heart Failure diagnostic clinics
  • Nurse delivered Heart Failure Service
  • Ambulatory Atrial Fibrillation Service including clinics
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Service

The Cardiology Department is progressive in developing services to meet the needs of patients. This has included introducing nurse and physiologist led services to improve access and the development of ambulatory models of care to deliver the highest quality of care whilst avoiding the need for patients to have a prolonged stay in hospital.

Providing care that is responsive to the needs and preferences of individual patients, the cardiac team are committed to their patients by:

  • Delivering timely, effective and efficient care in a manner which respects people’s dignity, privacy and individuality and within an environment that is safe, clean and comfortable
  • Developing partnerships and co-operation at all levels within the local health economy to ensure a seamless and patient-centred service
  • Giving all relevant information on individual treatment progress to patients and-with-consent-to their relatives and friends and to provide open access to general information about services, treatment and performance.

Referral information

All new patients can be referred via GP - either through Choose & Book, a letter to the Call Centre, via the Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic (two week referral), via internal tertiary referrals to the Call Centre or through the Cardiology RAS referral form.

The Team 

The Cardiology Department is comprised of Consultant Cardiologists, Clinical Fellows, Junior Medical Staff, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Cardiac Physiologists and Cardiac Nurses.

Our consultant team includes:

  • Dr Homeyra Douglas , Clinical Director, Cardiology. Consultant Cardiologist, Arrhythmia and Cardiac Device Specialist , GMC No: 4781136

    Dr Homeyra Douglas completed her training in Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital concentrating on Cardiac Electrophysiology and Complex Devices such as CRT and ICDs.  She set up a novel Ambulatory Atrial Fibrillation Service and a Nurse Led Cardioversion service at Aintree and is the clinical lead for Atrial Fibrillation and Cardiac Arrhythmia service at the hospital. Click to read more...

  • Dr Malcolm Burgess, Consultant Cardiologist , GMC No: 4048275

    Dr Burgess is a clinical cardiologist providing comprehensive invasive and non-invasive services for patients with all types of heart disease. Appointments can be made available at short notice and care is provided in a safe and comfortable environment. Click to read more...

  • Dr Som Chuah, Consultant Cardiologist , GMC No: 4013657

  • Dr Karen Clarke, Consultant Cardiologist , GMC No: 3167098

  • Dr Aleem Khand, Consultant Cardiologist , GMC No: 3582422

  • Dr Arun Ranjit, Consultant Cardiologist , GMC No: 6119148

    Dr Ranjit specialises in cardiac imaging and is actively involved in research and service improvement pathways in the cardiology department Click to read more...

  • Dr Papadopoulos, , GMC No: 7417393

  • Dr Oguguo, , GMC No: 6157769

  • Dr Sankaranarayanan, Consultant Cardiologist , GMC No: 6040902

    Dr Sankaranarayanan is a Consultant Cardiologist who completed his cardiology specialist training in North West England hospitals (Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester Royal Infirmary and Blackpool Victoria Hospital) and obtained his PhD from the University of Manchester.

    He is the  Clinical Lead for Heart Failure at Aintree University Hospital and Community HF Services. He is also the lead for the novel Ambulatory Heart Failure Unit which was awarded the Hospital Team of the Year Award in 2019.

    Dr Sankaranarayanan received the National Roy Award in 2018 by the HF patient Charity Pumping Marvellous, in recognition of his services towards heart failure patients such as developing the Heart Failure Mobile APP – Aintree Heart Failure Passport. The Aintree Heart Failure Service was also recognised as a Beacon Site by the Heart Failure Charity Pumping Marvellous.

    Dr Sankaranarayanan was one of 15 cardiologists in the UK, selected by the British Cardiac Society for the inaugural Emerging Leadership Program. Dr Sankaranarayanan also has an active research role, having been appointed as NIHR Research Scholar and Honorary Clinical Lecturer at Liverpool Centre for Cardiovascular Science at the University of Liverpool.

    Research collaborations – Prof Van Spall (McMaster University, Ontario, Canada), Prof Greg Lip (Liverpool Centre for Cardiovascular Science), Prof Wong (in cardio-renal syndrome) and Prof Akpan (in frailty and heart failure). Click to read more...

  • Dr Kanagala, , GMC No: 6064403

    Dr Kanagala is a Consultant Cardiologist with sub-speciality expertise in heart failure and cardiac imaging (echocardiography and cardiac MRI). Having completed his medical undergraduate training at the Royal Free Hospital and University College London, he underwent Cardiology specialist training in the East Midlands Deanery having also gained additional exposure to advanced heart failure therapies including cardiac transplantation at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust.

    During his stewardship as the Clinical Lead for the heart failure service at Aintree Hospital, the novel Ambulatory Heart Failure Service was awarded the Hospital Team of the Year Award in 2019.  He also currently runs the Diagnostic heart failure clinic and performs cardiac MRI.

    He has developed both a National and International profile for heart failure and cardiac imaging, with numerous peer-reviewed publications and presentations at International Conferences. He has previously held positions in both the Communications and Education Committees of the British Society of Echocardiography and written many National Guideline protocols as either lead or co-author. He was Runner-up for the Young Investigator Award at the British Society for Heart Failure (2015) and was nominated for the prestigious International Early Career Award (Clinical) at the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance in 2018 (Finalist).

    Having obtained a PhD from the University of Leicester, which was also awarded the University Prize, he remains extremely active in Research at Aintree as Principal Investigator collaborating with International researchers in multiple clinical trials. He is also Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at both the University of Liverpool and University of Leicester.

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