Committee members of the Cardiovascular Section of the British Geriatrics Society

Membership is open to all members of the BGS upon application, and to non-members by invitation of the Committee.

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Dr Jackie Taylor - Chair

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After studying medicine at Glasgow University, Jackie Taylor trained and accredited in general medicine and geriatric medicine, developing her interest in heart failure at this formative time of her career.

She became a Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine, is a Consultant in Medicine for the Elderly at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and was previously Associate Medical Director for the specialty for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC).

Dr Taylor chairs the Heart Failure Sub-Group of the Cardiac Managed Clinical Network for GGC and is responsible for developing and delivering the Heart Failure Strategy. She is an Observer to the Board of the BSH and Chair of the Cardiovascular Section of the British Geriatrics Society.

From a clinical perspective, Dr Taylor’s main interest is the development of comprehensive multi-professional services for heart failure patients and, in particular, in improving the organisation of care. She has developed a heart failure clinic and day hospital programme tailored to the needs of older patients.

Dr Lara Mitchell - Secretary

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Lara is a Geriatrician at Southern General Hospital, Glasgow. She is involved in the Glasgow syncope service and runs a weekly clinic.

Dr Andy Davies - Treasurer

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Andy Davies is a 60's child (just), who qualified in 1990 from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne with the distinction of being indistinguishable from the rest of the Newcastle crowd.

He trained at the RVI, Newcastle, under Professor Kenny where he researched syncope presenting as falls and learned the mysterious art of "tilt testing".

He was appointed as consultant in elderly medicine at Sunderland Royal Hospital in 2001 and has been involved in establishing the falls and syncope service in Sunderland as well as a nursing and therapy led falls service in the community.

His other interests include teaching (he is a Foundation Programme Director for the Northern Foundation School) and bank rolling his children's globe trotting (one in Moscow and one in Japan).

Dr. Khalid Ali - Academic Representative

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Khalid Ali, MBBS, MRCP, MD, is a senior lecturer in Geriatrics at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), and honorary stroke consultant at Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath. He qualified from the Faculty of Medicine, University Khartoum, Sudan in 1994 with Lord Kitchener Prize for the best academic performance throughout medical school. He did his training in Geriatrics in the West Midlands, UK 2000-2005. His research interests are hypoxia in early stroke, consent and assent into stroke trials, blood pressure control in the community, and Probiotics. He is the secretary for the Cardiovascular Section of the British Geriatrics Society (BGS), and representative of the South East of England Stroke Research Network (SRN) in the Comprehensive Local Research Network (CLRN) for Surrey and Sussex. He is a reviewer for the BMJ, Age and Ageing, European Journal of Neurology, Dysphagia, International Journal of Nutrition, Health and Ageing, and a keen reviewer of film for the BMJ.

Recent publications

1. Ali K, Leong K, Houlder S, Getov S, Lee R, Rajkumar C. The relationship between dipping profile in blood pressure and neurologic deficit in early acute ischaemic stroke. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular diseases in press

2. Ali K, Rajkumar C, Fantin F, Schiff R, Bulpitt C. Irbesartan improves arterial compliance more than lisinopril. Journal of Vascular health and risk management 2009; 5: 587-92

3. Dhoat S, Ali K, Bulpitt CJ, Rajkumar C. Vascular compliance is reduced in Vascular Dementia and not in Alzheimer’s disease. Age and Ageing 2008; 37:653-9

4. Ali K, Cheek E, Sills S, Crome P, Roffe C. Day-night differences in oxygen saturation and the frequency of desaturations in the first 24 hours in patients with acute stroke. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis 2007; 16 (6):239-44

Dr Shahbaz Roshan-Zamir

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I started my career as a Cardiac Physiologist at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington (1996-2001), during which time I was awarded a British Heart Foundation (BHF) echo fellowship and subsequent accreditation to the British Society of Echocardiography (BSE). I have continued to be an active member of the BSE at proficiency level in Adult Echocardiography since 2000, and have been actively involved in training others to achieve this competency.

Having graduated from Guys, King’s and St Thomas’ Medical School in 2006, I initially pursued my interest in Cardiology working as an SpR in Basildon, Chelsea & Westminster and the Royal Brompton Hospital. However, I later decided on a career change and opted for Geriatric Medicine as I enjoy general medicine and realised there was an unmet need for greater focus on optimizing the management of older patients with cardiovascular conditions.

I have a number of cardiology related publications, the last of which was an international peer reviewed publication on Takotsubo (Stress) Cardiomyopathy (2013), and regularly attend heart failure, echo and cardiovascular meetings.

I am currently a South West London trainee working at St George’s Hospital with the ultimate aim of becoming a cardio-geriatrician. My subspecialty interest is cardiac disease and in particular heart failure in older people, and my aim is to further cardiovascular medicine for geriatric trainees and expand the realm of cardiovascular medicine in the BGS.

Dr Atul Anand - Trainee Representative

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I completed my undergraduate medical degree at the University of Edinburgh (2001-2007), also undertaking a BSc (Hons) year in pathology. Early in my clinical training, I developed an interest in the care of older patients and in particular the application of biomarkers in cardiovascular care. I started specialist training in geriatric medicine in 2011, rotating through hospitals across South East Scotland. I continued part-time research into the application of high-sensitivity troponin testing, and eventually came out of programme in 2014 for a PhD in Cardiovascular Medicine. I am currently supervised by Prof Nicholas Mills (Professor of Cardiology), Prof Alasdair MacLullich (Professor of Geriatric Medicine) and Dr Susan Shenkin (Senior Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine).

My research focuses on biomarkers of risk in older patients with cardiovascular disease. This includes the longitudinal assessment of patients with aortic stenosis using novel blood biomarkers, frailty assessment and retinal imaging. I contribute to the clinical geriatric assessment of TAVI patients as part of the Scottish TAVI service in Edinburgh. As part of the HighSTEACS research group I have assessed the impact of high-sensitivity troponin on the diagnosis and outcomes of older people with suspected acute coronary syndrome. I remain actively engaged with the geriatric registrar programme in South East Scotland and will return to training in August 2017 at ST6 level.

Dr Victor Sim

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After obtaining my MBBCh from Cardiff Medical School, my initial training in General Medicine took place in South Wales, including a year in Cardiology in a DGH. I then pursued a career in Primary Care and became a GP Principal in Cardiff with two clinical sessions in a local DGH including a Cardiology outpatient and an Echocardiography session.

I developed my passion for Geriatric Medicine whilst in Primary Care and returned to hospital Geriatric training and later became a consultant Geriatrician at University Hospital Llandough. A major part of my MD thesis was the evaluation of an open access echocardiography service (used mostly by older patients) and the use of BNP to pre-select patients for echocardiography. I have been accredited by the British Society of Echocardiography at proficiency level in Adult Transthoracic Echocardiography since 2002. I also hold an honorary Senior Lectureship awarded by Cardiff University.

My subspecialty interests are chronic heart failure and cardiac diseases of older people. I am a member of our local Heart Failure Team. I perform echocardiography on my patients with suspected heart failure referred to my outpatients. I supervise the Day Hospital Heart Failure service where we optimise the complex heart failure medications for the very frail older patient, optimally manage their complex chronic diseases and provide an exercise based heart failure rehabilitation programme. My current research interests include Frailty and Comprehensive Geriatric assessments for patients undergoing TAVI and other cardiac surgical interventions.

Dr. Victor Sim MBBCh DGM MD FRCP
Feb 2015

Professor John Potter

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Following various general medical training posts I was appointed British Heart Foundation Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham where the research for my MD thesis was undertaken into aspects of the relationship between alcohol consumption and blood pressure. In 1985 I was appointed Lecturer in Medicine at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, moving in 1989 to the University of Leicester as Senior Lecturer in Medicine for the Elderly. In 1993 I was appointed Chair in Medicine for the Elderly at the University of Leicester, moving to the University of East Anglia in October 2006 as the Foundation Chair in Ageing & Stroke Medicine.

My main research interests are centred on cerebrovascular disease, hypertension and cardiovascular risk, cardiovascular physiology and physiology of ageing as well as cardiovascular causes of syncope. Recent research has focused on the relation between cardiovascular disease and cognitive impairment in relation to changes in neurovascular coupling. I have been Principle Investigator in two NIHR and Stroke Association funded large multi-centre UK based trials of the management of blood pressure in acute stroke and currently hold a Programme Grant from the BHF and Stroke Association looking at BP variability post-stroke. I am a member of the British Hypertension Society’s and Joint British Societies Cardiovascular Risk Guidelines committees and have received funding from several medical funding bodies including the MRC, BHF, Stroke Association, Diabetes UK and Alzheimer’s Society as well as Deputy Editor of Age and Ageing sit on several grant awarding bodies.

Dr Amy Jones

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Dr Amy Jones graduated from Cardiff University in 2007. Her interest in Geriatric Medicine developed as a medical student, and as a house officer she attended ‘Geriatric Education in Europe’ in Extremadura, Spain in conjunction with the BGS, which set her on a career path to become a Geriatrician.

Now a South Wales trainee at ST6 level, she completed a six months rotation with Dr Victor Sim on the Heart Failure team earlier in her training, and therein developed an interest in the pre-operative assessment of older people, particularly in relation to TAVI. She took time Out of Programme to pursue this. Herself and Dr Sim developed a pre-TAVI service in Cardiff, performing CGA and various functional and frailty measurement tools, and providing a Geriatrician’s opinion on the TAVI MDT. Her work has been showcased at the National Cardiac Audit, and the recent BGS Cardiovascular Section meeting in London.

Outside work she enjoys playing netball and being a new Mum.