Expert Talks - RB&HH Education

This talk by Dr Wala Mattar, focuses on what GPs and primary care should be aware of and when they should consider referring patients to the heart failure services. Dr Wala Mattar, consultant general and interventional cardiologist who specialises in invasive procedures including coronary angioplasty, pacemakers, PFO closures, balloon aortic valvuloplasties.

Learning objectives:

  1. Definition of heart failure
  2. Chronic vs acute heart failure
  3. Heart failure with reduced ejection fraction vs preserved ventricular function
  4. Cardiac rhythm management for heart failure with reduced ejection fraction
  5. Multidisciplinary team management for the prevention and treatment of chronic heart failure

Dr Wala Mattar Background

Dr Wala Mattar is a consultant cardiologist, appointed at Watford General and Harefield Hospital in 2018.

Prior to this, Dr Mattar qualified from the Arabian Gulf University in the Kingdom of Bahrain in 2004, then specialised in internal medicine and cardiology. In 2011, she came to the UK to train in cardiology at Harefield Hospital. Her subspecialty interest is coronary and structural intervention and permanent pacemakers’ insertion.

Wala Mattar Dr Wala Mattar Consultant general and interventional cardiologist
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30 May 2024

This talk by Dr Wala Mattar, focuses on what GPs and primary care should be aware of and when they should consider referring patients to the heart failure services. Dr Wala Mattar, consultant general and interventional cardiologist who specialises in invasive procedures including coronary angioplasty, pacemakers, PFO closures, balloon aortic valvuloplasties.

Learning objectives:

  1. Definition of heart failure
  2. Chronic vs acute heart failure
  3. Heart failure with reduced ejection fraction vs preserved ventricular function
  4. Cardiac rhythm management for heart failure with reduced ejection fraction
  5. Multidisciplinary team management for the prevention and treatment of chronic heart failure

Dr Wala Mattar Background

Dr Wala Mattar is a consultant cardiologist, appointed at Watford General and Harefield Hospital in 2018.

Prior to this, Dr Mattar qualified from the Arabian Gulf University in the Kingdom of Bahrain in 2004, then specialised in internal medicine and cardiology. In 2011, she came to the UK to train in cardiology at Harefield Hospital. Her subspecialty interest is coronary and structural intervention and permanent pacemakers’ insertion.

Wala Mattar Dr Wala Mattar Consultant general and interventional cardiologist
23 May 2024

This Grand Round focuses on endothelial senescence in IPF and COPD and it is delivered by Professor Andrew Bush, Professor Clair Hogg and Dr Michele Arigliani.

Professor Andrew Bush has research interests that include the invasive and non-invasive measurement of airway inflammation in children, in
particular the use of endobronchial biopsy in the management of severe asthma, and clinical physiology, especially respiratory mass
spectrometry.
Professor Claire Hogg is a leader in clinical research in PCD and novel diagnostics. Many new techniques, including 3-dimensional electron
tomography and the validation of immunofluorescence for the diagnosis of PCD, have been developed in her research group and under her
supervision. Her group is the first in the world to introduce the use of Artificial Intelligence to assist the diagnosis of PCD.
Dr Michele Arigliani is a paediatric respiratory fellow at RBH. His research interests are mostly focused on lung physiology and respiratory complications
in children born preterm and in those with sickle cell disease. He has co-authored over 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Professor Claire Hogg
29 Apr 2024

The webinar focuses on cardiac MRI guideline indications  in patients with cardiovascular disease. It uses clinical cases to illustrate the role of cardiac MRI in identifying a final diagnosis, guide management and inform diagnosis. The spectrum of pathologies discussed spans from ischemic heart disease, chest pain, myocarditis, heart failure and various non-ischemic cardiomyopathic process, as well as hypertension.

Professor Chiara Bucciarelli-Ducci Background

Professor Bucciarelli-Ducci received her undergraduate degree (2001) and postgraduate fellowship in cardiology (2005) from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy.

She then undertook courses and fellowships at Northwestern University in Chicago, University of Zurich, Harvard Medical School, Oxford University and more recently an MSc in Health Economics from LSE. She worked at the Royal Brompton Hospital as a senior CMR clinical and research fellow in 2006-2010 and in 2012 she was awarded a PhD in CMR from the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College.

She was appointed a consultant cardiologist at the Bristol Heart Institute and University of Bristol where she was headhunted in 2010 to build the CMR programme. In 2021 she then returned to Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals to lead the CMR clinical academic programme at Harefield.

 

Professor Chiara Bucciarelli-Ducci
25 Apr 2024

This Grand Round delivered by Professor Nicholas Simmonds covers Cystic Fibrosis diagnosis and CFTR function.

More specifically this Grand Round covers:

  1. Pathopysiology
  2. Diagnostic pathway and uncertainties
  3. CFTR functional tests
  4. Case examples
  5. CFTR related disorders
  6. Future directions

Professor Nicholas Simmonds Background

Professor Nicholas Simmonds is Associate Director of the Adult CF Centre at Brompton and Professor of Practice (Respiratory Medicine) at Imperial College London. His main research interests include difficult CF diagnosis and the investigation of novel CF therapies. He has been a Principal Investigator on numerous global multicentre trials and is on the Executive Committee of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society (ECFS) Clinical Trials Network. He has extensive experience of novel diagnostic techniques and is the Vice Coordinator of the ECFS Diagnostic Network. He is also on the Registry Research Committee of the UK CF Registry, a role which promotes the use of registries to better understand outcomes in CF.

Professor Nicholas Simmonds Associate director and consultant physician of Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre at Royal Brompton Hospital.
06 Mar 2024

Focusing on all aspects of general cardiology and how to manage patients and when to refer.

Learning objectives:

  1. To gain an understanding of the workup for chest pain
  2. To gain an understanding of the management of heart failure
  3. To gain confidence in management of hypertension

This webinar will be of interest to GPs and any healthcare practitioners managing cardiology problems in a primary care setting.

Dr Sohaib Nazir Background

Dr Sohaib Nazir is a consultant cardiologist at Royal Brompton Hospital and clinical senior lecturer at King’s College London. Dr Nazir specialises in all aspects of general adult cardiology such as chest pain, breathlessness, palpitations, and general health checks for cardiovascular risk factor modification.

He has a specialist interest in heart failure and cardio-oncology – notably he is one of the few clinicians in the UK who are accredited by the International Cardio-Oncology Society, and the Royal Brompton Hospital is one of two centres in the UK with Gold accreditation by this society.

Dr Sohaib Nazir
22 Feb 2024

Focusing on prevention approaches in COPD (including inhaled and non-inhaled advanced therapies, use of eosinophil biomarkers etc), approaches to distinguishing viral from bacterial infections (with associated implications for antibiotic stewardship) and an update on current understanding and approaches to managing long COVID syndromes.

Learning objectives:

  1. Options for exacerbation prevention in COPD and what we can additionally consider/offer in secondary care.
  2. Strategies for distinguishing viral and bacterial infections and optimum treatment approaches.
  3. Diagnosis and management of Post-COVID/Long-COVID syndromes.

Dr Aran Singanayagam Background

Dr Aran Singanayagam completed his medical training at the University of Edinburgh in 2005 achieving distinction in his final examinations alongside a first-class intercalated BSc in physiology. He trained as a respiratory doctor within north-west London, primarily at St Mary’s, Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals.

 

Dr Aran Singanayagam
22 Feb 2024

This Grand Round presented by Dr Guy Scadding explores penicillin allergy de-labelling.

 

Guy Scadding
25 Jan 2024

This Grand Round presented by Professor Nizar N. JarJour focuses on the systematic effect of asthma.

Professor Nizar N. JarJour Background

Nizar Jarjour, MD is an Adult Pulmonologist, Ovid Meyer Endowed Professor of Medicine, and the Head of the Division of Allergy, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine in the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Jarjour has served as a Principal Investigator for several NIH funded collaborative grants, including the severe asthma research program (SARP) and the precision therapies in severe and exacerbation prone asthma (PrecISE). Most recently, Dr. Jarjour has conducted research studies on the systemic effects of asthma. In 2023, Drs. Jarjour and Melissa Rosenkranz received an RO1 as Co-PIs to study the effects of airway inflammation in asthma on the risk for dementia. Last September, he chaired the International Collaborative Asthma Network (ICAN) meeting in Milan and started a 6-month sabbatical in the UK to explore opportunities for US-UK collaboration on asthma research studies. The first half of his sabbatical was spent at University of Southampton, and he came to Imperial College in late November for the second half of his sabbatical, working closely with Drs. Fan Chung, Salman Siddiqui and Ian Adcock.

Nizar N. JarJour
16 Jan 2024

This talk presented by Dr Owais Dar focuses on heart transplantation and LVAD therapy and analysis where we are now and how we got here.

Dr Owais Dar Background

Dr Dar completed his specialist general cardiology training and sub-speciality heart failure training at:

  1. North West London Hospitals NHS Trust
  2. The Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust
  3. Whittington Hospital.

He got a funded international fellowship in advanced heart failure, heart transplantation and left ventricular assist devices in Vienna General Hospital (Austria) and Stanford Health Care (California, USA).

Dr Owais Dar
15 Jan 2024

This talk focuses on lung cancer screening tools, investigations and monitoring within primary care, as well as new approaches to lung nodules, including robotic bronchoscopy.

Learning objectives:

  1. Understand screening approaches
  2. Know when and how to investigate within primary care
  3. Understand which patients need referral to secondary care

This webinar will be of interest to GPs and any healthcare practitioners managing lung health in a primary care setting.

Dr Christopher Orton Background

Dr Christopher Orton graduated from St George’s Hospital Medical School with MBBS and a BSc in Biochemistry and Immunology. After having completed his general medical and respiratory specialty training in London, he has worked at prestigious teaching hospitals, including Hammersmith Hospital, St Mary’s Hospital, St George’s Hospital, and the Royal Brompton Hospital. Moreover, dr Orton has completed a PhD with Imperial College London on the effects of epithelial resurfacing with liquid nitrogen using Metered Cryospray in patients with COPD.

Dr Orton’s NHS base is the Royal Brompton Hospital, where he is a member of the lung cancer, and interventional bronchoscopy unit.

Moreover, through his continued links with Imperial College London, Dr Orton is highly active in basic science and clinical research, conducting studies, supervising PhD students, and publishing papers in high-impact medical journals.

Dr Christopher Orton’s expertise is in airways disease, lung cancer and bronchoscopy including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary nodules, emphysema, asthma, acute and chronic cough, lung cancer.

 

Dr Chris Orton
30 Nov 2023

Professor Michael Polkey, Interim Director of Research and Care Group Chair for Lung Failure, Royal Brompton Hospital.

With the second longest commute in the NHS, Professor Poley works for 8 weeks per year in the NHS Highland where he provides respiratory services to Lochaber, Skye and Points West.

Professor Michael Polkey Background

Professor Michael Polkey is an academic and continues as a professor of respiratory medicine at Imperial College London.

Professor Polkey specialises in many respiratory conditions, including: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), respiratory aspects of neurological disease, advanced lung disease which results in respiratory failure, sleep disordered breathing, emphysema, diaphragm disease.

In particular, he is an expert in the management of chronic respiratory failure, treating COPD, weaning patients from invasive mechanical ventilation and is highly considered for his expertise in neurological diseases as motor neurone disease (MND) known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Professor Michael Polkey Professor Michael Polkey Consultant respiratory physician
21 Nov 2023

Focusing on how to diagnose chronic cough in children and decide who needs investigations within primary care.

  1. Prolonged cough in children – who needs investigating?
  2. Type of cough
  3. Diagnosis

Dr Ian Balfou-Lynn Background

Dr Ian Balfour-Lynn is a consultant in paediatric respiratory medicine at Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals.

Dr Ian Balfour-Lynn specialises in all aspects of paediatric respiratory medicine and performs all complex investigations including flexible bronchoscopy as a diagnostic tool. He is a specialist in severe infant wheezing, severe asthma, cystic fibrosis and recurrent chest infections.

 

Dr Ian Balfour-Lynn Dr Ian Balfour-Lynn Consultant in paediatric respiratory medicine and co-director of children's services