Dr Dhiraj Gupta MBBS, MD, DM, FESC, FRCP
A full-time consultant cardiologist/ electrophysiologist at the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital (LHCH). LHCH is one of the largest cardiac centers in the United Kingdom, and the only specialist trust to be rated outstanding by the CQC.
I have been a very high-volume operator in interventional electrophysiology (EP) for over a decade, and have earned particular repute for my interventional management skills for Atrial Fibrillation (AF), the most common heart rhythm disorder. My success rates and safety record over the past decade have resulted in a large supra-regional referral practice.
I am the largest volume implanter for left atrial appendage occlude (LAAO) devices in the UK, and I proctor cardiologists extensively in UK, USA and Europe in this technique.
I have been awarded NHS local Clinical Excellence Awards in 2010, 2014 and 2015, and the national Bronze Clinical Excellence Award in 2017.
Education and Research:
I have held the position of Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London since 2011 and at University of Liverpool since 2015. I head the arrhythmia work group of the Institute of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science, a research collaboration between Royal Brompton Hospital and LHCH.
I have been successful in obtaining over £4 million in competitive research grants, both from public grant bodies such as NIHR/ BHF as well as from industry, and am the Chief Investigator for several multicenter clinical trials (SMANPAF, PRAISE, VISTAX, CRAFT). I have served as the primary supervisor for several PhD/ MD (res) students, and have also assessed the progress of other students working towards higher research degrees. I have examined PhD candidates for Queen Mary University, and City University, London.
I have authored over 100 scientific publications and paper presentations, and my research has contributed to changes to recent international scientific guidelines and consensus statements.
I have served on the scientific programme committee of the national annual Heart Rhythm Congress since 2014.
National Council and Management Roles:
I have served as an elected member of Council of British Heart Rhythm Society since 2015, and help shape national guidelines and policies related to arrhythmia care. I have been elected as the Honorary treasurer of the society in 2017, and also represent the society on the BCIS Structural Interventional Working Group as the LAAO lead. I designed and developed the Primary Care Atrial Fibrillation (PCAF) service in 2012 to improve stroke prevention in primary care, and this service has won several national awards for innovation and impact.
Awards and Honors
o NHS Bronze Clinical Excellence Award at the first application: April 2017
o Arrhythmia Alliance/ BHRS Award for ‘Outstanding Individual who has contributed to Arrhythmia Services in the United Kingdom’ awarded at Heart Rhythm Congress, Birmingham: October 2014
o Invited Speaker at the All Parliamentary Group on Atrial Fibrillation meeting at Palace of Westminster: How specialists can engage with primary care: Nov 2014
o My clinical fellow (Dr Charles Pearman, with me as senior author) won the Highest Ranking abstract in the Heart Rhythm Category at the British Cardiac Society Sessions, Manchester: June 2018
o My research fellow (Dr Ahmed Hussein, with me as senior author) presented one of the 10 Highest Ranking abstracts in the EHRA Cardiostim sessions, Vienna: June 2017
o My research fellow (Dr Gareth Wynn, with me as senior author) won the Young Investigator Award in the clinical category at the Heart Rhythm Congress, Birmingham: Oct 2014
o PCAF service won the Quality in Care winner of the ‘Anticoagulation Innovation of the Year Award’ at British Medical Association House, London: Sep 2014
o PCAF service won the ‘Innovation in Cardiac Pathways’ competition at the British Cardiovascular Society Sessions, Manchester: June 2014
o My research fellow (Dr Gareth Wynn, with me as senior author) won the Highest Ranking abstract in the Heart Rhythm Category at the British Cardiovascular Society Sessions, London: June 2013
Clinical Fellow in Electrophysiology, St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, West Smithfield, London September 2004-March 2007
Specialist Registrar in Cardiology, St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, West Smithfield, London October 2003 –September 2004
Specialist Registrar in Cardiology, Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, London January 2003-September 2003
Specialist Registrar in Cardiology, London Chest Hospital, London October 2001-December 2002
Clinical fellow in cardiac electrophysiology, St. George’s Hospital Medical School, London October 2000-September 2001
Registrar in cardiology and DM fellow, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi July 1997-September 2000
Senior House Officer, Internal Medicine & MD fellow, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh, India
July 1994-June 1997
Academic Qualifications and Fellowships
MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) Moti Lal Nehru Medical College, Allahabad, India April 1994
MD (Doctor of Medicine) in Internal Medicine
Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh, India June 1997
DM (Doctorate in Medicine) in Cardiology
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India June 2000
MRCP (Member of the Royal College of Physicians) Royal College of Physicians, London
Joint Committee for Higher Medical Training (JCHMT), UK October 2006
FRCP (Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians) Royal College of Physicians, London
FESC (Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology) European Society of Cardiology