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2017 Speakers

Speaker recruitment for our Pulse Learning Seminars 2018 is in development. In the meantime, take a look at who spoke in 2017. 

Chair: Dr Nigel Rowell, North of England CVD lead for primary care 
Qualified in 1988 and a GP in the same Middlesbrough practice since 1989, Dr Nigel Rowell has had several lead roles in the Tees area including Chair of Middlesbrough PBC Group for 2 years, Chair of the Service Development Committee of the PCG and non-executive Director and Vice Chairman of Tees Health Authority.
His other roles within the NHS are as Primary Care Lead for the North East Cardiovascular Network.Dr Rowell is a clinical champion for the Living Longer lives team and is a GP with a Special Interest in Heart Failure.

Dr Majid Akram, GP, The Deepings Practice, Peterborough
Dr Majid Akram  works as a GP principle and trainer in a large practice (23,500 patients) on the outskirts of Peterborough. He is interested in the use of technology within the health sector, and works as a specialist advisor for the CQC for their online service registrations.
He is Cardiovascular Lead for South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group. Leading a project using online auditing software, allowing him to capture real time outcomes data for cardiovascular diseases. This programme has improved prevalence and outcomes for patients affected by cardiovascular diseases in his locality. He has also successfully implemented clinical projects using pharmacists in primary care to assist in improving outcomes for patients with atrial fibrillation, including non-ambulatory patients.
Keen to hear from others interested in reducing unwarranted variation in health care

Professor Roger Gadsby MBE, honorary associate clinical professor, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick
Professor Roger Gadsby is a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Diabetes in Older People, the University of Bedfordshire, where he is involved in teaching on diabetes Masters programmes and in research, mainly in diabetes in Care homes. He qualified at Birmingham Medical School in 1974 and was a GP in Nuneaton, Warwickshire for 31 years. He helped to pioneer diabetes clinics in general practice. He has written 4 diabetes textbooks, 12 textbook chapters and over 300 papers and articles mainly on diabetes topics. He is Principal Teaching Fellow at Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick where he has developed a number of assessed accredited courses in diabetes care.
He is an expert advisor for the diabetes QoF at NICE, GP lead for the National Diabetes Audit and has been on the guideline development groups for 5 NICE diabetes guidelines. He was primary care lead for nhs diabetes until March 2013, and was a founder member of the Primary Care Diabetes Society and its first treasurer. He was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2009 for “services to medicine and diabetes care”.

Dr Indranil Dasgupta, consultant, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital and clinical hypertension specialist of the European Society of Hypertension

Dr Indranil Dasgupta is a Consultant nephrologist and hypertension specialist, Heartlands Hospital and Honorary Reader, at the University of Birmingham.

He is the Secretary elect for Renal Association, UK and a member of the British and Irish Hypertension Society (formerly BHS) Research Working Party.

He has led (jointly) the development of  joint guidelines of the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists and Renal Association and was the invited renal expert in NICE Type 2 diabetes guidelines 2008 and 2015. He has also been chair/ member of a number of other NICE guidelines

Dr Philip Lewis, consultant cardiologist and clinical hypertension specialist, Stepping Hill Hospital & The Alexandra Hospital, Cheshire, and honorary senior lecturer, University of Manchester.
Having qualified at St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School, Dr Philip Lewis did his post-graduate hypertension research at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School. He won the 2005 Hospital Doctor Cardiovascular Team of the Year Award and was the first clinical lead of the Greater Manchester & Cheshire Cardiac Network.  He directed the North Western Deanery Specialty Registrar Training Days in general/acute medicine for 15 years until 2016. More than ten years ago he developed extended training for nurses in independent chest pain assessment, cardioversion and as specialist cardiology practitioners and has provided regular in-depth training for practice nurses, pharmacists, optometrists, HCAs, exercise specialists and lay people in blood pressure measurement. 

His research, which previously focused on therapeutics of hypertension and cardiovascular risk factor screening, is currently investigating physical and mechanical factors affecting blood pressure assessment and the accuracy of home blood pressure monitors as well as biochemical profiling for optimising anti-hypertensive drug choice, and rapid diagnosis of acute coronary syndromes.

He is a Recognised Hypertension Specialist of the British & Irish Hypertension Society and Clinical Hypertension Specialist of the European Society of Hypertension and a member of working groups of both on blood pressure measurement. He has recently published recommendations to standardise in-patient blood pressure measurement.

He is a passionate believer in reducing barriers between Primary and Secondary Care. He is an enthusiastic provider of Cardiology and Hypertension advice to local GPs via Consultant Connect and was Cardiology Advisor to the Stockport Cardiovascular Risk Factor Screening Programme, a forerunner of NHS HealthChecks, which screened more than 200,000 patents in Stockport General Practices from 1988 onwards.

Dr P Boon Lim, cardiologist and electrophysiologist specialising in heart rhythm disturbances, Imperial College London
Dr P Boon Lim is a cardiologist and electrophysiologist specialising in heart rhythm disturbances, pacing and syncope at Imperial College London. He performs ablation for atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, and implantation of pacemakers and defibrillators.
Dr Lim leads the Imperial Syncope Diagnostic Centre, a unit that performs approximately 800 tilt table tests per year, and is actively engaged in researching mechanisms of syncope and understanding best treatment strategies for patients with debilitating syncope or symptoms of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). He runs a syncope clinic based in London at Hammersmith Hospital, providing expert care care and attention to patients who have difficult-to-treat blackouts or faints. Dr Lim participates actively in ongoing research trials focussing on developing the best management strategies for treatment of vasovagal syncope in is the principle investigator for several syncope trials, and is regularly invited to speak nationally and internationally on syncope. He is part of the medical advisory committee for Arrhythmia Alliance and British Cardiovascular Society reviewer for the European Society of Cardiology Syncope Guidelines.

Dr Yashica Nathan, Consultant in diabetes and endocrinology at the University Hospital Lewisham
Dr Yashica Nathan is currently Consultant in diabetes and endocrinology at the University Hospital Lewisham (UHL) and has been in post for the last three years.
She is also the lead for ante-natal diabetes at the hospital and specialises in complex management of type II diabetes. She is also acts as the lead physician for the insulin pump services and type 1 diabetes clinics.
Dr Yashica Nathan is the lead in the area for GP diabetes education and works closely with the community team to provide both clinical and educational support to primary care. She is heavily involved in junior doctor education at UHL and is the royal college tutor and Training programme director for CMT doctors as well as firm head for undergraduate medicine.
Dr Nathan undertook her research with Professor Stephanie Amiel looking at Appetite suppression in Type 2 diabetics using GLP-1 analogues and functional neuroimaging.

Dr Chinnadorai Rajeswaran, consultant physician(Obesity,Diabetes & Endocrinology), chair, National Diabesity Forum

Dr C. Rajeswaran (Raj) currently works as a consultant physician in Diabetes, Obesity & Endocrinology and is the clinical lead for obesity at Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust, United Kingdom. He is also the advisor for simplyweight Ltd, which a global specialist weight management organisation. He also runs the reputed ‘The London Obesity Clinic’ at Harley Street, London

He has a number of publications and presentations to his credit. He is also involved in obesity related research and supervises PhD students. He is international speaker and has authored books and book chapters related to obesity. He founded and chairs the National Diabesity Forum in 2008. National Diabesity Forum provides a network for health care professionals involved in the management of Diabesity. Raj is involved in both local and international charity work, predominantly to help people with weight problem.

Dr Tabitha Randell, consultant in paediatric endocrinology and diabetes, Nottingham University Hospital, chair of clinical committee, British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes
Dr Tabitha Randell has been a consultant paediatrician since 2003. She graduated from Manchester Medical School in 1992 with an MBChB degree and further qualified as MRCP(UK) in 1996 and FRCPCH in 2005.
After completing specialist paediatric training in the West Midlands and Sydney, Australia, she worked as a consultant paediatrician at Stafford General Hospital from March 2003 to October 2005. She then became consultant in paediatric endocrinology and diabetes at Nottingham University Hospitals in October 2005 and is a board member of the East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG.
Dr Randell was instrumental in introducing a best practice tariff for paediatric diabetes in 2011/12 to incentivise the delivery of high-quality care to all children with diabetes.

Dr Adie Viljoen, Consultant Chemical Pathologist, Hertfordshire
Dr Adie Viljoen is a clinical specialist and works as Consultant Chemical Pathologist and Metabolic Physician in Hertfordshire, UK since 2006 having trained in South Africa where he received his medical and speciality medicine qualifications. He is Senior Lecturer in Medicine at the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Postgraduate Medical and Member of the Institute for Diabetes in Older People (IDOP). He is the UK Chief Investigator and Principal Site investigator for several international phase 2 and 3 research trials in diabetes, obesity and lipids including studies such as Examine, Origin,4T and Crescendo.


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