I’m a Consultant Cardiologist, with specialist interest in Cardiac Imaging, at York Teaching Hospital in York, UK.
I am currently working as a full time cardiologist, which includes two busy cardiology outpatient clinics per week, coronary care ward rounds and ward based in-patient responsibilities.
I also lead the non-invasive imaging unit and do stress echocardiography, complex transthoracic echocardiography and transesophageal echocardiography sessions. I do almost 200 transthoracic studies, 200 stress echocardiograms and 75 transesophageal studies every year.
I lead a weekly imaging MDT meeting and have recently written a business case for the development of cardiac CT and MRI facilities at the hospital. I also represent general medicine on the patient safety group and am a HYMS tutor & have been awarded 2 clinical excellence awards.
Having spent almost 28 years in Medicine, I have come to the following conclusions:
I believe that the healthcare industry rarely ever provides healthcare. Instead it provides disease management by using expensive and potentially harmful pills to mask symptoms
Secondly I believe people come to see doctors to be engaged, educated and empowered rather than being given a set of pills before being shown the door.
I think lifestyle management is perhaps the single most effective therapy in medicine and yet largely ignored because it is boring and not as profitable as promoting the newest and often most expensive tablets.
I do believe that high quality reliable jargon-free information about health should be available at no cost to everyone in the world. Unfortunately many people rely on google to answer their questions and are often left confused and anxious because of the unreliability and variability of the quality of information
I think the media, the pharmaceutical industry and often the healthcare industry profit by promoting fear rather than providing reassurance and empathy
I want to do things differently.
I want to use the power of the internet to provide everyone with a high quality reliable and evidence based resource for medical information.
I want to impart knowledge in an empathic and reassuring manner.
I want to empower patients to take control of their health by addressing their lifestyles and preventing disease from happening in the first instance.
Most of all, I want people to stop being fearful and anxious about their health by getting them to focus on improving their quality of lives and living fearlessly.