Dr James R Wilkinson

Wessex Cardiology

Cardiology, General (internal) medicine

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James Wilkinson has been a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist in Southampton since July 2011. He has been the visiting consultant at Lymington New Forest Hospital since November 2011 where he does a weekly clinic. He was an Honorary Consultant at Salisbury 2011-2014, where he did procedural lists twice a month. His specialist area of interest is coronary intervention. He has an interest in complex coronary intervention including rotablation and treatment of chronic total occlusions, for which he has set up a service at Southampton. He has an interest in radial intervention and day case work. He also has an interest in renal denervation (RDN) to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). He established a service for this at Southampton where they have done 12 cases. His other cardiology interests include general cardiology, echocardiography and permanent pacemaker implantation. James also has an interest in delivering cardiology services in the community and delivered cardiology clinics in a GP surgery in Porchester, Fareham from October 2011 to January 2013.

James qualified in 1995 from St George’s Hospital Medical School, where he was President of the student union. He did his intercalated BSc at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School in 1994. He did his house jobs and general professional training in London, obtaining his MRCP qualification in 1999. His specialist registrar training in Cardiology was on the NE Thames rotation from 2000 to 2010, when he obtained his certificate of completion of training.

James has a strong background in Medical Education and spent a year as an Education Research Fellow at the Royal College of Physicians in 2003, where he was involved in the development of new assessment methods that are now used for doctors in training. He has taught as faculty for the Doctors as Educators programme since 2003. He has an interest in the use of simulators to train cardiologists. He is published in education and regularly peer reviews education papers.

James completed his sub-specialist training in intervention at two internationally renowned cardiac units, St Bartholomew’s and the London Chest Hospital. He has experience of novel ways of doing day-case work, the development of heart attack services and experience with new interventional techniques. In his final year he also did General Internal Medicine at the Royal London Hospital and dual accredited in this. He worked as a locum consultant for Barts and the London NHS Trust prior to his current appointment.

James can see private patients at Southampton Spire or in Lymington. He does private pacemakers and angiograms at Southampton Spire. More complex procedures such as stents and PCI are done at University Hospital Southampton where a greater range of specialised equipment and backup are available

Areas of interest

Interventional cardiology; Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI), Stenting, Radial PCI, Complex coronary PCI, chronic total occlusions (CTO), rotablation, Pressure wire, IVUS, Left main stenting, Bifurcation stenting, Diagnostic angiograms, Bypass graft studies, Renal denervation for resistant hypertension, Pacemaker insertion,
Heart attacks (including STEMI and NSTEMI), Chest pain, Angina,
General cardiology; Angina, Blackouts, Chest painPalpitations, Shortness of Breath, Syncope, General cardiology, Valve disease, AF, Cardiomyopathy, HOCM

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