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- Interventional cardiology
FAWAZ AKHRAS is a Consultant Cardiologist at the Cromwell Hospital and Harley Street London. He completed his postgraduate studies at King College Hospital, University of London, where he also obtained his higher degree in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. In 1992, he was appointed Chief of Cardiology at the King Fahd Military Hospital in Jeddah and was selected to set up the Regional Cardiothoracic and Cardiac Interventional Centre. He was the first cardiologist to carry out Primary PTCA (coronary angioplasty) in Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI). His centre was one of the first 11 centres worldwide to treat acute MI by primary angioplasty. The work was presented at the British Cardiac Society and American College of Cardiology in 1996. He subsequently developed the first Cardiac Interventional Research Programme in Syria, which has led to their integration into multi-centre European research studies presented at American and European Cardiac Conferences. He carried out the first interventional project in Syria using the new Tacrolimus stent that was presented at the American Heart Association in 2002. He was the Lead Investigator of the Lunar Starflex stent First In Man study, which was presented at the PCR, Paris Course on Revascularisation, May 2003. Such achievements came on the back of his extensive experience in clinical cardiac research. He has published a large number of research papers in peer-review international medical journals, presented numerous lectures and chaired/moderated sessions at both national and international scientific conferences. He is also known for his significant contribution to the development of the first QT physiological pacemaker, which is now widely used around the world in the treatment of patients with heart block. He is the recipient of several awards in recognition of his personal contribution to clinical and scientific research in cardiology. He is a fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), American College of Cardiology (ACC), American Heart Association (AHA), the British Cardiac Society, the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society (BCIS) and the British Society of Echocardiography. He was elected a member of the Order of William Harvey in recognition of his commitment to education at the American College of Cardiology.
Areas of interest
Coronary angioplasty and stenting, coronary artery disease, hypertension, therapeutic and interventional management of IHD.
Chest pain, shortness of breath/breathlessness, palpitation/flutter/rhythm changes, dizziness, syncope, blackout, high blood pressure and heart failure. High cholesterol and heart disease including. Heart valve disorders including aortic and mitral valves. Cardiomyopathy. Pre-cardiac surgery assessment.
- Appointments Bupa Cromwell
- Cromwell Hospital 164-178 Cromwell Road London SW5 0TU
- 020 7460 5700
Current NHS consultant posts held
Retired from NHS
1. Does low inflation pressure and prolonged coronary dilatation strategy affect re-stenosis rate?
Heart 1996; 75 Suppl 1: 30 No 98.
2. Coronary angioplasty for patients with severe ischaemic heart failure which is refractory to maximum medical therapy: early and three year follow-up results. Heart 1998; 79: Suppl 1: 56/#187
3. Primary coronary Angioplasty VS. Thrombolytic therapy for treatment of AMI. Findings from the PCAT collaboration. XIVth Congress of the Euro Society of Cardiology. Barcelona, August 1999.
4. Primary coronary angioplasty VS. thrombolytic therapy for AMI: long-term follow-up of ten randomised trials. AHA Atlanta November 1999
Circulation 1999; 100: 1-499 No 2629.
5. Drug-eluting stent in the management of acute coronary syndrome.
Ottawa Heart Institute, Canada, November 2003.
6. An appraisal of drug-eluting stents in patients with CAD. 6th World Congress on Men’s Health, Vienna, Austria, 9-11 October 2009.
Tennis, jet skiing, horse riding, reading and music.
1. Life achievement Award, UNESCO, Beirut December 2003
2. The Order of William Harvey for Education, American College of Cardiology, Atlanta 2003
3. MACCS Cardiology Award, Beirut September 2003
4. The Duncan Flockhart Travel Fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine, Atlanta March 1986
5. The National Heart and London Chest Cardiac Research Award, VIth Wold Symposium on Cardiac Pacing; Montreal October 1979.
(Additional) Languages spoken
- Arabic - Native or bilingual
- French - Fluent
1. Early exercise testing and elective coronary artery bypass surgery after uncomplicated myocardial infarction: Effect on morbidity and mortality.
Akhras F et al. Br Heart J 1984; 52:413-417
2. Raised exercise diastolic BP as indicator of ischaemic left ventricular dysfunction.
Akhras F, et al. The Lancet 1991; 337: 899-900.
3. Efficacy of Nifedipine and ISMN in combination with Atenolol in stable angina.
Akhras F, et al; The Lancet 1991; 338: 1036-1039.
4. Editorial; HIV and opportunistic infections: Which makes the heart vulnerable?
Akhras, F. Br J Clin Pract 1993; 47: 232-233.
5. Editorial; Angina pectoris and combination therapy.
Akhras, F. Br J Clin Pract 1994; 48: 172-173.
6. Primary coronary angioplasty or intravenous thrombolysis for patients with acute myocardial infarction? Acute and late follow-up results in a new cardiac unit. J Am Coll Cardiol 1997; 29: 235-236.
7. Oversized balloons, low inflation pressure and prolonged coronary dilatation strategy results in dramatic improvements in angioplasty in early and late re-stenosis rate.
J Am Coll Cardiol 1997; 29: 235-236.
8. Primary coronary angioplasty compared with intravenous thrombolytic therapy for acute myocardial infarction: six-month follow-up and analysis of individual patient data from the randomised trials. Am Heart J 2003; 145 (1): 47-57
John Simes and Fawaz Akhras for the PCAT Collaboration.
9. Comparison of iridium oxide coated stent with paclitaxel-eluting stent and a bare metal stent in patients with coronary artery disease.
J Am Coll Cardiol, 2006; 98 (8): 133-134.
10. Does paclitaxel eluting stent work in all patients with CAD? European Society of Cardiology. Stockholm, 4533, 28 Aug - 1 September 2010
11. Lifestyle issues; smoking, diet, obesity and their impact on cardiovascular disease.
7th World Congress on Men’s Health,
Nice, France, 28-30 October 2010.
Courses offered to GPs
I have contributed to the monthly staff clinical meetings that used to be held at the Cromwell Hospital
- MB BCh Cairo University 1971
- MD Damascus University 1973
- Fellowship of the Cardiothoracic Institute London Cardiothoracic Institute London 1980
- MPhil Cardiology King College London 1990
- Fellowship European Society of Cardiology 1993
- Fellowship American Heart Association 1994
- Fellowship American College of Cardiology 1994
Reference number 2624840
Details of entry to specialist register
- DR FAWAZ AKHRAS / Cardiology and General Medicine, 1996
Affiliations / memberships
American College of Cardiology FACC
American Heart Association FAHA
Euro Society of Cardiology FESC
British Cardiac Intervention Society (B.C.I.S.), British Society of echocardiograph
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