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I am a Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport. I have been a Consultant Vascular Surgeon since 2004. Before being persuaded to move to Wales I worked at The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (2011-2016) as a Consultant Vascular & Endovascular Surgeon and Honorary Senior Lectured at the University of Edinburgh. Prior to this I was A/Professor and Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the University of Otago, Christchurch School of Medicine, New Zealand for 7 years.
I have a strong interest and track record in vascular surgical education and training. I have been convenor and an invited faculty member on many vascular surgical training courses in the UK, Europe and Australasia. I sat on The Advisory Board of The Academy of Surgical Educators at The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and currently sit on the Vascular Speciality Advisory Committee to The Joint Committee on Surgical Training in the UK.
My primary medical degree (MB ChB 1991) and my Doctorate (MD 2001) were awarded by The University of Bristol. I completed my vascular training in the Southwest of England and spent a fellowship year at The Royal Northshore Hospital in Sydney. I became a Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS) in 1996 and passed my final Intercollegiate Fellowship in 2003. I became a Fellow of The European Board of Vascular Surgery (EBSQvasc) in 2005 and a Fellow of The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACSvasc) in 2008.
Special Clinical Interests
I have a great deal of experience in both open and endovascular procedures and submit all my index operative data to The National Vascular Registry. I have taught many colleagues to perform Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (EVAR) and Endovenous Ablation Therapy for varicose veins.
I offer "one stop" assessment and varicose vein duplex ultrasound scanning clinics allowing me to tailor treatments to a patients' individual needs. Most of the varicose vein treatments that I provide are done under local anaesthetic as "walk in, walk out" procedures.
My MD Thesis was on the management of patients with intermittent claudication and I have maintained a keen interest on this topic since improving the care of patients with this condition in Edinburgh and Gwent. I have also published on and led quality improvement projects on the management of carotid artery disease.
As well as previous academic positions in New Zealand (A/Professor) and Edinburgh (Honorary Senior Lecturer) I have published >60 papers in peer reviewed journals.
Areas of interest
Vascular Surgery; Varicose Veins; Endovenous Ablation Therapy; Radiofrequency Ablation of Varicose Veins; Ultrasound Guided Injection Foam Sclerotherapy; Minimally Invasive Treatment of Varicose Veins; Microsclerotherapy; Varicose Vein Surgery; Vascular Disease; Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm; Endovascular Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm; EVAR; Intermittent Claudication; Lower Limb Bypass Surgery; Carotid Artery Disease; Carotid Endarterectomy
Anaesthetists worked with
Mr David R Lewis has worked with Dr John Azami at the following hospitals:
- Spire Cardiff Hospital (1-5)
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Vascular Surgeon
The Royal Gwent Hospital
Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement in Vascular Surgery
Meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies for abdominal aortic aneurysm identifies four new disease specific risk loci Circulation Research Impact Factor 11.551 2017; 120: 341-353
The endovascular pre procedural run through and brief: A simple intervention to reduce radiation dose and contrast load in endovascular aneurysm repair Vascular and Endovascular Surgery 2016; 50: 241-246
Popliteal pseudoaneurysm secondary to multiple hereditary exostoses ANZ J Surg 2014 In Press
A nurse-run clinic for patients with incidentally discovered small abdominal aortic aneurysms is feasible and cost effective. Vascular 2014 1708538114537049
Correlation of the ABCD2 score with the degree of internal carotid artery stenosis: An observational pilot study Ann Vasc Surg 2013; 28: 1192-1196
A sequence variant associated with Sortilin-1 (SORT1) on 1p13.3 is independently associated with Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Hum Mol Genet 2013; 22: 2941-2947
Investigation (CSI) Canterbury: surgical gown length and blood inside gumboots NZ Med J 2011; 124
Medical image. A rare case of brachial artery fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) NZ Med J 2011; 124
Negative pressure wound therapy as an adjunct to compression for healing chronic venous ulcers. J Wound Care 2011; 20: 35-7
Net-based information on varicose vein treatments: A tangled web NZ Med J 2010; 123: 9-15
Delays in discharge of vascular surgical patients: A prospective audit ANZ J Surg 2010; 80:443-446
Patient flow to carotid endarterectomy – Hastening the patient journey ANZ J 2010; 80:406-410
Diabetes outpatient care before and after admission for diabetic foot complications J Wound Care 2010; 19: 150-152
Copying clinic letters to patients. A survey of patient views on receiving vascular outpatient letters Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg 2010; 39: 5-10
Courses offered to GPs
St Joseph's Hospital Newport and Spire Hospital Cardiff
Outcomes (checked and approved by medical professional body)
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- FRCS Intercollegiate Board of Surgery 2003
- FRACS(vasc) Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 2009
- FRACS Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 2008
- FEBVS European Board of Vascular Surgery 2005
- FRCS Royal College of Surgeons of England 1996
- MB ChB University of Bristol 1991
- MD University of Bristol 2001
Reference number 3489660
- Croescadarn RoadPentwynCARDIFFCF23 8XL
- 08:00 - 12:00
- 029 2073 5515
- Harding AvenueMalpasNEWPORTNP20 6ZE
- 10:00 - 14:00
- 01633 820300
Post treatment communication
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