Dr Sarah C Clarke



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  • Interventional cardiology

About me

Dr Sarah Clarke MA MD FRCP FESC FACC is a full time interventional cardiologist at Papworth Hospital, Cambridge with a local, regional, national and international leadership profile.

She is the President of the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS), member of Council to the Royal College of Physicians (London), National Cardiology Lead for the new government initiative 'Getting It Right First Time', Governor of the GB and Ireland Chapter of the American College Cardiology (ACC), European Representative at the Assembly of International Governors of the ACC, Chair of the successful ACC International Centres of Excellence Programme, International Member of the Women in Cardiology Leadership Council at the ACC promoting diversity in the workplace, Councillor to the Board of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and chair of the ESC e-Communications Committee. She is also Editor for Education in Heart, a BMJ peer reviewed cardiology journal.

Dr Clarke trained in Cambridge, UK and at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, USA. She was appointed Consultant Cardiologist at Papworth Hospital, Cambridge in 2002. Whilst a general cardiologist her sub-speciality interest is interventional cardiology and intervention for chronic total occlusions (CTO).

She was Clinical Director for Cardiac Services (2006-2012) and was awarded the Chairmans’ Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2012 for leading the introduction of the Heart Attack Service across the East of England. She was appointed Clinical Director for Strategic Development from 2012. She was the cardiology lead for the design of New Papworth Hospital (opening 2018) on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and is involved in the delivery of the transition programme.

Dr Clarke was appointed Clinical Lead for the Elective Care Working Group for the Cambridge and Peterborough CCG System Transformation Programme in 2016 (covering cardiology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics and ENT) and is now the Cardiology Lead looking to reconfigure clinical pathways to improve quality and reduce unwarranted variation by removing institutional boundaries and putting the patient first.

In 2017 she was appointed National Cardiology Lead for the 'Getting It Right First Time- GIRFT programme' where clinical quality and unwarranted variation in services across the UK will be reviewed and addressed.

Formerly Vice President of Education and Research at the BCS (2011-2014), Dr Clarke was elected the first female President in the Society’s 90 year history, in 2014. The Society membership of over 13,000 includes cardiologists (both trainees and consultants), scientists and allied professionals. The Society advises on policy, clinical standards, guidelines and research and provides education, training and the trainee exam.

She works closely with the British Heart Foundation, the Royal College of Physicians (London) where she is a member of Council, the Department of Health and NHS England.

She also has an international profile at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and European Society of Cardiology (ESC) where she has been elected to leadership roles.

For Dr Clarke, no working week is the same! - she maintains her clinical practice and cardiology oncall at Papworth Hospital alongside her other national and international commitments! Whilst she travels widely, she enjoys nothing more than the clinical interaction with her patients in Cambridge!

Areas of interest

• General cardiology • Chest pain • Coronary artery disease (angiography and stenting) • Palpitation • Arrhythmia • Breathlessness • Heart failure • Cardiomyopathy • Valve disease • Hypertension • Risk factor management • Women and heart disease • Worried well

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Procedures completed

  • X3510

    IV sedation administered by operator - (5-50)

    Papworth Hospital (5-50)

  • K6513

    Adult cardiac catheterisation - radial access (including coronary arteriography/catheterisation of right/left side of heart/contrast radiology) - (5-50)

    Papworth Hospital (5-50)

  • K6582

    Adult cardiac catheterisation - radial access (including coronary arteriography/catheterisation of right/left side of heart/ contrast radiology) - with pressure wire (including fractional flow reserve measurement) - (1-5)

  • K4920

    Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty of coronary artery(ies) for chronic total occlusions (CTO), +/- insertion of stent - (1-5)

    Papworth Hospital (1-5)

  • AA959

    Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty of coronary artery(ies) with stent insertion - radial access - (1-5)

    Papworth Hospital (1-5)

  • AA961

    Coronary angiography proceeding to angioplasty on the same day, +/- insertion of stent - radial access - (1-5)

    Papworth Hospital (1-5)

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