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- Stroke medicine
Dr Jonathan Birns BSc MBBS PhD FRCP is a Consultant in Stroke Medicine, Geriatrics and General Medicine at Guy's & St Thomas' Hospital, Consultant Stroke Physician at King's College Hospital and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at King's College London.
He qualified at University College London Medical School in 1998, where he was awarded a First Class Honours BSc and 29 prizes including the Prize for Best Overall Performance in the MBBS Examinations. He undertook Postgraduate General Medical training at the Hammersmith, Royal Brompton, University College and Whittington Hospitals and attained MRCP in 2001. He then completed the London Deanery Specialist Registrar Training Programme in Geriatrics and General Internal Medicine and spent 3 years as the Clinical Lecturer in Stroke Medicine at King's College Hospital.
Within the field of Stroke Medicine, he has undertaken independent research for the award of a PhD (investigating the relationship between blood pressure, cerebrovascular disease, cerebral autoregulation and cognition), published more than 20 papers in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, presented work at national and international scientific meetings, and completed clinical audits. He has also been involved in service development for the implementation of acute stroke thrombolysis and telemedicine for stroke, and the writing of clinical guidelines.
Within Geriatrics and General Medicine, he consults on a wide variety of acute and chronic medical conditions, providing acute and rehabilitative care. He delivers professional, safe, efficient and high-quality care in all disciplines as evidenced by national benchmarking. He was formerly a member of the British Geriatrics Society Policy Committee with responsibility for writing national policies. He is currently the Training Programme Director of the award-winning South East London Geriatrics specialist training programme.
As a Senior Lecturer, he has a wide range of teaching responsibilities at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and lectures regularly on topics within the fields of Stroke Medicine, Geriatrics and General Medicine with excellent feedback.
Areas of interest
Management of stroke;
Comprehensive geriatric and general medical assessment
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant in Stroke Medicine, Geriatrics and General Medicine at Guy's & St Thomas' Hospital
Consultant Stroke Physician at King's College Hospital
Within the field of Stroke Medicine, he has undertaken independent research for the award of a PhD (investigating the relationship between blood pressure, cerebrovascular disease, cerebral autoregulation and cognition), published more than 20 papers in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, and presented work at national and international scientific meetings.
Striving to improve the care for all of his patients.
Health Education South London Award 2013 as Director of best healthcare education and training programme (South East London Geriatrics)
London Hypertension Society Annual Symposium 2004 Best Abstract Prize
29 prizes at University College London Medical School (1991 – 1998) including Prize for Best Overall Performance, Prize for Best Performance in Final Clinical Examinations, & Prizes in Medicine & in Surgery
In last 2 years:
Z. Mehdi, A. Ross, G. Reedy, A. Roots, T. Ernst, P. Jaye and J. Birns.
Simulation Training for Geriatric Medicine.
The Clinical Teacher (in press)
Z. Mehdi, J. Birns and A. Bhalla.
Post-stroke urinary incontinence.
International Journal of Clinical Practice (in press)
J. Birns, A. Roots and A. Bhalla.
Role of telemedicine in the management of acute ischemic stroke.
Clinical Practice 2013; 10: 189-200
S. Carrington and J. Birns.
Establishing capacity in a patient with incomplete locked-in syndrome.
Progress in Neurology and Psychiatry 2012; 16: Issue 6: 18-20
N. Graham, J. Birns, P.I. Dargan, D.M. Wood and A. Bhalla.
Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) toxicity mimicking basilar artery stroke.
British Journal of Hospital Medicine 2012; 73: 412-413
J. Birns, P. Tzakas and E. Chua.
Skin and nail pigmentation from long-term use of minocycline.
European Geriatric Medicine 2012; 3: 51-52
S.E. Williams, T. Ernst and J. Birns.
Autonomic failure following deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease.
British Journal of Hospital Medicine 2012; 73: 170-171
M. Chowdhury, J. Birns, A. Rudd and A. Bhalla.
Telemedicine versus face to face evaluation in the delivery of thrombolysis for acute ischaemic stroke: a single centre experience.
Postgraduate Medical Journal 2012; 88: 134-137
R.A. Badawi, S. Seetharaman and J. Birns.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy - a real risk factor for stroke.
Scottish Medical Journal 2012; 57: 60
Courses offered to GPs
- BSc University of London 1994
- MBBS University of London 1998
- MRCP Royal College of Physicians 2001
- PhD University of London 2008
- FRCP Royal College of Physicians 2012
Reference number 4535902
Details of entry to specialist register
- Geriatrics & General Medicine, 2008
Affiliations / memberships
British Geriatrics Society
British Association of Stroke Physicians
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
Dr Birns on 07930613396