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Dr V J KarthikeyanConsultant Cardiologist, Interventional Cardiology

Dr V J KarthikeyanMBBS, MD, FRCP (London), FACC, FESCSpecialist in Interventional Cardiology

V J Karthikeyan

I am a consultant cardiologist at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust specialising in interventional cardiology. My other areas of interest include high blood pressure (including high blood pressure in pregnancy), lipid disorders, preventative cardiology.

On completion of my general medical training and a higher research degree in cardiovascular medicine in the West Midlands, I embarked on a structured training programme in cardiology in Mersey Deanery, including high intensity sub-specialty training in percutaneous coronary intervention at the renowned Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital.

After completion of training in cardiology, as a consultant cardiologist, I have applied and expanded on my interventional skills in the emergency (primary PCI), acute and elective setting, as well managed patients with a wide spectrum of cardiovascular diseases.

I have worked proactively with hospital management and developed services such as introducing the Primary PCI programme to the population of North Wales and made a significant contribution to the expansion of research in cardiovascular medicine and introduction of clinical governance and risk management policies in the cath labs.

I contribute actively to cardiology training including the recruitment process and annual review of clinical progression of cardiology trainees.

During my stint in Wigan, I have worked with primary care colleagues to develop and expand the NHS Advice & Guidance service and provide prompt and timely support to them in managing patients with cardiovascular conditions. I continue to do this in my current post too.

Throughout my career, I have taken every opportunity to keep myself up to date with scientific progress and evidence-based practice in cardiology and developed valuable personal attributes including leadership and multi-disciplinary partnership, which enable me to provide high quality, effective and efficient patient-centred care.

Professional Qualifications

  • MBBS Bangalore University, India
  • MRCP (UK) Royal College of Physicians, London, United Kingdom
  • MD University of Birmingham
  • FESC European Society of Cardiology
  • FRCP (UK) Royal College of Physicians, London, United Kingdom
  • FACC Fellow of the American College of Cardiology

Other Qualifications

  • Knowledge Based Assessment (Cardiovascular Med.)
    British Cardiovascular Society, UK and
    European Society of Cardiology
  • Oxford Executive Leadership Programme (Said Business School, University of Oxford)
    18 Nov 2020
  • Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations (IRMER)
    City Hospital, Birmingham
  • ICH GCP (International Council for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use- Good Clinical Practice)
    Jan 2023
  • Advanced Life Support (ALS) Course Trainer and Medical Director

Achievements & Awards

  • European Society of Cardiology Congress, Vienna
    Basic Cardiovascular Science Young Investigator’s Travel Grant

Current Professional Memberships

  • American College of Cardiology
  • British Cardiovascular Intervention Society
  • British Cardiovascular Society
  • British & Irish Hypertension Society
  • British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging/ British Society of Cardiac Computed Tomography
  • European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions
  • European Society of Cardiology
  • Royal College of Physicians, London

Current Appointment

  • 09/2022 to date
    Consultant, Interventional Cardiology
    Manchester Heart Centre
    Manchester Royal Infirmary & Northwest Heart Centre
    Wythenshawe Hospital
    Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester

Previous Appointments

  • 07/2017 to 09/2022
    Consultant, Interventional Cardiology
    Research Lead, Division of Medicine Royal Albert Edward Infirmary
    Wigan & Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester
  • 01/2014 to 06/2017
    Consultant, Interventional Cardiology
    North Wales Cardiac Centre
    Glan Clwyd Hospital, Rhyl

Cardiology Experience

Coronary Intervention:

I am currently a consultant in interventional cardiology. I have gained the skills and competencies for percutaneous coronary intervention including advanced techniques required for complex procedures and apply these in my everyday practice.

General Cardiology & Medicine

I have gained extensive and varied experience in the assessment and management of common cardiac and medical conditions, both in outpatient clinics as well as patients admitted to coronary care unit/ intensive care unit and wards.

My work includes weekly ward rounds, outpatient clinics, coronary angiography and intervention (both elective and acute work), patient related administration, research clinics and weekly surgical multi-disciplinary meetings.


  • I am a grader for abstracts for the European Society of Cardiology.
  • I am a member of the panel for the Medical Training Initiative (MTI), Royal College of Physicians, London. I review applications for GMC registration and sit on the panel for annual appraisals of the candidates under the MTI scheme. I am a peer reviewer for scientific journals (Journal of Human Hypertension, Thrombosis Research, and European Journal of Clinical Investigation) & scientific papers and research articles and Education modules in cardiology for www.doctors.net.uk.
  • Editor – Annual Magazine, Bangalore Medical College (1993).

Research Experience

My journey to research

I have been a principal / co-investigator for clinical trials in cardiology, and continue to support the conduct of research studies in all medical specialties

I was the Clinical Lead for Research, Division of Medicine at Wigan.

I have had the opportunity, with my colleagues, to expand the research portfolio of cardiovascular medicine towards the setting up of the North Wales Cardiovascular Research Unit.

MD (University of Birmingham):

Vascular Biology of Pregnancy: A study of endothelial markers in hypertension in pregnancy.

This research was funded by the Department of Research and Development at City Hospital, Birmingham.


I have over 35 publications, including original research, reviews and editorials, book chapters, letters and case reports.

Presentations to Learned Societies

I have presented in regional, national and international conferences, and have been member of faculty in these conferences over the years.

  1. India Live, Chennai/ Mumbai/ New Delhi, India
  2. Heart Live, Manchester, UK
  3. Trans-Pennine Interventional Cardiology Conference, Leeds UK
  4. National Interventional Cardiology Conference, Antalya, Turkey
  5. Trans-catheter Therapeutics, USA
  6. American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Sessions, USA
  7. European Society of Cardiology
  8. Euro-PCR Congress, Paris

When I am not practicing medicine…

Running & Fund Raising

I have run in 10K runs in London and Manchester and raised money for charity for projects related to education of the girl child as well as supporting ‘eye camps’ aimed at restoring vision in the poor who are unable to fund their eye treatments in India.

Dr V J KarthikeyanMBBS, MD, FRCP (London), FACC, FESCSpecialist in Interventional Cardiology

BMI The Alexandra Hospital
Mill Lane, Cheadle
Cheshire SK8 2PX

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