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Research & Development Group

The core mission of the Research Group is to support, encourage and develop all aspects of interventional cardiology research in the United Kingdom.

The BCIS Research Group includes a main group and three specialty subgroups:

  • BCIS Research Group (Lead – Professor Vijay Kunadian)
  • Stable Ischaemic Heart Disease (Lead – Dr Rasha Al-Lamee)
  • Structural Heart Disease (Lead – Dr Patrick Calvert)

The remit of the research specialty groups is to stimulate new clinical research and trials in disease areas of unmet need, and to support the development of research ideas from BCIS members.

Participation in the research specialty groups is open and inclusive. There is an open invitation to BCIS members from all backgrounds who would like to contribute. Trainee participation is especially encouraged. If you are interested to participate in one or more of the research specialty groups, please contact the lead.

BCIS members are encouraged to contact the research group leads if they feel peer support would be helpful. The groups will be responsive to the requests of BCIS members. An important role is to provide peer review on study proposals, especially those intended for grant application. The specialty group will provide feedback on the proposed research and, potentially, a letter of support. Our philosophy is that the best research is planned, conducted and reported by motivated teams based in the UK.

Keep an eye on our web pages on the BCIS site for regular news, research opportunities and developments, including our peer review service.



Vijay Kunadian


Freeman Hospital

Professor Vijay Kunadian
MBBS, MD, MRCP (Edin), FRCP (Edin), FACC, FESC, PG Dip Clinical Trials (LSHTM), WTL* (Oxford)

Professor Kunadian is a Professor of Interventional Cardiology holding a Personal Chair at Newcastle University and Honorary Academic Consultant Interventional Cardiologist Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Professor Kunadian completed all her cardiology and interventional cardiology training in the North East of England. She undertook an international academic fellowship in cardiology at the TIMI/PERFUSE Study group, Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston MA. Professor Kunadian has an international reputation in interventional cardiology and cardiovascular research, making her a sought-after and respected speaker at prominent national and international meetings. She has championed diversity in her specialty as a role model; only 5% of interventional cardiologist are female in the UK, <1% are clinical academics/researchers and only female interventional cardiologist holding a University Personal Chair.

Rasha Al-Lamee

Co-opted Member

Imperial College NHS Trust

Rajesh Kharbanda

Member Without Portfolio

John Radcliffe Hospital

Peter O’Kane

Member Without Portfolio

Royal Bournemouth Hospital

Rajesh Kharbanda

Member Without Portfolio

John Radcliffe Hospital


Michelle Anderson

Research Nurse Representative

Leeds General Infirmary

Michael Mahmoudi

Special Responsibility for BCIS Literature Reviews

University Hospital Southampton

Mamas Mamas

Special Responsibility for Projects Using Databases and Requiring Statistical Analysis

University Hospital of North Staffordshire

Vrinda Haridas

Research Nurse Representative

Suneil Aggarwal

BCIS Communications Lead

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital

Interventional Cardiologist with a specific interest in Structural and Congenital Heart Disease

Patrick Calvert


Royal Papworth Hospital

Natalia Briceno

Assistant responsibility for BCIS literature reviews

Wexham Park Hospital

Aish Sinha


Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Ahmed Chilmeran


Royal Sussex County Hospital


David Hildick-Smith


Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Professor Hildick-Smith is a Cardiologist in Brighton with an interest in Clinical Research and Structural Heart Disease

Gerald Clesham

Honorary Secretary

Basildon Hospital

Consultant Cardiologist, Essex Cardiothoracic Centre

Dan McKenzie


Royal United Hospital, Bath