Dr Andy Davies – Chair

Andy DaviesDr Andrew Davies is a consultant Physician at City Hospitals Sunderland where he heads the Falls and Syncope Service. He is a Newcastle graduate from 1990 and the father of a psychologist (daughter) and a singer/song writer (son).

He is involved in teaching and training as a Foundation Programme Director for the Northern Foundation School and chair of the national Foundation E-portfolio Trainees Advisory Group (eTAG). He is currently acting undergraduate programme lead for the new University of Sunderland Medical school.

At the weekends a walk in the Yorkshire Dales is his preferred mode of relaxation.

Dr Lara Mitchell – Vice-Chair

Lara Mitchell Vice-Chair

Consultant Medicine for the Elderly (DME) at Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEUH) Glasgow. Set up the syncope service in 2004 and now runs multidisciplinary weekly RASCL ( rapid access syncope clinic) with colleagues in medicine for the elderly, cardiology and neurology. Clinical Lead for DME  QEUH on the acute site and set up frailty service over the last two years.

Dr Khalid Ali – Secretary

Khalid-AliKhalid Ali, MBBS, MRCP, MD, is a senior lecturer in Geriatrics at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), and honorary stroke consultant at Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath.

He qualified from the Faculty of Medicine, University Khartoum, Sudan in 1994 with Lord Kitchener Prize for the best academic performance throughout medical school.

He did his training in Geriatrics in the West Midlands, UK 2000-2005. His research interests are hypoxia in early stroke, consent and assent into stroke trials, blood pressure control in the community, and Probiotics.

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Dr Shahbaz Roshan – Treasurer

shahbaz-roshan-pI started my career as a Cardiac Physiologist at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington (1996-2001), during which time I was awarded a British Heart Foundation (BHF) echo fellowship and subsequent accreditation to the British Society of Echocardiography (BSE). I have continued to be an active member of the BSE at proficiency level in Adult Echocardiography since 2000, and have been actively involved in training others to achieve this competency.

Having graduated from Guys, King’s and St Thomas’ Medical School in 2006, I initially pursued my interest in Cardiology working as an SpR in Basildon, Chelsea & Westminster and the Royal Brompton Hospital. However, I later decided on a career change and opted for Geriatric Medicine as I enjoy general medicine and realised there was an unmet need for greater focus on optimizing the management of older patients with cardiovascular conditions.

I have a number of cardiology related publications, the last of which was an international peer reviewed publication on Takotsubo (Stress) Cardiomyopathy (2013), and regularly attend heart failure, echo and cardiovascular meetings.

I am currently a South West London trainee working at St George’s Hospital with the ultimate aim of becoming a cardio-geriatrician. My subspecialty interest is cardiac disease and in particular heart failure in older people, and my aim is to further cardiovascular medicine for geriatric trainees and expand the realm of cardiovascular medicine in the BGS.

Professor John Potter – Academic Representative

Following various general medical training posts I was appointed British Heart Foundation Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham where the research for my MD thesis was undertaken into aspects of the relationship between alcohol consumption and blood pressure.

In 1985 I was appointed Lecturer in Medicine at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, moving in 1989 to the University of Leicester as Senior Lecturer in Medicine for the Elderly. In 1993 I was appointed Chair in Medicine for the Elderly at the University of Leicester, moving to the University of East Anglia in October 2006 as the Foundation Chair in Ageing & Stroke Medicine.

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Dr Atul Anand – Trainee Representative

Atul AnandI completed my undergraduate medical degree at the University of Edinburgh (2001-2007), also undertaking a BSc (Hons) year in pathology. Early in my clinical training, I developed an interest in the care of older patients and in particular the application of biomarkers in cardiovascular care.

I started specialist training in geriatric medicine in 2011, rotating through hospitals across South East Scotland. I continued part-time research into the application of high-sensitivity troponin testing, and eventually came out of programme in 2014 for a PhD in Cardiovascular Medicine.

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Dr Amy Jones – Trainee Representative

Amy JonesDr Amy Jones graduated from Cardiff University in 2007. Now a South Wales trainee ST6, she completed a six-month rotation with Dr Victor Sim on the heart failure team earlier in her training, and therein developed an interest in the pre-operative assessment of older people, particularly in relation to TAVI.

She took time out of programme to pursue this. Herself and Dr Sim developed a pre-TAVI service in Cardiff, performing CGA and various functional and frailty measurement tools, and providing a Geriatrician’s opinion on the TAVI MDT. Her work has been showcased at the national Cardiac audit, and the BGS Cardiovascular section meeting in London.

Outside work she enjoys playing netball and being a Mum.

Dr Victor Sim – Other Member

After obtaining my MBBCh from Cardiff Medical School, my initial training in General Medicine took place in South Wales, including a year in Cardiology in a DGH. I then pursued a career in Primary Care and became a GP Principal in Cardiff with two clinical sessions in a local DGH including a Cardiology outpatient and an Echocardiography session.

I developed my passion for Geriatric Medicine whilst in Primary Care and returned to hospital Geriatric training and later became a consultant Geriatrician at University Hospital Llandough. A major part of my MD thesis was the evaluation of an open access echocardiography service (used mostly by older patients) and the use of BNP to pre-select patients for echocardiography. I have been accredited by the British Society of Echocardiography at proficiency level in Adult Transthoracic Echocardiography since 2002. I also hold an honorary Senior Lectureship awarded by Cardiff University.

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