I 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.
I am currently supervised by Prof Nicholas Mills (Professor of Cardiology), Prof Alasdair MacLullich (Professor of Geriatric Medicine) and Dr Susan Shenkin (Senior Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine).
My research focuses on biomarkers of risk in older patients with cardiovascular disease. This includes the longitudinal assessment of patients with aortic stenosis using novel blood biomarkers, frailty assessment and retinal imaging. I contribute to the clinical geriatric assessment of TAVI patients as part of the Scottish TAVI service in Edinburgh.
As part of the HighSTEACS research group I have assessed the impact of high-sensitivity troponin on the diagnosis and outcomes of older people with suspected acute coronary syndrome. I remain actively engaged with the geriatric registrar programme in South East Scotland and will return to training in August 2017 at ST6 level.