The Cardiology Department deals with the diagnosis and treatment of all diseases affecting the heart and blood vessels. These include coronary heart disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease and rhythm disturbances.

Although heart disease is Europe’s biggest killer, there have been tremendous advances in medical technology in recent years. If detected in time, most people diagnosed with a heart condition are able to return to a normal life.

Our consultants and large team of health care professionals offer all aspects of modern, evidence-based diagnostics and treatments. We pride ourselves in our results and published research.



Consultant cardiologists and specialist areas


Dr Rajai Ahmad – Clinical Director.  Coronary artery and valvular heart disease. Angioplasty. Valvuloplasty
Dr Patrick Cadigan – General Cardiology
Dr Aun-Yeong Chong – Complex percutaneous coronary interventions including chronic total occlusions, Cardiac CT
Dr Derek  Connolly – Coronary artery disease and acute coronary syndromes. Cardiovascular risk. Angioplasty. CT coronary angiography.
Dr Russell Davis – Heart failure and cardiac arrhythmias. Coronary artery disease. Pacing (including defibrillator and biventricular pacing). Echocardiography
Dr Jawad Khan – Coronary artery disease. Valve disease. Angioplasty. Echocardiography.
Prof. Paulus Kirchhof – Coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies and atrial fibrillation. Sudden Cardiac Death.
Prof. Gregory  Lip – Atrial fibrillation, hypertension, thrombosis, medical retinal vascular disease. Percutaneous coronary intervention
Dr Teri Millane – Heart failure, cardiomyopathies and cardiac arrhythmias. Coronary artery and structural heart disease. Maternal cardiology. Pacing (including defibrillator and biventricular pacing)
Dr Kiran Patel – Heart failure, cardiomyopathies and cardiac arrhythmias. Coronary artery and valvular heart disease. Cardiovascular risk and Sudden Cardiac Death.  Pacing (including defibrillator and biventricular pacing)
Dr Chetan Varma – Coronary artery disease and chest pain. Angioplasty. Non invasive imaging, pacing,  General cardiology


Specialist cardiac nurses and principal cardiac physiologists


Stephanie Coates – Matron
Jacqueline Burke – Cardiac rehabilitation lead nurse
Jane Stubley / Eileen Runaghan-Hill  – Heart failure nurses
Ranjit Dhillon / Melanie Kite – Arrythmia nurses
Louise Tyler  –  Cardiology Diagnostics Service Manager
Ruth Naylor (Sandwell) /Neil Price (City) – Deputy Cardiology Service Managers



We offer a full range of specialist tests and treatments including:

• Echocardiography (using ultrasound to take pictures of the structure of the heart)
• Angiography (a test using dye to assess narrowing of the arteries)
• Angioplasty and stenting (a balloon procedure to improve blood supply to the heart)
• Device implantation (pacemakers, to regulate the beating of the heart)
• Cardioversion (electrical methods of re-establishing a regular heartbeat)

We have heart attack centres at both City and Sandwell hospitals with state-of-the art primary angioplasty and stenting facilities, which are available 24/7. We are one of the few facilities across the country to offer remote monitoring of pacemakers via the internet. This is for the convenience of our patients, and reduces the number of times they need to visit clinics

We also offer a full cardiac rehabilitation service. A fully kitted gym with a regimen of professional advice will help bring the heart back up to strength.

We hold clinics at several locations. Your GP will be able to choose and book the most convenient for you. These are:

Birmingham Treatment Centre, City Hospital
Sandwell General Hospital
Rowley Regis Hospital
Neptune Health Centre
Regis Medical Centre

Patient Stories

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Patient Information

Patient information leaflets
Transoesophageal Echocardiogram (TOE)

Useful websites

British Heart Foundation

American Heart Association





Cardiology Department (Investigations)

City: 0121 507 4202
Sandwell: 0121 507 3102

Consultant cardiologists:
Dr Rajai AS Ahmad – Clinical Director
Tel: 0121 507 3885

Dr Patrick J  Cadigan
Tel: 0121 507 3478

Dr Aun-Yeong Chong
Tel: 0121 507 3478

Dr Derek L Connolly
Tel: 0121 507 3126

Dr Russell Davis
Tel: 0121 507 2499

Dr Jawad Khan
Tel: 0121 507 4239

ProfessorPaulus Kirchhof
Tel: 0121 507 4678

Professor Gregory YH Lip
Tel: 0121 507 5648

Dr Teri A Millane
0121 507 4205

Dr Kiran CR  Patel
Tel: 0121 507 3827

Dr Chetan Varma
Tel: 0121 507 5841

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