Fizzah Choudry has been appointed as a consultant in coronary intervention at Barts Heart Centre.
She is the first female cardiologist to be appointed to this role at Barts Health.
She will also take a leading role in promoting heart health within our local communities as part of our cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention programme.
Fizzah trained in cardiology at the London Chest Hospital and the Barts Heart Centre. She has also worked at several hospitals in our cardiac network.
During her training, she completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge with an MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship and was subsequently awarded an NIHR Clinical Lectureship. She now plans to do research into the genetics of coronary disease.
Her work in coronary intervention will include looking after emergency heart attack patients, as well as people coming into our hospitals for planned procedures.
She will help to run the trust’s new CVD prevention department including our ELoPE programme, which is helping to boost CVD prevention in primary care and the community by providing talks on healthy lifestyles to local schools and businesses, and lifesaving CPR courses.
Fizzah will also spend one day a week at Queen’s Hospital, part of Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, where she will focus on improving patient pathways both for intervention and CVD prevention between our two trusts.
Fizzah said: "I have been trained by excellent consultants and had inspirational mentors at Barts Heart Centre, which has given me a fantastic foundation in intervention and, more recently, CVD prevention.
"I’m thrilled to start my new role, which is unique in that it focuses both on the prevention and acute treatment of coronary disease. It's also timely given the closer collaboration between Barts Health and BHRUT.
"Our east London boroughs have some of the highest rates of deprivation and cardiovascular risk, prevalence and mortality in the country, and I look forward to developing services here which improve patient care and reduce the burden of heart disease for our local population."