Dr Girish Viswanathan is a Consultant Cardiologist specialising in coronary artery disease intervention. He was appointed as a Consultant in 2014 at the South West Cardiothoracic Centre, Derriford Hospital, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust (UHP), Plymouth, UK. He is the Clinical Director for Cardiology at UHP and was appointed Clinical Director at Peninsula Heart Clinic in 2019.
Dr Viswanathan graduated in 1997 from India with subsequent post-graduate training in internal medicine from Madras Medical College and Medical University in 2001. He then joined the Manchester deanery where he underwent further medical training receiving his MRCP (UK) and higher speciality training in cardiology (CCT) from Wales in 2012. He also undertook an advanced coronary intervention fellowship at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital before being appointed at UHP.
His areas of expertise include the treatment of simple and complex coronary artery disease, coronary physiology, intra coronary imaging including IVUS and OCT, coronary chronic total occlusions, and cardiovascular risk factor management. He has performed over 900 coronary interventions at Derriford hospital since being appointed with nationally published lower than expected mortality rates and complications. His cases are regularly shown at international meetings to aid teaching and as examples of best practice.
Dr Viswanathan is currently the Clinical Director for Cardiology Services at UHP and steers a variety of committees including being lead for the South West Regional Cardiac Network. He is also responsible for data quality and submissions of National audits – the cardiology department at UHP is the only centre in the South West to achieve the 72 hour target for treating patients admitted with acute coronary syndromes and continues to have the best survival figures in the whole region.
He regularly teaches medical and dental students attached to Plymouth University and supervises Cardiac Physiology students and Physician associates. He also trains junior doctors for the MRCP examinations as well as senior cardiology trainees wishing to specialise in coronary intervention.
MBBS, MD, Dip N.B (Gen Med), MRCP (UK), PhD (UK), PhD (UK)