Dr Mark Sopher

Dr Mark Sopher was appointed Clinical Director at the Dorset Heart Clinic in 2016.

Dorset Heart Clinic (DHC) is an operating company of Regent’s Park and a formal LLP partnership with The Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. DHC has been operating since 2016.

He trained as an undergraduate at Guy’s Hospital in London graduating with a first class BSc and top of my year in the clinical school with Distinctions in my final MBBS exams. He worked in London in Medical specialities at the Hammersmith Hospital, the National Hospital for Neurology and St Thomas’ Hospitals prior to undertaking specialist research and clinical training in Cardiac Arrhythmias at St George’s Hospital funded by British Heart Foundation research grants. This led to the award of an MD degree from the University of London for my thesis on new treatments for Atrial Fibrillation. He completed his specialist training in Cardiology and Cardiac Rhythm Management in London mainly between St George’s and the Royal Brompton Hospitals.

He was appointed in 2005 as Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital to set up the new regional service for catheter ablation procedures and for complex devices (Cardiac Re-synchronisation ‘CRT’ and Implantable Defibrillators ‘ICD’). This was the first such comprehensive service in the UK to exist outside of a cardio-thoracic centre. The service has flourished now having 3 full-time consultants, and several other consultants in the region who have been trained to also provide complex device implants. As well as being Clinical Director of the Dorset Heart Clinic he also sit on its Executive Management Board.

Research

He is the clinical lead for the Dorset-wide improvement programme for Cardiology services (‘Vanguard’). He holds a Clinical Excellence award – currently level 7. He leads research and teaches in the area of Cardiac Rhythm Management and has been an author of many original articles, reviews and book chapters in this field. I have represented Wessex on the NHS England Clinical Reference Group for Complex invasive Cardiology and helped develop the current national guidance for ablation and complex device services He is very interested in the wider issues of the effective and efficient delivery of high-quality healthcare services and, following part-time studies, he was recently awarded a higher degree from The London School of Economics in Healthcare Management  and Economics (MSc with merit).