Drs Edwards and Das are both full-time NHS consultant cardiologists who work at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle.
Dr Rajiv Das
MBChB MRCP MD
Dr Das's clinical interests are in the assessment of patients with chest pain, breathlessness, palpitations and hypertension. He has specialist interests in coronary artery disease and its treatment with coronary stenting and cardiovascular imaging using the new 'state of the art' techniques of cardiac CT and cardiovascular MRI. He has Level 3 Society Accreditation in cardiovascular MRI.
Dr Das was appointed as a Consultant Cardiologist at the Freeman Hospital in 2010. He is Associate Clinical Lecturer at Newcastle University and is heavily involved in teaching and training and recently completed the Certificate in Clinical Education at Newcastle University. He is clinical cardiology lead for the cardiovascular MRI programme at the Freeman. His other interests include being a representative of the New Consultant Committee for the Royal College of Physicians.
Dr Das studied undergraduate medicine at Leeds University. He underwent specialist training in cardiology in the North East of England. He also spent 18 months in Adelaide, Australia learning the skills of coronary intervention and cardiovascular MRI and CT.
Dr Das enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children. His interests incude running and cycling to keep fit. He often spends his weekends watching Newcastle United with his children at St James's Park.
Dr Richard Edwards
MBBS MRCP PhD
My name is Richard Edwards and I am 43 years old.
I have been a cardiology consultant at the Freeman hospital in Newcastle since 2006. My main interests are coronary and valve intervention. I see lots patients with very common and sometime very rare cardiovascular conditions with symptoms ranging from palpations to breathlessness and chest pains to blackouts. I am the clinical lead for the coronary care unit, and run the primary PCI and transcatheter valve implantation programmes. Cardiology is an amazing specialty as we can now effectively diagnose and treat virtually all cardiovascular conditions; so both patient and job satisfaction is very high. The Freeman Hospital is an exciting place to work especially because we are one of the busiest and one of the best cardiology units in the country.
I qualified in medicine at University College London in 1994 and did my junior medical rotation at St Thomas’s (London) prior to completing a PhD in cardiology at Kings College London in 2000. I performed my cardiology registrar training in Northwest London, mainly working at Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital NHS Trust and St Mary’s/Imperial College NHS Trust. I also performed a 2 year fellowship in interventional cardiology which included a 12 month stint in Melbourne Australia.
I live in the city with my wife Rona and we have 3 wonderful boys all under 4 years of age! I am so busy at home that I have given up team sports but keep fit by running or cycling to work. I also do the park run on Saturday in Exhibition Park. From time to time I run half marathons and take part in bike sportives like the Virgin Cyclone. I hope to be doing the Great North Run for the 4th time later this year.