I retired from medical practice in November 2021, having been a consultant cardiologist at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, Barrack Rd, Exeter since 1995. 

I qualified in medicine from Southampton University Medical School in 1979 and held House Officer posts in Winchester and Portsmouth. I moved to London in 1982 working in General Medicine and Cardiology at Whipps Cross Hospital and Charing Cross Hospital where I completed a period of academic research with Professor Max Lab. From there I moved to the Brompton Hospital and started my training in cardiology in earnest before being appointed as the Senior Cardiac Registrar at The Royal London Hospital for next 4 years. During this time I gained experience in coronary balloon angioplasy with Dr Tony Rickards, Dr Ulrich Sigwart and Dr Martin Rothman. I have also gained experience in cardiac electrophysiology while working with Professor John Camm and Dr Edward Rowland at St Georges Hospital, Tooting.

I have written research papers, review articles and book chapters on various topics in Cardiology. I was awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1989 and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 1999.

I have served on council of the Royal College of Physicians of London and as Regional Adviser for the South West peninsula.

I have written a number of polemical articles for the BMJ and The Western Morning News (see blogs and writing).

I stood for the National Health Action Party in the Central Devon constituency in the general election in 2017 and narrowly lost by 30,000 votes.

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