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Perera, Divaka - consultant cardiologist and professor of interventional cardiology


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Divaka Perera


Secretary: Jane Tahermoosavi
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Area of expertise: general cardiology, ischaemic heart disease (coronary heart disease), interventional cardiology

  • Biography

    Divaka Perera graduated in medicine from Cambridge University and completed his early clinical training at Addenbrooke’s, Papworth and West Suffolk hospitals.

    He undertook specialist training in cardiology in south London and sub-speciality training in interventional cardiology at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals.

    In 2008, he received a senior lectureship award from the Department of Health, Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC). He was also appointed to the post of consultant cardiologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital. He was promoted to reader in interventional cardiology in 2013 and to professor of cardiology in 2017. 

    In addition to his clinical and research roles, he teaches undergraduate medical students and supervises postgraduate researchers towards MSc, MD and PhD degrees at King’s College London.

  • Education and training

    • Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (UK), 2012
    • Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in Cardiology (London), 2008
    • MD (King’s College London), 2006
    • Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (UK), 1999
    • MB BChir (Cambridge University), 1995
    • BA - first class honours (Cambridge University), 1993
  • Specialist interests

    Divaka treats patients with a range of general heart problems and specialises in management of ischaemic heart disease (coronary heart disease).

    He is an adult interventional cardiologist, with the following focus areas:

    • complex percutaneous coronary intervention (including rotablation, left main stem and multivessel coronary disease, vein graft disease, bifurcation disease, chronic total coronary occlusions)
    • advanced coronary assessment (pressure/flow wire studies, intravascular ultrasound, optical coherence tomography)
    • circulatory assist strategies to prevent and treat severe acute heart failure (intra-aortic balloon pumps, Impella pumps, extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation)
    • cardiac MRI-guided management of coronary artery disease and ischaemic cardiomyopathy
    • coronary microvascular disease (angina with unobstructed coronary arteries).
  • Research interests

    • Translational clinical research into the mechanisms and consequences of reduced blood supply to the heart muscle in chronic coronary artery disease, acute myocardial infarction and valve disease.
    • Designing and performing multicentre clinical trials to evaluate novel treatments for patients with ischaemic heart disease.

    Divaka's research programme is funded by grants from the British Heart Foundation, Heart Research UK, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and the National Institute for Health Research.

  • Awards

    • Michael Davies Early Career Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cardiovascular Science (British Cardiovascular Society, 2013
    • Clinical Senior Lectureship Award (HEFCE/ UKCRC/Department of Health, 2008
    • Doctoral Research Fellowship (Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charitable Foundation), 2001
    • Christ’s College Bachelor Scholarship (Cambridge University), 1993
    • Staines-Read Prize for Medical Sciences (Christ’s College, Cambridge, 1993
    • S. W. Grieg Prize for Neurophysiology (Christ’s College, Cambridge), 1993