DR. FAWAZ AKHRAS MB BCh, MPhil, MD, FESC, FAHA, FACC

FAWAZ AKHRAS is a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at the Cromwell Hospital in London. He also practices at his private medical clinic in Harley Street, London.

He completed his postgraduate studies at King College Hospital, University of London, where he also obtained his higher degree in Internal Medicine and Cardiology.

In 1992 during his post as Senior Lecturer in Cardiology at the Westminster and Charing Cross Hospitals Medical School - London, he was appointed Chairman of Cardiothoracic Department at King Fahd Military Hospital in Jeddah and was also selected to set up the regional cardiothoracic centre and the first cardiac interventional programme. In 1995 he returned to his post at Charing Cross and Westminster Hospitals.

In 2000 he developed the first cardiac interventional research programme in Syria, which has subsequently led to its integration into multi-centre European research studies. To date, he results of five clinical cardiac research projects have been presented at the American Heart Association meeting in Chicago, Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) conference in Washington, two PCR conferences in Paris and more recently at the ESC conference in Stockholm. He is at present the principal investigator of the Syrian arm of an international study of 5,000 real world patients with coronary artery disease looking at the long-term results of the Paclitaxel Eluting Stent (IPES) in such patients. An interim report of the study was presented at the annual ESC Congress in Stockholm in September 2010.

Such achievements come on the back of his extensive experience in clinical cardiac research. He has published a large number of original research publications in peer-review international medical journals. He has been Guest Lecturer at numerous national and international scientific conferences where he also assumed Chairman and Faculty Member positions. He is also internationally recognised for his outstanding contribution to the development of the first physiological pacemaker, which is now widely used around the world in the treatment of patients with heart block.

He is the recipient of several awards in recognition of his personal contribution to clinical and scientific research in cardiology. He is a fellow of the European Society of Cardiology, the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the British Cardiac Society, the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society and the British Society of Echocardiography. He is also a member of the European Society of Cardiology working group on myocardial function. He is actively engaged in teaching and has strong interests in clinical research that bridges the basic and clinical sciences in cardiology. He is a member of the Order of William Harvey for Education in recognition of his commitment to education at the American College of Cardiology.

Away from medicine, Fawaz Akhras is personally interested and committed to initiatives relating to his native country, Syria. He is the founder and Co-Chairman of the British Syrian Society in London and Damascus. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors to the Centre for Syrian Studies, St Andrews University, Edinburgh UK. He is a board member of the World Council of Syrian Expatriates. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Syrian Heritage Foundation.