DR FAWAZ AKHRAS is presently a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at the Cromwell Hospital in London where he performs cardiac catheterisation and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures. He also practices at his private medical clinic in Harley Street, London.

His current work is focused on his primary interest in interventional cardiology, which provides him with a platform for his on-going clinical research. He is the principal investigator of the Syrian arm of an international study of 5,000 real world (unselected) patients with coronary artery disease looking at the long-term results of the Infinnium Paclitaxel Eluting Stent (IPES) in such patients.

Prior to his current position, Dr Akhras held several positions within the NHS including Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Westminster and Charing Cross Hospitals. He was also appointed Chief of Cardiology and subsequently the Chairman at King Fahd Military Hospital in Jeddah where he was responsible for establishing a new regional cardiothoracic department. This proved to be an exciting challenge and culminated in a state of the art fully operational non-invasive and interventional cardiac programme. His role involved a spectrum of activities ranging from clinical duties to post-graduate training and managerial responsibilities. He was integral in laying down the firm foundations of the unit, which included recruiting extended from strong human resources to the establishment of systems, processes and protocols consistent with international standards of excellence. This was reflected in the establishment of several research projects, which led to the department presenting its work at several international conferences. He has significant experience in teaching both undergraduates and postgraduates including cardiac catheterisation and percutaneous coronary intervention.