Interventional Fellowship – Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Supervisor: Dr Tim Kinnaird (, Lead Interventional Cardiologist

Current fellow: – Dr Ganesh Shivu (

The fellowship in Cardiff is a 1-2 year post and is now in its 3rd year of running. We have our second fellow now in post, our first having been appointed as a locum consultant in the midlands.

The fellow spends almost all of his/her time in the cath lab working with all 6 interventionalists. The Cardiff Interventionalists are almost exclusively radial (>90%) and have access to laser, rotablation, IVUS and pressure wire. OCT will be available shortly. There is also a TAVI programme and mitral valvuloplasty. Renal Denervation Therapy and percutaneous atrial occlusion are also in the pipeline. There is an active PPCI programme (400/annum) and the current fellow comes in voluntarily in the night to do a lot of these. There is an expectation that the fellow does 2 out-patients clinics and also participates in the on call rota. The typical volume per year for a Fellow is in the region of 400 first operator cases.


Author: Dr Ganesh Shivu


This a fellowship in a tertiary centre and gives a broad experience in coronary intervention. The centre covers nearly 1.2 million population and there is a high incidence of complex coronary disease. All the modern adjunctive tools like IVUS, pressure wire, rotablation and laser are available. The fellow is exposed to complex coronary work including primary angioplasty, CTOs, graft angioplasty, bifurcation and calcified lesions.


The job was advertised openly in the medical press

Typical weekly timetable

Seven to eight sessions in the cath lab which includes one admin session and two new patient clinics.

Cases and case mix

Around 250-300 and good mix of complex cases

On-call commitment

On-call on the general cardiology SPR rota at 1:13

Research opportunities

Adhoc opportunities available

About the area

Cardiff is a fantastic vibrant and small city, very close to the sea and country side.