Dr Bernard Clarke

Consultant Cardiologist

BSc(Hons) MBChB MD(Dist) FRCP(London) FESC FACC

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Professor Bernard Clarke BSc MB ChB MD FRCP(London) FRCP (Edinburgh) FESC FACC FRAeS FRCOG (Hon) has been Consultant Cardiologist at Manchester Heart Centre, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since 1991. After qualification and house jobs in Sheffield he trained in cardiology principally at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital, London, The Royal Brompton Hospital London before completing his training in both adult and paediatric cardiology at Wessex Cardiothoracic Centre, Southampton University Hospitals.

As Honorary Clinical Professor of Cardiology at the University of Manchester, he supervises ( principally) the training of clinical academic cardiologists. He was formerly Training Programme Director for the North West Deanery and undertakes CESR assessments for the JTCPTB/RCP/GMC and external mentoring visits for the SAC. He has undertaken work for NICE and the HTA for a number of years. With Dr Derek Rowlands he has edited the 'Recent Advances in Cardiology' series of books since 2007.

His interventional cardiology work encompasses coronary interventions together with structural interventions in both congenital and acquired heart disease, as well as complex pacing devices and extractions.

Since 2003 Professor Clarke has helped develop the joint regional high risk pregnancy clinic at St Mary's Hospital Manchester (also part of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust) in conjunction with Dr Sarah Vause, Consultant in Fetal and Maternal Medicine. Both Professor Clarke and Dr Vause have helped produce and revise the national (and the 2015 international) guidelines for the management of heart disease in pregnancy. Professor Clarke is one of 4 cardiologists appointed by the RCP/BCS to the MBRRACE-UK which undertakes the confidential enquiries into maternal deaths in the UK. He was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2013. He is also a member of the 2015 Genomics England Clinical Interpretation partnership for both congenital and aortic disease programmes. His research currently centres around these clinical areas.

In 2012 he became a clinical performance assessor for the GMC (General Medical Council) and also CQC (the Care Quality Commission). Professor Clarke works in Aviation Cardiology as part of the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority advisory group and was elected Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in 2013.

Professional Memberships

  • British Cardiac Society

Clinical Interests

  • Interventional cardiology
  • Cardiac pacing
  • Congenital and genetic heart disease

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