Dr Derek Leslie Connolly

Consultant Interventional Cardiologist

BSc (1st Class Hons); MB ChB (Edinburgh); PhD (Cambridge); FRCP

Professional Membership

  • Royal Colleges of Physicians 1991
  • British Cardiovascular Society 1996
  • British Cardiovascular Intervention Society 2000
  • British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging 2013
  • British Society of Cardiovascular CT 2013
  • Primary Care Cardiovascular Society 2019
  • European Atherosclerosis Society
  • European Society of Cardiology
  • Board Member of the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society

Clinical Interests

  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Risk
  • Chest pain
  • Cardiac CT
  • Coronary Angiography
  • Coronary Angioplasty
  • Cholesterol
  • Blood Pressure
  • Heart Failure
  • Screening
  • Clinical Trials

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Personal profile

Dr Derek Connolly is an experienced Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, with over 20 years of practice as a Consultant at The Priory Hospital. Dr Connolly is a an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Birmingham City Hospital and is also Director of Research and Development at Birmingham City Hospital & Sandwell Hospital. He was appointed to his current post as Consultant Interventional Cardiologist in 2000.

Dr Connolly is the Chief or Primary Investigator of multiple large trials in Cardiovascular medicine. He developed one of the UKs first primary angioplasty programmes, and one of the UKs largest cardiac CT programmes.

He was on the design and naming team of the forthcoming super hospital, the Midland Metropolitan University Hospital which will open 2022.

Dr Connolly’s primary interest and research is in the detection and treatment of coronary artery disease.


He trained in Cambridge, London, Edinburgh and San Diego where he was a Carnegie Scholar. He has a first class degree in Pharmacology from the University of Edinburgh where he was the Brunton medallist and Keasbey Bursary holder. His PhD is in molecular cardiology from the University of Cambridge.

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