Dr Kanarath Balachandran graduated from Madras Medical College which is the largest medical institution in South India and was awarded a degree in medicine at the University of Madras in 1991. He subsequently undertook postgraduate training in Internal Medicine at the same institution leading to a doctorate in 1996. During this period, he successfully submitted a thesis in Hypertension and was awarded ‘best postgraduate trainee’ in Medicine. He obtained his MRCP(UK) in 1996 and subsequently began his career in Cardiology. He commenced his career in the United Kingdom in 1998 as a Registrar in Cardiology/Medicine in Glasgow and did two years of coronary interventional research. This culminated in several publications and a ‘Young Investigators Certificate’ for outstanding research at the European Society of Cardiology, Berlin in September 2002.
Dr Balachandran spent five years as a Specialist Registrar in Cardiology (2002 – 2007) in Bristol, UK leading to specialist certification. He was appointed Consultant Cardiologist at East Lancashire NHS Trust in 2007. Along with his colleagues, he has transformed the cardiology services in the region and been instrumental in vastly improving outcomes of cardiac patients particularly those with acute coronary syndromes. He sees more than 750 patients at his outpatient clinics and has the following expertise:
- Clinical Cardiology and cardiovascular risk assessment
- Hypertension, heart failure and lipid abnormalities
- Exercise Testing
- Holter and other forms of external cardiac monitoring
- Trans radial and femoral coronary intervention
- Trans radial and femoral cardiac catheterisation
- Single and dual chamber pacemaker implantation
- Implantation of implantable defibrillators
- Trans-thoracic and trans-oesophageal echocardiography.
Dr Balachandran has performed more than 1000 percutanoeus coronary interventions and implanted more than 250 pacemakers in his career with excellent success rates.
In his spare time, Dr Balachandran enjoys travelling, spending time with family, cricket and is a keen tennis player.