Role Models: Interventional Cardiology

Dr Rosie Swallow

Rosie graduated in Medicine from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in 1994 as top of her class with honours in her final MBBS examinations. Her early training was in London and Oxford and she then went on to specialty training in Cardiology in Wessex. She completed her training as the first FelIow in Coronary Intervention at Southampton University Hospital in 2005.

She has been a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital (RBH) for the last 15 years. She with her colleagues set up and started the PCI programme in The Dorset Heart Centre (DHC) at the RBH which soon became the largest non-surgical PCI centre in the UK and the 7th largest PCI centre in the UK. The RBH is home to The Dorset Heart Centre performing 24/7 Primary PCI for the surrounding one million population (Dorset and parts of Hampshire and Wiltshire). The development of the Dorset Heart Centre PCI service was instrumental in winning the Hospital Doctor Cardiac team of the year 2006.

She has performed over 4000 PCI cases as the first operator, which includes a large number of complex cases with excellent results. She has been involved in a number of interventional clinical trials as local principle investigator and investigator, recruiting the patients, gaining their consent, and performing the intervention. She has presented at Euro PCR and TCT in abstract, cases and poster sessions.

Rosie has been involved in co-coordinating for the transmission and being a live “operator” in live cases for International (EuroPCR) and National meetings. She has presented frequently cases at “Angio Review” sessions at Advanced Angioplasty and Advanced Cardiac Intervention (ACI). She has also been a podium speaker and sat on a number of specialist panels at ACI over the last 15 years.

She with her colleagues has been heavily involved in training in Intervention. They have trained and completed the training of cardiology consultant colleagues in PCI. They have secured funding and set up a now well established training programme for interventional fellows at Bournemouth and run an excellent training programme. All of our Fellows the BOFs (Bournemouth Old Fellows) have gone on to Cardiology Interventional consultant posts both in the UK and around the world.

She is also a mother, hiker, cold water sea swimmer and very slow runner. In 2019 ditched her car for an electric bike and has never looked back.

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