I am a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Academic Clinical Fellow in Cardiology at Imperial College London, currently undertaking my PhD fellowship at the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI) at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. My main area of research is working on the NIHR Health Informatics Collaborative (NHIC) with an aim to facilitate the re-use of routinely captured clinical data for translational research. Assembling sufficiently large sets of real-world clinical data can cast light on patterns of disease that are impossible to adequately define in a single centre study or multicentre trial. 

I have been privileged to train on the integrated academic pathway since graduating from medical school. Research allows me to progress, use my imagination and face new challenges every day. My academic posts have provided me with the opportunities to work alongside highly motivated and talented individuals. Furthermore, having the opportunity to contribute to research, which may one day lead to changes in clinical practice, is incredibly gratifying. Furthermore, I have opportunities to travel and work with colleagues around the United Kingdom and abroad. I can’t think of anything else I would rather be doing! 

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