Dr James Stirrup graduated from Imperial College, London with degrees in Neuroscience (1999) and Medicine (2002). He underwent postgraduate General Medical and Cardiology training in London and Wessex and undertook doctoral research in Cardiovascular Imaging at Imperial College, London and the Royal Brompton Hospital, with the latter leading to the award of the 2014 National Heart and Lung Institute Thesis Prize. During this time, he also earned a Diploma in Physical Science from the Open University and medical membership of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine. Also in 2014, his interest in the interface between clinical practice and the law led to the award of a Diploma in Legal Medicine with Distinction by the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine.
He took up his current role as Consultant Cardiologist with a special interest in cardiovascular imaging at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in 2016. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT). He is a past Executive Committee member of the British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging/Cardiovascular CT, having served as Treasurer (2019-2022), Lead for Accreditation (2018-2019) and Liaison to the British Nuclear Cardiology Society. He also sat on the Thames Valley and Oxford Congenital Heart Disease Operational Delivery Network as Level 3 Hospital Representative (2020-2022) and served as Chair of the Royal Berkshire Hospital BMA Local Negotiating Committee (2020-2022).
With a strong interest in the development of the next generation of doctors, Dr Stirrup holds and has held several local, regional and national educational roles. He is a Royal College of Physicians Accredited Educator and an Educational Supervisor to Cardiology Specialty Registrars (StR) at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. Regionally, he serves on the Higher Education Thames Valley Cardiology StR Annual Review of Competence Progression Panel. Nationally, he served on the Royal College of Physicians Practical Assessment of Clinical Examination Skills (PACES) Scenario Writing Group between 2016 and 2019. He has lectured on cardiac imaging both nationally and internationally and has delivered hands-on cardiac imaging training on behalf of the British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging, British Institute of Radiology, British Cardiovascular Society, British Nuclear Medicine Society and European Society of Cardiology.
In addition to authoring or co-authoring journal publications (link below), Dr Stirrup is co-author of the Royal College of Radiology Standards for CT Coronary Angiography, contributing author to the ESC Textbook of Cardiovascular Imaging and co-editor of the Oxford Specialist Handbook of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, now in its second edition. He served also as a Cardiovascular Imaging Expert Panel Member for the 8th edition of the Royal College of Radiology iRefer (Making the Best Use of Clinical Radiology Services) Guidelines.
Dr Stirrup sees patients with chest pain, breathlessness, palpitation, dizziness and blackouts, as well as known existing conditions including high blood pressure, chronic stable angina, heart valve disease, heart failure and heart rhythm disturbances. He also has an interest in cardiovascular risk reduction, both in general and as it pertains to advanced imaging techniques.
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