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Dr Amitava Banerjee

Dr Amitava Banerjee

Clinical Senior Lecturer Honorary Consultant in Cardiology

Institute of Health Informatics

Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Joined UCL
17th Aug 2015

Research summary

My methodological skills in epidemiology, biostatistics, public health and cardiovascular medicine have led to collaborations across traditional disciplines. In a programme grant from the European Union (Big Data@Heart), I am leading a work package to improve definitions of heart failure, atrial fibrillation and acute coronary syndromes using informatics approaches, including electronic health record phenotypes and machine learning. In a project grant from the European Research Council (REWARD), I am testing the feasibility of health impact assessment of new drugs using big data. Using UK primary care data, I am currently considering adherence to simple drugs (e.g. aspirin, beta-blockers, anti-hypertensives and statins) in acute cardiovascular disease in order to understand the scale of non-adherence in the UK and to improve the modelling and calculation of the “real world” impact of drugs. Funded by the NIHR, I am investigating burden of cardiovascular disease in homeless individuals and potential for improving healthcare delivery in this difficult-to-reach population. Whether as a collaborator in the Global Burden of Disease study, or in my population-based research in India, I am interested in comparison of risk factors, prognosis and health services for cardiovascular disease in different countries to guide quality improvement. 

Teaching summary

I have taught extensively at undergraduate and postgraduate level in a wide range of courses (MBBCh, BDS, BMedSci in International Health, MSc Public Health) and subjects from cardiovascular pharmacology and epidemiology to global burden of diseases and access to medicines. At UCL, I lead modules in ehealth and evidence-based healthcare in the MBBS programme, and Learning Health Systems in the MSc in Health Informatics. I supervise both MSc and PhD students in informatics, digital health, clinical epidemiology, global health, biostatistics and evidence-based medicine. I am Senior Advisor to the World Heart Federation’s (WHF) Emerging Leaders Programme, which is training the next cadre of international cardiovascular researchers to achieve the WHO’s goal of reducing premature global cardiovascular mortality by 25% by 2025 (the “25 by 25” initiative). At the Royal College of Physicians, I am Education Lead for the Health Informatics Unit, and I am also a Member of the Education Committee at the British Cardiovascular Society. As a member of the Science Communication Centre Expert panel, I often comment on news media stories regarding healthcare research, and also blog regularly, including for the BMJ, Huffington Post and The Guardian.

Education

University of Birmingham
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Postgraduate Certificate | 2015
University of Oxford
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2010
Royal College of Physicians
Doctorate, Member of the Royal College of Physicians | 2007
Harvard University
Other higher degree, Master of Public Health | 2005
University of Oxford
Doctorate, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery | 2002
University of Oxford
Other higher degree, MA Oxon | 1999

Biography


I am Associate Professor in Clinical Data Science at University College London, and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at University College London Hospitals and Barts Health NHS Trusts. To capitalise on the tremendous data science opportunities for research and clinical practice across health system silos, clinician scientists need knowledge and expertise in all three spheres of the “learning health system” (science, evidence and care) to navigate the path from science through to healthcare delivery. I am a pragmatic researcher, a passionate educator and a practising clinician, with interests spanning health informatics, learning health systems, cardiovascular epidemiology, global health, training and evidence-based healthcare.

After qualifying from Oxford Medical School, I trained as a junior doctor in Oxford, Newcastle, Hull and London. My interest in preventive cardiology and evidence-based medicine led to a Masters in Public Health at Harvard(2004/05), an internship at the World Health Organisation(2005) and DPhil in epidemiology from Oxford(2010). I was Clinical Lecturer in Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Birmingham, before taking up the position of Senior Lecturer in Clinical Data Science and Honorary Consultant in Cardiology at the Farr Institute of Health Informatics in August 2015.

I work across two busy tertiary care settings: University College London Hospitals and Barts Health NHS Trusts with both inpatient and outpatient commitments. Although I am subspecialised in heart failure, I have ongoing practice in acute general cardiology and have a keen interest in the diagnosis and management of atrial fibrillation. My clinical work very much informs my research and vice versa, whether in the evaluation of medical technology or the ethics of large-scale use of patient data. 

I live in London with my wife and our daughter.

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