Dr De Silva is a consultant interventional cardiologist, at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London having recently moved his NHS practice from the Bristol Heart Institute. He specializes in the management of coronary artery disease, looking after patients with chest pain, angina and those who have suffered heart attacks. His procedural expertise is in coronary angiography and complex percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with specific interests in high-risk PCI, chronic total occlusion recanalization and the development of robotic PCI as a mode of iterating upon conventional PCI approaches.
During Dr De Silva’s time in Bristol he was instrumental in developing a unique pre-operative anaesthetic-cardiology service for patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery, and in the introduction of a care pathway for critically ill patients who present with myocardial infarction (heart attack) complicated with cardiogenic shock.
Research and teaching:
Dr De Silva’s research interests revolve around the use of coronary physiology to guide patient management, ensuring a science-based emphasis on the treatment of coronary disease and chest pain syndromes. His interests range from descriptive translational research to large-scale clinical research trials within a wide variety of clinical settings.
Whilst in Bristol he was an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Bristol, where he collaborated with a number of faculties including computational and mechanical engineering departments to develop his research interests in stent engineering and design. Dr De Silva also has an on-going interest in the use of haemodynamic support devices in heart attacks and the technological development within this facet in interventional cardiology.
Dr De Silva is a regular invitee to international conferences presenting on his work and participating in panel discussions on current clinical and research topics. He has authored numerous international publications in peer-reviewed medical journals and has also edited a number of books within interventional cardiology.
Dr De Silva teaches on a number of national meetings and courses with an interest in development and education of training cardiologists. He is the course director of the ‘Careers in Cardiology’ and ‘Taking the first steps in clinical cardiovascular research’ courses supported by the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) and British Heart Foundation (BHF).
Qualifications and awards:
Dr De Silva studied medicine at St Bartholomew’s & The Royal London Medical school. He was later awarded a PhD from King’s College London for his research in coronary physiology (2014). His clinical training in general and interventional cardiology were at King's College and St. Thomas' Hospital's, London. Dr De Silva also completed an international fellowship in complex coronary intervention at the Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia.
Dr De Silva has been awarded research funding fromthe National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) (2009)and Heart Research UK (2010). Dr De Silva was nominated for the American College of Cardiology (ACC) young investigator award (2013) and awarded the King’s College London Graduate Research prize (2011) for his research on coronary physiology in myocardial infarction and ischaemic heart muscle dysfunction. Dr De Silva was more recently awarded a Transcatheter Therapeutics (TCT) International Fellows award (2016).