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Dr. John E McDonald


United Kingdom

28 years of experience





Interventional Cardiology

Procedures Performed

Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, Intravascular Ultrasound, Rotational Atherectomy, High-Risk Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, Chronic Total Occlusion Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

Work Experience

Consultant Cardiologist

Royal Blackburn Hospital

Blackburn, United Kingdom.

from 2007

Locum Consultant, Interventional Cardiologist

Glenfield Hospital

Leicester, United Kingdom.

2006 - 2007

Specialist Registrar, Cardiology

Western Infirmary

Glasgow, United Kingdom.

2005 - 2006

Interventional Fellow, Cardiology

Royal Jubilee Hospital

Victoria, Canada.

2004 - 2005

Specialist Registrar, Cardiology

Hairmyres Hospital, Stobhill Hospital

Glasgow, United Kingdom.

2002 - 2004

Specialist Registrar, Cardiology

Western Infirmary

Glasgow, United Kingdom.

2001 - 2002

Specialist Registrar, Cardiology

St James University Hospital

Middlesbrough, United Kingdom.

2000 - 2001

Clinical Research Fellow, Cardiology

Western Infirmary

Glasgow, United Kingdom.

1998 - 2000

Senior House Officer

Western Infirmary

Glasgow, United Kingdom.

1995 - 1998


MBChB: University of Glasgow Medical School



Dr. John McDonald earned his medical degree and a first-class BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry from the University of Glasgow in 1994. He became a member of the Royal College of Physicians in 1997. After conducting research in heart failure, he received training in Cardiology through the West of Scotland rotation program based in Glasgow. This training covered various aspects of general cardiology with a focus on interventional cardiology, heart failure, pacemaker implantation, transthoracic and transoesophageal echo, and the management of ischaemic heart disease, arrhythmia, and hypertension.

In 2005, Dr. McDonald completed an international interventional fellowship for a year at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Canada. During this period, he gained extensive experience in various procedures such as transradial percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), laser and rotational atherectomy, and primary PCI. He mainly performs transradial interventions for better patient comfort and lower bleeding risk. Dr. McDonald also conducted research on preventing in-stent restenosis and presented his work at national and international conferences.

Since 2007, Dr. McDonald has worked as an Interventional Consultant Cardiologist at Blackburn Royal Hospital in Blackburn after briefly working as a consultant at Glenfield Hospital, Leicester. He has contributed significantly to improving cardiac care in East Lancashire. He performs approximately 600 angiograms/angioplasty procedures and 100 pacemaker implants annually, and his annual workload exceeds 1,000 patients, covering all areas of clinical cardiology. He specializes in chronic total occlusions (CTOs) and is recognized as an expert at the national and local levels. He visits other hospitals in the area to offer proctoring to other cardiologists for CTO procedures and is one of the most experienced operators for complex coronary interventions in Lancashire.


Dr. John E McDonald has more than 25 publications

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