Dr Pat Phen MB.BS PhD MRCP is a consultant cardiologist who qualified at Guy’s Hospital Medical School in 1991. Since then he has trained in cardiology at several prestigious London teaching hospitals including St George’s Hospital, Hammersmith Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital, and The Royal Brompton Hospital. He undertook 3 years of clinical research at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London and was awarded a PhD in Cardiovascular Medicine. He was appointed Consultant Cardiologist at Basildon University Hospital in 2004, where he is now the Clinical Lead, and The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre, when it opened, in 2007.
Dr Phen has extensive experience in managing patients with all common cardiac conditions such as angina (chest pain), heart attack, heart failure, heart rhythm abnormalities (palpitations and/or blackouts) and heart valve disease. He also regularly sees patients for cardiovascular risk assessment, treatment for high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and preoperative cardiac assessment.
Dr Phen has a special interest in cardiac rhythm management and the treatment of heart failure. At Basildon Hospital and The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre, he regularly implants cardiac pacemakers to treat slow heart rhythms that cause collapses or blackouts, implantable defibrillators (ICD) that treat life threatening abnormal heart rhythms, and biventricular pacemakers that help the two chambers of the heart to pump together (cardiac resynchronisation) in heart failure patients.
His other main interest is in cardiac imaging, particularly transoesophageal echocardiogram to assess heart valve abnormalities, three dimensional echocardiogram, and stress echocardiogram to assess patients with angina or heart attacks.
Having trained at Great Ormond Street Hospital, he is also one of the few cardiologists in Essex with experience in congenital heart conditions and sees these patients on a regular basis.
Dr Phen was part of a team of doctors that help set up The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre, one of the newest and most modern heart and lung centres in the UK, where he now works in close liaison with heart surgeons and other colleagues. He also has an active role as a clinical advisor and member of the Essex Cardiac and Stroke Network.