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David Begley: Consultant Cardiologist, Private Heart Specialist, Cambridge

David Begley
Consultant Cardiologist, Private Heart Specialist, Cambridge: David Begley

David Begley is a Consultant Cardiologist at Papworth Clinic in Cambridge, providing heart treatment at the UK's largest cardiothoracic hospital. He has extensive experience in all aspects of adult cardiac electrophysiology including the ablation of complex arrhythmias, and device implantation including extraction techniques. 


Dr David Begley, MB ChB MD, graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1994. Following a period of general training in Scotland, he completed a period of clinical research in hypertrophic cardiomoypathy at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, USA and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine by the University of Edinburgh.


He trained in general cardiology in the northern rotation based at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle and James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough where he completed subspecialty training in cardiac electrophysiology and device therapy. He was appointed a consultant at Papworth Clinic in 2007.


Special interests include the ablation of ventricular tachycardias related to ischaemic heart disease and cardiomyopathies and undergraduate teaching. His research interests are related to the ablation of complex arrhythmias.


Cardiac services and heart surgery at Papworth Clinic in Cambridgeshire

Papworth Hospital provides cardiac services for all aspects of the diagnosis, management and treatment of heart conditions in adults.


Cardiac diagnostics

Papworth provides a range of diagnostic tests designed to assess the structure and function of the heart.



Papworth is one of the UK’s leading centres in coronary angiography, angioplasty and stenting, undertaking high volumes with a lower complication rate than other peer group hospitals. Papworth is one of the first centres in Europe to offer transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), a procedure for patients at high risk with aortic valve disease.


Electrophysiology and devices

Papworth is one of the UK’s leading centres for Electrophysiology (EP). This rapidly developing area uses the latest 3D mapping equipment and is the fastest growing cardiology service in Papworth, the UK and internationally.


Cardiac surgery

Papworth is one of the UK’s leading and largest specialist providers of cardiac surgery including Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG), and is the UK’s largest valve repair/replacement centre.


Papworth Hospital cardiac treatment in the UK

Dr Begley's clinical interests


  • Arrhythmias

  • Radiofrequency ablation

  • Pacemakers

  • Implantable defibrillators

  • Cardiac resynchronization therapy

Research interests 


  • Arrhythmias

  • Radiofrequency ablation

Key publications


  • Khan FZ, Virdee MS, Read PA, Pugh PJ, O'Halloran D, Fahey M, Elsik M, Begley
    D, Fynn SP, Dutka DP. Effect of low-amplitude two-dimensional radial strain at
    left ventricular pacing sites on response to cardiac resynchronization therapy. J
    Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2010 Nov;23(11):1168-76. PubMed PMID: 20888187

  • Khan FZ, Salahshouri P, Duehmke R, Read PA, Pugh PJ, Elsik M, Begley D, Fynn
    SP, Dutka DP, Virdee MS. The impact of the right ventricular lead position on
    response to cardiac resynchronization therapy. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2011
    Apr;34(4):467-74. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-8159.2010.02995.x. Epub 2011 Jan 5. PubMed
    PMID: 21208234

  • Khan FZ, Virdee MS, Read PA, Pugh PJ, Begley D, Fynn SP, Dutka DP. Impact of
    VV optimization in relation to left ventricular lead position: an acute
    haemodynamic study. Europace. 2011 Mar 21. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID:

  • Heck PM, Hoole SP, Cooper JP, Begley DA. Inadvertent placement of left
    ventricular endocardial pacing lead. J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown). 2010 Aug 3.
    [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 20686415

  • Calvert PA, Rana BS, Begley DA, Shapiro LM. Occlusion of left atrial appendage
    to treat atrial fibrillation. Lancet. 2009 Nov 21;374(9703):1742-3; author reply
    1743. PubMed PMID: 19932351

  • Begley D, Mohiddin S, Tripodi D, Winkler J, Fananapazir L. Efficacy of implantable cardioverter defibrillator therapy in primary and secondary prevention of sudden cardiac death in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol 2003;26(9):1887-1896

Areas covered for private cardiology and heart treatment in Cambridgeshire

Patients are referred from a wide region that includes:


  • Cambridge
  • London
  • Bury St Edmunds
  • Peterborough
  • Bedford
  • Saffron Walden
  • Newmarket
  • Huntingdon
  • Royston




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Papworth Clinic at Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Papworth Everard, Cambridge, CB23 3RE

Tel: +44 (0) 1480 364 639

Email: privatepatientenquiries@papworth.nhs.uk
Web:  www.papworthclinic.com 


Qualifications and memberships


  • MB ChB 1994

  • MRCP(UK) 1996

  • MD 2008


Professional memberships


Places of work

Papworth Clinic at Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Papworth Everard, Cambridge, CB23 3RE

Tel: +44 (0) 1480 364 639

Email: rivatepatientenquiries@papworth.nhs.uk Web:  www.papworthclinic.com