Interview by Louise Rishton (Commissioning Editor) and Tanya Stezhka (Assistant Commissioning Editor)
Ganesh Manoharan graduated with Distinction from Queens University of Belfast (UK) in 1993. He completed his training in Cardiology in Belfast and his Advanced Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at the OLV Hospital, Aalst, Belgium. He was appointed as a Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Victoria Hospital (Belfast, UK) in 2004. Since 2004, he has written service development business cases towards successful implementation of four clinical procedures in Northern Ireland, namely the use of rotational atherectomy (Rotablator®), intracardiac ultrasound (Accunav System®), increased use of PressureWire™ and, more recently, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Dr Manoharan is the clinical lead for the TAVR programme in Northern Ireland and functions as a Clinical Proctor for the Medtronic CoreValve® and the St Jude TAVR Programs. He has successfully started up and trained over 50 Regional Cardiology Centres in Europe, Asia and Australia, and has been involved in over 1000 cases to date. Dr Manoharan also functions as the Educational Supervisor for Cardiology and supervisors both Clinical and Research Fellows. He is actively involved in clinical and experimental research, with numerous publications.