Meet The Team

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Dr Daniel Augustine
Consultant Cardiologist
Sports, Cardiac Imaging & General Cardiology

Dr Dan Augustine is a Consultant Cardiologist. He is based in Bath and practices at the Royal United Hospital Bath. Dan qualified in 2002 from St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London Medical School and has undertaken a cardiovascular imaging research fellowship at the University of Oxford, leading to his MD degree. Dan is one of the first cardiologists in the UK to have completed a Masters degree in Sports Cardiology (2019), St Geroges University, London (via scholarship).

Dan  has expertise in Sports cardiology and general cardiology;  exercise prescription & cardiac imaging.

Dan specialises in cardiovascular imaging and is accredited in advanced heart ultrasound scans (echocardiography) and cardiac MRI.

Dan was one of the authors of the National guidelines on the screening of sports participants, published in 2018. He was also the lead author for the national guidelines on the use of heart ultrasound scans to help diagnose pulmonary hypertension, published in 2018. 

Dan is the author and editor of several national and international cardiology textbooks. It allows Dan to give a modern and expert opinion on a wide range of cardiological presentations. 

Dan enjoys running (half marathons / marathons).

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Dr Ed Duncan
Consultant Cardiologist
Sports, Arrhythmia & General Cardiology

Dr Ed Duncan is a Consultant Cardiologist. He is based in Bristol and practices at the Bristol Heart Institute, part of the Bristol Royal infirmary. Ed qualified in 1998 from Cambridge University and was awarded a PhD by Kings College, University of London in 2007. Ed has recently completed a Masters degree in Sports Cardiology at St Georges, University of London. To do this, he was awarded a scholarship by the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). Ed is a Consultant Cardiac Electrophysiologist specialising in the detection and management of arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythms). He routinely performs catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation, flutter and SVT, and provides the regional inherited arrhythmia service in Bristol, caring for survivors of cardiac arrest and screening their family members. 

Ed has published extensively, including recently on the management of atrial fibrillation in athletes.

 

Ed is a retired rower and a keen runner with multiple road and hill marathons under his belt.

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Dr James Willis, Phd
Clinical Scientist

James is a Clinical Scientist with over 15 years NHS experience in Cardiology specialising in cardiac ultrasound. James has an undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science, a second degree in Clinical Physiology and a research PhD in Echocardiography from the University of Bath.

In 2018, along with Dr Dan Augustine, James has set up one of the few physiologist led dobutamine stress echo services in the country, undertaking weekly lists in the NHS. James has an active research back ground investigating ultrasound changes in Pulmonary Hypertension and holds a Senior Lectureship post at a local University.

James is a former GB Age Group triathlete. He races for a local Bath based triathlon club and has competed in numerous triathlons from sprint to 70.3 distance. 

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Miss Gillian Kane
Highly Trained Specialist Cardiac Physiologist

Gillian is a Highly Specialist Cardiac Physiologist, specialising in Echocardiography. She trained in Northern Ireland and has been working in Bath for 5 years. Gillian is a keen athlete and currently plays hockey in the Investec Conference West National League for Team Bath Buccaneers.  Gillian trains closely with performance athletes affiliated with the University of Bath.

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Mrs Helen Twemlow
Highly Specialist Cardiac Physiologist

Mrs Helen Twemlow is Head of Adult Technical services and a Highly Specialist Cardiac physiologist at the Royal United NHS Foundation Trust with 34 years NHS experience. Helen specialises in echocardiography and diagnostic testing. As head of department, she has enjoyed focusing on training and education and the development of local apprentices within the Cardiac Centre. Helen was awarded the Mayor's City of Bath Citizens award for her services to the Cardiac rehabilitation population. More recently Helen has her PG certificate in Advancing Clinical Practice in Medical Ultrasound.Professionally she is registered with RCCP and AHCS, with memberships to BSE ,SCST WISE and BAPCR.

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Miss Holly Vestaskew
Administrative Lead

Holly has extensive administrative experience in the NHS and has used this to help coordinate departments, arranging patient appointments, manage test bookings and liaising with patients to ensure that their questions are answered in a timely manner. Holly has quickly become an invaluable asset to the RUH cardiology department. 

 

Outside of the NHS Holly studied Digital & Dark Room Photography at college so in her spare time enjoys taking scenic photographs. She also enjoys horse riding in the countryside as well as making bespoke celebration cakes in her spare time.