Dr Ali Khavandi, Project Lead
Ali is the CardioKit Project Lead. He is a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust. He specialises in complex angioplasty and advanced rhythm device implantation. He is part of the consultant team providing 24/7 emergency treatments for the regional heart attack service at the Bristol Heart Institute. Additionally he implants complex pacemakers and defibrillators at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon. He has a special interest in minimising pacemaker scars and the role of diet in cardiovascular conditions. This has led to appearances on BBC Horizons and he currently writes on the subject of diet and health for the Observer.
Ali has Persian parents but was born and brought up in Bath. He went to school at King Edward’s and left with the prize for all round performance. He spent the majority of his childhood summers playing tennis at Lansdown Tennis Club.
He went to University in Manchester, which culminated in the Professorial House job. Following this, he trained in London and Bristol with the majority of cardiac training at the Heart Institute. His first Consultant appointment was at the prestigious Royal Harefield and Brompton NHS Foundation Trust but the strong links to Bath brought him back in 2013.
He is married to Heidi, who was Sister of the Acute Medical Unit at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. Ali and Heidi’s daughter Ara was born in 2015.
Mary Anne Fifield, Project Manager
Mary is the CardioKit Project Manager. Mary has worked at the Royal United Hospital in Bath since 2005, initially as a Cath Lab Nurse and then as Cath Lab Sister. The Cath Lab is where patients come to have various cardiology procedures, including interventions to unblock their heart arteries and sometimes this involves patients arriving mid-heart attack and needing emergency treatment. Mary was part of a big team who support patients and relatives through difficult times and aim to successfully treat their heart disease.
In 2013 Mary switched roles to work with the Diabetes Research Team and to establish Cardiology Research at the Trust. The Cardiology Research portfolio now includes a broad range of commercial and academic studies and research is now firmly embedded into the Cardiology Department. This means that patients have more opportunities to participate in research and maybe to influence future developments and outcomes.
Mary was appointed to the Project Manager position in September 2016. She has been supportive of Cardiologist’s Kitchen since it was first introduced by Dr Ali Khavandi, who she previously worked alongside. She is thrilled to be at the heart of an innovation to help patients improve their health and thereby delay or avoid needing to make that emergency trip to the Cath Labs.
Mary also continues to work with another research nurse to facilitate one of the National Institute for Health Research courses and both Jo and Mary are passionate about delivering this one day workshop which aims to enhance communication with patients.
Mary is Welsh and lives in Bradford on Avon. She has spent time living in Israel and consequently speaks Arabic more fluently than Welsh. She enjoys all things French, anything vintage, visiting art galleries and is constantly tuned in to Radio 4. These days Mary is always looking for quirky photo opportunities to update the ‘cardiologistskitchen’ Instagram feed, something she really loves to do.
Mary is married to Jon; she he has two sons and a cat named Basil, who breaks all the house rules.