I am a hard-working Consultant Cardiologist.
My specialities are heart-related diseases of adults and internal medicine. I have a broad experience in interventional cardiology since 2002. I am best in performing angioplasties using balloons and stents to widen the blockages causing symptoms of angina. I am a great believer in Drug-Coated Balloon technique! Less is more = no metal is better! Our team has achieved fantastic and inspiring results in that field.
My special clinical interests involve performing so-called "slender" procedures via the wrist through small catheters using advanced methods - trans-radial PCI, invasive haemodynamics, pressure wire measurements, IVUS, OCT and rotational atherectomy. I also believe in dual-axis rotational angiography using contrast injector and small, 4F (1.33 mm) catheters. That makes it possible using a small amount of contrast media (usually 20-25 ml), which is a great advantage, especially if the patient's kidneys are not performing well.
I graduated from the Faculty of Medicine from Tartu University, Estonia 1988 and performed further training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at Tampere University Hospital, Finland.
Between 1996-1998 I worked as a Consultant at the Intensive Care Department at Kuopio University Hospital in Professor Jukka Takala's team.
In 2002, I was offered an interventional post in Stockholm, Sweden and between 2002-2010 I worked as an Interventional Cardiologist at Karolinska and Danderyd University Hospitals in Stockholm, Sweden. After that, I worked for four months at Emergency NGO at the Salam Centre for Cardiovascular Surgery in Khartoum, Sudan.
I am a Member of The British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) and The British Cardiovascular Intervention Society (BCIS) and the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI). I am a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (FESC) and International Associate Member of The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI). I am a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) of London.
I have worked as a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at NNUH since May 2010. That is a shared post; I also support James Paget Hospital with Cardiology services. In June 2017 NNUH appointed me as Cardiology Service Director. After three years of tenure, I am now looking for new areas to develop related to digital health and integration in Cardiology.
I was recently a student at Keele University, where my goal was to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Leadership. Unfortunately, due to lack of time and resources, I did not finish the program. One can't be successful in everything!
I am first Dahn Black Belt (JKN) in Korean Traditional Martial Arts and training to achieve the second Dahn level.
I love to ride my Harley-Davidson motorbike. I like Apple Computers & Gadgets, Blues and Jazz. I am married with five children.
I speak fluent English, Estonian, Swedish, Finnish and some Russian.