Professor Raj Thakkar

Primary Care Cardiology Lead, Oxford AHSN

Raj trained at University College London where he achieved a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and completed his medical degree in 1999. He went on to a GP training programme in the Oxford deanery during which time he completed postgraduate membership exams of both the Royal College of General Practitioners and Physicians. Raj went on to win the national GP enterprise award in his division. He also completed an enhanced GP registrar post in cardiology. Raj’s varied roles have included working as a GP partner since 2004, Clinical Commissioning Director for Bucks CCG in planned care and currently a clinical director in Berks West/Oxford/Bucks ICB, Cardiac Lead for the Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network, primary care cardiology lead for the Oxford Academic Health Science Network and atrial fibrillation champion for NHSIQ Thames Valley. He is also on the national EAG for heart failure and valve disease, and is the national primary care co-lead for the CPIP programme (NHS England and Improvement). Recently, Raj has been made CKD lead for the primary care cardiovascular society and UK Clinical Director for Healthy.io. Raj has worked as a presenter on BBC Radio and is a medical writer, speaker, and advisor. He has written and published over 200 articles and several books including the MIMS consultation guide which won the BMA book of the year award in the category of medicine, 2012. He has achieved two atrial fibrillation pioneer awards, was a national finalist for GP of the year in 2017 and a national finalist in the prestigious HSJ awards 2019 for his work in atrial fibrillation.