Professor Bellenger is a consultant cardiologist. He is the lead for advanced cardiac imaging techniques including cardiac MRI.
Professor Bellenger is experienced in all areas of cardiology including coronary artery disease (angina), heart failure and arrhythmia (palpitations). His specialists areas of practice are interventional cardiology (investigation of angina with angiography and treatment with coronary stents) and the diagnosis of cardiac disease using advanced cardiac imaging (cardiac CT and MRI).
He graduated from University College and Middlesex School of Medicine, London in 1994 with his medical degree (with Hons and the prize for best overall achievement in finals), as well as an additional BSc in psychology. He performed his junior doctor training in London teaching hospitals, including intensive care at St Thomas’ Hospital. He spent 2 years at The National Heart and Lung Institute and Royal Brompton Hospital completing a research MD before completing higher cardiology training in Wessex. After completing additional training as the interventional fellow at Southampton General Hospital, he became a consultant at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in 2006.
Since his appointment at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital he has set up a nationally renowned, peer-reviewed cardiac MRI service. This service now performs cardiac MRI for 7 referring hospitals, has an established educational training program and a research infra-structure that supports MD and PhD students. He has been instrumental in the establishment of a coronary CT investigation service. He continues to practice full time, including equal contribution to the emergency 24 hr a day heart attack coronary angioplasty provision. He has previously held the role of director of cardiology.
Professor Bellenger is a clinical professor at the University of Exeter medical school. He has a strong research track record, with over 45 publications and has helped establish a cardiac MRI research facility there. He continues to supervise research MD and PhD fellowships and participate in international trials.
Professor Bellenger is an elected board member of The British Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. This is a national body that directly advised the British Cardiac Society and Department of Health on issues relating to cardiac MRI, promotes ever higher quality within the cardiac MR community and provides an active educational program.