Shakeel A. Qureshi

Shakeel A Qureshi is a Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist and Professor of Paediatric Cardiology at the Evelina Children’s Hospital, Guy’s & St Thomas’s Foundation Trust, and King’s College, London.  He was the Head of Service for Paediatric Cardiology between 2004 and 2012 and Director of Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory between 1999 and 2012.

Professor Qureshi received his MBCHB degree from the University of Manchester in 1976, passed Membership of Royal College of Physicians of London in 1979.  He completed his training in Paediatric Cardiology at Harefield Hospital, Guy’s Hospital and Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital.  He was appointed as a Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist at Liverpool in 1987 and then at Guy’s Hospital in 1988.  He spent a period of 2 years (between 1983 and 1985) at Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology, Rawalpindi, Pakistan where he set up the Department of Paediatric Cardiology.

Professor Qureshi was elected Fellow of Royal College of Physicians in 1995 and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in 1997.  He is a member of British Congenital Cardiac Association (BCCA), of which he was a founder secretary, British Cardiac Society (BCS), British Medical Association (BMA), Association for European Paediatric and Congenital Cardiology (AEPC) and Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions (SCAI).  He was Scientific Secretary of AEPC between 2003 and 2007, its President-elect in 2009 and 2010 and President between 2010 and 2013.  He was also President-elect of BCCA between 2007 and 2009 and its President between 2009 and 2012.

Professor Qureshi has been a member of many committees in UK as well as abroad.  In the UK, he was a Council member of British Paediatric Cardiac Association (1991-1996), Royal College of Physicians Committee on Cardiology (1994-1999), Secretary of Specialty Advisory Committee for Paediatric Cardiology (1997-2000), its Chairman (2000-2003), member of Advisory Group for Commission for Health Improvement (1998-1999), member of Committee on Safety of Medicines (1998 – to date), member of Steering Group and Standards Group for Safe and Sustainable Paediatric Cardiac Surgery programme (2008 – 2012).  Overseas, he was a member of European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Scientific Committee (1995-1996 and 2001), National Delegate of Educational Committee of AEPC (1999-2009), member of Congress Programme Committee of ESC (2010-2013).  In 2007, he was invited to give the prestigious named lecture of AEPC, the Edgar Mannheimer lecture and also gave the first Edgar Mannheimer lecture at the Ethiopian Paediatric Society meeting in Addis Ababa in 2012.

Apart from being a clinical paediatric cardiologist, Professor Qureshi has developed particular expertise and interest in interventional paediatric cardiology as well as adults with congenital heart disease.  In addition, he has an interest in quality outcomes in congenital heart disease.  Professor Qureshi has been a visiting professor to many units around the world, where he has taught interventional techniques to many doctors and teams.  He is invited to many international scientific conferences around the world where he has given countless lectures in particular on interventional techniques and the latest developments.  He also holds practical workshops in these meetings as well as at the hospitals around the world.  For the past 15 years, he has been a Co-Director of Congenital & Structural Interventions (CSI) Annual Course held in Frankfurt, Germany and has been a regular faculty member of Paediatric Interventional Cardiology Symposium (PICS) since its development.

Professor Qureshi has published almost 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals, written numerous book chapters and review articles as well as co-edited an interventional paediatric cardiology textbook.  He is a co-inventor of Tyshak balloon and has 2 patents for catheters and devices.  He was the subject of a BBC documentary in 1992 for an innovative interventional procedure, and 2005, when he took a team to help with the earthquake in Pakistan.  He was awarded one of the highest civilian awards by the government of Pakistan for services to medicine in 2004.  In the same year, he was given the PICS Outstanding achievement award.