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1. Why did you decide

to study medicine?

I always preferred the sciences when

I was at school. My brother was at

medical school when I was in my

teens and I was fascinated by his

stories when he came home. I don’t

think I ever seriously considered any

other career.

2. What made you pursue

your specialty?

I did three cardiology attachments in

the first 18 months after I qualified and

thoroughly enjoyed every minute of

every job. I was very fortunate to work

for, and with, some very inspirational

people and that shaped my future.

3. What is the most

rewarding part of your job?

The knowledge that the vast

majority of what we do makes a

difference. Frequently, that is not often

appreciated immediately by patients –

for example diagnosing and successfully

treating hypertension, or encouraging

smokers to stop. As an interventional

cardiologist, I perform procedures

on acutely ill patients, such as those

having heart attacks. Rescuing a life-

threatening situation is probably the

most rewarding aspect of my job

4. What do you enjoy doing

in your spare time?

I was fortunate to have the

opportunity to compete in a variety

of sports in Hong Kong and my

passion for sport has never left me. I

love taking my son and daughter to

football and cricket matches and

I follow most sports with enthusiasm.

I am usually lucky enough to be able

to spend time with my wife and our

kids at the weekend when we go

cycling or play tennis together, or

see what’s on at the cinema.

5. What is the title of your

‘best read’ so far?

A book called ‘Bounce’ by the Olympian

andTimes journalist, Matthew Syed.

It explores (and supports) the theory

that expertise in any field can be

achieved by practice, at the same time

largely dispelling the concept of ‘natural

ability’. It predominantly looks at sports

but also provides examples from a

wide range of fields such as medicine,

firefighting and chess.

6. If you could invite three

people to dinner, living or

dead, who would they be?

My son suggested Luis Suarez and

Patrice Evra, but could not think of

a third person! I’m not sure I would

enjoy the atmosphere so I would

invite Charles Darwin, John McEnroe

and Michael Jackson. Ideally, it would

be Darwin after he wrote ‘On the

Origin of Species’, McEnroe after he

wonWimbledon for the first time and

Jackson after ‘Thriller’ was released.

7. What is special about

where you grew up?

I grew up in Hong Kong, which was

(and still is) the most fantastic place.

There is always something going on.

It’s a cliche, but the city really never

sleeps. Growing up there was great

as it was a diverse melting pot of

nationalities and cultures. I attended

a truly international school with

students from all continents.You are

never more than a walk or short bus

or tram ride away from most things.

8. Where is your favourite

place in the world?

No prizes for guessing – Hong Kong!

I lived there for 18 years before I

came to medical school in the UK

and it is home to me.

9. Who would you get to

play yourself in a movie?

I guess it would depend if George

Clooney or Brad Pitt could carry

off wearing a turban! Seriously, Art

Malik plays a very convincing Sikh

in the current version of Upstairs

Downstairs and I would be happy and

honoured if he was given the role.

Dr Balvinder SinghWasan

qualified in Medicine from

Imperial College (St Mary’s) in

1994, attaining Membership of

the Royal College of Physicians

(London) in 1997.

He trained in Cardiology in the

NorthWest Thames region,

achieving his completion of

specialist training in 2004. He

was appointed as a Consultant

Cardiologist to Queen Elizabeth

& St Thomas’ Hospitals the

same year. He was awarded

the Fellowship of the RCP in

2008. His specialist interests are

all aspects of coronary artery

disease, from screening to

prevention to intervention.

Dr Balvinder

Singh Wasan




Queen Elizabeth and

St Thomas’ Hospitals

Secretary: Rosemary Gray

T: 020 7234 2255

F: 020 7234 2998

[email protected]

Consultant Interview



Dr Balvinder

Singh Wasan

Consultant Cardiologist