Dr Will Davies is a Consultant Cardiologist at Papworth with specialist interests in percutaneous coronary intervention for coronary artery disease, and structural intervention for degenerative valvular disease.
Dr Davies graduated from the University of Sheffield in 1998, gaining clinical distinctions and prizes at Final MB ChB. He then undertook training in Cardiothoracic Surgery, and was awarded Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2001.
During his period of surgical training, Dr Davies was appointed as the William J von Liebig Scholar in Cardiothoracic Transplantation at the Mayo Clinic, USA where he studied towards a Doctor of Philosophy research degree. His work on the role of circulating progenitor cells post cardiac transplantation led to him being honoured with the Mayo Clinic and Foundation Award for Individual Excellence.
On returning to the UK he worked as a Specialist Registrar for 18 months on the cardiac surgery service here at Papworth, including a six month period on the Transplant Team.
Having experienced first-hand the exciting advances in minimally invasive valve therapies whilst in the US, Dr Davies undertook cardiology training within the Eastern Deanery and gained Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 2009. His Fellowship at St Thomas’ Hospital, London allowed him to work alongside the pioneers in the field of minimally-invasive heart valve implantation.
Dr Davies’ unique training in both cardiac surgery and cardiology allows him to understand the strengths and weaknesses of both specialties when dealing with the patient with complex cardiac pathology.
Education and Training
April 2009 Doctor of Philosophy Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA and University of Sheffield, UK
March 2009 Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (UK)
November 2001 Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
July 1998 MB ChB from the University of Sheffield July 1993 BSc Honours Degree in Biological Sciences University of Birmingham, UK
Recent and Important Publications
Davies WR and Redwood SR “Laser Therapy for Intervention in Saphenous Vein Graft Stenoses” in “Lasers in Cardiovascular Intervention” Springer, In Press
Davies WR and O’Sullivan M “Percutaneous Intervention on the Mitral Valve” in “Core Topics in Cardiac Surgery” Cambridge University Press, In Press.
Davies WR and Parameshwar J “Heart Failure and Transplantation” in “Landmark Papers in Cardiology”, Oxford University Press. Published September 2012.
Peer Reviewed Manuscripts
The Use of Balloon Expandable Transcatheter Valves for Valve-in-Valve Implantation in Patients with Degenerative Stentless Aortic Bioprostheses: Technical Considerations. Bapat VP, Davies WR, Bolter K, Hancock J, Young C, Redwood S, Thomas M. JCTVS in press.
The Development of a Novel Technique for the Placement of a Balloon Expandable Transcatheter Aortic Valve Bioprosthesis without Prior Balloon Aortic Valvuloplasty. Davies WR, Bapat V, Hancock JE, Young C, Redwood SR, Thomas MR. EuroInterv 2014;10:248-252
European experience and perspectives on transcatheter aortic valve replacement. Davies WR and Thomas MR. Prog Cardiovasc Dis. 2014 May-Jun;56(6):625-34
New Advances in the Management of Aortic Stenosis. Davies WR and Redwood SR. GM2 2013 Sept 43;45-48
Remote Ischaemic Preconditioning Improves Outcome at 6 Years in Elective Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: The CRISP Stent Trial Long-term Follow-up. Davies WR, Brown AJ, Watson W, McCormick LM, West NE, Dutka DP and Hoole SP. Circ Cardiovasc Interv. 2013 Jun 1;6(3):246-61
Conference, conscience and climate. Clarke SC and Davies WR. Heart 2013, 99, 15-16
Acute Cholecystitis Leading to Ischaemic ECG Changes in a Patient with No Underlying Cardiac Disease. Patel N, Ariyarathenam A, Davies WR and Harris A. Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons 2011;15:105-108
Proteomic identification of non-Gal antibody targets after pig-to-primate cardiac xenotransplantation. Byrne GW, Stalboerger PG, Davila E, Heppelmann CJ, Gazi MH, McGregor HC, LaBreche PT, Davies WR, Rao VP, Oi K, Tazelaar HD, Logan JS, McGregor CG. Xenotransplantation. 2008 Jul;15(4):268-76.
Increased immunosuppression, not anticoagulation, extends cardiac xenograft survival. Byrne GW, Davies WR, Oi K, Rao VP, Ricci D, Tazelaar HD, Waker RC, Logan JS, McGregor CG. Transplantation. 2006 Dec; 82(12) 1787-91
A systematic review of randomised trials comparing revascularisation rate and graft patency of off-pump and conventional coronary surgery. Lim E, Drain A, Davies WR, Edmounds L, Rosengard, B (2006) J Thorac Cardiovascular Surg. Dec; 132(6):1409-13
Ex Vivo hypothermic recirculatory adenoviral gene transfer to the transplanted pig heart. Oi K, Davies WR, Tazelaar HD, Bailey KR, Federspiel MJ, Russell SJ, McGregor CGA (2006) J Gene Med 8:795-803
The Case Against Off-Pump Cardiac Surgery. Invited article as part of a series of “Controversies in Surgery”. Davies WR and Wallwork J for the Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, March 2006
T-cell responses during pig-to-primate Xenotransplantation. Davila E, Byrne GW, LaBreche PT, McGregor HC, Schwab AK, Davies WR, Rao VP, Oi K, Tazelaar HD, Logan JS, McGregor CG. Xenotransplantation. 2006 Jan; 13(1): 31-40
Cyclosporine decreases vascular progenitor cell numbers following cardiac transplantation and attenuates progenitor cell growth in vitro. Davies WR, Wang S, Oi K, Bailey KR, Tazelaar HD, Caplice NM, McGregor CGA. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2005 Nov; 24 (11): 1868-77
Cardiac xenotransplantation: Recent preclinical progress with three-month median survival. McGregor CGA, Davies WR, Oi K, Teotia SS, Schirmer JM, Risdahl JM, Tazelaar HD, Kremers WK, Walker RC, Byrne GW, Logan JS. (2005) The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery. 130:844-851
Prosthetic Valve Endocarditis: early and late outcome following medical or surgical treatment. Akowuah EF, Davies WR, Oliver S, Stephens J, Riaz I, Zadik P, Cooper G (2003) Heart 89: 269-272
The effects of chronic hypoxia on muscle oxygen supply and oxygen consumption in the rat. Marshall J M and Davies WR (1999) Journal of Experimental Physiology 84(1): 57-68
Peripheral Vascular Responses Evoked in Normal Human Subjects by Immersion of the Lower Limb in Cold Water. Marshall JM and Davies WR (1993) Clinical Autonomic Research Volume 3: 72-73