Cardiology (heart)
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Dr John Foran qualified in 1988 at St George's Hospital (University of London) and specialised in cardiovascular medicine, training in aspects in both adult and paediatric cardiology. 

This training incorporated time at a number of tertiary centres, including The Brook, St George's, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, King's College Hospital and the Manchester Heart Centre. He completed his specialist training in 1999 and undertook his first consultant post in 2000.

Dr Foran is currently a consultant cardiologist at Royal Brompton Hospital and also St Helier University Hospital (Surrey).

Areas of expertise

Dr Foran specialises in interventional cardiology including: 

  • coronary angioplasty 
  • stent implantation
  • management of heart rate 
  • rhythm disorders (catheter ablation and pacemaker/device implantation)
  • structural heart disease (including left atrial appendage closure techniques). 

He has over 20 years of experience in coronary angioplasty (performing his first procedure in 1990) and catheter ablation (performing his first procedure in 1991).

In 2003, Dr Foran pioneered LA appendage occlusion – a key-hole interventional technique used for stroke prevention in patients.

Research interests and teaching

Dr Foran’s research interests are largely focused on new and emerging therapies for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation.

He has travelled internationally to speak at many conferences and for his clinical work.


  • Thoracic surgery chapter in Cardiothoracic Critical care, Levy et al, 2007.     
  • ‘Principles and Practice of thoracic anaesthesia’ in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, 2011. 

Private patient referral 

If you would like to make an appointment with this specialist for private care, contact the RB&HH Specialist care team