Dr Raj Thakkar, BSc(Hons) MBBS MRCGP MRCP(UK), trained at University College London where he achieved a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and completed his medical degree in 1999. He went on to a GP training programme in the Oxford deanery during which time he completed postgraduate membership exams of both the Royal College of General Practitioners and Physicians. Raj went on to win the national GP enterprise award in his division. He also completed an enhanced GP registrar post in cardiology.
Raj’s varied roles have included working as a GP partner since 2004, Clinical Commissioning Director for Bucks CCG in planned care, Cardiac Lead for Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network, primary care cardiology lead for the Oxford Academic health science network and atrial fibrillation champion for NHSIQ Thames Valley. He is also on the national team for heart failure and valve disease, and national primary care workstream co-lead (national cardiac pathways improve programme, NHSE/I).
He also worked as a presenter on BBC Radio and is a medical writer, speaker and advisor. Raj has written and published over 200 articles and several books including the MIMS consultation guide which won the BMA book of the year award in the category of medicine 2012. He has achieved two atrial fibrillation pioneer awards, was a national finalist for GP of the year in 2017 for his work in heart failure, and a national finalist in the prestigious HSJ awards 2019 for his work in atrial fibrillation.