Dr Pierluigi Costanzo
Dr Pierluigi Costanzo is a highly distinguished cardiologist practicing at Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, where he is the Clinical Lead for Coronary Intervention.
Dr Costanzo is an expert in treating common heart-related issues such as angina or chest tightness, shortness of breath, palpitations, dizzy spells and blackouts. He is the lead audit for all cardiac key-hole interventions performed at Royal Papworth Hospital and undertakes a broad range of these, including coronary (heart arteries) angioplasty, stent (to relieve angina and provide improved blood flow to the heart muscle) as well as the treatment of heart valve problems (particularly for the aortic valve, for which he performs “TAVI” procedures to replace damaged aortic valves).
Before starting his consultant post at Royal Papworth Hospital, he spent a year at Toronto General Hospital (Canada) to train in complex coronary intervention (having been awarded the competitive British Cardiovascular Intervention Society training grant). Following that, he was appointed as a structural (heart valves and structure) interventional fellow for one year at St Michael’s Hospital (Toronto, Canada). During this time, he trained in TAVI and other structural procedures and had the opportunity to participate in several, pioneering heart valve procedures.
He graduated with first-class honours and academic distinction from medical school in Italy and then moved to England where he undertook training in general internal medicine, cardiology, and interventional cardiology at Castle Hill Hospital (Cottingham, Yorkshire). During this time, he also obtained a Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the University of York, focusing on prevention of cardiovascular events, particularly in diabetic patients. He published several high-impact research articles and won multiple investigator awards at the European Society of Cardiology and American College of Cardiology conferences.
Alongside his clinical work, Dr Costanzo the research for TAVI procedures held at Royal Papworth Hospital which aims to make the procedure as safe and effective as possible with the results being shared amongst the national and international medical community. He also leads the regional teaching for the new generation of cardiologists (undertaking training in angioplasty, stents, and valve interventions).
He holds an editorial position for Interventional Cardiology Review, a scientific journal keeping the community of specialist cardiologists up to date with state-of-the-art cardiac interventions.
Finally, he is a proud member of several national and international societies including British Cardiovascular Society, Canadian Cardiovascular Society, British Cardiovascular Interventional Society, European Society of Cardiology, amongst others.
Dr Costanzo is available to see private patients in Cambridge.
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