Professor Gershan Davis

Prof. Gershan Davis

Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine

School of Medicine

Westlakes Campus, SLB127

+44 (0) 1946 517240

Subject Areas: Health

Gershan Davis is Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Consultant Cardiologist at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust. He is academic lead for the UCLan West Lakes phase 2 MBBS programme and Hospitalist Medicine MSc programme. His background is in Clinical Cardiology and Medical Education with a career spanning 30 years in medical practice as well as in undergraduate medical education at University of Liverpool and postgraduate Cardiology training with Mersey Deanery. His research interests include imaging of the coronary arteries, effect of obesity on heart rhythm disturbances and clinical education.

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Gershan’s background is in Clinical Cardiology and Medical Education.  After graduating from the University of the West Indies, Gershan did postgraduate training in London and Manchester obtaining his research MD from University of Manchester. He did a travelling research fellowship at Harvard University and subspeciality interventional cardiology training in Auckland, New Zealand and Boston, USA. Gershan spent 15 years as Director of the Cardiac Catheterisation laboratory at Aintree University Hospital and cofounded the Cardiac CT service and was Lead Cardiologist for Cardiac CT.            

Prior to arriving at UCLan, Gershan was Aintree University Hospitals undergraduate Year 3 Lead for University of Liverpool medical students and a member of the assessment group, University of Liverpool.

He has a track record in Cardiovascular Research with numerous publications in peer reviewed journals and an international reputation in Cardiac CT. He has chaired and moderated sessions at international academic meetings and supervised students post graduate degrees.

Based at UCLan’s Westlakes Campus, Gershan is involved in a range of postgraduate programmes and in providing academic leadership at the West Cumberland Education Centre.

Medical Qualifications:

  • FSCCT, Society of Cardiovascular CT, 2012
  • SCCT Level 3 Accreditation, Certification Board of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, 2011
  • Diplomate CBCCT, Certification Board of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, 2009
  • FESC, European Society of Cardiology, 2004
  • FRCP, Royal College of Physicians, 2004
  • FACC, American College of Cardiology, 2003
  • FRACP, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 2001
  • Doctor of Medicine MD, Research Higher Degree, University of Manchester, 1999
  • Diploma in Geriatric Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, 1994
  • Diploma in Cardiology (awarded with Distinction), National Heart and Lung Institute, University of London, 1992
  • MRCP (UK), Royal College of Physicians, 1992
  • MB BS, University of the West Indies, 1986

HE Qualifications:

  • PG Cert Learning and Teaching University of Liverpool, 2017
  • FHEA, Higher Education Academy, 2017
  • RCP doctors as Educators Accreditation, Royal College of Physicians, 2015

Leadership & Management:

  • 80 Credits at Level 7, MSc in Leadership and Management, Edgehill University,


Arrhythmogenic gene remodelling in elderly patients with type 2 diabetes with aortic stenosis and normal left ventricular ejection fraction.
Exp Physiol. 2017 Aug 14
Ashrafi R1, Modi P2, Oo AY2, Pullan DM2, Jian K3, Zhang H3, Gerges JY4, Hart G4, Boyett MR4, Davis GK2,5, Wilding JPH2.

Altered Left Ventricular Ion Channel Transcriptome in a High-Fat-Fed Rat Model of Obesity: Insight into Obesity-Induced Arrhythmogenesis. Journal of Obesity, 2016.
Ashrafi, R., Yon, M., Pickavance, L., Yanni Gerges, J., Davis, G., Wilding, J., Jian, K., Zhang, H., Hart, G. and Boyett, M.

Napp, Adriane E., Robert Haase, Michael Laule, Georg M. Schuetz, Matthias Rief, Henryk Dreger, Gudrun Feuchtner, …Gershan Davis et al. "Computed tomography versus invasive coronary angiography: design and methods of the pragmatic randomised multicentre DISCHARGE trial." European Radiology (2016): 1-12.

Book: Illustrated Case Histories: Cardiovascular Medicine, Mosby-Wolfe 2000, Gershan K Davis, David H. Roberts

Book Chapter: Genetic Polymorphisms in Cardiovascular Disease. In, Variability in Human Drug Response. G.T.Tucker, ed. Esteve Foundation Symposia, Vol 8. Amsterdam: Excerpta Medica;1999, Gershan K Davis, S.Naseer H.Naqvi

Paper: A UK cardiac centre experience of low-risk, stable chest pain patients with calcium score of zero.

British Journal of Cardiology 2014; June 2014 21:78, Muhammad Ali Abdool, Reza Ashrafi, Michael Davies, Santosh Raga, Huw Lewis-Jones, Erica Thwaite, Peter Wong, Gershan Davis

NICE recommendations for the assessment of stable chest pain: assessing the early economic and service impact in the rapid-access chest pain service. Postgraduate Medical Journal 2013. 89(1051):251-7. Ashrafi R, Raga S, Abdool A, Disney A, Wong P, Davis GK.


Basic science clinical research, Multi-centre international clinical trials, Cardiac CT, Cardiovascular disease


Diagnostic Imaging Strategies for Patients with Stable Chest Pain and Intermediate Risk of Coronary Artery Disease: Comparative Effectiveness Research of Existing Technologies

TEACHING activities and responsibilities

  • Medicine, Cardiology
  • MSC Hospitalist Medicine Programme Lead, MBBS
  • Supervision of MRES and MD students for University of Liverpool


GMC UK Specialist Register Cardiology: 3237368SR, Royal College of Physicians, Society of Cardiovascular CT, European Society of Cardiology, American College of Cardiology, Royal Australian College of Physicians

External Activities

  • Examiner for OSCE and MB ChB LOCAS
  • Member Editorial Board, British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease
  • Member of Clinical Trials and Research Committee Society of Cardiovascular CT
  • Journal Reviewer for Circulation, JAMA, Catheterisation and Cardiovascular Diagnosis, Heart, Clinical Science and Post Graduate Medical Journal, BJDVD. Member British Societies: Cardiac
  • Principal investigator for International Multicentre Clinical Trials NIHR Portfolio supporting basic science cardiovascular research.


Presenter at:

  • EUROPREVENT 2017, Malaga, 2017
  • 10th Annual Meeting SCCT July 2015 in Las Vegas USA
  • UK Radiology Congress, Manchester 2014

In addition:

  • Abstract Moderator for Society of Cardiovascular CT 2014 Meeting San Diego 2014
  • Session Chairman for Late Breaking Clinical Trials SCCT Meeting 2014
  • Member of Clinical Trials and Research Committee Society of Cardiovascular CT