Japanese cardiologist works alongside Belfast Trust world experts


Belfast Trust Cardiologists, Drs Simon Walsh and Colm Hanratty, have welcomed Dr Masahiko Ochiai to Belfast.

Dr Ochiai is recognised internationally as a world leader in the management of totally occluded (blocked) coronary arteries (CTO).

He is one of the forefathers of contemporary CTO intervention and has been considered a global expert for 20-years.

Drs Walsh and Dr Hanratty themselves, have also developed a worldwide reputation as leaders in this field and complex coronary intervention generally.

The Belfast Trust cardiologists performed three complex procedures, while at the same time passing on the clinical and procedural techniques that have been developed in Belfast so that these can be now adopted in Japan.

Dr Hanratty paid tribute to the nurses, clinical physiologists, radiographers and service managers who make this pioneering work possible.

He added, “It was wonderful to have Dr Ochiai in Belfast learning new ways to open these blocked arteries. He was very impressed with the dedication and skill demonstrated by the entire team.”

Pictured: Front row (L-R): Dr Simon Walsh, Dr Masahiko Ochiai and Dr Colm Hanratty