Rawlins, Dr John

BSc, MRCP, MD(res)




Interventional cardiology and cardiomyopathy

Training and education

  • BSc in physiology - University College London
  • Medical degree - Imperial College London, 2003
  • Training in London and around the south coast area
  • MD(res) in cardiomyopathy, with a thesis on the phenomenon of cardiac adaptation to exercise - Kings College London (under the tutelage of Prof Sanjay Sharma)
  • Fellowships in cardiac intervention in Southampton and Bournemouth


Dr Rawlins is a consultant interventional cardiologist who joined the Trust in 2016. He specialises in complex coronary intervention, including treatment for chronic total occlusions (blockage of a coronary artery for 30 days or more) and rotational atherectomy (surgery to improve blood flow to the heart by opening a narrowed artery).

Dr Rawlins is also part of the team that carries out transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), a procedure used to replace a damaged aortic valve. He's involved in developing a new hybrid lab setting for TAVI that will enable cardiologists to be able to treat more people.

Together with Dr Andrew Flett, Dr Rawlins leads the Trust's service for cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle. They run a monthly multidisciplinary meeting for this service and coordinate with other hospitals in the region to organise care for patients with cardiomyopathy. Dr Rawlins is particularly interested in cardiomyopathy in athletes.

Key achievements

  • Being a husband to his wife Zoe and a father to their two sons.
  • Representing Britain in triathlon at European and world level.
  • Becoming a consultant at University Hospital Southampton.

Awards and prizes

  • Young Investigator Award – European Society of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Finalist - PharmaTimes Clinical Research Team of the Year 2012


Dr Rawlins' publications include:

  • J. Rawlins, F. Carre, G. Kervio, M. Papadakis, N. Chandra, C. Edwards, G.P. Whyte, and S. Sharma. Ethnic Differences in Physiological Cardiac Adaptation to Intense Physical Exercise in Highly Trained Female Athletes. Circulation 2010;121 1078-1085.
  • J Rawlins, M Green, S Talwar, P O’Kane. Optical Coherance tomography tomography following percutaneous coronary intervention with Excimer laser atherectomy. Cardiovasc Revasc Med. 2014 Jan;15(1):29-34.
  • J Rawlins, P Ludman, D O’Neil,, M Mamas, M de Belder, S Redwood, A Banning, A Whittaker,N Curzen. Variation in emergency percutaneous coronary intervention in ventilated patients in the UK: insights from a national database Cardiovasc Revasc Med.(accepted and in press).


You can contact Dr Rawlins via his secretary, Mike Marolia on 023 8120 1461 or email Michael.Marolia@uhs.nhs.uk.