Professor Bellenger is a consultant interventional cardiologist with a special interest in advanced cardiac imaging by cardiac CT and cardiac MRI.
Professor Bellenger is experienced in treating a broad range of heart conditions that includes chest pain, breathlessness, palpations, atrial fibrillation, valvular heart disease, and high blood pressure. His specialist areas of practice are investigation of chest pain, the diagnosis of cardiac disease using advanced cardiac imaging, and interventional cardiology (appropriate use of angiography and treatment with coronary stents or bypass surgery)
He graduated from University College and Middlesex School of Medicine, London in 1994 with his medical degree (with Hons and the prize for best overall achievement in finals), as well as an additional BSc in psychology. He performed his junior doctor training in the competitive London teaching hospitals, with additional training in intensive care at St Thomas’ Hospital. He spent 2 years at The National Heart and Lung Institute and Royal Brompton Hospital completing his research MD before completing higher cardiology specialist training in Wessex. In addition, he was awarded and completed the Advanced Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at Southampton. He became a consultant at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in 2006 with rare dual sub-specialty accreditation in both interventional cardiology and advanced cardiac MR imaging, in addition to echocardiography, stress echo, transoesophageal echo, pacing, performing an equal contribution to the emergency 24 hr a day heart attack coronary angioplasty provision, with an additional extensive research portfolio.
Since his appointment at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital he has set up a nationally renowned, peer-reviewed cardiac MRI service. This service now performs cardiac MRI for a number of referring hospitals, has an established educational training program and a research infra-structure that supports MD and PhD students. He has been instrumental in the establishing the cardiac CT service in accordance with the NICE guidelines for investigation of chest pain. He continues to practice full time on the NHS, performing private practice and research in his own time.
Bellenger has a strong research track record with over 50 publications. He
works closely with the Exeter Medical School and has established a cardiac MRI
research facility there. He continues to supervise research MD and PhD fellowships,
examines external PhDs and participate in international trials. National
positions include a previously elected board member of The British Society of
Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, the national body that directly advised the
British Cardiac Society and Department of Health on issues relating to cardiac
MRI, promotes ever higher quality within the cardiac MR community and provides
an active educational program.
of work Professor Bellenger enjoys competitive sailing as well as cycling.
Treatments and tests offered by Professor Nick Bellenger at Nuffield Health
- Electrocardiogram (ECG)
- Event monitor
- Assessment of all Aspects of Cardiology
- Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM)
Professor Bellenger has a strong research track record with over 45 publications. He works closely with the Exeter Medical School and has established a cardiac MRI research facility there. He continues to supervise research MD and PhD fellowships, and participate in international trials.
- British Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
- Royal College of Physicians
Other posts held
- Director of Cardiology, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital
Insurers Professor Nick Bellenger works with
Professor Nick Bellenger works with the following private medical insurance providers:
- Aviva Health
- AXA Health
- AXA - Global Healthcare
- Benenden Health
- Exeter Family Friendly
- Vitality Health (Pru Health)
Professor Nick Bellenger does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.
Professor Nick Bellenger has the following interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital:
Professor Nicholas Bellenger is one of five directors of Exeter Heart, which owns non-invasive cardiology equipment. Consultants who use this equipment charge their own fees for doing so. A fee for use of the equipment is negotiated between Exeter Heart or Nuffield Health Exeter Hospital and patients' private medical insurer by reference to the investigatory procedure undertaken. Exeter Heart's staff, maintenance and other running costs come out of this hospital fee.
Professor Nick Bellenger holds the following paid advisory role(s) either at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health:
Professor Nicholas Bellenger is one of five directors of Exeter Heart Limited, which as a company is paid £30,000 per year for identifying specialist personnel, managing aspects of the catheter laboratory and advising the hospital on clinical quality processes and outcome reporting in relation to specialist cardiac services and care. Exeter Heart receives no payment for any care delivered to NHS patients.