Dr Aruna Arujuna is a Cardiac Electrophysiologist and Devices Specialist at The Lanchashire Cardiac Centre (LCC) and an honorary senior lecturer in King's College London.
His areas of interest include an integrated approach in managing Heart Rhythm Conditions, the management of Atrial Fibrillation, the role of Imaging in Electrophysiology and Advanced Pacing.
At Bristol Medical School, Dr Arujuna took an interest in Cardiovascular Medicine obtaining Merits in the Molecular and Cellular Basis of Medicine and Cardiovascular Medicine. During his electives, Dr Arujuna managed to get into the University of Washington's I-Lab under Professor Steve Schwartz. Artherosclerotic plaque classification and identification of fibrous cap thickness measurements for one of the research associates was part of the brief remit over there. Following completion of Medical School, Dr Arujuna undertook his initial junior doctor training in Exeter at the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. Here he rotated through the various specialities on a Golden Rotation at one site. He gained membership into the Royal College of Physicians and moved to London to seek a research post specifically looking into Cardiac MRI and Electrophysiology.
King's College London was setting up the Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences Division and an opening arose in this research field. Dr Arujuna worked alongside MRI physicists, software architects, scientists, clinical cardiologists and electrophysiologists on a number of projects including Robotic Catheter Ablation , Artificial Intelligence in a Decision Support Tool in CMR analysis, and Echo-Fluoro Overlay Hybrid Imaging. This proved to be a rewarding time with a number of abstract presentations, manuscripts and a network of people both Nationally and Internationally gained.
Dr Arujuna's EP and Cardiology training began at Guy’s & St Thomas’ during the clinical research period and continued in the West Midlands with more procedural exposure and further enhanced during his observerships in Leipzig and Lisbon. To further expolre his interest within the Autonomic Nervous System and Arrhythmias, he visited the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
Throughout his journey, Dr Arujuna has maintained good links with the relevant technology developments. He is versatile with Abbott's Mapping Tool, Biosense Webster's Carto , and Boston Scientific's Rhythmia Mapping. He is familiar with single shot ablation devices and does perform leadless pacemaker implants. Dr Arujuna has a keen interest in continuing his interests that arose during his research period, namely image guided ablation. The combination of multi-modality imaging pre and during a case with tools like Intra-Cardiac Echo (ICE) when indicated does augment procedures. Similarly working with the Autonomic Nervous System and regulating once Lifestyle through Diet Exercise and Mindful Body Postures is an interest he enjoys discussing.
Outside the Clinical Corridors, Dr Aruna Arujuna is a Fellow of both the European Society of Cardiology (FESC) and American College of Cardiology (FACC) and sits on the Committee Member Board for Heart Rhythm Society (US) 2021-2022 and is an External Committee Member for the Air Pollution Sub-Committee Group , World Heart Federation 2021-2022.
Dr Arujuna is an honorary senior lecture at King's college London School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences .He maintains a keen interest in teaching and research through supervision of PhD candidates at King's College as well as supervising Electrophysiology Fellows at his current centre.
Dr Arujuna advocates a personalised patient tailored approach alongside the use of up-to-date technology that is continuously evolving in the field of heart rhythm management in improving accuracy, safety and outcomes alongside allowing for a better patient experience.