Dr O’Kane graduated with a First Class Honours Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Physiology from the University of London and Medical Degree (MBBS) from Charing Cross & Westminster Medical School in 1995. He was awarded numerous prizes including the Llewelyn Prize for the second best distinction in medical finals. After attaining membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) during senior house officer training at Guy’s Hospital he commenced speciality training in Cardiology as a research registrar at St Thomas’ Hospital in 1998. He was subsequently awarded a Doctorate of Medicine (MD) by the University of London for a thesis on the role of nitric oxide in coronary heart disease. He trained in clinical cardiology on the South Thames NTN scheme working at Worthing Hospital, St Peter’s Hospital Chertsey, and St George’s Hospital London before completing a 2-year sub-specialization program in Interventional Cardiology at St Thomas’ supervised by Professor Simon Redwood. He was appointed as a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital in July 2007. He was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) in 2012.
This is currently the UK’s highest volume non-surgical PCI centre and he annually performs more than 500 PCI cases including participation in a 24 hour primary PCI service. The case mix is complex particularly amongst the many elderly patients who have a multi-vessel coronary disease, which includes extensively calcified lesions, bifurcations including left main stem disease and chronic total occlusions. He performs some of the most complex PCI within the Department utilising specialized equipment and refined techniques.
He is committed to teaching and is a National Proctor for Rotational atherectomy, Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and Optical Frequency Domain Imaging (OFDI); European proctor for Laser atherectomy and International proctor for the Axxess dedicated bifurcation stent and Absorb bioresorbable vascular scaffold implantation. He is a member of the global expert network (GEN) for BRS technology and has participated in discussions with World Leaders in coronary intervention regarding this technology. He has developed and established a variety of local clinical teaching workshops and trained many Consultant colleagues from the UK and Internationally. He has also taught colleagues on-site at catheter lab throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and the US in these multiple adjunctive devices in PCI, intra-coronary imaging and for the implantation techniques and rationale for use of Axxess stents and Absorb scaffolds. He is a member of the European Bifurcation Club and a regular attendee at the European CTO club.