Dr Joanna d'Arcy cardiologist

Dr Joanna d’Arcy

Consultant Cardiologist

Qualifications: MBChB MD MRCP DAvMed
Year first qualified: 1999
GMC number: 4610858
Main NHS base: Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust


Dr Joanna d’Arcy specialises in aviation cardiology and cardiac imaging (echocardiography, cardiac MRI and cardiac CT). Her specialisms also include chest pain, valve disease, hypertension, heart failure, arrhythmias and coronary artery disease

Training and background

Dr d’Arcy is a Consultant Cardiologist and General Physician, with sub-specialty interests in Cardiovascular Imaging (echocardiography, cardiac MRI, and cardiac CT) and Aviation Cardiology. She qualified from the University of Edinburgh Medical School, and undertook her specialist training in Oxford. She holds a consultant post with Oxford University Hospitals, and works at both the John Radcliffe Hospital and the Horton Hospital in this capacity.

Dr Joanna d’Arcy has a breadth of experience across the field of cardiology, and sees patients with a wide variety of heart-related symptoms and conditions. These may include chest pain, palpitations, breathlessness, dizziness, angina, heart failure, and heart valve conditions. Dr d’Arcy also has extensive experience in cardiovascular imaging, which is an essential part of the diagnosis and optimal management in a broad range of heart conditions, including coronary artery disease, valve disease and heart failure.

Through her involvement in Aviation Medicine clinics, Dr d’Arcy has accrued a wealth of experience in Aviation Cardiology. She is familiar with civilian and military requirements for licensing, for both pilots and ATCOs. Dr d’Arcy holds the Diploma in Aviation Medicine, and regularly teaches on a variety of Av Med courses. She has presented at national and international meetings on Aviation Cardiology, and is part of an international working group developing guidelines in this area. Dr d’Arcy can assess and investigate aircrew and controllers required by the relevant licensing authorities, with access to a wide range of diagnostic techniques. Her familiarity with the requirements of reports for aircrew ensures that all of the necessary information required for re-licensing is conveyed promptly, minimising the delays in aircrew returning to work.

Research and teaching

Dr d’Arcy regularly teaches on aviation medicine, including teaching on the Diploma in Aviation Medicine. She has presented on this area at multiple meetings and conferences. As part of her training, Dr d’Arcy undertook research involving the use of echocardiography and cardiac MRI. She has published papers in the fields of Aviation Cardiology, Military Medicine, Valvular Heart Disease, and Cardiac MRI.

Professional memberships

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, British Society of Echocardiography, British Heart Valve Society, British Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance


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