BSc (Hons) CCDS ECDSAP
Lead Cardiac Physiologist
- Technical Head of the Oxford Research Echocardiography Core Lab (ORECL)
- Clinical supervision and education: echocardiography, cardiac rhythm management and non-invasive cardiology
- Lead of local IT operations and connectivity
Cristiana is a Highly Specialised Cardiac Physiologist and Lead for the Cardiac Physiology services at the Cardiovascular Medicine Division. In CCRF, she is the Technical Head of the Oxford Research Echocardiography Core Laboratory.
After her undergraduate training in Lisbon, Portugal, she became fully accredited in adult transthoracic echocardiography by the British Society of Echocardiography and the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging, as well as becoming a certified cardiac devices specialist by the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners, the British Heart Rhythm Society and the European Heart Rhythm Association.
Cristiana is especially interested in the diagnosis and management of heart failure, disease prevention in younger ages, the development of optimised patient pathways, and global health. On a day to day basis, Cristiana provides support, supervision, teaching and training to studies involving echocardiography, looking at heart mechanics and valvular function, as well as on cardiac rhythm management related procedures, particularly those involving cardiac resynchronisation therapy. She provides support and supervision in all other clinical activities occurring in the unit.
Cristiana is a practical assessor for the BSE adult transthoracic echocardiography accreditation, faculty at Arrhythmia Alliance’s annual Heart Rhythm Congress and takes part in the creation of the annual devices certification exam by the BHRS.
Cristiana still maintains a close link to cardiac physiology and cardiology in Portugal, being a member of the Cardiovascular Ultrasound Working Group of the Portuguese Clinical Physiology Association since 2017, and of the Cardiac Physiology Interest Group of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology since 2019, taking part in the organisation of multiple events and conferences both nationally and internationally.