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Consultants in Interventional Radiology

Dr Manpreet Dhillon
Consultant since 2006

Manpreet is local to Coventry having grown up and schooled in the city. He undertook his Radiology training through the Birmingham scheme having a relatively unusual mix of professional interests across musculoskeletal and HPB imaging & intervention.

He has been involved in HPB radiology and intervention including the HPB MDT since his appointment in the Trust and has wide experience in biliary intervention including TIPS (Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt) following his senior training in the Liver/Transplant unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

Manpreet offers the full range of spinal/MSK intervention and was instrumental in bringing vertebroplasty to UHCW. He is one of the highest volume operators in the UK in this technique dealing with numerous referrals from spinal surgeons and Oncology in his practice. He has lectured and taught widely in this field. He has also taught others within the department to advance the service.

He was also heavily involved in developing the Uterine Artery Embolisation service and, working in tandem with Dr Harding, brought Prostate Artery Embolisation to UHCW. He is currently Head of Service in the Radiology Department overseeing several significant changes across the whole service working closely with the Group Clinical Director.

Dr Dhillon operates on Mondays and Wednesdays and holds his outpatient clinic on Monday afternoons.

Dr James Harding
Consultant since 2010

James moved to UHCW having completed his training via the Bristol training scheme. His main interest is embolisation and Interventional Oncology including TACE (Transarterial Chemoembolisation). These interests were developed working in Bristol and Exeter with Mark Callaway and Tony Watkinson respectively.

He was appointed Clinical Lead for IR in 2011 and has been involved in starting numerous new services at UHCW including RIG, TACE, UAE, PAE and using Onyx for endoleaks. He led development of the IR oncall service from its inception in 2011 and has also led the UHCW IR group through its reorganisation, business cases, expansion and suite re-design, a process begun in 2012.

James secured the funding and organisation of a year 6 IR trainee at UHCW through the West Midlands training scheme and acted as Clinical Supervisor of the first trainee through this attachment.

He has worked actively performing and promoting Prostate Artery Embolisation (PAE) for men with obstructive urinary symptoms and acted as the Principle Investigator at UHCW in one of the top five contributing centres in the national UKRoPE study, the first multi-centre research into PAE in the UK. His research interests have continued in the field of PAE.

He contributes to MDTs in Vascular, Renal Transplant/Access and HPB. James has interests in Vascular, Oncology and general body imaging. He is an active member of the British Society of Interventional Radiology (BSIR) and the Cardiovascular & Interventional Radiology Society of Europe (CIRSE).

Dr Harding operates on Mondays and Wednesdays and has his outpatient clinic on Thursday mornings.

Dr Neil Gupta

Consultant since 2017

Neil went to secondary school in Coventry but studied Medicine at Imperial College London, undertaking an intercalated BSc degree in Medical Imaging & Robotic Surgery in 2005.

He was a local Radiology trainee in the West Midlands scheme and had senior attachments at UHCW before travelling overseas to undertake post-CCT Interventional Radiology Fellowships at Royal Perth Hospital (2016) and Fiona Stanley Hospital (2017) in Western Australia.

Since returning to UHCW as a Consultant, he has pursued his interests in all aspects of IR becoming the Lead in tumour ablation, in particular leading the delivery of the Solero Microwave ablation system alongside RFA technology. He has also brought skills in endovascular thrombectomy and set up the local service, particularly for thrombosed dialysis fistulas. His IR interests are wide and he performs a huge variety of procedures with particular interest in UAE, varicocole embolisation, RIG, PTC, Nephrostomy & Ureteric Stenting, angioplasty, fistuloplasty, complex biopsy/drainage and embolisation. He also brought the colloquially named GUPTAS procedure to UHCW which is a specialised procedure for patients with inoperable gallstone disease. He contributes regularly to the Vascular and Renal Transplant/Access MDTs.

His interest and enthusiasm for Medical Education are borne out by his role as the Royal College of Radiologists College Tutor and acting as Radiology Fellowship Programme Director for the Department. He has derived the resources and delivered the new registrar reporting facility at UHCW, including an array of new PACS workstations and setup the first FY2 post in Interventional Radiology in the country. He is also the IR Training Lead for the West Midlands.

Dr Gupta operates on Tuesdays & Thursdays and has his outpatient clinic on Friday mornings.


Dr Abbas Hasan

Consultant since 2018

Abbas is originally from India, but moved to the UK for his postgraduate surgery training then converted to radiology, completeing his training in Interventional Radiology through the West Midlands Deanery Training Scheme in 2016. His training was based through the North of the Deanery, predominantly in the Stoke and North Staffordshire hospitals.

He has undertaken a Fellowship in Hepatic Intervention & Imaging at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham followed by a year’s Interventional Oncology Fellowship at The Christie Hospital in Manchester.

His interests remain wide and general in the field of Interventional Radiology; he maintains his skills across the whole spectrum of vascular and non-vascular work and contributes regularly to the HPB MDT.

He currently works part time but maintains a full slot on the IR on call rota. He reports vascular and body imaging when not operating.

Dr Hasan operates on Mondays and Fridays.




Sankar trained in India, completing his MD in Diagnostic Radiology at the Amrita School of Medicine before undertaking a Fellowship in Advanced MR and Cardiac Imaging at SSIHMS in Bangalore. He then undertook a further Fellowship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology at Sakra World Hospital in Bangalore. 

Sankar came to the UK in 2019, initially working at Worcestershire Royal Hospital before joining the team at UHCW in 2020.

His interests include haemodialysis fistula intervention, lower limb arterial intervention and limb salvage. He also maintains his interest in diagnostic imaging with transplant imaging, hepato-pancreato-biliary imaging and cardiac imaging.

Dr Neelakantan operates on Thursdays and alternate Tuesdays and Fridays.



Winnie graduated from Medical School at the University of Liverpool. She undertook most of her specialty surgical training in the East of England with experience in Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB) and Transplant Surgery, Vascular Access Surgery and Vascular Surgery, before finding her destiny in Interventional Radiology. She has special interests in Interventional Oncology, HPB Intervention and Liver-directed therapy.

Winnie is passionate about medical training, clinical research and medical statistics. She is currently the Sub-Specialty Lead in Non-Vascular Intervention for the West Midlands Radiology Academy. She is also an active member of the British Society of Interventional Radiology (BSIR) Education and Research Committee.

Winnie operates on Mondays and Fridays.




Dr Hoonjan trained in the West Midlands, including rotations at UHCW, before taking up his consultant post here. He is skilled in all areas of Interventional Radiology and performs a wide variety of procedures.

He runs a weekly ultrasound list, clinic and CT intervention list as well as hosting the Fistula & Renal Transplant MDT and Vascular MDT.

Dr Hoonjan operates on Thursdays and alternate Tuesdays and Fridays.