BSCMR Board of Officers 2016-2018
The British Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (BSCMR) was formed in 2004 and the current Board of Officers consists of the following leading physicians in the field:
- Professor James Moon (The Heart Hospital, London) – Chair
- Professor Reza Razavi (King’s College Hospital, London) – Past-Chair
- Professor John Greenwood (Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds) – Chair-Elect
- Dr Mark Westwood (London Chest Hospital, London) – Treasurer
- Professor Colin Berry (University of Glasgow, Glasgow) – Deputy Treasurer
- Professor Nick Bellenger (The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Trust, Exeter) – Honorary Member
- Dr Sanjay Prasad (The Royal Brompton, London)
- Dr Matthias Schmitt (Biomedical Imaging Institute, University of Manchester)
- Dr Timothy Fairbairn (Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Liverpool)
- Professor Saul Myerson (University of Oxford, Oxford)
Ex-officio Board Members:
- Dr David Ripley (Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds) – Editor of the BSCMR Newsletter
- Dr Daniel Sado (The Heart Hospital, London) – BSCMR Webmaster
Observers to the Board, representing Trainees:
- Dr Ananth Kidambi (Leeds) (term of office until April 2018)
- Dr Thomas Treibel (London) (term of office until April 2018)
Observers to the Board, representing Radiologists:
- Dr Charles Peebles (Southampton General Hospital, Southampton)
Professor James Moon – Chair
Professor James Moon is Director of the CMR Department at the Heart Hospital, London, which he founded. He is a graduate of Cambridge and Oxford Universities and completed his MD in CMR at Brompton Hospital on ‘Myocardial tissue characterisation by CMR’. He won the ESC and Siemens young CMR investigator awards and has published more than 50 cardiology papers, mainly using CMR.
James is a senior lecturer in CMR at UCL and a consultant cardiologist. He is also a board member of SCMR and is the editor of the SCMR website, responsible for recent innovations there including, amongst others, the online case of the week, more than 100 recorded lectures from conferences and the ‘how I do’ series of presentations. Recently he co-founded London CMR.
Professor Reza Razavi – Past Chair
Professor Reza Razavi is Director of Research at King’s Health Partners. He is also the Leader of the Imaging and Biomedical Engineering Clinical Academic Group, King’s Health Partners, Professor of Paediatric Cardiovascular Science at King’s College London and Consultant Cardiologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’.
Professor Razavi qualified in Medicine at St. Bartholomew’s Medical School in 1988. He later trained in Paediatrics and Paediatric Cardiology and started a research career following his clinical training. Professor Razavi was appointed as the Head of the Division of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering in January 2007 and since then the Division has grown from 20 research staff and graduate students to well over 300. The Division, based at St Thomas’ Hospital, focuses on imaging technologies, computational tools and devices. There is a strong focus on clinical translation with the largest area of clinical focus being cardiovascular disease. He heads up the Medical Engineering Centre of Research Excellence at King’s funded by the Wellcome Trust and EPSRC (£10.5 M), one of 4 such centres within the UK, with a strong focus on Imaging Technologies and Devices. Professor Razavi is the Chair of the British Society for Cardiovascular MRI and actively participates in both national and international bodies in the field of cardiovascular imaging including developing the curriculum for training of doctors in this area and organisation of national and international societal meetings. Professor Razavi has a substantial grant income and extensive experience working with Industry to deliver technologies that move into clinical products. He has published widely in high impact journals with over 100 journal publications in the past 5 years.
The main focus of Professor Razavi’s research is imaging and biomedical engineering related to the cardiovascular disease. One area of focus is cardiac MRI particularly in relation to congenital heart disease, electrophysiology and heart failure, image guided intervention, XMR (X-ray and MRI) guided cardiac catheterisation and methodological advances to move to faster 3-Dimensional cardiac imaging. His group was the first to perform MRI guided cardiac catheterisation in patients and more recently the first group to carry out entirely MR guided cardiovascular interventions. In congenital heart disease he has developed techniques for three-dimensional imaging as well as physiological assessment using flow measurements. Using MR guided cardiac catheterisation his group has developed new techniques of measuring pulmonary vascular resistance and compliance. In the area of cardiac arrhythmias and heart failure and devices new biomarkers for therapy guidance and therapy assessment as well as multi-modal techniques for image guided intervention have been developed. Methodological developments in this area include advances in MR acquisition and reconstruction and processing as well as techniques for multi-modal imaging integration. More recent research areas include the use of biophysical computational models to better understand pathological mechanisms and help guide treatments and molecular imaging using newly developed molecular imaging markers both in animal and human models.
Professor John Greenwood – Chair-Elect
John Greenwood is Senior Lecturer at Leeds University & Consultant Cardiologist at Leeds General Infirmary. He trained in cardiac MR in Leeds and at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London.
Cardiac MR is his main sub-specialty interest, providing a large clinical service to West Yorkshire (and beyond) for both complex congenital and acquired adult heart disease. He has a major commitment to cardiac MR research, predominantly in ischaemic heart disease, and is in receipt of research funding from the British Heart Foundation, Medical Research Council and Heart Research UK.
Dr Mark Westwood – Treasurer
Dr Mark Westwood is the Clinical Lead for CMR at the London Chest Hospital, London. He completed his MD in CMR at the Royal Brompton Hospital on the role of myocardial T2* imaging and the detection of cardiac iron loading. He has developed the CMR service at the London Chest Hospital into one of the largest CMR perfusion services in the UK. He recently co-founded London CMR.
Professor Colin Berry – Deputy Treasurer
Professor Colin Berry is a Scottish Senior Fellow and holds a Chair in Cardiology and Imaging in the University of Glasgow. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He is an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital and Western Infirmary, Glasgow. His subspecialty interests are Interventional Cardiology and Imaging. Professor Berry jointly founded the Scottish Heart Disease Research Collaboration and the Scottish Cardiovascular Imaging Network.
His research focuses on injury and repair pathways in heart attack and heart failure. His group’s research seeks to better understand the nature of heart muscle injury, including causes, consequences, and health outcomes in the longer term. A current focus is heart muscle bleeding after a heart attack. His research uses novel research technologies such as MRI and coronary “pressure wires” and current and future studies are aimed to identify new treatments (such as stem cells) which may help patients who have had a heart attack.
His research has been supported by the British Heart Foundation, Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland, Chief Scientist Office, Medical Research Council UK, Medical Research Scotland, Scottish Funding Council and Wellcome Trust.
Professor Berry undertook undergraduate medical studies at the University of Glasgow (1987-1993) and completed an intercalated science degree (Maîtrise, Physiology) at the University of Paris (1989-1990). He was awarded a PhD at the University of Glasgow (2002) in Cardiovascular Science and his studies were supported by a Medical Research Council Clinical Training Fellowship.
Professor Nick Bellenger – Honorary Member
Nick Bellenger is Director of Cardiology at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (RDE). He is an interventional cardiologist contributing to the 24/7 heart attack centre and lead cardiologist for cardiac MRI and coronary CT. He developed the CMR centre at RDE that now performs 1000 CMRs for 8 referring trusts on two new Siemens 1.5 T scanners with a fully integrated cardiology/radiology team. He has an active research interest supervising PhD and MD fellows and provides a fully funded 12/12 clinical fellowship to train senior registrars in CMR and CT. He holds a senior lecturers position at the Peninsular Medical School.
Nick Bellenger obtained both medical/surgical and psychology degrees at University of London and an MD in CMR at The National Heart and Lung Institute, London that included attachments in America. After completing higher cardiology clinical training in London and Wessex he completed an interventional cardiology fellowship in Southampton, prior to obtaining his consultant position in Exeter.
Dr Sanjay Prasad
Dr Sanjay Prasad is a consultant cardiologist at the Royal Brompton Hospital and honorary senior lecturer at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, London. His areas of clinical interest include cardiomyopathy and heart failure. In addition to his clinical work, he leads a research programme focused on clinical outcomes in risk stratification by CMR.
Dr Matthias Schmitt
Matthias is the Clinical Lead for CMR Imaging at the University Hospital of South Manchester (Wythenshawe), where he started the service in 2008 in partnership with a private service provider (www.alliancemedical.co.uk/scan-centres/wythenshawe-hospital-cardiac-mri). Since 2010 he also leads the cardiovascular theme of the Biomedical Imaging Institute (Bii) of the University of Manchester and has established a growing CMR-based research group (www.population-health.manchester.ac.uk/imaging). He is founder and co-chair (jointly with Chris Miller) of North West CMR, a non-profit organisation dedicated to educational activities intended to promote the role of CMR in clinical practise and research alike. Furthermore, Matthias is involved in providing community Echocardiography services and acts as a Consultant, responsible for clinical governance and quality control, for PDS MEDICAL (www.pdsmedical.co.uk/cardiology.php) and is currently in the process of setting up a dedicated Cardiac CT service addressing the needs of the patients in the Greater Manchester conurbation.