Wednesday 23 January, 2013
Professor Kim Fox, MD FESC FRCP, has been named as the first Diana Princess of Wales Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine and Science. Based at Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals; the establishment of this new Chair has been approved by Her Majesty The Queen.
Commenting, Professor Fox said: “I am immensely proud to be the first Diana Princess of Wales Chair of Cardiovascular Science. It is very special to be honouring someone who dedicated so much of her time to helping patients, at Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals and elsewhere.
“I will work with Sir Magdi Yacoub to preserve Diana’s legacy for the benefit of patients all over the world through education and research.”
Professor Fox is professor of clinical cardiology at Imperial College and head of the National Heart and Lung Institute; he is a consultant cardiologist at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. He is a National Institute of Health Research senior investigator: his expertise lies in the understanding, investigation and treatment of angina. Professor Fox has played a major role in important international clinical trials that have revolutionised the treatment of this condition. He is an acknowledged European expert in this field and consequently chaired the task force producing the European angina guidelines and the committee responsible for the audit for the management of patients with angina in Europe.
Professor Fox is a former editor-in-chief of the European Heart Journal and a previous president of the European Society of Cardiology. During his career he has played roles in the British Cardiac Society, Leducq Foundation and British Heart Foundation. He has been elected an honorary member of the French Cardiac Society and Japanese Circulation Society for his services to cardiology, and awarded the Gold Medal of the Russian Federation of Cardiology, the Stokes Medal of the Irish Cardiac Society and the Gold Medal of the European Society of Cardiology. The British Cardiovascular Society awarded him the McKenzie Medal in June 2011.
Sir Magdi Yacoub, professor of cardiothoracic surgery at the National Heart and Lung Institute, founder and director of research at the Harefield Heart Science Centre (Magdi Yacoub Institute) and founder of the Chain of Hope charity, commented: “Diana was an inspiration to so many people in life and it is a great honour to be able to remember her in this special way.”
Notes to editors:
Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust is a national and international specialist heart and lung centre based in Chelsea, London and Harefield, Middlesex.
Multi-disciplinary teams at the Trust offer a specialist, high quality service for congenital heart patients across the UK, with lower than average mortality rates and strong associated research programmes. The paediatric congenital heart surgery programme is the third largest in the country and with four surgeons undertaking over 100 operations each year. The adult congenital cardiac programme is responsible for the largest number of interventions of any UK centre, and its research output in terms of highly cited papers is the most prolific of any centre in the world.
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