New BCS president announced

8 June 2017        

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Professor Simon Ray has been announced as the next president of the British Cardiovascular Society.

Professor Ray, a British Heart Foundation Trustee and consultant cardiologist based in Manchester, succeeds Dr Sarah Clarke. He will spend the next 12 months shadowing Dr Clarke as President Elect, followed by a three-year tenure as President.

Professor Ray graduated in Pharmacology (1980) and Medicine (1983) from Bristol University. After early training in general medicine, he completed an MD as a BHF-funded research fellow with Professor Henry Dargie in Glasgow and then undertook specialist cardiology training in Newcastle, Liverpool and Vancouver. He was appointed consultant cardiologist at the University Hospitals of South Manchester in 1995 and Honorary Professor of Cardiology at the University of Manchester in 2011.

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He has served as the President of the British Society of Echocardiography, Vice-President for Clinical Standards of the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) and is currently President of the British Heart Valve Society. He has wide-ranging clinical interests within cardiology and his research interests are centred on heart valve disease.

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Professor Ray said of his appointment: “I am honoured to have been elected as the President of the British Cardiovascular Society for 2018-2021. I have a lot to learn over the next year from Sarah Clarke, the current President, and I am looking forward to working closely with the British Heart Foundation to promote our common aim of improving the lives of people affected by heart disease.”

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