BHF pays tribute to Professor Andrew Henderson OBE

15 June 2017        

Category: BHF Comment

The BHF has today paid tribute to former BHF Professor and leading cardiologist, Professor Andrew Henderson OBE, who died on Thursday 8 June, aged 86.

Professor Henderson established himself as one of the UK’s leading cardiovascular researchers while based at the University of Wales’ College of Medicine from 1979 to 1996.

During this time, Professor Henderson was awarded the BHF’s first Sir Thomas Lewis Chair of Cardiology – one of our most prestigious research awards – to support his work in to improving our understanding of cardiovascular disease.

Professor Henderson was also instrumental in fostering the development of young cardiologists through his leadership of the BHF’s Education Committee, and by supporting the careers of many promising researchers in his lab.

An outstanding legacy

Our Medical Director, Professor Nilesh Samani, said: “Although I only met Professor Henderson on a few occasions, I am very aware of the enormous contribution he made to cardiovascular medicine in the UK.

“As a BHF Professor, he established Cardiff as a world-leading centre in cardiovascular research and nurtured the careers of many young cardiologists. This includes current BHF Professors, who have described him as an inspirational cardiologist and leader of people. We’re very proud to have had Professor Henderson as a BHF Professor and he leaves an outstanding legacy.”

A scientific giant 

BHF Professor Ajay Shah, from King's College London, worked under Professor Henderson in Cardiff. He said: “Andrew Henderson was my mentor when I started as a cardiology trainee in Cardiff in the mid-80s, and the person who started me off on an academic career.  He was a scientific giant, known around the world and had a major impact in cardiovascular research, especially vascular biology. 
“Andrew excelled in building a fantastic department in Cardiff, with many of the researchers who worked under him going on to become leaders in their field.”

Professor Henderson also set-up the Wales Heart Research Institute and was awarded an OBE for his services to cardiology in 2009.