Data Science

Meet our Team


Professor Chris Gale - Moderator Chris Gale is Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Co-Director of the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics at the University of Leeds. Qualifying in medicine at the London Hospital Medical College and obtaining a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, Professor Gale worked as a Junior Doctor at the Royal London Hospital. After becoming a Member of the Royal College of Physicians, he became a Medical Research Council Clinical Training Fellow and completed a Ph.D in molecular biology at the University of Leeds. Speciality training in Cardiology was undertaken principally at the Leeds General Infirmary, where he was a Walport and later a NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer, then achieving a NIHR Clinician Scientist Award, and subsequently NIHR Clinical Trials Fellowship. He holds a Masters in Clinical Education and a Masters in Biostatistics and Epidemiology.

Professor Gale is Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at Leeds General Infirmary where he practices clinical cardiology with particular interests in general cardiology, post myocardial infarction survivorship, and chronic heart failure.

Professor Gale’s research incorporates the efficient use of observational and randomised data to deliver population-based studies of cardiovascular quality of care and clinical outcomes. This includes the use of multi-sourced electronic health records for trial design, outcomes capture and taxonomy of cardiovascular survivorship. Presently, he leads a research group in Leeds Institute for Data Analytics and Leeds Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine, University of Leeds. He holds major research awards from the NIHR, British Heart Foundation, and Horizon 2020, and has published over 200 research manuscripts in peer reviewed journals, including JAMA, Lancet, BMJ, EHJ.

Professor Gale is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London, Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology and member of the British Cardiovascular Society. He is past co-Chair of the National Institute for Clinical Outcomes Research (NICOR) Research Board, University College London, and has been a member of the UK nationwide heart attack register (Myocardial Ischaemic National Audit Project, MINAP) Academic and Steering Groups for over a decade. He holds international leadership positions which harmonise with his clinical academic interests, including Chair of Data Science Group of the EuroHeart project, Chair of the ESC global NSTEMI registry, Chair of the European Society of Cardiology Quality Indicator Committee and is a member of the NICE Indicator Advisory Committee. He is Deputy Editor of European Heart Journal Quality of Care and Clinical Outcomes, Chair of a number of Data Monitoring Committees for Randomised Clinical Trials and serves as academic reviewer for high impact journals including Lancet and EHJ.

Cathie SudlowProfessor Cathie Sudlow OBE is the inaugural director of the BHF Data Science Centre, whose vision is to improve the public's cardiovascular health through the power of large-scale data and advanced analytics across the UK.  She is also Chair of Neurology and Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh.  

Cathie is a clinical neurologist and epidemiologist. Her clinical work involves assessing and treating patients with suspected acute stroke in the hospital emergency department.

Her research interests have always been firmly embedded in the world of big data with a focus on large scale collaborative open-science efforts to determine the causes (genetic, environment and lifestyle) of - and the effects of treatment on – common diseases of middle and older age. She has played a major role in initiatives: to establish the role of antithrombotic therapy in preventing heart disease and stroke; to investigate differences between stroke subtypes; and to discover genes that influence stroke.

Cathie was previously Head of the Centre for Medical Informatics at the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. From 2011 until November 2019 she was Chief Scientist of UK Biobank, a large-scale biomedical database and research resource, containing in-depth genetic and health information from half a million UK adults, which is globally accessible to approved researchers undertaking vital research into the most common and life-threatening diseases.

Health Services Researchers

  • Deborah Stoken
  • Amanda Farrin

Patient and Public Representative

Eric Deeson - PPI Member Eric Deeson based in Birmingham, is the PI (public involvement) rep on the Data Science CSG. He looks forward to learning a lot about PI and Data Science, therefore, in this unique setting. Eric is involved with various aspects of PI in the British Heart Foundation.

Mark Lewis PPI memberMark Lewis works for NHS Digital, the national information and technology partner to the health and care system. He has lived with Aortic Dissections since 2012 and has been an active member of the patient support group Aortic Dissection Awareness (UK and Ireland) following emergency surgery for a type A dissection in July 2018. In the last two years he has had a number of major and minor operations and is a strong believer in the ‘voice of the patient’ in medical interventions and contributing to National health care Standards/Policy. He has previously contributed to research aimed at designing a targeted UK wide screening programme that will hopefully prevent Aortic Dissections before they happen, and is keen to contribute to wider research across the broad spectrum of cardiovascular disease. He has recently joined CCP(UK). In terms of CSGs his particular interests are around Prehabilitation and Data Science.

Cardiothoracic Interdisciplinary Research Network Representative

David Bleetman - CIRN representative David Bleetman is a trainee in cardiothoracic surgery, based at King’s College Hospital, London. He has acted as a local lead for the Cardiothoracic Interdisciplinary Research Network since its inception.