Department of Cardiovascular Sciences

Long Term Outcomes and Quality of Life

Meet our Team


Mark Petrie - Moderator Mark Petrie is Professor of Cardiology in the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences at the University of Glasgow, and a cardiologist at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Glasgow, and Glasgow Royal Infirmary, UK. Professor Petrie started his studies as an undergraduate at the University of Edinburgh, UK, before training in cardiology in Glasgow. He worked as a heart failure and interventional cardiologist for many years before transferring to the University of Glasgow in 2016.

Professor Petrie's research interests focus on diabetes and cardiovascular disease, heart failure, structural intervention in heart failure, revascularisation in heart failure, peripartum cardiomyopathy, microvascular disease in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, post-myocardial infarction cardiac remodelling, iron in heart failure and cardio-oncology.

Professor Petrie has leadership roles in many trials including REVIVED, REDUCE-LAP, Dapa-HF, PARADISE-MI, EMPACT-MI, FINEARTS, SUBCUT-HF, REALIZE-K, STEP-HF, RELIEHF-HF and IRONMAN.  He has been on the clinical events committees of over 40 trials, including EMPA-REG OUTCOMES, DELIVER, TRUE-HF, CARMELINA and CAROLINA. He was an author of the 2011 European Society of Cardiology (ESC) non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction guidelines, and a reviewer of the 2016 ESC heart failure guidelines. He was second author of the ESC position statement on diabetes and heart failure. Throughout his career, Professor Petrie has published around 180 original manuscripts including many in high-impact journals, such as New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, European Heart Journal, Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Circulation.

Health Services Researchers

Linda Sharples - Moderator Linda Sharples is Professor of Medical Statistics at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has experience and expertise in methods and applications evaluating interventions spanning over thirty years. She started with clinical transplantation evaluated using observational methods before turning to randomised controlled trials for answering a range of questions in cardiac and thoracic surgery.

Sara Schroter - moderator Sara Schroter is senior researcher at the BMJ and responsible for a programme of research including the evaluation of the BMJ's patient and public partnership initiative. Prior to working at BMJ, she did her PhD at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine which focused on the development and psychometric validation of a patient reported outcome measure (PROM) for before and after coronary revascularisation (the Coronary Revascularisation Outcome Questionnaire). She was motivated to join this initiative as she is keen to see robust PROMs measuring outcomes of importance to patients implemented in cardiac surgery research. 

Patient and Public Representatives

Sarah Murray - PPI Chair Sarah Murray is passionate about patient care and putting the patients' needs at the centre of all innovation and research.  This is what motivated her to join this novel and ground-breaking initiative and she is proud to be the Chair of the British Heart Foundation/James Lind Alliance Public and Patient Initiative for the Priority Setting Partnership.  She is also Chair of the NICOR Patient Representative Group, and the Lay representative on the Executive of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery.  She is a qualified solicitor with a broad range of NED experience both at national and regional level.

Jara Weinkauf - PPI Member Jara Weinkauf  was born with a severe and complex congenital heart defect called Tricuspid Atresia. After multiple open heart surgeries she knows first hand, how difficult it can be to navigate all things surgery, cardiac rehab, regular doctor visits, keeping a positive spirit, and most of all staying independent and active. Therefore she is eager to contribute her knowledge and experience gained growing up with a heart condition and hopes to make life easier for fellow cardiac patients.

Paul Haywood - PPI MemberPaul Haywood wishes to assist the group in identifying clinical trials that are needed to advance cardiac surgery in the future and to help where needed in delivering the vision and outcome of the clinical trials.

Cardiothoracic Interdisciplinary Research Network Representative

Shagorika Talukder - CIRN representative Shagorika Talukder is a run-through cardiothoracic surgical trainee, based in Cambridge at the Royal Papworth Hospital, currently completing her thoracic training year at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Shagorika has been interested in the holistic recovery of cardiac surgery patients beyond our hospital settings, and hopes to contribute to this field by looking at quality of life outcomes of our patients with a multi-disciplinary research team.  She feels this will better equip us as cardiothoracic centres and teams, and as individual surgeons, to make better decisions in every step of the patient's care pathway.

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