Department of Cardiovascular Sciences

Organ Protection

Meet our Team


Andrew Klein - Moderator Andrew Klein is a cardiac anaesthetist and clinical researcher who has experience in collaborative research through the Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Critical Care. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Anaesthesia and sits on the Board of the Association of Anaesthetists and the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia. Andrew is hoping to meet new colleagues to work with and set up new working groups to conduct collaborative trials looking at how to improve patient outcomes after cardiac surgery.

Gudrun Kunst - Moderator Gudrun Kunst, MD, PhD (habil.), EDAIC, FRCA, FFICM, has been Consultant Anaesthetist at King’s College Hospital since 2004. After qualifying from the Medical School of the University of Heidelberg (Germany) in 1991, she trained at Heidelberg University Hospital and at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London, UK. Her clinical interests include cardiovascular anaesthesia and her research interests perioperative organ protection. She is the anaesthetic and perioperative research lead at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Gudrun is an examiner for the Primary FRCA and is the Pan-London Anaesthetic Academic Training Programme Director. She is the Scientific Officer and the Treasurer of the Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthetists and Critical Care (ACTACC) and she was awarded the RCoA Macintosh Professorship in 2019.

Internationally, Gudrun is a Board Member of the European Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (EBCP) and she chairs the Cardiopulmonary Bypass Committee of the European Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiologists (EACTA).

Patient and Public Representatives

Irene Leeman

Irene Leeman is a retired dentist, mainly working with children and adults with special needs, and she taught Dental Public Health to undergrads and postgraduates. She spent 9 years as a public governor for a mental health and community services NHS Trust and is a member of the Lay Committee at the RCoA. She is passionate about patient centred healthcare and hopes to share information and contribute to improvements in cardiac care from the patient perspective. She has a personal interest in cardiac treatment and care.

Judith BowerJudith Bower has been a carer and lay member of a number of Clinical Study Groups over a few years. She supports family members who have experienced many cardiac interventions.  As a lay member she has a great interest in research. She has an academic background in engineering, biomechanics and education and has been a dementia advisor and trainer in dementia care for 15 years. She currently works for Empowered Carers, supporting carers of people living with dementia. Empowerd Carers - Empowered Conversations. Her passion is to make scientific language more accessible to lay members and give carers a voice in their supporting roles.

Cardiothoracic Interdisciplinary Research Network Representative

Jason Ali - CIRN representative 
Jason Ali is a Specialist Registrar in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Royal Papworth Hospital.  He is also an Associate Editor for the Interactive CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery journal.  He is a member of the Cardiothoracic Interdisciplinary Research Network.

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