Southampton heart experts take up prominent national roles

Heart experts based at Southampton General Hospital will help to shape and develop children’s and adult cardiac services across the UK following prestigious national appointments.

Dr Iain Simpson, a consultant cardiologist, will serve a year as president elect of the British Cardiovascular Society before taking on a full three-year term, while Dr Tony Salmon, a consultant congenital cardiologist, begins a two-year period as president of the British Congenital Cardiac Association in November.

Founded in 1922, the BCS supports and represents people working in the fields of cardiovascular care and research and is affiliated with 17 organisations that work in cardiovascular medicine, health and patient care.

In his role, Dr Simpson will act as the group’s main link with ministers and the Department of Health, the royal colleges, the British Heart Foundation and cardiac societies across Europe.

Dr Salmon, president elect of the BCCA since 2009, takes over the presidential post from Professor Shakeel Qureshi, a consultant paediatric cardiologist at the Evelina Children’s Hospital in London.

The BCCA, an affiliate of the BCS, provides a voice for specialists working in paediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery, adult congenital heart disease and fetal cardiology.

Dr Simpson said: “It is a measure of Southampton’s clinical leadership that we have been elected by our colleagues to take the specialty forward nationally.”

Posted on Monday 20 June 2011