Curzen, Prof Nick

BM(Hons), PhD, FRCPNick Curzen

Specialty

Cardiology

Sub-specialty

Percutaneous coronary and aortic valve intervention (TAVI)

Training and education

  • BM(Hons) - University of Southampton School of Medicine, 1987
  • Member of Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) - 1990
  • PhD, Imperial College London - 1996
  • Fellow of European Society of Cardiology (FESC) - 2002
  • Fellow of Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) - 2003

Fellowships

  • Medical Research Council training fellowship - September 1993 to August 1996

Experience

Prof Curzen is a consultant cardiologist who joined the Trust in 2004. He specialises in TAVI (trans-catheter aortic valve implantation), a procedure to repair an aortic valve that isn't functioning correctly.

He trained in cardiology at Southampton, Royal Bournemouth, Royal Brompton, London Chest and St Bartholomew's Hospitals. From 1999 to 2003, Prof Curzen worked as a consultant cardiologist at Manchester Royal Infirmary. 

Key achievements

  • Expert adviser on treatment of heart attack to Prime Minister's Directive Unit, 2004
  • UK representative on European Association for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention accreditation training committee, 2008 to 2011
  • Invited faculty member to Transcatheter Therapeutics Conferences, 2006 to 2011
  • Invited expert adviser to National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) appraisals of: (a) prasugrel (2009) and ticagrelor (2010-11) therapy in acute coronary syndromes, (b) FFRCT imaging (2016-17) and (c) coronary pressure wire (2016)
  • Member of the British Cardiac Society trainee education working group and cardiology SAC, 2007-09
  • Specialist adviser to NICE interventional procedures programme as representative to the British Cardiac Society
  • Clinical lead for the Royal College of Physicians map of medicine pathway review for ACS and stable angina for the Department of Health, 2008-11
  • Honorary secretary of the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society (BCIS), 2011-15
  • Chair of the research & development committee - British Cardiovascular Intervention Society (BCIS), 2011-15

Awards and prizes

  • Personal chair in interventional cardiology - University of Southampton, 2011
  • John Hart Research Prize - London Chest Hospital, 1998
  • Medical Research Council senior registrar in cardiology - August to December 1996

Research

Prof Curzen is actively engaged in research. His principle interests relate to personalised antiplatelet therapies, routine use of the coronary pressure wire and novel imaging systems for coronary physiology and computer modelling of TAVI and coronary implants. He is chief investigator for two active randomised clinical trials in the UK (RIPCORD 2 and FORECAST) and has received over £4m in grant income in the last 3 years. He has published over 210 peer reviewed papers and 18 book chapters, and has edited three cardiology textbooks, the latest being the Oxford Textbook of Interventional Cardiology.

Information on Prof Curzen's research and publications is available on the University of Southampton website.