Curzen, Professor Nick

Nick CurzenBM(Hons), PhD, FRCP




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


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


Prof Curzen is a consultant cardiologist who joined the Trust in 2004. His specialties are:

  • TAVI (trans-catheter aortic valve implantation), a procedure to repair an aortic valve that isn't functioning correctly
  • coronary artery intervention (a procedure to open up a narrowed artery) for angina and heart attack. 

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
  • Personal chair in interventional cardiology - University of Southampton, 2011
  • President of the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society (BCIS), 2020-3

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


Prof Curzen runs the coronary research group at UHS and the University of Southampton.

He has published over 260 peer reviewed papers and 20 book chapters, and has edited three cardiology textbooks, the latest being the Oxford Textbook of Interventional Cardiology.

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 three years.

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