Leicester Professor receives Lifetime Achievement award

Posted by ap507 at Jan 20, 2017 10:16 AM |
Professor Tony Gershlick has been awarded the inaugural British Cardiovascular Intervention Society (BCIS) Lifetime Achievement Career Award

Issued by University Hospitals of Leicester on 20 January

Professor Tony Gershlick, Consultant Cardiologist at Leicester’s Hospitals and Honorary Professor of Interventional Cardiology at the University of Leicester has been awarded the inaugural British Cardiovascular Intervention Society (BCIS) Lifetime Achievement Career Award for his contribution to the field. This was presented to him at the National meeting on Wednesday 18 January 2017.

Professor Gershlick has been involved in coronary intervention shortly after it was introduced in the UK. He undertook his first procedure in the mid-1980s and still remains active clinically, being on-call for patients with heart attacks and having a full clinical practice. He has been involved in practice-changing research conceiving, initiating and running four major National and International trials that have changed the way patients are treated. These have been incorporated into International Guidelines. 

He has been the UK lead for over 10 other International trials and has attracted more than £3 million of research funding from bodies such as The British Heart Foundation and National Institute for Health Research and the Medical Research Council (MRC). He is an acknowledged International speaker attending conferences to talk about areas of specialist angioplasty interest and his clinical and translational research findings. He sits on panels at live courses abroad advising on best clinical practice. 

Professor Gershlick has also run National courses for U.K. Interventional physicians in Leicester for many years designed to disseminate best practice. He has sat on multiple National Committees including NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence), British Heart Foundation, MRC and on the European Guideline Committee. He has grant applications in for further major research studies and believes there is still a lot to do.

In his letter to Professor Gershlick, Professor Adrian Banning, current President of BCIS states: “This honour recognises your outstanding contribution to the speciality of Coronary intervention – worldwide but especially within the U.K.” 

Professor Gershlick said of his award: “This is indeed a true honour and my sincere thanks go to BCIS for this recognition, and to all those who have supported me and our efforts in Leicester and Nationally in trying to make a difference - colleagues, family and friends, and especially all the patients who have volunteered to be part of research, both specifically in terms of cardiovascular disease, and in general medicine, the results of which influence how medicine is practiced. Charitable funding bodies such as the BHF who by providing funding, ensure research continues to influence how we should best manage patients”.

Professor Tom Robinson, Head of Department and Professor of Stroke Medicine at the University of Leicester added: “Professor Tony Gershlick has an international reputation for his contributions to interventional cardiology; leading many trials that have led to significant improvements in patient treatment and outcomes, as well training future generations of interventional cardiologists at local, national and international level. He makes a significant contribution to the University of Leicester’s Department of Cardiovascular Science’s mission to undertake bench-to-bedside research, education and training, and clinical practice that improves the health and well-being of patients and the public; accordingly, this award is richly deserved."

The BCIS is the professional body for cardiologists undertaking procedures on patients such as coronary stenting and non-surgical valve replacement. It started as a small group of physicians sharing clinical experiences in 1988 when 5000 angioplasties (balloon treatment of narrowings instead of by-pass surgery) were undertaken. In 2014 more than 98,000 such interventions were undertaken on patients.

BCIS sets policies for best practice, drives research and audits outcomes from hospitals undertaking angioplasty. It has two meetings per year with its annual meeting having over 800 delegates



For a full list of Professor Gershlick’s External positions and publications please visit: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/cardiovascular-sciences/people/gershlick  


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