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Paul Leeson


Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine

  • Head of Oxford Cardiovascular Clinical Research Facility
  • Consultant Physician

Paul Leeson is Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Oxford, Research Fellow at Wolfson College and Head of the Oxford Cardiovascular Clinical Research Facility. He is also a Consultant Cardiologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital, where he provides expertise in Cardiovascular Imaging, General Cardiology and Cardiovascular Prevention through the Oxford Specialist Hypertension Clinic and Imaging Service. 

He heads the Preventive Cardiology Research Group, based in the Oxford Cardiovascular Clinical Research Facility, which aims to improve how we identify and prevent heart disease in young people. The group works in three areas:

- Novel markers of early disease - Using imaging and laboratory studies to identify early cardiac and vascular changes in young people at risk of cardiovascular disease. In particular, those predisposed to hypertension, such as families with a history of preeclampsia or preterm birth.

- Young adult cardiovascular prevention trials - Running trials to understand how novel approaches to lifestyle and clinical management may be able to modify these early risk cardiovascular phenotypes to prevent the development of later disease.

- Artificial intelligence - Pioneering the application of artificial intelligence to large research imaging datasets to improve the clinical tools already available to identify those at risk, such as stress echocardiography, and to identify next generation imaging and management approaches.

He is currently National Cardiology Lead for the NIHR Thames Valley and South Midlands Local Clinical Research Network and sits on committees for both the European Association of Preventive Cardiology and British and Irish Hypertension Society.

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