Dr Chris Gale

Dr Chris Gale

NIHR Clinician Scientist Award Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Health Sciences and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist

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Summary: Population-based studies of cardiovascular care

Location: Division of Epidemiology

Teaching Commitments: • Masters in Clinical Teaching, University of Leeds • Member of the programme management team, Intercalated BSc Cardiovascular Science. 2013 to present • Mentor: NIHR PhD students; National Institute for Health Research Infrastructure Experimental Medicine Research Training Camp. 2013 to present • Supervisor: Cardiology Fellows’ teaching (Hull York Medical School). 2011 to present • Faculty: Successfully Applying For A NIHR Fellowship. 2011 to present • Tutor: Undergraduate cardiology; ‘cardiovascular symposia’ . 2011 to present • Tutor: Medical students. 2009 to 2010 • Lecturer: MSc Nutrition, Obesity and Health students. 2009 to 2013 • Lecturer: MSc Epidemiology and Bisotatistics. 2014 to present




Research Area

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of emergency hospitalisation in Europe, a leading cause of death and disability and has major impacts on global health economies. Throughout the world, but especially in the UK, there are substantial quantities of rich longitudinal and cross-sectional cardiovascular data available to study the quality of care and outcomes. Further, England is unique in that it is one of the only countries in the world with continuous national cardiovascular data collection.  

Our research utilises descriptive and analytical epidemiological techniques to better understand, undertake comparative effectiveness analyses and therefore improve the quality care of patients with cardiovascular disease. We study regional and national, clinical and administrative, independent and bespoke linked cardiovascular databases, including the Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Project (MINAP), British Cardiovascular Intervention Society (BCIS) database, National Audit of Cardiac Rehabilitation (NACR), Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) and the Evaluation of the Methods and Management of Acute Coronary Events (EMMACE)-1, 2, 3, 3X & 4 databases. We use national data as a platform for registry-based randomised controlled trials - for example, to test clinical interventions which may improve adherence to guideline recommended therapies and reduce premature cardiovascular deaths.

We have a specific interest in acute coronary syndromes (heart attacks), but also investigate the other cardiovascular diseases such as heart failure, percutaneous coronary interventions (angioplasty and TAVI), cardiac surgery and dysrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation. We and are keen to study healthcare performance, provider (Primary Care Trust, hospital and healthcare professional) variations in care, quantify missed care opportunities and to evaluate contemporary approaches to the management of cardiovascular disease and its outcomes.

Management and leadership 

  • Academic theme leader for cardiovascular epidemiology, 
  • Co-Chair: National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR) Research Board, University College London. 2013 to present
  • National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes (NICOR) Research Risk and Governance Group. 2013 to present
  • Cardiac Ablation Linking Outcomes for NICE (CALON) Steering Group. 2013 to present
  • Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Project (MINAP) Steering Group. 2012 to present
  • SCN West Yorkshire Sub-Region Cardiac Steering Group. 2013 to present
  • West Yorkshire Cardiovascular Network Advisory Board. 2012 to 2013
  • West Yorkshire Comprehensive Local Research Network Patient and Public Involvement Strategy and Development Group. 2012 to 2013
  • Chair: West Yorkshire Cardiovascular Network Patient and Public Involvement Gr! oup. 2011 to present
  • National Audit of Cardiac Rehabilitation Steering Committee. 2011 to present
  • National Cardiac Arrest Registry Steering Committee. 2012 to present
  • Examiner for London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and University of Glasgow PhD candidates 2012 to present
  • Leeds Institute for Genetics Health and Therapeutics. 2013 to present
  • European Society of Cardiology Annual Scientific Conference Abstract reviewer 2013 to present

Membership of clinical organisations 

  • British Cardiovascular Society
  • British Society for Heart Failure
  • British Society of Echocardiography
  • Royal College of Physicians of London collegiate member
  • Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology

Membership of academic groups 

  • National Heart Failure Audit Academic Group (HALO). 2013 to present
  • National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR) Research Board, Co-Chair. 2012 to present
  • National Institute for Health CLARHC associate member. 2012 to 2013
  • Cardiovascular disease research Linking Bespoke cohorts and Electronic Records (CALIBER) consortium. 2012 to present
  • International Survey of Acute Coronary Syndromes - Transitional Countries (ISAC-CT) research group (UK lead). 2011 to present
  • Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Project (MINAP) Academic Group (MAG). 2008 to present