Professor Chris Gale

Professor Chris Gale

Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Honorary Consultant Cardiologist

0113 343 8916

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 Biostatistics. 2014 to present I supervise a number of intercalated BSc (medical) students and lead a team of researchers including postgraduate research fellows/assistants, specialist trainees in cardiology (who are studying for an MD) and post-doctoral research fellows.



BSc (Hons), MB;BS, Ph.D, M.Ed, FESC, M.Sc, FRCP

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.  

My research group 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 arhythmias such as atrial fibrillation. We and are keen to study healthcare performance, provider (Primary Care, hospital and healthcare professional) variations in care, quantify missed care opportunities and evaluate contemporary approaches to the management of cardiovascular disease and its outcomes.

Specialist Clinical Care

I am an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist with a busy general cardiology clinical practice.

My clinical expertise include coronary artery disease, hypertension, cardiovascular risk and echocardiography. I have a particular specialist clinical interest in heart failure.

Management and leadership

• Secretary, European Society of Cardiology Acute Cardiovascular Care Association. 2015 to 2016
• Executive Board Member,  European Society of Cardiology Acute Cardiovascular Care Association. 2015 tot 2016
• NICE Indicator Advisory Group. 2015 to 2018
• European Society of Cardiology Acute Cardiovascular Care Association Quality of Care Group. 2014 to present
• British Cardiovascular Society Guidelines and Practice Committee. 2014 to present
• Academic theme leader for Cardiovascular Epidemiology,
Leeds Institute for Genetics Health and Therapeutics. 2013 to present
• Leeds MRC Bioinformatics Centre Academic Affairs Group. 2014 to 2015
• Chair: National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR) Research Executive, University College London. 2013 to present
• National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes (NICOR) Research Risk and Governance Group. 2013 to 2015
• Cardiac Ablation Linking Outcomes for NICE (CALON) Steering Group. 2013 to 2015
• Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Project (MINAP) Steering Group. 2012 to present
• SCN West Yorkshire Sub-Region Cardiac Steering Group. 2013 to 2016
• 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 Group. 2011 to 2014
• National Audit of Cardiac Rehabilitation Steering Committee. 2011 to present
• National Cardiac Arrest Registry Steering Committee. 2012 to present
• European Society of Cardiology Annual Scientific Conference Abstract reviewer. 2013 to present
• Examiner for London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and University of Glasgow PhD candidates. 2012 to present
• MRCP(UK) PACES examiner 2014 to present

Membership of clinical organisations

• British Cardiovascular Society
• British Society for Heart Failure
• British Society of Echocardiography
• Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London
• Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology
• European Society of Cardiology Acute Cardiovascular Care Association

Membership of academic groups

• Genomics England Clinical Interpretation Partnership – Electronic Records Domain.
• International Advisory Board, Heart (BMJ). 2015 to 2018
• 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

Journal manuscript review

• British Medical Journal. 2014 to present
• Circulation. 2014 to present
• Lancet. 2013 to present
• Heart. 2007 to present
• Annals of Internal Medicine. 2013 to present
• Circulation Cardiovascular Outcomes and Prevention. 2012 to present
• American Journal of Cardiology. 2011 to present
• BMJ open. 2013 to present
• International Journal of Cardiology. 2007 to present

Editorial board

• Deputy Editor : European Heart Journal Quality of Care and Clinical Outcomes, 2014 to present
• Editorial board: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology. 2011 to 2014
• Associate Editor: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine. 2010 to 2014
• Editorial board: British Journal of Cardiology. 2007 to 2009

Grant review

• Health Research Council of New Zealand, Ischaemic Heart Disease– expert review. 2014 to present
• Chief Scientist Office Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Services and Health of the Public Research – expert review. 2012 to present
• Medical Research Council grant applications – expert review. 2010 to present
• National Institute for Health Research SDO, HSRD, HTA, CD – expert review. 2012 to present