Francisco Leyva-Leon


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    Personal profile


    I was appointed as Professor Cardiology at Aston Medical School in 2014. I am Clinical Director of Aston Medical Research Institute. I am also a Consultant Cardiologist at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust, based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. 

    My clinical expertise is in cardiac device therapy (cardiac resynchronisation therapy, pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators), heart failure and cardiomyopathies. I also specialise in cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (cardiac MRI). I am past President of the British Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (BSCMR). I have been a clinical advisor to the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) on the national guidelines for Heart Failure, Cardiac Devices and Drug Therapy. I am a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP), the American College of Cardiology (FACC) and past Chair of the Health Economics Group and Advocacy Chair of the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA).

    Research Interests

    My research interests include: cardiac device therapy (cardiac resynchronisation therapy, pacemakers and defibrillators), cardiomyopathies and heart failure; cardiovascular photonics; and, clinical outcomes research. These research programmes are undertaken at Aston Medical School and at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    • 2017-2020       Scientific Programme Officer, European Heart Rhythm Association Annual Scientific Meeting
    • 2017-2018       Advocacy Chair of the European Heart Rhythm Association
    • 2013-2015       Chair of Health Economics Committee, European Heart Rhythm Association.
    • 2012-2014       President of British Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
    • 2012    Member of Expert Consensus Panel on cardiac resynchronization therapy in heart failure. European Heart Rhythm Association.
    • 2008-2010       Member of the NICE Clinical Guideline Group on Heart Failure (Clinical Guideline Update)
    • 2010    Expert Medical Advisor to the Health Technology Appraisal for Procoralan in Heart Failure. NICE.
    • 2008 to date    Fellow of the American College of Cardiology
    • 2008 to date    Grant reviewer for British Heart Foundation
    • 2008 to date    Member of European Heart Rhythm Association
    • 2007    Member of Medical Technology Group, House of Commons.
    • 2006    Expert Medical Advisor to the Health Technology Appraisal for Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy. NICE.
    • 2004    Co-founder of the British Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance 
    •  2004 to date    Member of Heart Rhythm UK.
    •  2000 to date    Member of British Cardiovascular Society


    Teaching Activity

    Supervision of 8 MD fellows since 2000

    Teaching of medical students and junior doctors since 2000

    PhD Supervision

    Supervising 2 MDs / PhDs

    Education/Academic qualification

    MBBS, University of Manchester

    BSc, University of Manchester


    MD, University of Manchester

    External positions

    Consultant Cardiologist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham

    2010 → …


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