HBT Staff – StopHF

HBT Staff

Professor Ken McDonald is a Consultant Cardiologist in St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.  He is also a lecturer in Medicine at University College Dublin specialising in heart failure and interventional cardiology. Professor McDonald qualified from UCD medical school in 1981 and trained in St. Vincent’s Hospital before moving to the University of Minnesota USA in 1988.  Between 1991 and 1996 he held the position of Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Minnesota and was subsequently promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine in 1996.  Prof. McDonald is chairman of the Irish Heart Foundation Council on heart failure.  He has had longstanding research interest in heart failure focusing primarily on the areas of ventricular remodelling, prevention of heart failure and health care delivery of heart failure services.

Professor Mark Ledwidge is Research Director with the Heartbeat Trust, Professor in UCD and a pharmacist.

Dr. Patricia Campbell is the newest Consultant Cardiologist to join the Heartbeat Trust. She graduated from UCD in 2000, and after completing her general cardiology training in Ireland, she completed subspecialty training in Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School in both heart failure and echocardiography. She worked as a consultant in University of Calgary, Canada, before returning home to Ireland. She now works as Consultant Cardiologist/UCD Assistant Clinical Professor in St. Vincent’s University Hospital. Patricia has initiated a new service “Cardio-Oncology”, to serve the cardiac needs of oncology patients.

Dr Joe Gallagher is GP Lead at the HBT. Graduated from medicine in Trinity College Dublin and as well as working with the Trust works in the Palms Surgery Gorey.

Dr Ciara Keane is Chief Operating Officer at the Trust. Completed a degree in Microbiology at Trinity College Dublin and a PhD in cardiovascular disease from the Royal College of Surgeons. Ciara was awarded a young investigator award from the American Heart Association in 2010 and has published extensively in peer reviewed scientific journals. Ciara has worked internationally at the University of Bristol, University of California San Francisco and Stanford University. Ciara joined the Heartbeat Trust as Projects Manager in 2014 and is currently pursuing an MBA part time from UCD Smurfit Business School.

Dr Ambrose McLoughlin is Chairperson of the Heartbeat Trust. Ambrose was a Chief Dental Officer in a regional authority for ten years. A strong advocate of Patient Safety he managed some of the most difficult challenges in the health sector competently and effectively. He is particularly proud of Ireland’s anti-tobacco policy and of Healthy Ireland. A former Secretary General at the Department of Health in Ireland, he has served as Chairperson of the Irish Health Service Executive, as Chief Executive and Registrar of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland and as Chief Executive of a Regional Health Authority in Ireland. In addition, he is a regular guest lecturer at home and abroad with a particular focus on the health and wellbeing of those with chronic diseases.  Ambrose is a Graduate in Dentistry from UCD, he holds an MBA from UCC, is a postgraduate student of the IPA, the RCSI, the Kings Fund London UK, The James Institute Cambridge UK, and the School of Government Harvard Boston, USA.

Dr Chris Watson, BSc (Hons), PhD is a university Lecturer and a biomedical research scientist. Chris was awarded his PhD at Queen’s University Belfast and was subsequently awarded a postdoctoral Newman Fellowship to lead up heart failure prevention research at University College Dublin in 2006. From this time Chris has continued his research in this field with a focus on the development and pre-clinical testing of new epigenetic drugs for the treatment of heart disease and the development of new biochemical and molecular blood tests to help diagnose and monitor patients at-risk or with established heart disease.

Dr Shuaiwei Zhou is the Data Manager and Statistician at the Heartbeat Trust. He holds a Ph.D. in Statistics, an M.Phil. in Management Science and Engineering, and a first class B.A. (Hons) in Business Administration from various institutions. His expertise lies in data management, Bayesian statistics, mathematical and financial engineering, operational research and risk management. His other interests are in machine learning and computational statistics and their applications in healthcare, biopharmaceutical, finance and artificial intelligence. He is a Fellow of Royal Statistical Society and a Member of American Statistical Association.

Fiona Ryan is Director of Clinical Trials with The Heartbeat Trust. Fiona graduated as a pharmacist from Bradford University, UK. She completed a post-graduate diploma in clinical pharmacy while working in a teaching hospital in Sheffield. She was awarded a PhD from University College Cork for her research which evaluated the impact of self-testing on anticoagulation control in patients on warfarin.

Following her PhD, Fiona worked with Solvotrin, a pharmaceutical company specialising in cardiovascular research. In her current position as Director of Clinical Trials with the Heartbeat Trust, Fiona coordinates the clinical trials programme. These trials aim to investigate the effectiveness of new therapies in patients with heart failure or at risk of heart failure.

Colette Forde is Research Finance/Office Manager for The Heartbeat Trust. Colette joined the multidisciplinary Heart Failure Research team in 2001 as senior administrator/research finance. She graduated from Ballsbridge College of Business Studies with a (QQI) Certificate in Business Studies and (MMI) Marketing Certificate. She manages administration of research finance contracts, personnel and research contracts/projects within the Trust and also in conjunction with the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences UCD and agencies including Health Research Board, Enterprise Ireland and European Commission FP7 grants.

Sinead Hand is one of the newest members to join the team at The Heartbeat Trust as our Communications Officer. She graduated from IADT, Dun Laoghaire with a B.Bus (Hons) in Entrepreneurship after which she set up her own business in multimedia production. Following this, she attended Trinity College Dublin and undertook postgraduate studies in Computer Science and Interactive Digital Media. Sinead conducted her thesis on Social Media use within the Irish Charity Sector.
She has a love of all things tech and manages The Heartbeat Trust communications including our social media channels.

Becky Fox is senior Cardiac Physiologist/Echocardiographer. She received a BSC (Hons) Degree in Clinical measurement in 2009 and joined the HBT in 2015.

Becky specialises in Echocardiography with interest in the prevention and treatment of Heart failure.

Anil Patle bio coming soon.

Deirdre Kelly bio coming soon.

Rosemary Geoghegan has been a member of The Heartbeat Trust since 2008. She is administrator for The Heartbeat Trust and the STOP-HF Screening Service at St Michael’s Hospital, Dun Laoghaire.

Lisa McCudden is the Heartbeat Trust and Heart Failure Virtual Clinic administrator.

Clare Howard COMING SOON

Patient Testimonials

Some words from our patients:

“It is indeed so very reassuring to know that we have excellent doctors such as Prof McDonald and his team working on our behalf.’

“As a spouse of a stroke survivor, tonight talks made me more aware of the actions I need to take for my own health as well as that of my husbands.”

“I find the process reassuring and the people involved in STOPHF very kind and helpful”

“I feel secure in the knowledge that I am being monitored. Beneficial in having ongoing advice etc.”

“Because of the thoroughness of the annual checks I was kept aware of my medical condition”

“While on the research programme it was discovered I had too much hormone. Then I was sent to the Endocrinology team in SVUH for many tests. I was diagnosed to have a growth in my pituitary and acromegaly. I had surgery in Beaumont Hospital to remove the growth. I am so grateful to the Heartbeat Trust for finding this and sending me to have it researched and treated.

“Lovely people. Great work over many years which will clearly help our nation. Thank you for your information”