Local Cardiologist Honoured with International Award

7th Jul 2015

A SWBH Cardiologist has received a highly prestigious honour from the Heart Rhythm Society for his work at both City Hospital and the University of Birmingham.

Professor Gregory YH Lip has been awarded the Founders’ Lectureship Award by the Heart Rhythm Society for his significant and unique contribution to the field of cardiac arrhythmias.

Professor Lip is a Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at University of Birmingham but is based at City Hospital, part of Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust. He spends half of his time as a Clinical Cardiologist and practices a full range of cardiovascular medicine including outpatient clinics, large atrial fibrillation and hypertension specialist clinics and coronary care unit duties.

Professor Lip is very happy to have been recognised for his work. “I am humbled by receiving this international honour from the Heart Rhythm Society. As an academic, I have always wanted to be to share knowledge and ideas with people, and improve patient care.” He has many interests in healthcare including epidemiology of atrial fibrillation (AF), as well as the pathophysiology of thromboembolism in this arrhythmia.  Furthermore, he has been researching stroke and bleeding risk factors, and improvements in clinical risk stratification.

This is the most recent award Professor Lip has received in his career, as he was selected as one of only two people based in England in 2014 to the Thomson Reuters Science Watch list of ‘World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds’, a global ranking of today’s top 17 scholars who have published the greatest number of hot papers.

“I have received various awards over the years that have meant a lot to me but being named as one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds is the nicest one so far” Professor Lip said. Even after winning these awards though, Professor Lip still believes that his team has to constantly improve. “It is a nice honour of course, but we can always do more.  My philosophy has been to ask practical questions related to everyday patient care and treatments, and how we can provide simple and practical solutions to these simple questions.”

He believes that winning this award could become a very important factor to prospective students when they apply to university and to patients of Cardiovascular Medicine awaiting treatment at City Hospital as it shows the quality of research, teaching and care that Birmingham has to offer.

“This accolade helps bring recognition to Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust and the University.  I am humbled that my work is recognised and appreciated externally and by the international community.”

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