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15 April 2024

New Professor of Cardiovascular Care

Julie Sanders, a nationally and internationally recognised researcher in cardiac surgery outcomes, has been appointed Professor of Cardiovascular Care within the Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care at King's College London.

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Professor Julie Sanders will lead high quality interdisciplinary research programmes in cardiovascular care, expanding on her existing national and international partnerships, to reduce inequalities in care and improve patient outcomes and experience.

Working closely with patients, Julie’s work focuses on the impact of frailty in cardiac surgery, post-operative morbidity and patient reported outcomes, and the underrepresentation of women in cardiovascular trials. With a strong background in clinical research, Julie also brings a wealth of expertise in embedding research in practice and the development of nursing and allied professional clinical academic careers in the NHS. She will continue to have a clinical appointment at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust one day a week.

Julie is a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), the Science Committee Chair for the ESC Association for Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professionals (ACNAP), an ambassador for the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery (SCTS) of Great Britain and Ireland (former nursing and allied professional research lead) and a co-founder of CONNECT (a global cardiac surgery nursing and allied professional research network). She is also on the editorial boards of the British Journal of Cardiac Nursing and the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

Professor Julie Sanders says, 'As a King’s trained nurse, I am thrilled to be returning to this prestigious institution and Faculty. The ambition is always to deliver meaningful research that addresses clinical need and directly impacts patients and their families. Since cardiovascular disease is the primary cause of global mortality, King’s focus on interdisciplinary enquiry-driven research that address global challenges is an ideal home to drive the cardiovascular care research agenda forward.'

As a highly accomplished clinical academic, Julie is poised to spearhead groundbreaking interdisciplinary research within our Faculty and across the University and to address critical future health and care challenges. Her appointment significantly bolsters our initiatives to advance clinical academic excellence and to foster collaborative partnerships with clinical services and throughout King’s College London.

Professor Irene Higginson, Executive Dean, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care

Julie's appointment is an excellent one that will provide exciting opportunities for collaboration across faculties in an important dimension of cardiovascular care, complementary to existing strengths at King’s.

Professor Ajay Shah, Executive Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and Director of the King’s BHF Centre of Research Excellence