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16 August 2021

Professor Ajay Shah appointed as Executive Dean in Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Following a global search, King’s is delighted to announce Professor Ajay Shah has been appointed as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine (FoLSM) from 1 September 2021.


Professor Shah has been Interim Dean of the Faculty since January 2021, and having been at King’s for over 20 years, comes with a great breadth of knowledge of the Faculty, the university and Trust partners. He has held positions as the British Heart Foundation (BHF), Professor of Cardiology and Head of the School of Cardiovascular Medicine and Sciences, the James Black Professor of Medicine, Director of the King's BHF Centre of Research Excellence, Director of King’s Health Partners Cardiovascular and is an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at King's College Hospital.

Professor Shah has published approximately 400 peer-reviewed papers, with an h-index of 105, and is a Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences, the International Society for Heart Research, the European Society of Cardiology, and the American Heart Association. He is Consulting Editor for Cardiovascular Research, and on the Editorial Boards of Circulation and the European Heart Journal.

I am pleased to congratulate Ajay on his appointment. As Executive Dean, Ajay will lead the Faculty in delivering an ambitious strategy that builds on its excellence in education, training and research and boost its local and global impact even further at this critical time as the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Professor Richard Trembath, Senior Vice President and Provost (Health)

Professor Shah’s main research interests are in the pathophysiology of heart failure and during the pandemic, he and his team have led crucial research on how a patient’s ethnic background affects their risk of severe disease and death.