Dr Mark Westwood was educated at St John’s College, Oxford and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. His interest in cardiac MRI (CMR) started in 2001 with his thesis of CMR.
He was appointed as a Consultant Cardiologist at the London Chest Hospital in 2008 where he was lead clinician for CMR. He set up, led and developed from scratch the CMR service into one of the largest UK CMR services with a particular focus on the assessment of coronary artery disease.
In 2015 he moved to Barts Heart Centre at St Bartholomew’s Hospital where he has jointly formed the largest CMR service in the UK and one of the largest CMR services in Europe. He is also currently developing the new cardio-oncology service at St Bartholomew’s Hospital to ensure the delivery of high quality care to patients cardiovascular disease who also are being treated for cancer. He was previously an interventional cardiologist and regularly performed coronary interventions including primary angioplasty for the treatment of myocardial infarction.
Dr Mark Westwood is Treasurer of the British Society of CMR. He co-founded ‘LondonCMR’, the first UK clinically focused CMR meeting and now the second largest UK CMR meeting. He is also the chair of the Education Committee of the International Society for CMR (SCMR).
Dr Mark Westwood has a strong interest in training and Education. He is the Director of Education at Barts Heart Centre, responsible for the training and education of all staff. He is the lead for the North and East London regional training programme in cardiology which is one of the highest ranked training programmes in cardiology in the UK.
He has an interest in the assessment of junior doctors using examinations and is the current chief examiner of the advanced level European CMR examination.