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Professor Bernard Keavney

British Heart Foundation Professor of Cardiology

Job Title

British Heart Foundation Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine

Consultant Cardiologist

Site(s) based at

Manchester Royal Infirmary

Contact details

Personal assistant: Ms Tracey Leeson

Telephone: 01612764143

Subspecialty Areas of Practice

Heart disease in Pregnancy

Inherited Cardiac Conditions

Research Interests and Publications

Cardiovascular genomic medicine

Genetics of congenital heart disease

Epidemiology of congenital heart disease

>200 publications (Entrez PubMed search: “B Keavney”); h-factor 67

Regional and National Responsibilities

  • Director of BHF Manchester Centre of Research Excellence (*note this is embargoed at present!*)
  • Lead, Manchester NIHR Biomedical Research Centre Cardiovascular Theme
  • Research and Innovation Director, North West Genomic Medicine Service Alliance (2019-2024)
  • National Lead, Genomics England Cardiovascular GECIP (2015-2022)
  • Chair, UK Biobank Study International Scientific Advisory Board (2014-2022)
  • Member, MRC Population and Systems Medicine Board (2015-2020)
  • Non-executive Advisor, Heart, Lung and Critical Care Board, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • Honorary Chair, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • International Scholar, Population Health Research Institute, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
  • Member, ClinGen Expert Curation Group for Congenital Heart Disease

Current Membership of Professional Regional and National Bodies

British Cardiovascular Society

Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London)

Training and Education

BSc (Hons) St Andrews 1985

BM BCh Oxford 1988

MRCP (UK) 1991

DM Oxford 2000

FRCP London 2005

Languages spoken

English, French


My clinical work at the Manchester Heart Centre focuses in two areas. First, Heart Disease in Pregnancy where I am part of a multidisciplinary team involving Obstetricians, Cardiologists, Anaesthetists, Midwives, Cardiac Physiologists and other healthcare professionals. We provide a service covering the entire North West of England for women who are at higher risk during pregnancy because of heart conditions. Second, Inherited/Genomic Cardiac Conditions, where I have a particular interest in inherited diseases of the thoracic aorta (such as Marfan’s and Loeys-Dietz syndromes), and provide a clinic for women with Turner Syndrome, some of whom are at substantially elevated risk of aortic and heart valve disease. My scientific work focuses on genomic cardiovascular medicine, particularly the genetics of congenital heart disease, and is supported by the British Heart Foundation, Medical Research Council and National Institute of Health Research. In recent years my scientific group has published some of the most highly cited papers in our field, in the world literature.