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Dr Nick West

Chief Medical Officer, Divisional Vice President, Medical Affairs, Vascular


Dr. Nick West is Chief Medical Officer and Divisional Vice President in Abbott’s vascular business in Santa Clara, CA. To further his mission for the future of better whole-patient care, Dr. West joined Abbott in 2019. Prior to joining Abbott, Dr. West served for 12 years as Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge – the UK’s largest specialist cardiothoracic unit. He was also a Consultant Cardiologist at the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from 2003 to 2007, where he helped to initiate the county’s offsite angioplasty/PCI service. Dr. West also co-founded and served as Chief Medical Officer of PlaqueTec Limited, a Cambridge-based biotech company.

As a physician, Dr. West consults in all aspects of general cardiology, with specialist interests in invasive procedures, including coronary angiography/cardiac catheterization and coronary angioplasty/percutaneous coronary interventions. He has specific skills in complex interventions, including rotational atherectomy, intracoronary imaging and physiology, and complex high-risk interventions.

Dr. West remains a research-active clinician and has been principal investigator in more than 20 investigator-initiated and industry-sponsored studies. He has published more than 100 manuscripts, encompassing interests in intravascular imaging OCT and IVUS, coronary physiology/microvascular function, acute myocardial infarction, vulnerable plaque and novel medical devices – including bioabsorbable stent technology. In addition to his published articles, he has authored several book chapters and is a co-author of the Oxford Handbook of Cardiac Catheterization and Coronary Intervention. His h-index is 27.

Dr. West recently served as Clinical Chair for Cardiology on the regional Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, planning and developing cardiac services for a network of four major hospital trusts. Today he serves on the editorial board of the open-access BMC Cardiovascular Disorders. He has also been referred as an expert for several NICE consultations, reviews grants for major bodies in the UK, including the Welcome Trust and BHF, and peer reviews multiple cardiological journals.

Dr. West graduated in medicine from Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge and St. Thomas’ Hospital Medical School, subsequently training in Cardiology at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford and Green Lane Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand. He undertook research towards an award-winning MD thesis on vascular nitric oxide biology in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Oxford and Duke University. During his career, Dr. West has held several leadership and educational roles, including Clinical Lead for Coronary Intervention at Papworth (2009-2013), Royal College of Physicians Tutor (2008-2013), Member of the British Cardiovascular Society Guidelines & Practice Committee (2010-2014) and Deputy Chair of the Society’s Working Group on Acute Cardiac Care (2010-11).

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