Richard Kirk

Richard Kirk trained at Christ’s College, Cambridge and Guy’s Hospital, London. He is a Fellow of the UK Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health. He is on the European Specialist Register for both Paediatric Cardiology and Paediatrics.

Post Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist
Institute Institute of Transplantation, Newcastle upon Tyne

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Previously he was consultant to the University Hospital of Wales and established the Paediatric and Fetal Cardiac Service for South Wales. In 2001 he moved to Singapore and was Head of the Department of Paediatric Cardiology at the National University Hospital. In 2004 he returned to the UK as Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist & Transplant Physician with appointments in the Paediatric Cardiothoracic Services and the Institute of Transplantation at Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne.

His clinical focus is heart failure and transplantation. He is a Director and Associate Medical Director of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation and Executive director of IMACS (International Mechanically Assisted Circulation Support).

He has published many scientific papers on various aspects of congenital heart disease, presented work at national and international scientific meetings and is author of web guides to transplantation and congenital heart disease.

He is Secretary to the Children’s Heart Unit Fund established to help children with heart problems. He is very active in promoting donor and transplant issues and has recently been awarded “Communicator of the year” by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. He is President of the North East regional committee of the Association for Science Education.

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