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Paul Rees, MBBS MRCP(UK) Dip IMC RCS(Ed) MD(Res)


Reader in Military Medicine

Telephone: 020 3765 8639
Twitter: @DrPaulRees


In addition to work at QMUL, Surgeon Commander Paul Rees is based at Barts Heart Centre, providing 24-7 heart attack cover across London. Paul has wide experience of deployed military care having operated remotely in submarines, providing front-line medical support on commando operations overseas, and as a consultant on the MERT in Afghanistan. His duties have also encompassed humanitarian and disaster response duties in Africa and the Caribbean, and supporting overland expeditions. He is the lead for the resuscitation service within Barts Health NHS Trust and co-founded the British Cardiac Intervention Society’s cardiac arrest group. He works as a military HEMS consultant at East Anglian Air Ambulance, where he forms part of the research and innovation team. As an interventional operator he led the formation of the Defence Endovascular Resuscitation group, bringing novel resuscitation techniques to battlefield resuscitation.


Research Interests:

Endovascular resuscitation, cadaveric intravascular ultrasound guidance of aortic resuscitation, selective aortic arch perfusion.


Kelham M, Jones, T … Rees P et al. An observational study assessing the impact of a cardiac arrest centre on patient outcomes after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). European Heart Journal. 2020 Jun. 

Slim N, West CT, Rees P, Brassett C, Gaunt M. The REBOA window: a cadaveric study delineating the optimum site for austere cannulation of the femoral artery for resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta. BMJ Military Health. 2020 Mar 2. 

Hamshere S, Byrne A, Guttmann O, Rees P, Weerakody C, Wragg A et al. An observational study of clinical outcomes of everolimus-eluting bioresorbable scaffolds comparing the procedural use of optical coherence tomography against angiography alone. Coronary Artery Disease. 2018 Sep 1;29(6):482-488. 

Rees P, Waller B, Buckley AM, Doran C, Bland S, Scott T et al. REBOA at Role 2 Afloat: resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta as a bridge to damage control surgery in the military maritime setting. Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps. 2018 May;164(2):72-76. 

Rees P, Buckley AM, Watts SA, Kirkman E. Intravascular ultrasound, performed during resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA), confirms correct balloon deployment and haemostasis - a potential solution for remote, austere and military settings. Journal of the Royal Naval Medical Service. 2018;104(1):12-17.

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