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The William Harvey Research Institute - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Professor Julie Sanders


Director Clinical Research (SBH), Clinical Professor Cardiovascular Nursing (QMUL)

Centre: Clinical Pharmacology and Precision Medicine

Twitter: @julessanders2



Julie Sanders is the Director of Clinical Research at St Bartholomew’s Hospital (SBH) and Clinical Professor of Cardiovascular Nursing at QMUL. developing research and clinical academic career opportunities for nurses and allied professionals (AP). At SBH there are a number of nurses/APs pursuing a clinical academic career undertaking internships, MSs and PhDs. Julie is also a Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery (SCTS) Nursing and AHP Ambassador, is Chair of the Association of Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (ACNAP) Science Committee, is a member of The Aortic Dissection Charitable Trust Research Advisory Group and is an NIHR DACF panel member and Academy and ICA mentor.


  • Royal College of Nursing (RCN).
  • Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery (SCTS)
  • European Society of Cardiology – Association of Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Health Professions (ACNAP)
  • HSJ Women Leadership Network

Fellowships and honours

  • Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (FESC)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Phi Mu Chapter


Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Group members

Julie leads the Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Group. Members are: Ms Kaylah-Klaire Samuel (PA and Admin Manager), Mr Chris Sfakianakis (pre-doctoral candidate), Ms Tracey Bowden (Barts Charity Clinical Research Training Fellow), Mrs Rosalie Magboo (Barts Charity Clinical Research Training Fellow), Mr Juan-Carlos Quijano-Campos (NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow), Dr Ashley Thomas (post-doctoral clinical academic).

Key research themes include:

  1. Cardiac surgery outcomes
  2. Health-related quality of life
  3. Morbidity outcomes
  4. Women and cardiovascular disease


Julie is a co-founder of CONNECT, the Cardiac Surgery International Nursing and Allied Professional Research Network:

Key Publications


Key publications over last 5 years

  • Quijano-Campos JC, Sekhri N, Thillai M, Sanders J. Health-related quality of life in cardiac sarcoidosis: A systematic review. European Heart Journal Open. Published online 18.02.23. doi: 1093/ehjopen/oead009
  • Sanders J, Bueser T, Beaumont E, Dodd M, Murray SE, Owens G, Berry A, Hyde E, Clayton T and Oo AY. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on recovery from cardiac surgery: 1 year outcomes. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. Published online (as accepted manuscript) 13.09.22.
  • Bowden T, Hurt CS, Sanders J, Aitken LM (2022) Effectiveness of cognitive interventions for adult surgical patients after general anaesthesia to improve cognitive functioning: A systematic review. Journal of Clinical Nursing. First published 22.06.22
  • Sanders J, Bowden T, Woolfe-Loftus N, Sekhon M, Aitken LM. (2022). Predictors of health related quality of life after cardiac surgery: A systematic review. Health Quality and Outcomes. 20 (79). Published online 18.05.22.   
  • Matthews S, Buttery A, O’Neil A, Sanders J, Marasco S, Fredericks S, Martorella G, Keenan N, Ghanes A, Wynne R (2022). Sex differences in mortality after first time coronary artery bypass graft surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. Published online 12.05.22.
  • Bowden T, Hurt CS, Sanders J, Aitken L (2022). Predictors of cognitive dysfunction after cardiac surgery: A systematic review. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 21 (3). 192-204. Published online October 2021. DOI:
  • Sanders J, Makariou N, Tocock A, Magboo R, Thomas A, Aitken LM (2022). Pre-operative risk assessment tools for post-operative morbidity after cardiac surgery: A systematic review. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. Published online 16.02.22.
  • Couper K, Murrells T, Sanders J, Anderson JE, Blake H, Kelly D, Kent B, Maben J, Rafferty AM, Taylor RM, Harris R (2022). The impact of COVID-19 on the wellbeing of the UK nursing and midwifery workforce during the first pandemic wave: a longitudinal survey study. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 127. Published online March 2022.
  • Burton S, Hayes JA, Morell-Scott N, Sanders J, Walthall H, Wright DJ, Jones I (2021). Should I stay or should I go? An exploration of the decision-making behaviour of acute cardiac patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Heart Lung 52. 16-21. Available online 16.11.21. doi: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2021.07.018
  • Cooper S, Sanders J, Pashayan N (2021). Implementing a novel programme for nurses and allied health professionals to develop capacity for evidence-informed clinical practice. Journal of Research in Nursing 26 (5). 395-404.
  • Cook S, Matthews S, Murray S, Bueser T, Wynne R, Clayton T, Sanders J (2021). Wonder Women: Wondering where the women in cardiovascular trials are? European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 20 (7) 629-630. doi: 10.1093/eurjcn/zvab074
  • Magboo R, Oo AY, Sanders J (2021). A look at the psychosocial impact of aortovascular manifestations in Marfan syndrome. British Journal Cardiac Nursing. 16 (6).
  • Campbell NG, Allen E, Montgomery HE, Aron J , Canter RR, Dodd M, Sanders J, Sturgess J, Elbourne D, O’Brien B (2021): Maintenance of serum potassium levels ≥3.6 mEq/L vs ≥4.5 mEq/L after isolated elective coronary artery bypass grafting, and the incidence of new-onset atrial fibrillation: Pilot and feasibility study results. Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia. 36 (3). 847-854. Available online 22.06.21.
  • Cardiothoracic Interdisciplinary Research Network (CIRN)* and COVIDSurg Collaborative (2021). Early outcomes and complications following cardiac surgery in COVID-19 positive patients: An international cohort study. 2021. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 162 (2). E355-E372. : (*Author as lead nursing and AHP representative, and 1 of 12 authors leading the conceptualisation, analysis and writing).
  • Sanders J, Akowuah E, Cooper J, Kirmani BH, Kanani M, Acharya M, Jeganathan R, Krasopoulos G, Ngaage D, Delurkar I, Yiu P, Kendall S, Oo AY (2021). Cardiac surgery outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic: The early UK experience. Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery. 16 (article 43). 1-10 org/10.1186/s13019-021-01424-y
  • Gibbs D, Eusebio C, Sanders J, Rosner C, Tehrani B, Truesdell AG, O’Brien B, Finney SJ, Proudfoot A (2021). Clinician perceptions of the impact of a shock team approach in the management of cardiogenic shock: a qualitative study. Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine. 22 (Jan) 78-83. DOI: (published online June 2020)
  • Magboo R, Cooper J, Shipolini A, Byers H, Drey N, Sanders J (2020). Predicting cardiac surgical site infection: Development and validation of the B-SIR tool. J Clin Epi. 57-65. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2020.08.015.
  • Cardiothoracic Interdisciplinary Research Network*, National Cardiac Benchmarking Collaborative, Public Health England (2020). National Survey of Variations in Practice in the Prevention of Surgical Site Infections in Adult Cardiac Surgery, United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland. Journal Hospital Infection. Sep 18; S0195-6701(20)30431-X. (*Author as lead nursing and AHP representative, steering committee member).
  • Okonkwo H, Bryant R, Milne J, Molyneaux D, Sanders J, Cunningham G, Brangman S, Eardley W, Chan GK, Mayer B, Waldo M, Ju B. (2020). A Blinded Clinical Study Using a Sub-epidermal Moisture Biocapacitance Measurement Device for Early Detection of Pressure Injuries. Journal of Wound Repair and Regeneration. 364-374.
  • Anwar S, Green L, Cooper J, Curtis M, Roberts N, Sanders J, Scully M, Stables V, O’Brien B (2020). The impact of disruptive changes on transfusion practices in perioperative surgical care: The Barts Heart Centre merger experience. Future Healthcare Journal. 7 (1). 72-77.
  • Rogers L, Vaja R, Bleetman D, Ali JM, Rochon M, Sanders J, Tanner J, Lamagni TL, Talukder S, Quijano-Campos JC, Lai F, Loubani M, Murphy G (2019). Interventions to prevent surgical site infection in adults undergoing cardiac surgery. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2019. Issue 5. Art No: CD013332. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD013332.
  • Campbell NG, Allen E, Sanders J, Swinson R, Birch S, Sturgess J, Al-Subaie N, Elbourne D, Montgomery HE, O’Brien B (2017). The impact of protocols maintaining serum potassium ≥3.6mEq/L vs  ≥4.5mEq/L on the incidence of new onset atrial fibrillation in the first 5 days after isolated elective Coronary Artery Bypass: a randomised non-inferiority feasibility study. 18 (1). 618.

Nursing and allied professional research capacity building.

  • Sanders J, Malcolmson J, Philpott-Jones S, Kelly J (2022). Embedding post-doctoral clinical academic careers in practice: The St Bartholomew’s Hospital model. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 31 (3-4). 427-434. (published online 1 December 2020).
  • Sanders J series editor for a six-paper invited series on nursing and allied professional research roles at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.
    • Sanders J. (2022). Nursing and Allied Professional Research at St Bartholomew’s Hospital: Introduction. Online BJCN 26.04.22.
    • Roomaney T, Buck J, Sanders J. (2022). Nursing and Allied Professional Research at St Bartholomew’s Hospital: Early career nurses. Published online 30.06.22
    • Damianopoulos A, Welch A, Buck J, Sanders J (2022). Nursing and allied professional research at St Bartholomew’s Hospital: Ward managers and the creation of a positive ward environment. Published online 28.07.22.
    • Long A, Buck J, Sanders J (2022). Nursing and allied professional research at St Bartholomew’s Hospital: Allied Professional Research Lead Role. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing. Published online 20.08.22. 17 (8).
    • Woolfe-Loftus N, Thomas A, Sanders J (2022). Nursing and Allied Professional Research at St Bartholomew’s Hospital: Doctoral Clinical Academic Career Development. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing. 17 (9) 1-5.
    • Stain N and Sanders J (2022). Nursing and allied professional research at St Bartholomew’s Hospital: Post-doctoral clinical academic careers. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing. Published online 01.11.22. 17 (10).
  • Borregaard B, Massouh A, Hendriks J, Jones I, Lee G, Manthou P, Ross C, Fredericks S, Sanders J. (2022). The X-factors of PhD supervision: ACNAP top-10 tips on choosing a PhD supervisor. EJCN. 21 (5) 399-401. published online 07.10.21. DOI:

CONNECT publications can be found at:



  • Prof Mark Griffiths (Barts/QMUL)
  • Prof Aung Oo (Barts/QMUL)
  • Dr Neha Sehkri (Barts/QMUL)
  • Dr Zudin Puthucheary (Barts/QMUL)
  • Dr Laura Green (Barts/QMUL)


  • Prof Ben O’Brien (Berlin Heart Centre, Germany)
  • Prof Hugh Montgomery (UCL)
  • Prof Suzanne Fredericks (Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada)
  • Prof Rochelle Wynne (The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia)
  • Dr Britt Borregaard (University of Southern Denmark)
  • Dr Colin Bicknell (Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust)
  • Prof Enoch Akowuah (South Tees Hospital NHS Trust)
  • Prof Tin Clayton (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
  • Sarah Murray (patient representative)
  • Gareth Owens (patient representative)
  • Edward Hyde (patient representative)
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