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The William Harvey Research Institute - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Professor Adam Timmis


Professor of Clinical Cardiology

Centre: CV Medicine and Devices

Telephone: +44(0) 20 8983 2413


ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1419-112X 

Adam Timmis graduated from Cambridge University and trained in cardiology at Massachussetts General and Guys Hospitals before taking up his present post. The rapid access chest pain clinic he pioneered changed UK practice by spawning a nationwide clinic network. He chaired NICE guideline groups on investigation of stable chest pain (2010) and management of angina (2011), was former Editor of Heart (2006-2013), is an executive member of the National Institute of Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR) and chairs the Academic Group of the Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Process (MINAP). He is now an executive member of the Farr Institute and the founding Editor-in-Chief of the European Society of Cardiology’s journal of Quality of Care and Clinical Outcomes.


Adam Timmis’ collaborative research group straddles 4 major institutions (QMUL, UCL, LSHTM, Bristol U) and was a finalist in the prestigious BMJ award for "outstanding achievement in evidence based healthcare" (2009). The group’s research, which focuses on healthcare delivery as it affects cardiovascular outcomes, is closely aligned with the NHS transparency and quality initiatives. It started with local cardiovascular data collections in E London and now utilizes linked electronic health records held by the National Institute of CV Outcomes Research and the Farr Institute, providing a national perspective on the patient journey through a range of cardiovascular phenotypes.

Key Publications

For a full list of publications click here

  • Hemingway H, Crook AM, Feder J, Banerjee S, Dawson JR, Magee P,, Philpott S, Sanders J, Wood A, Timmis AD. Underuse of coronary revascularisation in the Appropriateness of Coronary Revascularisation (ACRE) study. N Engl J Med 2001;344:645-54.
  • Kennon S, Price CR, Mills PG, Maccallum PK, Cooper J, Clarke H, Timmis AD. The effect of aspirin on C-reactive protein as a marker of risk in unstable angina. J Am Coll Cardiol  2001;37:1266-70
  • Sekhri N, Feder G, Junghans C, Hemingway H, Timmis AD. How effective are rapid access chest pain clinics? Prognosis of incident angina and non-cardiac chest pain in 8762 consecutive patients. Heart 2007;93: 458-63
  • Sekhri N, Feder G, Junghans C, Eldridge S, Umaipalan A, Madhu R, Hemingway H, Timmis AD. Incremental prognostic value of the exercise electrocardiogram in the initial assessment of patients with suspected angina: cohort study. BMJ. 2008;337:a2240.
  • Chung S-C, Gedeborg R, Nicholas O, James S, Jeppsson A, Wolfe C, Heuschmann P, Wallentin L, Deanfield J, Timmis A, Jernberg T Hemingway H. Acute myocardial infarction: a comparison of short term survival in nationwide outcome registries in Sweden and the UK. Lancet. 2014;383:1305-12.
  • Rapsomaniki E, Timmis A, George J, Pujades-Rodriguez M, Shah AD, Denaxas S, White IR, Caulfield MJ, Deanfield JE, Smeeth L, Williams B, HingoraniA, Hemingway H. Blood pressure and incidence of twelve cardiovascular diseases; lifetime risks, healthy life-years lost, and age-specific associations in 1.25 million people. Lancet. 2014;383(9932):1899-911
  • Shah AD, Langenberg C, Rapsomaniki E, Denaxas S, Pujades-Rodriguez M, Gale CP, Deanfield J, Smeeth L, Timmis A, Hemingway H. Type 2 diabetes and incidence of cardiovascular diseases: a cohort study in 1·9 million people. Lancet Diabetes. Endocrinol. 2014 Nov 11. pii: S2213-8587(14)70219-0.


Internal: Dr Mike Barnes (WHRI), Prof Steffen Petersen (WHRI), Dr John Robson (CEG)

External: Prof Harry Hemingway (Farr Institute, London), Prof John Deanfield (NICOR), Prof Liam Smeeth (LSHTM), Prof Gene Feder (Bristol University)  Dr Chris Gale (Leeds University)

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