Professor Simon Ray graduated from Bristol University in Pharmacology in 1980 and in Medicine in 1983. After House Officer posts in Bristol, Medical SHO and Registrar jobs in Glasgow and Edinburgh he completed his MD as a British Heart Foundation research fellow with Prof Henry Dargie in Glasgow.
He continued cardiology training at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle before moving to CTC Liverpool as a senior registrar in 1992. From 1994-95 Simon was an interventional Cardiology fellow in Vancouver BC before appointment as Consultant Cardiologist in Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust in 1995.
His clinical and research interests have focused around valve disease, PFO, cardiac involvement in neuromuscular disease and more recently cardio-oncology.
Simon was Clinical Director of Cardiology at UHSM from 2006-2009, President of the British Society of Echocardiography 2007-2009, Vice President of the BCS for clinical standards from 2010-2013 and President of the British Heart Valve Society from 2013-2016. Simon was appointed Honorary Professor of Cardiology in 2011.
He is currently joint cardiology lead for Getting It Right First Time and President of the British Cardiovascular Society (2018-2021).