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Professor Rod Stables

Date: 30 September 2015 10:04

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Chrissie Cooper

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About Professor Rod Stables

MA (Cantab) DM Oxon Bm Bch (Oxon) FRCP (London)

Area of Practice

  • Interventional Cardiology
  • General cardiology

Special Clinical Interests

  • Coronary angioplasty and stent implantation
  • Minimally invasive procedures for aortic valve replacement (Transcutaneous Aortic Valve Implantation – TAVI)
  • Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy – including alcohol ablation for non-surgical septal reduction
  • Endovascular stent procedures for aortic and peripheral vascular disease

Research Interests

  • Clinical research – angina, myocardial infarction and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Design, conduct and reporting of clinical trials
  • Clinical database design and registry studies
  • Outcomes analysis

Regional and National Responsibilities

  • Medical Director of the British Heart Foundation National Clinical Cardiovascular Research Network
  • Chair Academic and Research Committee of the British Cardiovascular Society
  • British Heart Foundation Clinical Trials Grants Committee
  • NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Clinical Trials Grants Committee
  • British Cardiovascular Intervention Society - Outcomes analysis and data monitoring group
  • Health Data Research UK:  Cardiovascular strategy advisory group

Current Membership of Professional Regional and National Bodies

  • British Cardiovascular Society
  • British Cardiovascular Intervention Society
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Why choose LHCH?

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital is one of the largest cardiac centres in the UK and provides first class cardiac care. The service for coronary angioplasty and stenting (PCI) is a national leader in terms of volume, research and quality.

Training and Education 

Educated at the Liverpool Blue Coat School

Graduated, with first class honours, in Medical Sciences from Churchill College, Cambridge and then read clinical medicine at St Edmund’s Hall, Oxford. 

Trained in cardiology in Oxford and at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London.

Completed specialist training in 1998 and was appointed at the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital in 2000.

About Rod 

I am married with two sons.  

I enjoy climbing and other mountain and outdoor sports. 

I retired from a career as a rugby player, notable only for its longevity.  I am now active in youth development as a referee.  


I have established a standing at national and international level for practice and research in interventional cardiology. I established the Clinical Trials and Evaluation Unit at the Royal Brompton Hospital and led its initial flagship ventures including the landmark Stent or Surgery Trial (SoS). The primary publication from this study remains in the top 1% of quoted papers in cardiology. The HEAT-PPCI trial, performed at LHCH has also achieved international recognition, both for its clinical impact and its novel methodology.

This is a list of my publications that have been most commonly cited by others (figures correct as at April 2018)..