Sir Bruce Keogh, PhD

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh is the National Medical Director of NHS England, and a member of the EXCITE International Executive Board.


Bruce Keogh has had a distinguished international career as a cardiac surgeon, having first been a consultant at the Hammersmith Hospital in London, then University Hospital Birmingham before becoming Professor of Cardiac Surgery at UCL and Director of Surgery at the Heart Hospital. 

He has been president of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland, Secretary General of The European Association for Cardio Thoracic Surgery and a Director of the US Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

With a longstanding interest in the measurement of clinical outcomes he has served on the boards of the Commission for Health Improvement and Healthcare Commission. 

Sir Bruce was first appointed as Medical Director of the NHS in the Department of Health in 2007 and then National Medical Director of NHS England upon its creation 2013. As such, he has been close to the development and implementation of NHS policy over the last decade. He was specifically responsible for promoting quality, clinical leadership and innovation across the health service.

Sir Bruce Keogh, Excite International Executive Board

Sir Bruce Keogh, Phd

National Medical Director,NHS England

He has recently become Chair of the Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. He was knighted for services to medicine in 2003. He has been ranked as the most influential clinician in the NHS by the HSJ and named as one of Britain’s 500 most influential people in the Sunday Times.


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