Council Position: Education Secretary
Dr Laura Dobson is a Consultant Cardiologist with a specialist interest in Echocardiography and Valvular Heart Disease at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester. She was appointed as a Consultant in 2017 and leads a busy heart valve service, overseeing a nurse led valve surveillance clinic of around 1500 patients and well as recently developing a multidisciplinary complex valve clinic. In addition to this she is a member of the endocarditis team and supports the structural valve interventional service. Prior to this she completed her Cardiology training in the West Yorkshire Deanery, an Advanced Imaging Fellowship in non-invasive imaging at Monash Heart in Melbourne, Australia and a MD at University of Leeds investigating the use of CMR to assess patients with aortic stenosis. She has been a member of the British Heart Valve Society Council since 2016, firstly as Communications Secretary and more recently as Programme Committee Chair. She is also part of the British Cardiac Society Program Committee, being responsible for organisation of the Imaging Village at the BCS annual conference and was a Fellow of the Inaugural BCS Emerging Leaders Programme in 2019/2020. She has a keen research interest, having over 50 peer reviewed publications and is local PI for the Easy-AS study investigating the efficacy of early surgery in asymptomatic severe AS and is heavily involved in education, running courses for sonographers and doctors locally at Wythenshawe Hospital. Outside of work she enjoys CrossFit, running around after her energetic toddler, travelling and skiing.