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Gary Ford

Gary Ford

Chief Executive Officer, Health Innovation Oxford & Thames Valley

Gary has been at the helm of Health Innovation Oxford and Thames Valle, previously Oxford Academic Health Science Network since its formation in 2013. From 2021-23 he was Chair of the national Health Innovation Network, the overarching body bringing together England’s 15 HINs. He led the successful AHSN atrial fibrillation (2018-20) and lipid management (2021-24) programmes supporting primary care in the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease. Gary has led the adoption of innovation in stroke care for many years. He remains a practising clinician as a consultant stroke physician at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He is also Professor of Stroke Medicine at the University of Oxford. Gary was Director of the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) stroke research network from 2005-2013. He became a non-executive director on the board of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in April 2021. Gary developed the first thrombolysis protocol for acute stroke in England and the Face Arm Speech Test (FAST) now used to increase public and professional awareness of stroke. He was awarded the CBE in 2013 for services to research in stroke medicine. In 2018 Gary was identified as one of seven research legends whose work has transformed care in the NHS.

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