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Dr Simms was appointed a Consultant Cardiologist in Leeds in 2014 with expertise in the management and care of patients with heart failure, including implantation of biventricular pacing and defibrillator therapy. He is also an integral part of the Regional Leeds inherited cardiovascular conditions service and the Leeds Regional Combined Cardiology and Obstetrics service, with expertise in the management of patients with rare inherited cardiac conditions and women with heart disease in pregnancy.
Dr Simms qualified in Medicine from Leeds in 2002 and completed his MD research from the University of Leeds in 2012. During his specialist training he undertook clinical fellowship posts at The Cardiomyopathy Unit, Heart Hospital, London and The Advanced Heart Failure Unit, Wythenshawe, Manchester.
Dr Simms has published several peer reviewed research articles and remains active in clinical research particularly in heart failure and inherited cardiovascular conditions.
Dr Simms believes strongly in patient choice, partnership and informed decision making.
Areas of interest
Adults from 16 years plus; heart failure; left ventricular dysfunction; heart failure with preserved ejection fraction; chest pain; angina; coronary artery disease; cardiac screening; inherited cardiovascular conditions (screening and management of conditions); genetic heart conditions; ICC; heart disease in pregnancy; investigation of cardiac symptoms in pregnancy; arrhythmias; heart rhythm disturbance; palpitations; syncope (passing out, loss of consciousness); assessment for pacemakers; pacemaker implantation and management; complex pacing device implantation and management; cardiac resynchronisation therapy; biventricular pacing, implantable cardioverter defibrillator implantation and management; ICD implantation and management; atrial fibrillation; general cardiology; primary prevention; secondary prevention; Cardiac amyloidosis
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Cardiologist at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
Lead for the Heart Failure Service
Member of the Tertiary Inherited Cardiovascular Conditions service for West Yorkshire
Member of the Leeds Combined Cardiology and Obstetrics Service
Heart Failure and new therapies
Cardiac Amyloidosis prevalence and new therapies
Family and fun with my 3 children and wife
Cycling, running, football, cricket and skiing
Highly commended award from HSJ for the Combined Heart Failure and Devices Service in Leeds, Dr Alex Simms, Lead Consultant.
Association of heart failure and its comorbidities with loss of life expectancy. Heart 2020: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/heartjnl-2020-317833; Inequalities in care in patients with acute myocardial infarction. World J Cardiol 2015; 7(12): 895-901; Mortality and missed opportunities along the pathway of care for ST-elevation myocardial infarction: A national cohort study. EHJ-ACC 2015; 4(3):241-53; Risk Stratification for ST segment elevation myocardial infarction in the era of primary percutaneous coronary intervention. World J Cardiol 2014; 6(8): 865-73; Acute Coronary Syndrome Management in Older Adults: Guidelines, Temporal Changes and Future Challenges. Age & Ageing 2014; 43(4): 450-455; An evaluation of composite indicators of hospital acute myocardial infarction care: a study of 136,392 patients from the Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Project. Int J Cardiol 2013; 170(1): 81-87; Ongoing Requirement for Pacing Post Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation and Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement. Intervent Cardiovasc Thorac Surg 2013; 17(2): 328-33. Online First April 25, 2013; doi: 10.1093/icvts/ivt175; An assessment of composite measures of hospital performance and associated mortality for patients with acute myocardial infarction. Analysis of individual hospital performance and outcome for the National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR). EHJ-ACC 2013; 2(1): 7-16. Online first: doi:10.1177/2048872612469132; Age-dependent inequalities in improvements in mortality occur early after acute myocardial infarction in 478,242 patients in the Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Project (MINAP) registry. International Journal of Cardiology. Int J Cardiol 2012. Online first: doi 10.1016/j.ijcard.2012.10.023; Evaluation of the NICE mini-GRACE risk scores for acute myocardial infarction using the Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Project (MINAP) 2003-2009: National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR). Heart 2012; 99(1): 35-40. Online first: doi 10.1136/heartjnl-2012-302632; Acute coronary syndromes: an old age problem. J Geriatr Cardiol 2012; 9(2):192-196; Resolving inequalities in care? Reduced mortality in the elderly after acute coronary syndromes. The Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Project 2003-2010. Eur Heart J 2012; 33(5): 630-639
Courses offered to GPs
Inherited Cardiac Conditions
- MD University of Leeds 2013
- MB ChB University of Leeds 2002
- BSc in Clinical Sciences (Hons) University of Leeds 1998
- MRCP RCP London 2006
- PGC Medical Education York and Hull Medical School 2013
- Certificate of Completion of Training in Cardiology GMC 2014
Reference number 6050846
Details of entry to specialist register
- Cardiology Specialist Register, 2014
Affiliations / memberships
Member of the Association of Inherited Cardiovascular Conditions
Member of the British Heart Rhythm Society
Member of the British Society for Heart Failure
Member of the British Cardiovascular Society
Member of the Royal College of Physicians
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