David Wood

Professor Wood has contributed to international policy and guidelines on cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention through the World Health Organisation, World Heart Federation and the European Society of Cardiology. He instigated the Joint British Societies (JBS) Guidelines on CVD prevention in clinical practice and has served on National Institute for Clinical Health and Excellence guidance for CVD risk assessment, lipids and diabetes.


He was a founder and President of the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, and he also founded the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (now European Journal of Preventive Cardiology) and served as the first Joint Editor in Chief. He has served as a Board member of the European Society of Cardiology, initially as President of EACPR and then as Secretary Treasurer.


He is the principal investigator for the ASPIRE and EUROASPIRE studies across 26 European countries, evaluating standards of preventive cardiology practice in hospital and primary care. He led the EUROACTION and EUROACTION+ trials in preventive cardiology evaluating nurse-led models of preventive care in hospital and general practice across 8 European countries, and the principals of EUROACTION are now incorporated in the Imperial College Cardiovascular Health Service for the NHS. He is Course Director for the Imperial College Masters degree programme in Preventive Cardiology providing education and training for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.


In 2014 he was elected as President Elect of the World Heart Federation whose mission is prevention of cardiovascular disease.