Bryan Williams is Chair of Medicine at University College London and a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator. He is Director of the NIHR UCL Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre, Director of Research for UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and National Co-Chairman of the Cardiovascular Specialty Group for the NIHR Comprehensive Research Network. He is a Consultant Physician at UCL Hospitals.
He was previously Professor of Medicine (1996-2012) and Chairman of the Division of Medicine at the University of Leicester School of Medicine, UK. He graduated from the University of London in 1983 and completed his clinical and research training in London, Leicester, and at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado, USA.
Professor Williams research and clinical practice is in the field of hypertension in which he is recognised as one of the world’s leading authorities. His research in the sphere of human experimental medicine focuses on developing clinically applicable models for the human non-invasive assessment of aortic pressure and haemodynamics, in which he has published some of the most cited and influential paper in the field. He has received numerous national and international awards and was most recently the recipient of the Times Higher Education University award, for “Outstanding Innovation and Technology” 2011, for his work on methods for the non-invasive measurement of aortic pressure and the Sleight Award (2014) by the European Society of Hypertension for his “outstanding contribution to research, education and clinical practice in the field of hypertension”.
Professor Williams is the Past President of the British Hypertension Society (2001–2003) and Chairman of the NICE Hypertension Guidelines Development Group (published in 2011) and is currently Vice-Chairman of the Hypertension Council of the European Society of Cardiology. He was previously Chairman of the Clinician Scientist Research Grant Awards panels for the Medical Research Council and the Department of Health. He is a member of national and international hypertension societies and a Fellow of the American Heart Association, the European Society of Cardiology and the Royal College of Physicians, London.