CV Co-Clinical Leads

Dr Patrick Donnelly - Co-Clinical Lead

Dr Patrick Donnelly – Co-Clinical Lead

Patrick Donnelly MD, MB BCh BAO, FRCP

Dr Patrick Donnelly is a consultant cardiologist in the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust. He is director of Cardiovascular Imaging, Cardiovascular Research, Cardiac CT Programme and the Ards Heart Start Programme.

He is a Reader and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast. He received his medical degree from Queen’s University Belfast and completed higher speciality imaging training at Harvard University and the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston USA. He is Co-clinical Lead of the NI Cardiovascular Research Network and sits on the National Cardiovascular Atherothrombosis Research Group.


Prof Donna Fitzsimons - Co-Clinical Lead

Prof Donna Fitzsimons – Co-Clinical Lead

Donna Fitzsimons RGN, BSc, PhD, NFESC

Donna is a Professor of Nursing in Ulster University and Senior Manager, Belfast Trust. She is a graduate of the Ulster University, where she completed her nurse training in 1987 and her PhD in 1995. She is an experienced cardiac nurse and researcher and holds several research grants and has supervised 7 PhD students to successful completion. Within her post in Belfast Trust she seeks to stimulate and promote nursing research at all levels within the hospital and externally.

Donna is immediate past Chair of the European Council on Cardiac Nursing and Allied Professionals; she now sits on the Board of the European Society of Cardiology and is a founding member of the Global Leadership Forum for Cardiovascular Nursing. She has an Editorial Board position on the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing and British Journal of Cardiac Nursing. At a regional level she is Co-Clinical Lead for the Cardiovascular Clinical Research Network, Scientific Advisory Group Member of Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke Association and Associate Post Graduate Tutor UU.

Donna has secured approximately £1,000,000 in research income, published 48 research papers and is regularly invited to present in international congresses. She has contributed to the development of several ESC Clinical Guidelines and is a strong advocate of evidence based practice and patient involvement. Her research interests include, cardiac nursing, preventive cardiology, palliative care in chronic illness and research ethics.