Dr. David Chambers

CCPS Academic Clinician


Consultant Clinical Scientist, Cardiac Surgery, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, St Thomas’ Hospital, London, SE1 7EH.


In 2003, Dr David Chambers was invited to join the Council of the College of Clinical Perfusion Scientists of GB & I as the Academic Representative. He maintains that role at the present time.

Clinical Interests

David specialises in studying all aspects of myocardial protection, with a special interest in cardioplegia. His studies include investigating aspects of cardioplegic protection of the heart during cardiopulmonary bypass, protection of the lungs during cardiopulmonary bypass and protection of the brain during cardiopulmonary bypass. He has developed a novel cardioplegic solution that does not involve potassium as the arresting agent, and thereby acts to induce a ‘polarising’ arrest rather than the ‘depolarising’ arrest induced by potassium.

Professional Profile

David obtained a PhD from Brunel University in 1979. He was appointed as a Senior Biochemist at St Thomas’ Hospital in 1978, promoted to Principal Biochemist in 1986, and promoted to Consultant Clinical Scientist in 1990. He was appointed as an Honorary Reader in Cardiac Surgery (King’s College London) in 2011 and as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biomedical Research, Medical University of Vienna, Austria in 2016.

David has been an Associate Editor for Cardiovascular Research 1991-1995), for European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery (2012-2018), for Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery (2016-date), for Perfusion (2016-date), and is on the Editorial Board of a number of other cardiovascular journals. David was the Honorary Secretary of the Cardiothoracic Section, Royal Society of Medicine (2003-2008).

David was the External Examiner (University of Surrey) for the MSc in Perfusion Science at North East Surrey College of Technology (NESCOT) from 2010-2018. David is currently the External Examiner (University of Bristol) for the MSc in Perfusion Science at the University of Bristol.

David has been guest speaker at multiple National and International conferences.

David is a peer reviewer for a number of journals, and has published in excess of 120 full papers.