Professor McDonagh qualified from the University of Edinburgh and completed her internal medicine training there. She trained in Cardiology at the Western Infirmary in Glasgow. Her main research was on the epidemiology of Left Ventricular Dysfunction and Natriuretic Peptides hormones.
Subsequently, she was appointed as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow and Glasgow Royal Infirmary where she ran the Heart Failure Service and was the Cardiologist involved in the Heart Transplant Programme (1999-2004). Following this, she was a Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London (2004-2011) where she led the Heart Failure Service, before moving to King's College Hospital to head up the Heart Failure Programme.
Her main research interests are in novel biomarkers for heart failure and the delivery of heart failure services.
She is a past Chair of the British Society for Heart Failure a Past Chair of the Clinical Section of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology. She is the Clinical Lead for the National Heart Failure Audit. Most recently she served as a Co-Chair of the ESC 2021 Heart Failure Guideline.Back to speakers