Team Building - Professor Richard Kirk 2020

Professor Richard Kirk
MA FRCP FRCPCH
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I have been privileged to be a part of, and built, teams around the world providing medical care, education and support to children's heart programs
I was recruited to Dallas in 2016 to develop the transplant and heart failure team at Children's Health and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Within three years the program was one of the largest in the US with excellent results.

I developed this team of international physicians to reduce the refusal rate of donated heart organs, increase the chances of sucessful transplantation and maximize the impact of this amazing gift from bereaved families.

I was Chair of the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF), shortlisted for Charity leader of the year and CHUF was honoured as North East Charity of the Year 2015.

As part of my scientific work I recruited and managed teams which developed the first comprehensive Pediatric Heart Failure Guidelines, published in 2014.

At Freeman Hospital I developed the Pediatric Cardiac Transplant team recruiting specialist nurses, social workers and psychologists, treating the most challenging patients in the UK.

The first team I built established the Children’s Heart Centre for Wales. This required recruiting surgeons, cardiologists and nurses and designing the physical spaces.
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