Professor Mary Sheppard MBBCh FRCPath                                                       

Professor Sheppard is in charge of the CRY Cardiovascular Pathology Unit at St George’s Medical School  She is an expert cardiac pathologist and has established an international cardiac referral centre with funding from the charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) to investigate sudden young cardiac deaths.

She qualified in medicine from University College Cork in Ireland Professor Sheppard won a Wellcome fellowship and completed her research MD at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London. She completed specialist training in Histopathology at University College Hospital London.  She worked as specialist cardiothoracic pathologist at Royal Brompton hospital in London and was trained in cardiac pathology by Professor Michal Davies. She did post graduate studies with a Fogarthy postgraduate Fellowship to NIH Washington DC and Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington DC in 1996.

Since her appointment at St George’s she has undertaken extensive research and teaching with an emphasis on sudden cardiac death. She has been appointed as national trainer for cardiac pathology for forensic and general pathology  trainees in UK. She has published 160 peer reviewed papers, 71 case reports, 24 book chapters, 36 reviews/letters/articles, 9 international guidelines/government reports. In addition she has co-edited one book, co authored four books including cardiac pathology and imaging, pulmonary pathology and cardiac valve disease and has completed the second edition of her book on Cardiovascular Pathology.

She is the Cardiovascular Pathology representative on the specialist advisory committee of Royal College of Pathologists. She is a member of the Editorial Board and subeditor (cardiac pathology) for Histopathology and Editorial board member of Cardiovascular Pathology. She is President of the Pathology Section of the Royal Society of Medicine. She is also an advisor to governmental bodies in relation to cardiovascular pathology and on national cardiovascular steering group developing a database on sudden cardiac death. She is also on committee developing international guidelines in training in cardiovascular pathology. She has also written the guidelines on the investigation of sudden cardiac death issued by Royal College of pathologists.

Professor Sheppard was awarded the Stokes Medal for her work by the Irish Cardiovascualar Society in 2009 and gave Phillip Poole Wilson memorial lecture in London in October 2014.

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External Links

The Coroners’ Society of England and Wales

The Royal College of Pathologists’

Cardiac Pathology


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