Professor Gary Ford is Chief Executive of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network, Professor of Stroke Medicine at Oxford University and Consultant Stroke Physician at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Gary graduated from Cambridge University and held a Clinical Pharmacology Fellowship at Stanford University. He returned to the UK and established a comprehensive stroke service in Newcastle in the early 1990s. He has been involved in many service innovations in UK stroke care in the last 20 years including developing the first thrombolysis protocol for acute stroke in England. He developed the Face Arm Speech Test (FAST) now used to increase public and professional awareness of stroke and was awarded the CBE in 2013 for services to research in stroke medicine.
Gary held the Jacobson Chair of Clinical Pharmacology at Newcastle University from 2007-2013 and was Director of the NIHR Stroke Research Network from 2005-2014. He is a member of the NIHR Strategy Board. In 2018 Gary was identified as one of seven research legends whose work has transformed care in the NHS.