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Professor Charles Knight OBE, Chief Executive

Professor Charles Knight OBE, Chief Executive

Professor Charles Knight MD FRCP is a consultant cardiologist and chief executive of St Bartholomew's Hospital, part of Barts Health NHS Trust.

He was trained at Cambridge and Oxford universities and is an honorary Professor at the William Harvey Research Institute at Queen Mary University of London. He has published more than 100 research papers.

Professor Knight served as honorary secretary of the British Cardiovascular Society from 2008 to 2011 and was associate editor of the journal Heart until 2014. He was a member of the Royal College of Physicians' Cardiology Speciality Advisory Committee.

Professor Knight is a specialist in alcohol septal ablation and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. From 2010 he led the development of the Barts Heart Centre by merging cardiac services from across London to create the largest cardiac centre in the UK. He became the Centre’s first executive director in 2014. In 2015 he was appointed as managing director and then chief executive of St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

In March 2020, Professor Knight was seconded as chief executive officer of NHS Nightingale Hospital London, established to care for patients during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic. In July he was awarded the Freedom of the City of London in acknowledgment of his role in the NHS’s response to the outbreak. In October 2020 he was awarded an OBE for services to the NHS and people with heart disease.

He also works at the private King Edward VII's Hospital and is a trustee of Barts Heritage.