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Professor David Firmin joined the National Heart Hospital in 1981 and became involved in cardiovascular MR in 1982. He was one of the founding members of Royal Brompton's MR unit, opening in 1984. He then completed a PhD in the development of MR Flow Measurement. 

Areas of expertise

As Director of Physics CMR, he has led on a number of pioneering advances in this field, including: 

  • atheroma imaging 
  • rapid and interactive cardiovascular MR
  • coronary angiography
  • myocardial perfusion imaging
  • tissue characterisation


Professor Firmin teaches on the six-monthly CMR course at Royal Brompton Hospital. He also regularly teaches on MR and CMR at many international conferences. He also teaches on the CMR training day for the Royal Society of Medicine. 

Memberships and committees

Professor Firmin has served on many scientific programme committees and in 1999 he organised a highly successful ISMRM workshop on Flow & Motion in Cardiovascular MR and recently, in recognition of his service, he was made a fellow of ISMRM.

He is currently a member of the BIR MR Committee and the SCMR Programme Committee. He is also an Assistant Editor of the Journal of Cardiovascular MR, and a referee for several major international scientific journals, and a former panel member of the Wellcome Trust Infrastructure Grant.


Professor Firmin has more than 350 publications covering cardiovascular MR imaging. Over 170 of these are peer-reviewed academic journals papers and books including: 

  • Underwood, S.R. and Firmin, D.N. "An introduction to magnetic resonance of the cardiovascular system", Current Medical Literature, London, 1987.
  • Underwood, S.R. and Firmin, D.N. "Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance", Blackwell Scientific, Oxford, 1994.