We’re pleased to announce that Dr Stephen Harden has been elected as the incoming Vice-President, Clinical Radiology. Dr Harden will officially start from 1 September 2023, when he will take over from the current Vice-President, Clinical Radiology, Dr William Ramsden.
Dr Harden will head the Clinical Radiology Faculty for a three-year term until 2026 and ensure that it is positioned to lead the specialty, both across the UK and overseas.
Dr Harden was the Medical Director for Education and Training in Clinical Radiology at the RCR from 2019-2022. He chaired the RCR Clinical Radiology Professional Learning and Development sub-committee from 2017-2019 and has been an FRCR Part 2A examiner.
Dr Harden said: “It’s a great honour to be the next RCR Vice-President for Clinical Radiology. I’m very much looking forward to getting started later this year and working with the RCR leadership team to drive expansion of, and support for, our workforce.
“This comes at a time of great challenge for our specialty, our profession and the NHS. It is a challenge which we must meet together. I will work alongside and on behalf of radiology Fellows and members, as we aim for sustained excellence in patient care in imaging and interventional radiology.”
Dr Harden is a consultant in cardiothoracic radiology at University Hospital Southampton, having been appointed in 2005. He completed undergraduate medical training at the University of Cambridge and St Thomas’s Hospital in the University of London.
He trained in clinical radiology in Wessex and undertook further training in Germany and the USA. His consultant clinical practice includes cardiac and thoracic cross-sectional imaging and PET/CT.
Previously, Dr Harden was President of the British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging, the first RCR Travelling Cardiac Professor and the British Institute of Radiology Vice President. He has also been the senior cardiac editor for the British Journal of Radiology.
Dr Katharine Halliday, RCR President, said: “Many congratulations to Stephen on becoming the RCR’s new Vice-President, Clinical Radiology. This is an incredibly important role to lead and shape the clinical radiology speciality for the next three years at such a pivotal time in healthcare. I look forward to working with Stephen and wish him a very successful term.”