Professor Simon Ball

Chief Medical Officer

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


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Professor Simon Ball

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Simon was appointed as Chief Medical Officer in 2019. He trained in medicine at Oxford University and University College London, underwent postgraduate training in nephrology, dialysis and transplantation in North West London and was an MRC doctoral fellow in the Department of Biology at Imperial College.

Appointed as a consultant nephrologist to UHB in 2001, he has been Clinical Service Lead in Nephrology, an Associate Medical Director and Director of Digital Healthcare. He was President of the British Renal Society between 2013 and 2016. His contributions to research and innovation include collaborations with academic and industry partners seeking to understand and quantify immune response in transplantation.

More recently his interest has pivoted toward the curation and analysis of high value health data assets, such that in 2018 he became Health Data Research UK Research Director in the Midlands. This is based on his longstanding contributions to UHB’s development and implementation of electronic health care records, to improve the quality and effectiveness of patient care. This convergence of technology and quality management will remain an important part of his role as Chief Medical Officer.

Additional HDR Midlands Team Members

Mr Sheikh Momin

Neurosurgery Academic Clinical Fellow
University of Birmingham

Mrs Victoria Cooper

Quality and Governance Lead
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Mr Conor Price

Chief Information Officer
Herefordshire General Practice

Mr Glen Howard

Programme Manager Health Analytics and Informatics
Health Innovation East Midlands