Professor Peter Weissberg CBE MA MD FRCP FMedSci


  • Formerly, Medical Director, British Heart Foundation
  • Honorary Consultant Cardiologist, Addenbrooke's Hospital

Peter Weissberg graduated in Medicine from the University of Birmingham, UK in 1976. He trained as a clinical cardiologist before being appointed lecturer in Cardiovascular Medicine in the University of Birmingham. Following a two-year appointment as Medical Research Council Travelling Fellow to the Baker Medical Research Institute and Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, he was appointed to a British Heart Foundation Senior Research Fellowship at the University of Cambridge. In 1994 he was appointed as the first British Heart Foundation Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine in the University of Cambridge.

Professor Weissberg’s research interests have focused on vascular biology and, in particular, the cell and molecular biology of vascular smooth muscle cells in atherosclerosis. His group has developed clinical imaging techniques to characterise atherosclerotic plaque composition in patients at risk of stroke. In December 2004 he became Medical Director of the British Heart Foundation, which currently distributes some £105m annually for cardiovascular research, prevention and care in the UK.