Dame Margaret Turner-Warwick

Dame Margaret Turner-Warwick was a leading light in Respiratory Medicine, both as clinician and academic. She worked throughout her consultant life as respiratory physician at the Brompton Hospital and died after a short illness on Elizabeth Ward at the Brompton. The purpose of this fund is to raise money for research into heart and lung changes following the 'TAVI' procedure.

Dame Margaret practised as clinician and professor at the Brompton Hospital between from 1965 to 1987. She was Professor of Thoracic Medicine at the Cardiothoracic Institute, University of London, (now the National Heart and Lung Institute) from 1972-1987 and subsequently Dean and emeritus professor. In 1989, she became the first woman President of the Royal College of Physicians in its 400 years.

She underwent a TAVI procedure, which itself was successful, but unfortunately developed a stroke and died of lung complications, partly related to lung damage from previous TB in her early 20s.

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI)

TAVI is a minimally invasive procedure for aortic valve replacement in aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aortic valve). It can bring marked improvements in independence and quality of life for patients who are not medically fit to have open heart surgery.

Directed by Dr Simon Davies, the TAVI team at the Brompton conducts ground-breaking research into the clinical and physiological effects of this procedure.

This fund has been set up in memory of Dame Margaret to raise money for research into changes the pulmonary circulation and ventilation following the TAVI procedure

Lynne Turner-Stokes