Prof Gary A Ford CBE was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Oxford AHSN in 2013. Gary has led the adoption of innovation in stroke care for many years. He remains a practising clinician as a consultant stroke physician at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He is also Visiting Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Oxford.
Gary was Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) stroke research network from 2005-2013 and is a member of the NIHR strategy board.
He became vice-chair of the AHSN Network Chief Officers’ forum in 2017. Gary also chairs the Executive Board of the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.
He developed the first thrombolysis protocol for acute stroke in England and the Face Arm Speech Test (FAST) now used to increase public and professional awareness of stroke and was awarded the CBE in 2013 for services to research in stroke medicine.