Dr William Parker


Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease

Clinical Research Fellow (Staff Candidate PhD)

+44 114 226 6159

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Dr William Parker
Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease
The Cardiovascular Research Unit (CVRU), Sam Fox House
Northern General Hospital
Herries Road
S5 7AU

I studied Medicine and Pharmacology at the University of Cambridge before returning to my home city of Sheffield to complete the Academic Foundation and Core Medical Training Programmes.

I obtained Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2013 and of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom in 2014.

In 2015, I was appointed Clinical Research Fellow in Cardiology at the University of Sheffield with clinical tenure at the South Yorkshire Cardiothoracic Centre, Northern General Hospital.

In 2018, I was awarded a three-year British Heart Foundation Clinical Training Fellowship and am currently studying for a PhD under the primary supervision of Professor Rob Storey.

Research interests

My main research interest is in improving the quality and safety of anti-thrombotic therapy for ischaemic heart disease.

Specifically, I am currently investigating the dose-dependent effects of aspirin when used in combination with other antithrombotic agents and how drug regimens can be optimised to augment benefits whilst reducing harm.

I have a general interest in the pharmacological management of cardiovascular disease and how this can be improved and investigated.

I also study and research the history of medicine and am in the process of completing the Diploma in the History of Medicine at the Society of Apothecaries of London.

Current Projects:

  • The WILLOW programme (a series of randomised controlled trials investigating the dose-dependent effects of aspirin in combination with other antithrombotic drugs).
  • Co-investigator on a wide range of local and multi-centre clinical trials within the Cardiovascular Research Unit.

Journal articles


  • Parker W & Storey R (2018) Acute coronary syndromes: Thrombotic Response RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching interests

I contribute to the teaching of medical students at various stages of the MB ChB course, as well as lecturing on the Masters in Cardiovascular Research and Masters in Genomic Medicine programmes.

I am studying for a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning for Higher Education with the School of Education at the University of Sheffield.

I am also passionate about public engagement and have recently devised and delivered sessions for the NHS 70th Anniversary celebrations, Sheffield Ignite Academy, Pecha Kucha foundation and the Millennium Galleries, Sheffield (Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition).

Professional activities

I was elected as a Nucleolus member of the European Society of Cardiology Working Group on Thrombosis Young Researchers in October 2018.