Stephen is a consultant physician and cardiologist at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
He trained principally in London where he undertook an MD in cardiology relating to the diagnosis and management of coronary artery disease.
He then undertook and MSc in nuclear medicine again relating to diagnostic tests for acute and chronic ischaemic heart disease.
Having been appointed as a consultant at RLUH in 1984, he served as the Clinical Director of medicine and the Clinical Sub-dean in the faculty of medicine at Liverpool University for over 10 years. He established the Department of cardiology at RLUH and has been its clinical lead for over 25 years. Subsequently he was appointed as the lead cardiologist for the Cheshire and Merseyside Cardiac Network and was elected by his peer cardiologists to be the chairman of the Cheshire and Merseyside Cardiac Advisory Board.
In recent years, he has developed an interest in medico-legal work and risk management leading to his becoming the Associate Medical Director for RLUH and Broadgreen hospitals with particular responsibility for clinical risk management. In addition, he was appointed to and served on the Technology Appraisal Committee for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for 10 years assessing the cost effectiveness of various technologies for use within the NHS. Throughout his career, his principal clinical interests and research have been in the prevention, diagnosis and management of coronary artery disease.