The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Directors appointed for new Centre of Responsive HealthTech Innovation

3 August 2020

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust consultant, Professor David Jayne, along with Professor Alejandro Frangi from the University of Leeds, has been appointed as the first joint Directors of the new Centre of Responsive HealthTech Innovation.

The Centre is a partnership initiative between the University and the Trust and will bring together scientists, clinicians and industry partners to deliver world-leading, cross-disciplinary research, driven by clinical grand challenges, that ultimately delivers value-based innovation to improve outcomes for patients and populations.

The Directors, together with a cross-institutional Executive Leadership Team - and Research and Innovation support from Saeeda Bashir - will deliver an exciting programme of research based on a vision to transform Leeds into one of the most connected, innovation-driven, and challenge-led HealthTech ecosystems that drives global transformations in healthcare.

It will have value-based innovation at its heart and respond rapidly to changing socio-economic needs, accelerating the transformation of innovation to deliver equitable, sustainable and responsible healthcare for all.

This is another example of the collaborative working the Trust has with the University in advancing research that will ultimately improve outcomes for patients.

  • David JayneProfessor David Jayne graduated from the University of Wales College of Medicine and undertook his surgical training in Manchester, Singapore and Leeds. He was appointed Professor of Surgery in 2011, NIHR Research Professor in 2012, and Bowel Cancer UK and RCS Eng. Chair of Surgery in 2018.He is an Honorary Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and University Associate Dean for the SJUH and CAH campuses.  As Clinical Director, David brings a world-leading clinical research track record in the development and evaluation of new surgical technologies.


  • Alex FranjiProfessor Alejandro Frangi graduated in Electrical Engineering from Universitat Politènica de Catalunya (Barcelona) completing his PhD in Radiological Imaging Sciences at Utrecht University Medical Centre (The Netherlands). He held previous academic appointments in Zaragoza, Barcelona, and Sheffield.  Alex joined the University of Leeds in 2018 as Diamond Jubilee Chair in Computational Medicine with joint appointments in the Schools of Computing and Medicine.  He works across computational medical imaging and computational physiology.