Ascension Healthcare has announced the appointment of Dr Gavin Ling as its new chief medical officer.

Dr Ling is a Consultant Haematologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London, who trained at University College London Hospital, a world class thrombosis and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura centre and the Royal Free Hospital, a world-renowned haemophilia training centre. Dr Ling is currently completing his PhD at University College London in gene therapy for the treatment of haemophilia.

Dr Ling commented on his appointment: “Existing methods of treatment and management of haemophilia are costly and time-consuming and can place a significant burden on patients and their families. There is a real unmet medical need for improved prophylactic treatment options, alternative routes of administration and management of patients with inhibitors and I have been impressed by the work Ascension is doing to address this need.”