Professor Chris Imray PhD FRCS FRCP is a Consultant Vascular/Endovascular/Transplant Surgeon at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and is a Professor at Warwick Medical School. His PhD is on the hypoxic and ischaemic brain.
He started climbing whilst at school and has continued to travel the world to fulfill this passion. He has climbed from the sea cliffs of Cornwall to the volcanoes of Chile. His altitude research began with the Birmingham Medical Research Expeditionary Society, and more recently he has been involved with the Caudwell Xtreme Everest Research Group and CASE.
He took part in the 2006 Xtreme Cho Oyu expedition to Tibet, as one of the medical officers. He was the Deputy Climbing Leader of the 2007 Caudwell Xtreme Everest Expedition. He summited both Cho Oyu (8201m) and Everest (8550m) and has the dubious distinction of having the second lowest arterial gases ever recorded in an adults (at 8,400m).
As a vascular surgeon he has a particular interest in the management of the high risk carotid patient. He has introduced novel trans cranial Doppler directed intravenous antiplatelet therapies into the management of neurologically unstable patients.