Hugh Montgomery (physician)

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Hugh Montgomery
Native name Hugh Edward Montgomery
Born (1962-10-10) 10 October 1962 (age 52)[1]
Plymouth, England
Fields Medicine
Institutions University College London
Alma mater Middlesex Hospital Medical School
Known for
Children 2 sons

Hugh Edward Montgomery is a professor and the director of the UCL Institute for Human Health and Performance at University College London. He discovered that an allele of the gene with the DNA code for angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) influences physical fitness; the first discovery of a gene related to fitness.[2][3]

Academic career[edit]

Montgomery was educated at Plymouth College and qualified as a medical doctor in July 1987 from the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, University of London.[4] He leads a research group in cardiovascular genetics which has published over 100 publications including original research papers in journals such as Nature, The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine.[2][5][6][7][8]

He holds an appointment as a Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at UCL and practises as a consultant in critical care, cardiology and internal medicine at the Whittington Hospital in north London.

Other interests[edit]

Montgomery has several notable achievements outside the field of medicine. He has been awarded the title of London Leader by the London Sustainable Development Commission for his work in climate change and health under the auspices of Project Genie; he was also a founding member of the UK Climate and Health Council. Montgomery is also a published children's book author and wrote the Hollywood film 'Reputation and Control' in under six weeks.

Montgomery has a wide variety of interests.[9] Montgomery has complemented his interest in fitness with achievements which include the 100 km ultra marathons, holding the world record for underwater piano playing as well as climbing Everest with the Xtreme Everest research group to undertake research.[10]

He is the co-Editor-in-Chief of the Open Access journal Extreme Physiology & Medicine, published by BioMed Central.[11]

Hugh Montgomery is married and has two sons.

Awards and honours[edit]


  1. ^ "Montgomery, Prof. Hugh Edward". Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press. (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b Montgomery, H. E.; Marshall, R.; Hemingway, H.; Myerson, S.; Clarkson, P.; Dollery, C.; Hayward, M.; Holliman, D. E.; Jubb, M.; World, M.; Thomas, E. L.; Brynes, A. E.; Saeed, N.; Barnard, M.; Bell, J. D.; Prasad, K.; Rayson, M.; Talmud, P. J.; Humphries, S. E. (1998). "Human gene for physical performance". Nature 393 (6682): 221. doi:10.1038/30374. 
  3. ^ Prof Hugh Montgomery UCL
  4. ^ "List of Registered Medical Practitioners (The online Register)". General Medical Council. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Hugh Montgomery (physician) from the Scopus bibliographic database.
  6. ^ Grocott, M. P.; Martin, D. S.; Levett, D. Z.; McMorrow, R; Windsor, J; Montgomery, H. E.; Caudwell Xtreme Everest Research Group (2009). "Arterial blood gases and oxygen content in climbers on Mount Everest". New England Journal of Medicine 360 (2): 140–9. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa0801581. PMID 19129527. 
  7. ^ "Efficacy of perindopril in reduction of cardiovascular events among patients with stable coronary artery disease: Randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicentre trial (the EUROPA study)". The Lancet 362 (9386): 782. 2003. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(03)14286-9. 
  8. ^ Costello, A.; Abbas, M.; Allen, A.; Ball, S.; Bell, S.; Bellamy, R.; Friel, S.; Groce, N.; Johnson, A.; Kett, M.; Lee, M.; Levy, C.; Maslin, M.; McCoy, D.; McGuire, B.; Montgomery, H.; Napier, D.; Pagel, C.; Patel, J.; De Oliveira, J. A. P.; Redclift, N.; Rees, H.; Rogger, D.; Scott, J.; Stephenson, J.; Twigg, J.; Wolff, J.; Patterson, C. (2009). "Managing the health effects of climate change". The Lancet 373 (9676): 1693. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(09)60935-1. 
  9. ^ Professor Hugh Montgomery, Desert Island Discs
  10. ^ Grocott, M. P.; Martin, D. S.; Wilson, M. H.; Mitchell, K; Dhillon, S; Mythen, M. G.; Montgomery, H. E.; Levett, D. Z.; Caudwell Xtreme Everest Research Group (2010). "Caudwell xtreme Everest expedition". High Altitude Medicine & Biology 11 (2): 133–7. doi:10.1089/ham.2009.1093. PMID 20586597. 
  11. ^ Grocott, M. P.; Montgomery, H. E. (2012). "Extreme Physiology & Medicine: A new journal focussed on integrative human physiology under stress". Extreme Physiology & Medicine 1: 1. doi:10.1186/2046-7648-1-1. 
  12. ^ Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2007: Back from the brink: the science of survival
  13. ^ Hugh Montgomery address on Science & Environment, Royal Institution Unconference, September 2011