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Dr Susan Peirce

Dr Susan Peirce

Research Fellow

School of Engineering

029 2087 5938


I am based partly in the School of Engineering and partly at Cedar Healthcare Technology Research Centre, at the University Hospital of Wales.

I am primarily interested in the evaluation and adoption of appropriate medical (non-pharmaceutical) technologies. By this I mean technologies that can be demonstrated to have measureable value in real-world healthcare and not just in the laboratory or trial environments. This encompasses health technology assessment (HTA), health economics, and pragmatic issues of implementing these technologies. This applies whether the technology is intended for the UK NHS or low resource environments.

My research interests include:

  • Medical devices and diagnostic technologies
  • Clinical trials and service evaluations 
  • Health economic analysis and modelling 
  • Evidence review and qualitative research
  • Technology adoption in healthcare 
  • Physiological measurements and analysis 
  • Remote monitoring/telehealth
  • Global health technologies


Dr Susan Peirce graduated with a BSc in Physics (Keele, 1992) and then completed a conversion MSc in Computing (Staffordshire) before deciding on medical physics as a career path. Training for this comprised an MSc in Clinical Engineering and Medical Physics (Sheffield) and professional training at the Royal Free NHS Trust. Her PhD used non-invasive physiological measurements in order to investigate the role of vascular resistance in the short term control of blood pressure and incorporated measures of stroke volume and baroreceptor sensitivity (Leicester, 2006). She has previously been a researcher in the Cardiff University School of Medicine where she was involved in projects looking at the design and use of remote monitoring in chronic conditions (telehealth, EPSRC/MRC-funded) and at the decision-making processes that happen in the NHS when considering the adoption of innovative medical devices (PATH project, NIHR-funded).

She has been part of Cedar healthcare technology research centre since 2012. This unit is a collaboration between Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and the School of Engineering. Cedar is partly funded by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) primarily to provide independent scientific review expertise to their Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme (MTEP). Amonst others, Cedar works with the Welsh Government, Health Technology Wales, the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, and with medical technology companies.












I contribute to the Medical Engineering degree programme. I manage and teach on Anatomy and Physiology (1st year), and Medical Device Evaluation (3rd year), and also teach on Clinical Engineering 1 (3rd year).



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