Professor Sanjay Sharma is Professor of Cardiology and Lead for the Inherited Cardiomyopathies and Sports Cardiology Unit.
He is also the Medical Director for Virgin London Marathon, Consultant Cardiologist for the charitable organisation Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), and Cardiologist for the English Institute of Sport, British Rugby League and the British Lawn Tennis Association.
Professor Sharma has an international reputation in cardiovascular adaptation in athletes, sudden cardiac death in the young and heart muscle diseases. His research has been pivotal in characterising the impact of age, sex and ethnicity on cardiovascular adaptation to exercise and in the identification of non-invasive methods of differentiating electrocardiographic and echocardiographic manifestations of cardiomyopathy and ion channel disorders from those representing ‘athlete's heart.'
His current research programmes include the assessment of the impact of long-term ultra-endurance sport on the heart, ethnic differences in phenotypic manifestations in cardiomyopathy and ion channel diseases, right ventricular adaptation to exercise and sudden arrhythmic death syndrome.
He conducts four large tertiary clinics in inherited cardiac diseases and sports cardiology each week. He is responsible for the CRY pre-participation screening programme in athletes which serves the English Institute of Sport and numerous other independent sporting organisations. A sports cardiology centre has been established recently at St George's Hospital, serving athletes with symptoms suggestive of cardiovascular diseases and those deemed to have abnormalities on the ECG or echocardiogram.
Professor Sharma joined St George's in 2010. He is senior tutor for the international teaching faculty for the Royal College of Physicians and a Lecturer on the RCP MRCP (II) written course. He has published several educational books in medicine and cardiology including ‘Self assessment Colour Review of Cardiology' and ‘Rapid Review of Clinical Medicine for the MRCP Part 2'.
Sharma S, Elliot PM, Whyte G, Mahon N, Virdee MS, McKenna WJ. Utility of cardiopulmonary exercise testing in distinguishing hypertrophic cardiomyopathy from physiologic left ventricular hypertrophy in athletes. J Am Coll Cardiol 2000; 36 (3): 864-870.
Sharma S, Maron BJ, Firoozi S, Whyte Elliott PM, McKenna WJ. Physiologic limits of left ventricular hypertrophy in junior elite athletes: Relevance to differential diagnosis of athlete’s heart and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. J Am Coll Cardiol 2002; 40: 1413.
Makan J, Sharma S, Firoozi S, Whyte G, McKenna WJ. The upper limits of physiological ventricular cavity dilatation in junior elite athletes and its relevance in the differentiation from cardiomyopathy. Heart 2005; 4: 495-499.
Basavarajaiah S, Wilson M, Whyte G, Shah A, Sharma S. Prevalence and Significance of an Isolated Long QT interval in athletes. European Heart Journal. 2007. 28; 2944-2949.
Basavarajaiah, S, Wilson M, Whyte G, Shah A, McKenna W, Sharma S. Prevalence of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in elite athletes: relevance to pre-participation screening. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2008.
Kohli S, Pantazis A, Shah J, Ademeyi B, Jackson G, McKenna W, Sharma S, Elliott PM. Diagnosis of left ventricular non-compaction in patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction: time for reappraisal of diagnostic criteria? Eur H. J Nov 2007 doi:10. 1093/eurheartj/ehm481.