Biography - Professor Sanjay Sharma

Professor Sanjay Sharma

Name : Professor Sanjay Sharma, BSc (Hons), MD, FRCP (UK), FESC
Positions : Professor of Inherited Cardiac Diseases and Sports Cardiology, Consultant Cardiologist at St George's Healthcare NHS Trust, medical director of the London Marathon; Head of Cardiac Research Centre

Research Institute : Cardiovascular & Cell Sciences


Research interests

Cardiovascular adaptation to exercise, sudden cardiac death in sport, cardiomyopathy and ion channel diseases.

Professor Sharma joined St George's in 2010 as Professor of Cardiology. He is Lead of 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), 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.'

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 sport 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 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'.