Biography - Professor Sanjay Sharma

Professor Sanjay Sharma

Name: Professor Sanjay Sharma, BSc (Hons), MD, FRCP (UK), FESC
Position: Professor of inherited cardiac diseases and sports cardiology, consultant cardiologist at St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust, medical director of the London Marathon


Research interests

Cardiovascular adaptation to exercise, sudden cardiac death in sport, cardiomyopathy and ion channel diseases.
I was recently appointed as Professor of Cardiology at St George’s, University of London and lead the inherited cardiomyopathies and sports cardiology. I am 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.

I have an international reputation in cardiovascular adaptation in athletes, sudden cardiac death in the young and heart muscle diseases and have published over 120 scientific articles including 80 original papers in highly rated peer reviewed journals. My 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.

I conduct four large tertiary clinics in inherited cardiac diseases and sports cardiology each week.  I am 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 to serve athletes with symptoms suggestive of cardiovascular diseases and those deemed to have abnormalities on the ECG or echocardiogram. The centre is the only dedicated sports cardiology unit in the United Kingdom and receives several referrals per week.

I am a nucleus member of the Sport Cardiology section of the European Association of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation in 2008 and was part of the expert committee member of the National Service Framework chapter entitled sudden death and arrhythmias and the cardiology representative on the RCP Sports and Exercise Medicine Committee.

I have an active interest in medical education and am a senior tutor for the International teaching faculty for the Royal College of physicians and a lecturer on the RCP MRCP (II) written course. I have 16 years of experience in teaching for the MRCP exam and have published several educational books in medicine and cardiology including the Self assessment colour review of cardiology and Rapid review of clinical medicine for the MRCP part 2.