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Dr Michael Papadakis

Reader in Cardiology and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist

I am a Reader (Assoc Prof) in Cardiology at St George’s, University of London and an Honorary Consultant Cardiologists at St George’s University Hospitals.

I am the course director a novel MSc degree in Sports Cardiology, the first postgraduate qualification of its kind, and serve as the chair of the section of Sports Cardiology and Exercise of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC).

My interests include sports cardiology, inherited cardiac diseases, cardiovascular disease prevention including prevention of sudden cardiac death in young and athletic individuals, heart failure and cardiac imaging.

Qualified at Imperial College School of Medicine in London in 2001 and gained membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 2007. In 2014 he was awarded a Medical Doctora at King’s College London. He is the chair of the section of Sports Cardiology and Exercise of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC). Dr Papadakis is currently credited with more than 80 publications in peer reviewed medical journals and numerous presentations in national and international conferences. He has contributed to a number of projects as an expert, including the creation of the Sports Cardiology core curriculum, the creation of the international ECG criteria for an athlete’s evaluation and exercise recommendations in individuals with heart disease. He has advanced education in the field of Sports Cardiology by building educational material for the European Society of Cardiology and launching a novel MSc degree in Sports Cardiology, the first postgraduate qualification of its kind.

His interests include sports cardiology, inherited cardiac diseases, cardiovascular disease prevention including prevention of sudden cardiac death in young and athletic individuals, heart failure and cardiac imaging.

I am currently credited with more than 80 publications in peer reviewed medical journals and numerous presentations in national and international conferences. I have contributed to a number of projects as an expert, including the creation of the Sports Cardiology core curriculum, the creation of the international ECG criteria for an athlete’s evaluation and exercise recommendations in individuals with heart disease.

Sample of top 10 original research publications:

Papadakis M, Papatheodorou E, Mellor G, Raju H, Bastiaenen R, Wijeyeratne Y, Wasim S, Ensam B, Finocchiaro G, Gray B, Malhotra A, D’Silva A, Edwards N, Cole D, Attard V, Batchvarov VN, Tome-Esteban M, Homfray T, Sheppard MN, Sharma S, Behr ER. The diagnostic yield of brugada syndrome after sudden death with normal autopsy. J Am Coll Cardiol 2018;71

Malhotra A, Dhutia H, Gati S, Yeo TJ, Dores H, Bastiaenen R, Narain R, Merghani A, Finocchiaro G, Sheikh N, Steriotis A, Zaidi A, Millar L, Behr ER, Tome M, Papadakis M, Sharma S. Anterior T-wave inversion in young white athletes and nonathletes: prevalence and significance. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2017;69:1-9

Finocchiaro G, Papadakis M, Robertus JL, Dhutia H, Steriotis AK, Tome M, Mellor M, Merghani A, Malhotra A, Behr ER, Sharma S, Sheppard MN. The aetiology of sudden death in sport: Insights from a large regional registry in the United Kingdom. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2016; 67:2108-2115

Gati S, Papadakis M, Papamichael ND, Zaidi A, Sheikh N, Reed M, Sharma R, Thilaganathan B, Sanjay Sharma S. Reversible de novo left ventricular trabeculations in pregnant women: Implications for the diagnosis of left ventricular non-compaction in low-risk populations. Circulation 2014;130:475-483

Sheikh N, Papadakis M, Ghani S, Zaidi A, Gati S, Adami PE, Carre F, Schnell F, Wilson M, Avila P, McKenna WJ, Sharma S. Comparison of ECG criteria for the detection of cardiac abnormalities in elite black and white athletes. Circulation 2014;129:1637-1649

Papadakis M, Raju H, Behr ER, De Noronha SV, Spath N, Kouloubinis A, Sheppard MN, Sharma S. Sudden cardiac death with autopsy findings of uncertain significance: Potential for erroneous interpretation. Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol 2013;6:588-596.

Zaidi A, Ghani S, Sharma R, Oxborough D, Panoulas V, Sheikh N, Gati S, Papadakis M, Sharma S. Physiologic Right Ventricular Adaptation in Elite Athletes of African and Afro-Caribbean Origin. Circulation 2013;127:1783-1792

Papadakis M, Carre F, Kervio G, Rawlins J, Panoulas VF, Chandra N, Basavarajaiah S, Carby L, Fonseca T, Sharma S. The prevalence, distribution and clinical outcomes of electrocardiographic repolarisation patterns in male athletes of African/Afro-Caribbean origin. Eur Heart J 2011;32:2304-2313

Papadakis M, Raju H, Govindan M, Bastiaenen R, Chandra N, O’Sullivan A, Baines G, Sharma S, Behr ER. Low prevalence of markers of sudden cardiac death in victims of Brugada syndrome: Relevance to risk stratification. J Am Coll Cardiol 2011;57:2340-2345

Papadakis M, Basavarajaiah S, Rawlins J, Edwards C, Makan J, Firoozi S, Carby L, Sharma S. Prevalence and significance of T-wave inversions in predominantly Caucasian adolescent athletes. Eur Heart J 2009;30:1728-35

Course director for the MSc Sports Cardiology

Sports cardiology is a new but rapidly evolving subspecialty in cardiology.The Sports Cardiology Unit at St George’s NHS Foundation Trust is run by world-leading experts. This unique programme addresses the increasing demand for individuals with an in-depth knowledge of this discipline. This course offers access to state of the art equipment, cutting-edge research and top-level athletes. You will have the opportunity to gain a comprehensive range of expertise in Sports Cardiology and cement your practical skills for the evaluation of athletes of different demographics and sporting disciplines, as well as healthy sedentary young individuals and patients with heart disease.

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