Speaker profiles

Professor Sanjay Sharma BSc (Hons), MD, FRCP (UK), FESC

Sanjay Sharma is Professor of Inherited Cardiac Diseases and Sports Cardiology at St George’s University of London. He is also Medical Director for Virgin London Marathon, Consultant Cardiologist for the CRY Sports Cardiology clinic at St George’s Hospital and Cardiologist to the English Institute of Sport, British Rugby League and the British Lawn Tennis association. Professor Sharma’s interests include cardiovascular adaptation in athletes, sudden cardiac death in the young and heart muscle diseases for which he has an international reputation and has over 180 pubmed citations.  Professor Sharma was lead cardiologist for the 2012 Olympic polyclinic in London and part of the medical team for the marathon, triathlon, long distance cycling, Olympic marathon swim and the 20k and 50k walk.

Dr. Aneil Malhotra MBBChir, MA(hons), MRCP, MSc

Aneil qualified from the University of Cambridge (Emmanuel College) in 2006 and spent his Foundation years working in Cambridge and Papworth. Having achieved his Membership of the Royal College of Physicians, he moved to Oxford to continue his specialist training in cardiology. Along the way, he completed a Masters in Medical Leadership. Having performed basic science research at Harvard University during his undergraduate training, he is currently undertaking a higher research degree in his particular interests of sports cardiology and inherited heart disease at St. George's University of London, under the tutelage of Professor Sanjay Sharma.

Dr Sanjay Prasad
Imperial College, London

Dr. Sanjay Prasad is a consultant in non-invasive cardiology at the Royal Brompton Hospital and honorary senior lecturer at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, London.  He studied at Harvard University in the USA from 1991-1993 and at Hospital Cantonal in Geneva in 1994.   His areas of expertise include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); Cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease) and heart failure and Ischaemic Heart Disease, which causes reduced blood supply to the heart  Dr Prasad gives regular talks on the role of cardiac MRI in the evaluation of patients with heart-failure. He has also given presentations on his department’s research into the use of MRI in Cardiomyopathy and heart failure.  He is a member of the International Myocarditis Consensus Panel and sits on the Fulbright Selection Committee.  Dr Prasad has hosted international meetings on Advances in Cardiac MRI at the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI) with Professor Pennell. He also teaches overseas MSc students at both Imperial College and the NHLI.  As well as contributing chapters on MRI in heart failure in several books, Dr Prasad is on the editorial board for the Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance.

Dr Graham Stuart  MBChB, FRCP, FRCPCH: Biography

Dr Stuart is a Consultant Cardiologist in the Bristol Congenital Heart Unit where he leads the Inherited Cardiac Conditions service and the Congenital Heart Unit Arrhythmia Service.   Since 2005, he has been Medical Director of Sports Cardiology UK  which specialises in the athlete with cardiac disease (www.sportscardiology.co.uk). Graham has a clinical/research interest in exercise and the heart.  He is Chair of the Healthy Heart Research group, Scientific Advisor to Marfan Association UK  and principle investigator in studies on sudden death, Marfan syndrome and defibrillator development.  Graham is an endurance athlete and has completed many endurance events including ironman triathlons.  This year he completed the Galway ½ Ironman and the Scotland Coast to Coast event. 

Dr Amanda Varnava, MA  FRCP, MD

Dr Varnava trained at Oxford University and St Bartholomews Hospital where she attained Honours. She trained in cardiology at The Royal Brompton Hospital and St George's Hospital, where she undertook research into the pathology and genetics of HCM. She is now a consultant cardiologist at St Mary's Hospital, Imperial College and Watford General Hospital, West Herts. Her area of specialist expertise is in the inherited cardiac conditions (cardiomyopathies, channelopathies and sudden cardiac death).  She has set up and now leads the Inherited Cardiac Conditions service at Imperial College Healthcare Trust where she sees patients and screens families for the cardiomyopathies and genetic causes of sudden cardiac death. Dr Varnava has extensive experience in the pre-participation screening of athletes and is cardiologist to many premiership football teams. She has lectured at international meetings and published widely in leading medical journals.

Professor Keith George PhD, FACSM, FECCS, FBASES

Keith George is Professor of Exercise and Cardiovascular Physiology and Head of the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). Before joining LJMU he was at Liverpool Polytechnic, Queen’s University, Canada and Manchester Metropolitan University.  He has been awarded a Fellowship by the American College of Sports Medicine (2005), the European College of Sport Sciences (2011) and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (2011).  Keith is well published with over 200 peer-review journal papers with a range of national and international collaborators. He has supervised 25 successful PhD candidates and secured c.£1 million in competitive grant funding.  Keith’s interest in the “athletic heart” began in the 1980’s during a Commonwealth Scholarship visit to the laboratory of Dr. Larry Wolfe.  He has continued to work in this area, notably in the application of new imaging modalities and developments in echocardiography.

Dr Kiran Patel

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Dr Michael Papadakis, MRCP MBBS

Dr Papadakis qualified at Imperial College School of Medicine, London in 2001 and obtained membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 2007. In 2008 he was awarded a junior research fellow grant and was registered for a Medical Doctora at King’s College London and subsequently at St George’s University of London. In 2011 he was awarded a clinical lectureship post at St George’s University. His interests include sports cardiology, conditions predisposing to sudden cardiac death in the young, prevention of young deaths and heart failure. Dr Papadakis is a member of the European Sports Cardiology nucleus and is currently credited with 18 publications in peer reviewed medical journals and 70 abstracts in scientific conferences. He was awarded the Young Investigators Award for the best scientific abstract in Europrevent 2010 by the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation.

Professor John Somauroo MB BS BMedSci(Hons) FRCP(Lond) FRCP(Edin) FFSEM

Professor John Somauroo is Consultant Cardiologist at the Countess of Chester NHS Trust.  He is Honorary Professor in Cardiovascular, Sports and Exercise Medicine, University of Chester and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University. He is involved in the screening of senior and academy players from the English Football Premier League, is Cardiologist to Liverpool Football Club and regularly lectures on screening of athletes. He is Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) Cardiologist for North West England, is on the Rugby Football Union (RFU) Medical Advisory Panel at Twickenham and is Cardiologist to Sale Sharks Rugby Club. Professor Somauroo has ongoing research programmes into physiological versus pathological changes in athletes’ hearts, including professional football payers (men and women), ultra-endurance runners and both rugby union and league players. He is also researching effects of extreme temperature changes and anabolic steroid abuse on the heart, peripheral vascular changes in hypertrophic cardiomyopathic patients and is also advisor to zoos and safari parks on cardiac changes in great apes and monkeys.

Dr Dhrubo Rakhit

Dr Dhrubo Rakhit is a consultant cardiologist and clinical lead for echo at University Hospital Southampton. He has a sub-speciality interest in echo, particularly stress echo. He has been involved in screening of sportsmen and women for a number of years. This includes those from professional football and cricket clubs on the South Coast as well as amateur athletes. He regularly performs cardiac screening for athletes competing at international level and assessed footballers competing in the London 2012 Olympic Games. He has an active interest in all aspects of sports cardiology and regularly attends sports cardiology courses. He was a case presenter at the American College of Cardiology 2nd Annual Sports Cardiology Summit 2013 in Chicago and has given talks at many prestigious national and international conferences.