Professor of Cardiology
St George's, University of London
St George's Hospital NHS Trust, London
Professor Sharma qualified at Leeds University in 1989 and completed his Cardiology training in London. His passion for Sports Cardiology was sparked when he was awarded a Fellowship from the British Heart Foundation to research the Athlete's Heart in 1997 and his research innovations were subsequently supported by Cardiac Risk in the Young.
As one of the leading Sports Cardiologist in the UK, Professor Sharma he is the Cardiologist for the English Institute of Sport, British Rugby League and the British Lawn Tennis Association. In the London 2012 Olympics he led the medical team for the triathlon, marathon, long distance cycling, open water swim and the 20 K walk. He was also the lead cardiologist for the polyclinics during the Olympics and Paralympics.
Professor Sharma’s has an international reputation in cardiovascular adaptation in athletes, sudden cardiac death in the young and heart muscle diseases and has published over 240 scientific articles including original papers in highly rated peer reviewed journals. Professor Sharma was awarded the status of Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology and elected as a nucleus member of the Sport Cardiology section of the European Association of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation in the 2008.
Professor Sharma leads the Cardiac Risk in the Young screening programme, which is the largest of its kind in the UK and is responsible for screening athletes from most GB National athletic squads.
He has an active interest in medical education has published several educational books in medicine and cardiology including the Self Assessment Colour review of Cardiology and Rapid Review of Clinical Medicine, one of the leading resources for doctors preparing for the MRCP Part 2 written examination.
In February 2015 Professor Sharma was awarded 1st Viviane Conraads Outstanding Achievement Award for Established Researchers by the European Society of Cardiology and in 2017 he was awarded a Doctorate from Aristotle University for his contribution to Sports Cardiology.