Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Professor of Cardiology



+44 (0)20 7351 8810d.pennell




CMR UnitRoyal BromptonRoyal Brompton Campus





Dudley Pennell is Professor of Cardiology at the National Heart and Lung Institute. He is Director of the National Institutes of Health Research Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit located at Royal Brompton Hospital. Professor Pennell is also Director of the Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) Unit, Honorary Consultant at Royal Brompton Hospital, Director of the British Heart Foundation Centre for Advanced Magnetic Resonance In Cardiology (CAMRIC), and Director of Non-Invasive Cardiology at Royal Brompton Hospital.

Professor Pennell is an NIHR Senior Investigator.

Professor Pennell was an undergraduate at St. John's College, Cambridge and trained in cardiology at St Thomas' Hospital, London and the London Chest Hospital. He has specialised in Cardiovascular MR since 1988 and is a GMC registered UK specialist in Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine and Radiology.

His research interests lie in CMR, specifically in the assessment and differentiation of cardiomyopathies, the measurement of myocardial iron and the assessment of chelation treatment, the detection and assessment of early atherosclerosis, and myocardial perfusion imaging.

He regularly lectures at key international cardiology events and has published >350 papers on his specialist subjects. These include CMR of cardiomyopathy and the early diagnosis of myocardial iron overload (Eur Heart J 2001; 22: 2171-9) to wide acclaim.

Professor Pennell's involvement in teaching includes postgraduate training in CMR; Junior doctors training meetings and international training meetings. He has supervised over 25 research students, who have won many awards over the years including most recently the NHLI Best Thesis Prize in 2008 & 2012.



Auger D, Pennell DJ, Cardiac complications in thalassemia major, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, ISSN:1749-6632

Bonello B, Shore D, Uebing A, et al., Aortic dilatation in repaired tetralogy of Fallot: features, determinants and progression, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, ISSN:1558-3597

Khan T, Pottle A, Pennell DJ, et al., The Expanding Role of Lipoprotein Apheresis in the treatment of raised Lipoprotein(a) in Ischaemic Heart Disease and Refractory Angina. Global Cardiology Science and Practice. 2014; 3: 1-10., Global Cardiology Science and Practice, ISSN:2305-7823

Khan T, Pottle A, Pennell DJ, et al., The Impact of Lipoprotein Apheresis in Patients with Refractory Angina and Raised Lipoprotein(a): Objectives and Methods of a Randomised Controlled Trial. Atherosclerosis Supplements 2015; 18: 103-108., Atherosclerosis Supplements, ISSN:1567-5688


Giannakidis A, Oktay O, Keegan J, et al., Super-resolution Reconstruction of Late Gadolinium Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Images using a Residual Convolutional Neural Network, The 25th Scientific Meeting of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM 2017)

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