Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Visiting Professor



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Chelsea WingRoyal Brompton Campus





Martin Cowie is Professor of Cardiology (Health Services Research) and is an Honorary  Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust.  

After qualifying from the University of Aberdeen in 1989, Professor Cowie trained in London in cardiology and epidemiology, undertaking a MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His MD related to work on the epidemiology of heart failure in the UK. After a brief period back in Scotland, he returned to Imperial College in 2001, taking up the Chair of Cardiology (Health Services Research) at the National Heart & Lung Institute, with his clinical practice based at the Royal Brompton Hospital in Chelsea.

He also works with the Department of Health, The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, the Quality Care Commission, and the Department of Transport (Medical Advisory Panel).

A founding member and past-Chair of the British Society for Heart Failure, he has also sat on the Board of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology. He is a member of the European Society of Cardiology’s EU Affairs Committee, and sits on the strategic Cardiovascular Roundtable of that organisation.

His major clinical and research interests are in health technology assessment and the delivery of efficient and effective care for patients with heart failure, with a particular focus on new technologies: diagnostics, drugs or devices.

Professor Cowie lectures widely in the UK and internationally on cardiovascular disease, and organises many multi-professional educational events. He advises industry at all stages in the lifecycle of innovative products that can help improve the life-expectancy and quality of life of people with heart failure. He has chaired the NIHR NW London Comprehensive Local Research Network for the past six years, and was a Senior Investigator with NIHR from 2007-12.

As well as writing chapters for medical textbooks, including sections on heart failure for the Oxford Textbook of Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine, and Essential Cardiology, Professor Cowie has published widely in cardiovascular medical journals (please see publication list). He is also frequently interviewed in the national media regarding heart issues, and particularly enjoys talking to the public about heart matters, working alongside the Wellcome Collection, the Cambridge Science Festival and other educational bodies.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Conraads VM, Tavazzi L, Santini M, et al., 2011, Sensitivity and positive predictive value of implantable intrathoracic impedance monitoring as a predictor of heart failure hospitalizations: the SENSE-HF trial, European Heart Journal, Vol:32, ISSN:0195-668X, Pages:2266-2273

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