Professor Martin Cowie

Professor of Cardiology and Consultant Cardiologist


Professor Martin Cowie is Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Brompton Hospital and Professor of Cardiology at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London. His specialist cardiology training was at the Middlesex Hospital and University College London. He was a founder member of the British Society for Heart Failure, and was President of that professional organisation.  He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London and Edinburgh, and is a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology. He advises NICE, NHS England and Monitor on heart failure issues, guidelines and technology appraisals. He is Chair of the Breathlessness Project across NW London, under the auspices of the CLAHRC Programme.

Clinical Practice

Professor Cowie specialises in adult cardiology, with a particular interest in heart failure and complex cardiac disease. Many of his patients have come for second opinions, or for advice on appropriate drug therapy and the need for interventions such as pacemakers, defibrillators or surgery. Professor Cowie also looks after patients who require admission to hospital.

Research Interests

Professor Cowie heads a busy research unit, looking at new treatments for heart failure. He has run many large clinical trials, recruiting patients in the UK and across the world, and supervises many PhD students working in heart failure. Particular areas of interest include:

  • Diagnosis of heart failure using blood tests and imaging
  • Implantable devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators
  • New drug therapies for heart failure
  • New devices for heart failure, such as vagal nerve stimulators
  • Respiratory disease in patients with cardiac problems, including sleep apnoea

Education and Publications

Professor Cowie has written many book chapters and books on heart failure, and has published hundreds of scientific papers on a wide range of topics in cardiac disease. He also travels worldwide lecturing on modern heart failure care, and is a member of many professional committees. He has written books for patients and regularly talks at public events, such as the Cambridge Science Festival, the Dana Foundation and the Wellcome Trust.

Location: Royal Brompton Hospital