Professor Martin Cowie is a consultant cardiologist at Royal Brompton Hospital, where he treats both private and NHS patients. 

He studied medicine at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and went on to train in cardiology at University College London (UCL) and Imperial College London. His specialist cardiology training took place at Middlesex Hospital (now part of University College London Hospitals NHS Trust) and University College London.

He is a consultant cardiologist at the Royal Brompton Hospital and professor of cardiology at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London. 

Clinical expertise

Professor Martin Cowie specialises in adult cardiology, with a particular interest in heart failure and complex cardiac disease, often being asked to give second opinions on relevant treatment options.

Many of his patients come to him 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 Martin Cowie has interest in the research of:

  • 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 vagus nerve stimulators) 
  • respiratory disease in patients with cardiac problems including sleep apnoea

E-health is a particular area of interest for Professor Cowie – using technology to support more effective and efficient delivery of care. He leads the European Society of Cardiology’s e-health workstream, representing over 30,000 cardiologists across more than 50 countries. Additionally, he has been appointed to the European Commission’s working group on mobile health (m-health).

Having developed a remote monitoring service at Royal Brompton Hospital, and testing many new technologies in clinical trials, Professor Cowie says: "It is exciting to see research move into practice ever more quickly."

To find out more about Professor Cowie's research:

  • Read about Professor Cowie's involvement in the Innovate-HF trial, where a stimulator transmits electrical signals to nerves in a patient's neck to help make the heart function better.
  • Watch Professor Cowie on Sky News discussing an implantable heart monitor that could reduce hospital admissions.


Professor Martin Cowie has published more than 300 scientific papers.

He has also contributed to a number of book chapters and textbooks, and his work has been cited in the scientific literature more than 45,000 times.

He has been involved in research studies that have been published in journals including The New England Journal of MedicineThe Lancet, The British Medical Journal and the European Heart Journal.


Professor Martin Cowie has worked extensively with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on its work in atrial fibrillation and heart failure. He is a non-executive director for NICE.

In addition, he helped to develop clinical guidelines and quality standards for the NHS and has also worked with medicines regulators in the UK, EU and USA. 

He helped set up and chaired the British Society for Heart Failure, and was a board member of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology. He has been involved in the global Optimize Heart Failure Care programme, which has seen him lecture across the world. 

He is chair of the Breathlessness Project, one of three research projects in northwest London taking place under the auspices of the CLAHRC Partnership Programme. Since 2008, the programme has been facilitating high quality applied health research focused on the needs of patients and service users, and supports the translation of research evidence into practice in the NHS and social care.

Professor Cowie has been instrumental in various national and international initiatives including:

  • the Health Policy Network
  • the British Heart Failure Alliance
  • the Global Heart Failure Awareness Programme.

He is closely involved with two patient charities – the Atrial Fibrillation Association and Pumping Marvellous (the UK's heart failure charity). 

In 2018, Professor Cowie gave the keynote British Cardiovascular Society lecture and was presented with the British Cardiovascular Society medal, the society's highest honour.