He graduated in medicine from Aristotelian Medical School, Thessaloniki, Greece. He went on to complete his postgraduate training in congenital heart disease in the UK and Canada. In 1996, he was awarded a PhD from Imperial College London.
In 1999, he became head of the GUCH (grown-up congenital heart disease) unit at Royal Brompton Hospital, succeeding Professor Sommerville.
Professor Michael Gatzoulis is the academic head of the Adult Congenital Heart Centre and the National Centre for Pulmonary Hypertension at Royal Brompton Hospital.
He is a professor of cardiology and congenital heart disease at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London.
Professor Michael Gatzoulis's clinical interests include:
- adult congenital heart disease
- heart valve disease
- pregnancy and heart disease
- pulmonary arterial hypertension
- management of heart failure.
"My key objective is to promote the needs of patients with congenital heart disease, including delivery of best care, translationary research, training and education."
Professor Gatzoulis serves as an associate editor, guest editor or reviewer for most major journals in the cardiovascular field. He is also the author of over 250 peer-reviewed publications (including papers in Nature, New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet and Circulation).
He has edited or co-edited a number of cardiology textbooks. He is the chief editor of Adult Congenital Heart Disease: Diagnosis and Management, the world’s bestselling title in this growing cardiovascular sector, now in its second edition. Furthermore, Professor Gatzoulis was responsible for the content of the thorax section of the 40th edition of the iconic medical textbook Gray’s Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice, published in 2008.
Professor Michael Gatzoulis regularly lectures at national and international meetings. He is the founder and director of one of the most established conferences in adult congenital heart disease, the Advanced Symposium on Congenital Heart Disease in the Adult.
He has been a visiting professor at a number of acclaimed international institutions including:
- Harvard University, Stanford University and Vanderbilt University, USA
- University of Athens and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
- Sakakibara Heart Institute, Japan.
Professor Gatzoulis has led one of the largest international clinical training and research programmes in the cardiovascular field. He supervises six fellows, two whom are completing their PhDs at Imperial College London.
Since 2012, Professor Gatzoulis and Dr Kostas Dimopoulos have led an international master class in pulmonary arterial hypertension related to congenital heart disease at Royal Brompton Hospital. Twenty senior cardiologists from around the world have taken part in theoretical and practical sessions on this subject.