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Sukhjinder Nijjer

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Dr Nijjer is an award-winning Consultant Cardiologist working at both the Hammersmith Hospital and Chelsea & Westminster Foundation NHS Trust (West Middlesex Hospital site). Dr Nijjer practices privately at the Cromwell Hospital, Bupa Health Centre at Basinghall, 66 Harley Street, Syon Clinic, Bishops Wood Hospital, the Wellington Hospital and the Hammersmith Hospital. He also sees patients at the private wing of Chelsea & Westminster Hospital by special appointment. He performs specialist cardiac procedures including coronary angioplasty at the Cromwell Hospital, the Wellington Hospital or the Hammersmith Hospital.

Dr Nijjer has expertise in Cardiology with subspeciality expertise in coronary intervention. He is a specialist in assessing patients with chest pain, breathlessness, palpitations, dizziness, faints, and ankle swelling.

Dr Nijjer is an expert in the management of coronary artery disease, including acute myocardial infarction (heart attacks). He performs coronary angiography, coronary angioplasty (stenting) and he also implants pacemakers. He is an expert in the use of coronary physiology and intravascular imaging to guide and optimise‚Äč the treatment of heart arteries.

Dr Nijjer also has expertise in anti-platelets medications and has been invited as a speaker at International conferences. He also has expertise in the use of CT coronary angiography to help diagnose patients efficiently and without the need for invasive procedure.

He has a PhD awarded by Imperial College London in coronary blood flow and the use of Stenting to treat complex blockages. His PhD research work has been published in major Cardiology journals and contributed to the development of a clinical tool used in thousands of patients around the world. He has presented his research at the leading cardiology conferences around the world, including the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) and EuroPCR. In addition to winning many prizes he was a Gold Medal finalist at the Royal Society of Medicine Gold Medal 2015 and and a finalist for BCIS Young Investigator 2015. He has over 70 high impact publications (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Nijjer+S), including the European Heart Journal, the Journal of American College of Cardiology, the New England Journal of Medicine and the Lancet. Dr Nijjer has designed and lead research studies and contributed to major international studies that have changed the way Interventional Cardiologists practice around the world.

Areas of interest
Palpitations; Shortness of breath; dizziness; chest pain; ischaemic heart disease; heart attack; pacemakers; Coronary intervention; Coronary artery disease; Stenting; Stents; Balloon angioplasty; Drug-coated balloons; Pressure wire; iFR; FFR; intravascular imaging; IVUS; OCT; Heart failure; Arrhythmia; Cardiac valvular disorders; TAVI; aortic stenosis; assessment for valve replacement; Hypertension; treatment of high blood pressure; Hypercholesterolemia; control of cholesterol; risk factor management

Current NHS consultant posts held

Consultant Cardiologist, specialising in Intervention

Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
London (Hammersmith Hospital).

Dr Nijjer also undertakes general Cardiology clinics as part of the Imperial Community Cardiology service. He covers the Ealing CCG which is the largest and most complex of the community services.

Research interests

Dr Nijjer was awarded a PhD in coronary physiology by Imperial College London after completing internationally recognised research under the supervision of Dr Justin Davies and Professors Francis, Mayet and Hughes. Dr Nijjer was pivotal in the validation of iFR, a novel index to assess coronary stenoses and lead the development of iFR-Pullback, a technique to map the haemodynamic impact of stenoses in a coronary vessel.

The development and assessment of iFR has lead to a paradigm shift in Interventional Cardiology and has lead to a two large, international trials. The development of iFR-pullback has the similar potential to make changes in how coronary angioplasty is performed.

Dr Nijjer is an expert in coronary physiology and is a member of faculty at both the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and Transcatheter Therapeutics (TCT) conferences. He frequently lectures on coronary physiology as well as the treatment of acute coronary syndromes

Awards received

1. CRT Young Leader award 2015
2. BCS BHF Prize - best abstract in Intervention 2015
3. BCIS ACI Young Investigator Award - finalist 2015
4. Royal Society of Medicine President's Prize - second prize 2014
5. TCTAP Best oral presentation prize 2013
6. Graham-Dixon Prize for Medicine 2011
7. Romeo Vehct Cardiology Prize
8. Hans Heller Memorial Prize for Pharmacology
9. Robert Wolfinden Prize
10. University of Bristol Ethics Praize
11. Dr Alfred Edward Aust Lawrence Prize


I have authored 86 research papers that are cited on NCBI Pubmed.



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