Dr Robert Smith | Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Education

Dr Robert Smith

Consultant interventional cardiologist
Specialises in invasive procedures including coronary angioplasty, transcatheter mitral and tricuspid valve intervention, pacemakers and alcohol septal ablation.

Dr Robert Smith is a consultant interventional cardiologist, specialising in invasive procedures including coronary angioplasty, transcatheter mitral and tricuspid valve intervention, pacemakers, and alcohol septal ablation.

He qualified from St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School in 1999, then continued with specialist cardiology training at:

  • Harefield Hospital (2003-2005)
  • Ealing and Queen Elizabeth II Hospitals (2005-2007)
  • Hammersmith Hospital (2007-2008)
  • Harefield Hospital (2008-present)
  • Royal Brompton Hospital (2017-present).
Clinical expertise

In addition to Dr Robert Smith’s role as chair of both the mitral valve care groups, he is the lead for the structural heart programme at Royal Brompton & Harefield hospitals, and runs one the of world’s renowned and innovative transcatheter mitral programme. He leads the most experience MitraClip team in the UK, and he has performed over 200 cases.

His areas of expertise include:

  • coronary angioplasty
  • mitral valve disease, including intervention
  • implantation of permanent pacemakers
  • heart failure.

He performs many procedures, which include:

  • MitraClip
  • transcatheter mitral intervention
  • coronary angioplasty and stenting
  • permanent pacemakers
  • coronary angiography
  • right heart catheterisation
  • alcohol septal ablation.
Research interests

Dr Robert Smith is involved in several research areas. His current research interest include:

  • K Principle Investigator of the CorCinch trial. Study investigating the use of the AccuCinch Left Ventricular devide (Ancora Heart, US) in heart failure and secondary mitral regurgitation
  • investigator of the LANDMARK study (Myval, Meril)
  • investigator of the APOLLO trial. A randomised study of the Intrepid (Medtronic, US) transapical TMVR versus conventional surgery
  • peri-procedural haemodynamics during percutaneous mitral valve repair with MitraClip. Multiple abstracts accepted and presented to international conferences.

Dr Robert Smith is accountable for teaching Imperial College London Undergraduate students on placements at Harefield and Hillingdon hospitals. He teaches on the practical assessment of clinical examination skills (PACES) courses at these hospitals as well. He leads a two-week programme of teaching throughout the year.

He has taught others across the world, how to perform transcatheter procedures, such as MitraClip. Recent national and international speaker events include:

  • Advanced Coronary Intervention, London (2018, 19)
  • Heart Live, keynote lecture, Manchester (2019)
  • Future of Heart Failure, The Royal College of Physicians, London (2018)
  • Mitral Intervention, Kuwait City (2018)
  • Complications in PCI, Vapi, India (2017).