Professor Thomas F.Lüscher | Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Education

Professor Thomas F.Lüscher

Consultant cardiologist, Director of research, education and development
Specialises in prevention, coronary and valvular heart disease, percutaneous interventions, and heart failure.

Professor Thomas Lüscher is a consultant cardiologist at Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals. In addition to this role, he is the director of research, education and development.

He studied medicine at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and gained board certification in internal medicine and cardiology. He later trained in cardiovascular research and echocardiography at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, USA.

Professor Lüscher followed on to be a professor of pharmacotherapy at the University of Basel, then an interventional cardiologist and professor of cardiology at the University of Berne.

He later became professor and chairman of cardiology and director of the University Heart Centre at the University Hospital Zurich, and director of the Centre for Molecular Cardiology at the University of Zurich.

Clinical expertise

Professor Thomas Lüscher is an active general and interventional cardiologist with an extensive clinical scope and experience in prevention, coronary heart disease, valvular heart disease, percutaneous interventions, and heart failure.

He is an expert in pharmacotherapy and a trained interventional cardiologist. He regularly performs cardiac catheterisations and percutaneous coronary procedures (balloon angioplasty and stenting) as well as non-coronary interventions (percutaneous closure of patent foramen ovale, TAVI and renal nerve ablation).

Professor Lüscher has mentored numerous physicians and scientists from more than 15 countries.

Research interests

Professor Thomas Lüscher’s research focuses on vascular disease, in specific:

  • the role of endothelium-derived mediators in the regulation of vascular tone and structure
  • platelet-vessel wall interactions
  • coagulation in ageing
  • hypertension
  • lipid disorders
  • atherosclerosis.

In more recent years, his interest has been more attentive on inflammation and heart disease – particularly in acute coronary syndromes.


Professor Lüscher has published, authoring, or co-authoring broadly in over 500 original research articles, and more than 200 reviews, book chapters and monographs.

He is a member of many editorial boards and was Associate Editor, Europe, for the journal Circulation from 2004 to 2008

Since 2009 he has been chairman of the publications committee of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and an ex-officio member of the ESC board. Additionally, he is editor-in-chief of the European Heart Journal, currently the highest rated journal in cardiovascular medicine, and he co-authored The ESC Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine.

Accolades and awards

The Institute for Scientific Information has rated Professor Lüscher in the top 0.5 per cent of most cited scientists worldwide.

In addition, he has obtained numerous research prizes and prestigious lectureships worldwide.