Professor Christoph A Nienaber | Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Education

Professor Christoph A Nienaber

Consultant cardiologist
Specialises in the diagnosis, management and interventional treatment of coronary artery diseases.

Professor Christoph A Nienaber is a consultant interventional cardiologist, specialising in the diagnosis, management and interventional treatment of aortic diseases at Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals. 

He graduated from the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf and travelled to the University of California School of Medicine for a short while. Once he returned to Germany, he chaired internal medicine and cardiology at Rostock University Hospital and left to join Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals in May 2015.    

In 1992, at the University Medical Centre, Hamburg-Eppendorf he established the first integrated Marfan clinic. 

Clinical expertise

Professor Christoph A Nienaber is a specialist in aneurysm and stenotic lesions of aorta, coronaries and peripheral vessels, aortic dissection, aortic stenosis, adult coarctation, hereditary connective tissue diseases such as Marfan syndrome, Loeys-Dietz syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.  

This wealth of experience is shown in his approach to interventional treatment of acute and chronic coronary artery disease (percutaneous coronary intervention – PCI) and on the diagnosis and interventional (keyhole) treatment of chronic and acute aortic diseases. 

In 1996, Professor Nienaber founded the International Registry of Aortic Dissection (IRAD) which is a global network for acute aortic conditions, and this enabled the pioneering of new endovascular techniques to treat aortic dissection. 

Research interests

Professor Christoph A Nienaber’s research in coronary, aortic and structural heart disease focuses on a modern interventional approach in the areas of complex coronary lesions (PCI), patent foramen ovale, transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR), left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion, atrial septal defect class II-occlusion and non-surgical management of aortic coarctation and vascular malformations. 


Professor Christoph A Nienaber is an expert reviewer for a selection of journals which include The Lancet, European Heart Journal (EHJ), British Medical Journal (BMJ), Circulation and New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) as well as having published numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed scientific papers. 


As a professor in interventional cardiology, Professor Nienaber is sought after for national and international lectures as well as engagement in high-profile medical legal cases in Germany and the US. His expertise in coronary artery disease has helped shape international guidelines on the management and treatment of these pathologies.