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Professor Christoph A Nienaber

Professor Christoph A Nienaber

Professor Christoph A Nienaber

Consultant cardiologist







Professor Christoph A Nienaber is a consultant cardiologist at Royal Brompton Hospital. 

His role sees him consult with patients who have aortic conditions, and their families, to help them understand their disease better and provide the best treatment option.


Professor Nienaber is a certified internist, cardiologist and interventional cardiovascular specialist with significant experience in advanced cardiovascular care. 

He developed his academic career at University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, undertaking a temporary post at UCLA School of Medicine. He chaired internal medicine and cardiology at Universitätsmedizin Rostock until May 2015 when he took on his role at Royal Brompton Hospital

Areas of expertise and clinical interests

Professor Nienaber’s research and clinical activities are focused on the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of acute and chronic aortic pathologies, such as aneurysms and aortic dissection. 

He is the co-founder of IRAD (International Registry of Aortic Dissection), which operates as a global network for acute aortic conditions. Through this he has pioneered new endovascular techniques to treat aortic dissection and initiated and participated in guideline-changing trials. 

His research also encompasses modern interventional approaches to structural heart disease, including transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR), left-atrial appendage occlusion, patent foramen ovale, atrial septal defect II-occlusion, and non-surgical management of aortic coarctation and malformations.

Teaching and publications

Professor Nienaber has a long-standing record as an academic teacher, international lecturer and reviewer. He has published more than 500 peer-reviewed scientific papers, a number of book chapters and serves on the editorial boards for a selection of journals.

Recent publications include:

Nienaber, C. A. et al. Aortic dissection. Nat. Rev. Dis. Primers 2, 16053 (2016).


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