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Professor Christoph A Nienaber

Professor Christoph A Nienaber

Consultant cardiologist








Professor Christoph A 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 is a consultant cardiologist at Royal Brompton Hospital, with his research and clinical activities focused on the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of acute and chronic aortic pathologies, such as aneurysms and aortic dissection.

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.

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 
  • 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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