Dr Robert Smith studied at St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical School, qualifying in 1999. He continued with specialist cardiology training at:
- Harefield (2003-2005)
- Ealing and Queen Elizabeth II hospitals (2005-2007)
- Hammersmith Hospital (2007-2008)
- Harefield Hospital (2008-present).
In 2009, he gained his MD at the University of London with his thesis: Myocardial Protection: The Contributions of Ischaemic and Pharmacological Preconditioning, the Warm-up Phenomenon and the Coronary Collateral Circulation.
Areas of expertise
Dr Smith is a consultant interventional cardiologist, based at Harefield Hospital. He is a member of the mitral valve care group and the heart failure care group. He is also the clinical lead for the primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) audit at Harefield.
His areas of expertise include:
- coronary angioplasty
- mitral valve disease and intervention
- permanent pacing
- heart failure
- dobutamine stress echo.
Research interests and projects
Dr Smith is trial manager for the ORCA-2 clinical study, using optical coherence tomography (OCT). This trial examines the relative rate of stent strut malapposition during coronary angioplasty.
He is also involved with many multicentre studies, such as the DANCE and CULPRIT trials.
Dr Smith teaches students at Harefield and Hillingdon hospitals for Imperial College, London. He teaches on the Practical Assessment of Clinical Examination Skills (PACES) at these hospitals as well.
He is co-directs the Harefield Primary Angioplasty Meeting with Dr Miles Dalby. This is an annual meeting where live cases are discussed with staff involved in primary angioplasty.
Private patient referral
If you would like to make an appointment with this specialist for private care, contact the RB&HH Specialist care team.