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Dr Zhong Chen is a consultant cardiologist at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. He manages adult patients with a wide range of cardiac conditions and is a specialist in heart rhythm disturbances and cardiac device therapy. 

Dr Chen graduated in medicine and surgery from University College London in addition to a BSc degree in pharmacology (first-class honours). He undertook his cardiology specialist training in London. This included specialist fellowships in cardiac electrophysiology and cardiac devices at St George’s Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital and Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospital, where he worked with leading experts.

He completed a PhD in cardiovascular medicine at King’s College London in the pioneering use of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for the treatment of complex cardiac arrhythmias. 

Areas of expertise

Dr Chen is a specialist in managing patients with heart rhythm disorders. He treats patients with palpitations, blackouts (syncope), chest pains and high blood pressure. He also performs coronary angiography, echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. He specialises in complex catheter ablation procedures using the latest technologies for all arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. He is also experienced in implanting all types of cardiac devices including pacemakers, defibrillators and cardiac resynchronisation therapy. 

He firmly believes in a patient-centred approach, always ensuring that patients are fully informed and involved in their care. He takes particular care to explain all aspects of the condition and the treatment plan to his patients. 

He is also responsible for auditing and ensuring the safety and quality of the arrhythmia service at Harefield Hospital. 

Research interests

Dr Chen's research interests include the use of cardiac MRI to personalise the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. This individualised approach to arrhythmia risk stratification and cardiac pathology can lead to safer and more effective treatment. His research work has been published in major international journals and presented to peers at conferences throughout the world. 


Dr Chen has a strong academic record with many publications in international journals such as: 

  • Circulation Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
  • Heart Rhythm Journal
  • Journal of the American College of Cardiology Clinical Electrophysiology 
  • Journal of the American College of Cardiology Cardiovascular Imaging 
  • Journal of American Heart Association
  • European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging 
  • International Journal of Cardiology 
  • Europace
  • Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology 

He has also published numerous book chapters and articles.

Private patient referral 

If you would like to make an appointment with this specialist for private care, contact the RB&HH Specialist care team.