Mr Asimakopoulos qualified in medicine at the University of Hamburg, Germany, in 1992. Between 1999 and 2006, he trained on the West London rotation in cardiothoracic surgery before spending a year as a fellow in heart and lung transplantation at Harefield Hospital. 

He then spent seven years working at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust as a consultant cardiac surgeon. During his time at Bristol, he was one of the busiest cardiac surgeons in the UK, performing more than 230 cardiac surgery operations each year.

He joined Royal Brompton Hospital in February 2014 as an aortic surgeon sub-specialising in areas such as complex problems of the aortic valve, aortic root, ascending aorta and arch. He also has significant experience in treating endocarditis and operating on patients who have had previous cardiac surgery.

Areas of expertise

Mr Asimakopoulos has expertise in a range of surgical cardiac procedures, including:

  • dilated cardiomyopathy
  • aortic root surgery
  • surgery for endocarditis
  • aortic valve replacement including sutureless valves
  • surgery for aortic dissection
  • off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)
  • surgery for atrial fibrillation.

Research interests

Mr Asimakopoulos' research interests include:

  • aortic dissection
  • sutureless aortic valve replacement
  • training in cardiac surgery.


Mr Asimakopoulos is an educational supervisor for trainee doctors in adult cardiac surgery and regularly acts as a supervisor for medical students. He sits on selection and interview panels for national selection of surgical trainees.


Mr Asimakopoulos has published more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Private patient referral

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