Professor Peter Collins studied medicine at Cambridge University and St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School and trained as a junior doctor in London. He studied for a research degree at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, receiving his MD degree from the University of Cambridge and won the university’s Sir Walter Langdon-Brown prize.
In 1989, he joined Royal Brompton Hospital as a consultant cardiologist and was then appointed a professor of clinical cardiology at Imperial College London in 2001.
Areas of expertise
Professor Collins has clinical expertise in:
- coronary heart disease
- women’s heart health
- microvascular angina
Professor Collins strongly advocates the prevention of coronary heart disease through optimal management of risk factors. He has a special interest in heart disease prevention and management in women and established the women's heart clinic at Royal Brompton Hospital with Dr John Stevenson – one of the first of its kind in the UK.
Professor Collins led the publication of the first guide to assess and manage cardiovascular risk in women.
Professor Collins’ research interests include coronary flow control mechanisms, both in normal and disease states including ischemic heart disease, hypertension and heart failure, and the role of the endothelium in cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology. His research on the endothelium led to work investigating the vascular effects of a number of different hormones including, oestrogens, progestins, androgens, SERMS and phytoestrogens, to identify the mechanisms of action and effects of these hormones in the cardiovascular system.
He has extensively researched the rare but complex condition known as cardiac syndrome X, a condition of troublesome chest pain in the absence of coronary heart disease, and has established a number of new treatment modalities for this difficult-to-manage syndrome.
Professor Collins was a co-investigator on the RSVP trial, a study conducted at the Trust that showed that the radial artery had less furring up five years after surgery when used as a bypass vessel than the conventionally used long saphenous vein. A sub-study led by Professor Collins showed preserved vascular function in radial grafts compared with long saphenous vein grafts.
Current projects include a British Heart Foundation funded study to understand how fine particles in pollution can worsen cardiopulmonary health, and what preventive measures and advice may be taken.
Teaching around the world
Professor Collins has been responsible for the education and training of many specialist cardiology trainees at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. He runs the undergraduate cardiology medical course and chairs the committee for final-year medical students at Imperial College London. He also chairs the education and training board at the Trust.
As well as supervising research students, many of whom are now consultant cardiologists, Professor Collins organises an annual cardiovascular update for GPs at the Trust.
Professor Collins has also lectured extensively to national and international medical societies and universities. He teaches postgraduate students from around the world, including Australasia, China, North Africa and Europe.
He is or has been a member and board member of several renowned societies and committees such as the International Menopause Society and British Menopause Society. He is currently the chairman of the newly formed task force on gender of the European Society of Cardiology.
Private patient referral
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