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The William Harvey Research Institute - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Professor Steffen Petersen


Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine

Centre: Centre for Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging, NIHR Barts Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)

Telephone: +44(0) 20 7882 6902
Twitter: @s_e_petersen


ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4622-5160

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Steffen Petersen is a Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London and a Consultant Cardiologist and Clinical Director for Research at Barts Heart Centre, Barts Health NHS Trust. He is also the Cardiovascular Programme Director of UCLPartners Academic Medical Centre. He is President-Elect of the European Society of Cardiology's (ESC) European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI). He is the chief specialty editor of Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine’s Cardiovascular Imaging section. He holds an MBCHB and MDRES equivalent (Dr med.) from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany, a DPHIL (OXON) from the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Oxford, an MPH from Harvard School of Public Health and an MSc in Health Economics, Outcomes and Management in Cardiovascular Science from the London School of Economics. He is level 3 certified for cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR). He has been actively involved in cardiovascular magnetic resonance since 1998 and he reports over 1000 cardiac adult MRI scans each year. 

Memberships and awards

  • Fellow of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (FSCMR)
  • Fellow of the European Society of Cardiovascular Imaging (FEACVI)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Fellow of Royal College of Physicians (FRCP)
  • Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC)
  • Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (FESC)
  • Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute



Group members

Jane Batchelor (Centre Administrator); Francesca Pugliese (Reader); Guy Lloyd (Hon Senior Clinical Lecturer); Mohammed Khanji (Hon Senior Clinical Lecturer); Aaron Lee (Bioinformatician); Marc Miquel (Physicist); Jackie Cooper (Statistician); Maudrian Burton (nurse lead for Barts BioResource).


His research interests include clinical trials using cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR), cost-effectiveness analysis related to cardiac imaging and primary prevention, large-scale population-based studies using CMR (UK Biobank cardiac imaging lead) and electronic health record research that incorporates cardiac imaging data. His is Principal and Chief Investigator of the Barts BioResource. Several projects of his current research projects involve artificial intelligence and machine learning and benefit from The Alan Turing Institute affiliation. UK Biobank requires analysis of 100,000 cardiac MR scans: automated image segmentation and image quality control are current examples of ongoing work. The Barts BioResource (>34,000 consented patients) allows research using multi-dimensional healthcare data research. He will develop and validate a number of AI applications in cardiovascular research.


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Key Publications

For a full list of publications click here

  • Global Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Registry (GCMR) Investigators., Kwong RY, Petersen SE, Schulz-Menger J, Arai AE, Bingham SE, Chen Y, Choi YL, Cury RC, Ferreira VM, Flamm SD, Steel K, Bandettini WP, Martin ET, Nallamshetty L, Neubauer S, Raman SV, Schelbert EB, Valeti US, Cao JJ, Reichek N, Young AA, Fexon L, Pivovarov M, Ferrari VA, Simonetti OP. The global cardiovascular magnetic resonance registry (GCMR) of the society for cardiovascular magnetic resonance (SCMR): its goals, rationale, data infrastructure, and current developments. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson. 2017 Jan 20;19(1):23. doi: 10.1186/s12968-016-0321-7. PubMed PMID: 28187739. 
  • Petersen SE, Aung N, Sanghvi MM, Zemrak F, Fung K, Paiva JM, Francis JM, Khanji MY, Lukaschuk E, Lee AM, Carapella V, Kim YJ, Leeson P, Piechnik SK, Neubauer S. Reference ranges for cardiac structure and function using cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) in Caucasians from the UK Biobank population cohort. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson. 2017 Feb 3;19(1):18. doi: 10.1186/s12968-017-0327-9. PubMed PMID: 28178995. 
  • Ferket BS, Hunink MG, Khanji M, Agarwal I, Fleischmann KE, Petersen SE. Cost-effectiveness of the polypill versus risk assessment for prevention of cardiovascular disease. Heart. 2017 Jan 11. pii: heartjnl-2016-310529. doi: 10.1136/heartjnl-2016-310529. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28077465. 
  • Khanji MY, Bicalho VV, van Waardhuizen CN, Ferket BS, Petersen SE, Hunink MG. Cardiovascular Risk Assessment: A Systematic Review of Guidelines. Ann Intern Med. 2016 Nov 15;165(10):713-722. doi: 10.7326/M16-1110. PubMed PMID: 27618509.
  • Petersen SE, Matthews PM, Francis JM, Robson MD, Zemrak F, Boubertakh R, Young AA, Hudson S, Weale P, Garratt S, Collins R, Piechnik S, Neubauer S. UK Biobank's cardiovascular magnetic resonance protocol. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson. 2016 Feb 1;18:8. doi: 10.1186/s12968-016-0227-4. PubMed PMID: 26830817; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4736703.
  • Stone IS, Barnes NC, James WY, Midwinter D, Boubertakh R, Follows R, John L, Petersen SE. Lung Deflation and Cardiovascular Structure and Function in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. A Randomized Controlled Trial. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2016 Apr 1;193(7):717-26. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201508-1647OC. PubMed PMID: 26550687.
  • Genders TS, Petersen SE, Pugliese F, Dastidar AG, Fleischmann KE, Nieman K, Hunink MG. The optimal imaging strategy for patients with stable chest pain: a cost-effectiveness analysis. Ann Intern Med. 2015 Apr 7;162(7):474-84. doi: 10.7326/M14-0027. PubMed PMID: 25844996.
  • Zemrak F, Ahlman MA, Captur G, Mohiddin SA, Kawel-Boehm N, Prince MR, Moon JC, Hundley WG, Lima JA, Bluemke DA, Petersen SE. The relationship of left ventricular trabeculation to ventricular function and structure over a 9.5-year follow-up: the MESA study. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014 Nov 11;64(19):1971-80. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2014.08.035. PubMed PMID: 25440091; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4610345.
  • van Waardhuizen CN, Langhout M, Ly F, Braun L, Genders TS, Petersen SE, Fleischmann KE, Nieman K, Hunink MG. Diagnostic performance and comparative cost-effectiveness of non-invasive imaging tests in patients presenting with chronic stable chest pain with suspected coronary artery disease: a systematic overview. Curr Cardiol Rep. 2014;16(10):537. doi: 10.1007/s11886-014-0537-9. Review. PubMed PMID: 25301401.
  • Petersen SE, Matthews PM, Bamberg F, Bluemke DA, Francis JM, Friedrich MG, Leeson P, Nagel E, Plein S, Rademakers FE, Young AA, Garratt S, Peakman T, Sellors J, Collins R, Neubauer S. Imaging in population science: cardiovascular magnetic resonance in 100,000 participants of UK Biobank - rationale, challenges and approaches. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson. 2013 May 28;15:46. doi: 10.1186/1532-429X-15-46. PubMed PMID: 23714095; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3668194.
  • Petersen SE, Jerosch-Herold M, Hudsmith LE, Robson MD, Francis JM, Doll HA, Selvanayagam JB, Neubauer S, Watkins H. Evidence for microvascular dysfunction in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: new insights from multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging. Circulation. 2007 May 8;115(18):2418-25. PubMed PMID: 17452610.
  • Petersen SE, Wiesmann F, Hudsmith LE, Robson MD, Francis JM, Selvanayagam JB, Neubauer S, Channon KM. Functional and structural vascular remodelling in elite rowers assessed by cardiovascular magnetic resonance. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2006 Aug 15;48(4):790-7. PubMed PMID: 16904551.
  • Petersen SE, Selvanayagam JB, Wiesmann F, Robson MD, Francis JM, Anderson RH, Watkins H, Neubauer S. Left ventricular non-compaction: insights from cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2005 Jul 5;46(1):101-5. PubMed PMID: 15992642.





  • UK Biobank collaborators from over 20 national and international sites
  • Professor Stefan Neubauer, Professor Stefan Piechnik, Oxford University
  • SmartHeart Collaborators
  • MyHealthMyData Collaborators
  • euCanSHare Collaborators
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