Professor Nikhil Patel is an experienced Senior Consultant Cardiologist practicing in Eastbourne and London for the last 20 years. He is the Deputy Chief of Medicine and Cardiovascular Director at East Sussex NHS Trust and holds a regional role as the Head of The School of Medicine for Health England Kent, Surrey and Sussex. He is a former President of the RoyalSociety of Medicine (Cardiac Section) and is the Chairman of the Academic Board
Professor Patel undertook his initial medical training at the Guy’s Hospital Medical School, part of the University of London, qualifying in 1989. Kickstarting his career, in September 1999, he was appointed as the then youngest Consultant Cardiologist in the country and now works mainly as a consultant at Eastbourne District General Hospital. He is a visiting Consultant Cardiologist at both Guy’s and St Thomas Trust and the Royal Sussex County Hospital Brighton.
Professor Patel specialises in General Cardiology including chest pain, heart failure, hypertension and cardiac arrhythmias (Atrial Fibrillation and Syncope). His subspecialty expertise is in complex pacing including cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT), internal cardiac defibrillators (ICD) and coronary intervention (coronary angioplasty and stenting).
Professor Patel, in addition to his practice, has a passion for teaching and undertakes a range of educational roles overseeing trainees and training programme directors in the School of Medicine. He is also a senior lecturer to Brighton and Sussex Medical Schools and a Professor of cardiology, health and well being.
Professor Patel is active in the field of research, supervising higher research degrees at Msc and PhD level, and continuing to undertake research into cardiac devices management , heart valve disease, exercise and heart function, and areas of clinical cardiology.
Professor Patel is an expert in his field, achieving highly in his career thus far. In 2013 he was awarded a National Silver Award in recognition of his contribution to the health service.