Professor Richard Underwood

Professor Richard Underwood



Practices worked at

Royal Brompton Hospital Private Care

Sydney Street, London, United Kingdom, SW3 6NP
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Professor Richard Underwood is a professor of cardiac imaging at Royal Brompton Hospital, where he treats private and NHS patients.

He studied chemistry at Merton College, University of Oxford, graduating with first class honours, then studied medicine and graduated in 1977. After his general medical training, he specialised in cardiac medicine and learned about invasive and non-invasive techniques. For the last 30 years he has practised non-invasive cardiac imaging, with major clinical and research interests in nuclear cardiology, magnetic resonance and in cardiovascular X-ray computed tomography.

Professor Underwood has worked at Royal Brompton Hospital since 1985, and been part of its academic wing, the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London. In 1993, he became an honorary consultant at the Royal Marsden Hospital. In 1995, he became an honorary professor at University College London.

At Royal Brompton Hospital, Professor Underwood is lead clinician for nuclear medicine, research, training and strategy. At Harefield Hospital, he is lead clinician for nuclear medicine.

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Medical procedures

  • Radionuclide imaging of the heart
  • Myocardial perfusion imaging, to detect narrowing of the coronary arteries and assess the risk of future problems such as a heart attack
  • Solid-state gamma cameras, to check the condition of patients with coronary disease and manage patients undergoing arrhythmia ablations
  • PET imaging, to see inflammation and infection in the heart
  • Cardiac Imaging
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Special interests

  • Non-invasive cardiology
  • Cardiac imaging
  • Nuclear cardiology
  • Cardiac computed tomography (CT) scans
  • Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR)
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Primary Medical Qualification

BM BCh 1977 Oxford University


Specialist Register entry date

Cardiology From 22 May 1996

Nuclear medicine From 09 Oct 1996

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