Dr Iqbal Malik: Top London Cardiologist

Dr Iqbal Malik is a leading Consultant Cardiologist. Dr Malik is consistently 5-star rated on Doctify, and got the TopDoctors award in 2018 & 2021, rated by his peers and by his patients as one of London’s top cardiologists. He is approachable, and explains things so that complex medical problems become easier to understand.

Speciality Cardiology and
General Medicine Sub Speciality: Structural and Interventional Cardiology

NHS Hospital Positions

  • Consultant Cardiologist, Hammersmith Hospital, Cardiovascular Medicine, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (ICHNT)
  • Director  for Structural Heart Disease, ICHNT
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer, International Centre for Circulatory Health, Imperial College , London
  • Honorary Consultant, Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Clinical Interests

Dr Malik’s clinical interests are in the assessment of chest pain, shortness of breath, and hypertension. He has specialist interest in coronary artery disease (the cause of angina) and its treatment with simple and complex coronary angioplasty including rotablation and chronic total occlustions (CTOs). With increasing treatments being made available for valve disease and stroke, Dr Malik successfully performs:

Leads the Heart Attack Centre programme

He leads the large Heart Attack Centre (HAC) programme at Hammersmith Hospital, delivering life-changing treatment to patients in West London. He performs many structural heart procedures, both at Hammersmith Hospital and at the Wellington and BUPA Cromwell Hospitals.

Other notable experience

Dr Malik is a proctor for PFO closure, Paravalvular Leak closure and TAVI procedures.

As part of his role at Hammersmith Hospital, he has implemented many Audit Projects and Information Technology Systems to improve patient safety. He was divisional director of Clinical Governance for over 5 years in:

  • Surgery
  • Cancer Critical Care
  • Cardiovascular Medicine

Education and Training

1987 BA (1st Class Hons) (Cambridge)
1990 MB BChir (Cambridge)
1994 MA (Cambridge)
1994 MRCP (UK)
2003 CCST in Cardiology and General Internal Medicine
2004 PhD
2007 FRCP
2010 Clinical Excellence Bronze Award

Dr Malik studied undergraduate medicine at the University of Cambridge and Guy’s Hospital, London. His medical specialist training was in West London, with a research fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine at Hammersmith Hospital and Imperial College leading to a PhD. He has since been awarded FRCP from the Royal College of Physicians, London, and an MA from Cambridge University. He took sabbaticals in Germany and Italy to complete his clinical training.

Consultant Appointments

Dr Malik was appointed Consultant Cardiologist at St Mary’s Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College in 2003. Following the merger of St Mary’s, Hammersmith and Charing Cross Hospitals with Imperial College, he began to practise at all these hospitals. In 2010 he was appointed lead for the Heart Attack Treatment programme. In 2011, he became Director of the Cardiac Catheter Laboratories at Hammersmith Hospital.

He is now Director for Structural Heart Disease – leading the TAVI, PFO, ASD and PV leak programmes, and he supports the LAA and Mitraclip programmes.

He also had clinics in Harrow for the Primary Care Trust (PCT) and Harrow Health for over 10 years – a model of care delivered by Dr Malik in coordination with specialist GPs.

Dr Malik’s current appointments:

  • Consultant Cardiologist, Hammersmith Hospital, Cardiovascular Medicine, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (ICHNT)
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer, International Centre for Circulatory Health, Imperial College, London
  • Honorary Consultant, Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Medical Director, One Welbeck Heart Health
  • Director, London Cardiovascular Clinic

Research Interests

Dr Malik’s research interests are in the Coronary Artery Disease and Structural Heart Disease. He has been involved in assessing coronary disease using invasive pressure and flow measurements to increase the accuracy of diagnosis. The role of PFO closure in migraines is being actively researched by Dr Malik. He is also a founding member of the International Centre for Circulatory Health (ICCH) – a centre of research excellence at Imperial College London.

Medical trials

He has a keen interest in Stroke and Heart Disease prevention, and has been involved in many trials:

  • CARDia Trial: PCI (angioplasty) vs CABG (bypass) in Diabetes
  • MIST Trial: PFO closure in Migraine
  • PRIMA Trial: PFO closure in Migraine
  • PC Trial: PFO closure in Stroke
  • ROBOT-PFO Trial PFO closure using radiofrequency ablation
  • ICSS Trial: Carotid artery stenting (CAS) vesus carotid end-arterectomy (CEA)
  • ACST-2 Asymptomatic Carotid patients CAS versus CEA
  • Olympia Registry: Drug Eluting Stents (DES) in coronary disease
  • Export Study: Clot extraction in Primary Angioplasty
  • CURRENT-OASIS7 Anti-platelet drugs in Acute Coronary Syndromes
  • TRA-CER Anti-platelet drugs in Acute Coronary Syndromes
  • NIAPP Primary Angioplasty delivery in the UK
  • NOBLE: Left main stem (LMS) PCI vs CABG
  • SYNTAX-2-Use of iFR functional assessment to manage coronary disease with stents
  • ORBITA- Assess medical therapy with stents in coronary disease
  • BRAVO trial-Use of bivalirudin in TAVI
  • UK TAVI trial- use of TAVI in lower risk patients with aortic stenosis
  • PROTECT-TAVI- use of stroke prevention devices in TAVI


Dr Malik has lectured nationally and internationally in the field interventional cardiology. He has set up and run international courses to train doctors in General Cardiology (with BMJ Masterclass), Stroke Prevention (with BMJ Masterclass) and Valve disease (The Imperial Valve Course). He has also been involved with Courses using virtual reality technology to train doctors (with the British Cardiovascular Society and Academia, Medtronic Inc.).

He runs the ICAST course using Immersive Simulation to train the next generation of cardiologists.

If cardiovascular topics arise in the UK media, Dr Malik is frequently in the spotlight to offer his thoughts and expertise.

National Roles

Previous Roles

  • National Clinical Lead for Web-Transfer systems for the NHS Heart Improvement Programme. He helped implement a major system to reduce waiting times for heart patients.
  • Revascularisation Lead for the North West London Cardiac and Stroke Network, helping improve patient care across West London.
  • Set up a training programme for workers in the cardiac catheter laboratories. This allowed them to multi skill so patient treatment could be improved. This programme is now implemented nationally by the British Cardiovascular Society and London South Bank University.
  • Commissioning Editor for Heart (the British Heart Journal) – until retiring from this role in 2010.

Current Roles

  • Part of the Pan London Collaborative – working with the London Ambulance Service to improve heart attack treatment. 
  • Clinical advisor on the NHS England London Strategic Clinical Advisory Group (SCLG) for Cardiovascular Medicine. He is interested in Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest management, and the treatment of Kawasaki Disease in Adults.


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