Senior Lecturer in Cardiology, Honorary Consultant Cardiologist

Academic: Ms Stefanina Sawyer – ssawyer@sgul.ac.uk / 0208 725 2994

Clinical interests

Inherited cardiac diseases, Sports Cardiology, Cardiac MRI, Echocardiography

Research Interests

Inherited cardiac disease, Prevention of sudden cardiac death in the young, Sports Cardiology, Cardiac imaging. Dr Papadakis is accredited with more than 60 publications in peer-reviewed journals.


Sharma S, Drezner JA, Baggish A, Papadakis M, et al. International recommendations for electrocardiographic interpretation in athletes. J Am Coll Cardiol 2017;69:1057-1075.

Mont L, Pelliccia A, Sharma S, Biffi A, Borjesson M, Brugada Terradellas J, Carre’ F, Guasch E, Heidbuchel H, La Gerche A, Lampert R, McKenna W, Papadakis M, Priori SG, Scanavacca M, Thompson P, Sticherling C, Viskin S, Wilson M, Corrado D. Pre-participation cardiovascular evaluation for athletic participants to prevent sudden death: Position paper from the EHRA and the EACPR, branches of the ESC. Endorsed by APHRS, HRS, and SOLAECE. Eur J Prevent Cardiol 2016. DOI: 10.1177/2047487316676042.

Malhotra A, Dhutia H, Gati S, Yeo TJ, Dores H, Bastiaenen R, Narain R, Merghani A, Finocchiaro G, Sheikh N, Steriotis A, Zaidi A, Millar L, Behr ER, Tome M, Papadakis M, Sharma S. Anterior T-wave inversion in young white athletes and nonathletes: prevalence and significance. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2017.

Sheikh N, Papadakis M, Panoulas VF, Prakash K, Millar L, Adami P, Zaidi A, Gati S, Wilson M, Carr-White G, Tome M, Behr ER, Sharma S. Comparison of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in Afro-Caribbean versus white patients in the UK. Heart 2016.

Finocchiaro G, Papadakis M, Robertus JL, Dhutia H, Steriotis AK, Tome M, Mellor M, Merghani A, Malhotra A, Behr ER, Sharma S, Sheppard MN. The aetiology of sudden death in sport: Insights from a large regional registry in the United Kingdom. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2016; 67:2108-2115.

Sheikh N, Papadakis M, Schnell F, Panoulas V, Malhotra A, Wilson M, Carré F, Sharma S. Clinical profile of athletes with Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2015:e003454. doi: 10.1161/CIRCIMAGING.114.003454.

Gati S, Papadakis M, Papamichael ND, Zaidi A, Sheikh N, Reed M, Sharma R, Thilaganathan B, Sharma S. Reversible de novo left ventricular trabeculations in pregnant women: Implications for the diagnosis of left ventricular non-compaction in low-risk populations. Circulation 2014;130:475-483.

Sheikh N, Papadakis M, Ghani S, Zaidi A, Gati S, Adami PE, Carre F, Schnell F, Wilson M, Avila P, McKenna WJ, Sharma S. Comparison of ECG criteria for the detection of cardiac abnormalities in elite black and white athletes. Circulation 2014;129:1637-1649.

Budts W, Börjesson M, Chessa M, van Buuren F, Trindade PT, Corrado D, Heidbuchel H, Webb G, Holm J, Papadakis M. Physical activity in adolescents and adults with congenital heart defects; individualized exercise prescription. Eur Heart J 2013, 34: 3669-3674.

Gati S, Sheikh N, Ghani S, Zaidi S, Wilson M, Raju H, Cox A, Reed M, Papadakis M, Sharma S. Should axis deviation or atrial enlargement be categorised as abnormal in young athletes? The athlete’s electrocardiogram: time for re-appraisal of markers of pathology. Eur Heart J 2013, 34: 3641-3648.

Papadakis M, Raju H, Behr ER, De Noronha SV, Spath N, Kouloubinis A, Sheppard MN, Sharma S. Sudden cardiac death with autopsy findings of uncertain significance: Potential for erroneous interpretation. Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol 2013;6:588-596.

Zaidi A, Ghani S, Sharma R, Oxborough D, Panoulas V, Sheikh N, Gati S, Papadakis M, Sharma S. Physiologic Right Ventricular Adaptation in Elite Athletes of African and Afro-Caribbean Origin. Circulation 2013;127:1783-1792.

Heidbuchel H, Papadakis M, Panhuyzen-Goedkoop N, Carré F, Dugmore D, Mellwig KP, Rasmusen HK, Solberg EE, Borjesson M, Corrado D, Pelliccia A, Sharma S. Position paper: proposal for a core curriculum for a European Sports Cardiology qualification. Eur J Prev Cardiol 2012; doi: 10.1177/2047487312446673.

Papadakis M, Carre F, Kervio G, Rawlins J, Panoulas VF, Chandra N, Basavarajaiah S, Carby L, Fonseca T, Sharma S. The prevalence, distribution and clinical outcomes of electrocardiographic repolarisation patterns in male athletes of African/Afro-Caribbean origin. Eur Heart J 2011;32:2304-2313.

Papadakis M, Raju H, Govindan M, Bastiaenen R, Chandra N, O’Sullivan A, Baines G, Sharma S, Behr ER. Low prevalence of markers of sudden cardiac death in victims of Brugada syndrome: Relevance to risk stratification. J Am Coll Cardiol 2011;57:2340-2345.

Borjesson M, Serratosa L, Carre F, Corrado D, Drezner J, Dugmore DL, Heidbuchel HH, Mellwig KP, Panhuyzen-Goedkoop NM, Papadakis M, Rasmusen H, Sharma S, Solberg EE, van Buuren F, Pelliccia A. Consensus document regarding cardiovascular safety at sports arenas: Position stand from the European Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (EACPR), section of Sports Cardiology. Eur Heart J 2011;32:2119-2124.

Papadakis M, Basavarajaiah S, Rawlins J, Edwards C, Makan J, Firoozi S, Carby L, Sharma S. Prevalence and significance of T-wave inversions in predominantly Caucasian adolescent athletes. Eur Heart J 2009;30:1728-35.

Papadakis M, Sharma S, Cox S, Sheppard MN, Panoulas VF, Behr ER. The magnitude of sudden cardiac death in the young: a death certificate-based review in England and Wales. Europace 2009;11:1353-1358.

Local, National and International profile/affiliations

Chair-elect of the European section of Sports Cardiology, Chair of the education committee of the European Association of Preventative Cardiology (EAPC), Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology, Member of the Royal College of Physicians