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Professor Christoph a Nienaber
Prof. Dr. med.
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Interventional Cardiology


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Professor Nienaber is a certified internist, cardiologist and interventional cardiovascular specialist with significant experience in advanced cardiovascular care.

He started his academic career at University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf, then undertaking a temporary post at UCLA School of Medicine. From there he chaired internal medicine and cardiology at Universitätsmedizin Rostock until May 2015 when he joined the Consultant team at Royal Brompton Hospital.

Professor Nienaber has a long-standing record as an academic teacher and international lecturer. He has published more than 500 peer-reviewed scientific papers, a number of book chapters and serves on the editorial boards for a selection of journals.

He established the first integrated “Marfan-Clinic” at the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf and is a founding member of the International Registry of Aortic Dissection (IRAD).


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Medical Procedures

  • Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI)
  • Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR)
  • Left-atrial appendage occlusion
  • Patent foramen ovale
  • Atrial septal defect II-occlusion 
  • Non-surgical management of aortic coarctation and malformations

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Special Interests

  • Energy consumption and metabolization of cardiomyocytes 
  • Aortic diseases (acute and chronic) 
  • Interventional vascular reconstruction therapy 
  • Interventional approaches to aortic and structural heart diseases 
  • Stem cell strategies/mobilization in heart failure 



Primary Medical Qualification

State Exam Med 1980 Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster

Specialist Register entry date

Cardiology From 22 Aug 2014

General (internal) medicine From 22 Aug 2014

Professional Memberships 

Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Kardiologie und Kreislaufforschung 


Fellow of the American College of Cardiology 

Fellow of the American Heart Association 

Grundungsmitglied des Internationalen Registers fur Aortenerkrankungen (IRAD) 

Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology 

International Society of Endovascular Specialists