Professor Pankaj Sharma is Director of the Institute of Cardiovascular Research, Royal Holloway University of London (ICR2UL). He was formally head of Imperial College Cerebrovascular Research Unit (ICCRU) at Imperial College London. He holds doctorates from both the Universities of Cambridge and London. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine Cardiovascular Disease, Hon. Medical Director of Different Strokes, a UK national charity which seeks to support young stroke victims, and President of the London Cardiovascular Society.
A former Dept of Health Senior Fellow, British Heart Foundation Clinician Scientist at Cambridge University and Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Medical School, he has a long standing interest in the genetics of hypertension, cardio- and cerebrovascular disease. He has published extensively in the field and is an internationally recognized authority on the genetic basis of stroke. In 2015 he was named the UKs top Asian doctor at the annual British Indian Awards.