Divaka Perera

Consultant cardiologist and professor of interventional cardiology


Divaka Perera has been a consultant cardiologist at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust since 2008.

He was promoted to reader in interventional cardiology in 2013 and to professor of cardiology at King's College London in 2017.

He teaches undergraduate medical students and supervises postgraduate researchers completing MSc, MD and PhD degrees at King's College London.

Education and training

  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians, 2012
  • Certificate of completion of specialist training in cardiology, London, 2008
  • MD, King's College London, 2006
  • Membership of the Royal College of Physicians, 1999
  • Sub-speciality training in interventional cardiology, Guy's and St Thomas' and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Specialist training in cardiology, south London
  • Early clinical training, Cambridge University Hospitals, Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
  • Medicine and surgery (MB BChir) University of Cambridge, 1995
  • BA, First-Class Honours, University of Cambridge, 1993

Research interests

  • Reduced blood supply to the heart muscle in chronic coronary artery disease, acute myocardial infarction and valve disease
  • Designing and performing multicentre clinical trials to evaluate new treatments for patients with ischaemic heart disease

Divaka's research programme is funded by grants from:

  • the British Heart Foundation
  • Heart Research UK
  • Guy's and St Thomas' Charity
  • the National Institute for Health Research


  • Michael Davies early career award for outstanding contribution to cardiovascular science, British Cardiovascular Society, 2013
  • Clinical senior lectureship award, Department of Health, Higher Education Funding Council for England and the UK Clinical Research Collaboration, 2008
  • Doctoral Research Fellowship, Guy's and St Thomas' Foundation, 2001
  • Christ's College bachelor scholarship, University of Cambridge, 1993
  • Staines-Read prize for medical sciences Christ's College, University of Cambridge, 1993
  • S. W. Grieg prize for neurophysiology, Christ's College, University of Cambridge, 1993


Divaka has numerous peer-reviewed publications, including:

  • original manuscripts
  • editorials
  • reviews
  • book chapters

Divaka Perera's publications on PubMed.

Last updated: January 2024

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