Prof. Clive Handler

Prof. Clive Handler



45 years of experience
26 years as a specialist

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  • General (Internal) Medicine
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Muscle Disease/Cardiomyopathy
  • Peri-Operative Care
  • Preventative Cardiology
  • Respiratory Medicine
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Languages spoken

  • English
  • French
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Registered with

  • General Medical Council: 2360144
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    Consultation fees

    New appointment: £280

    Follow-up appointment: £250

    Practices worked at

    The Wellington Hospital

    St Johns Wood, London, United Kingdom, NW8 7JA
    1,537 reviews


    Professor Clive Handler is an experienced consultant cardiologist working in the National Pulmonary Hypertension Unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London, and an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital.  He is an Honorary Clinical Professor, Division of Medicine, UCL. His first NHS consultant appointment was at Northwick Park and St Mary's Hospitals and he was also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College.  

    He has considerable experience in general adult cardiology with expertise in pulmonary hypertension and unexplained breathlessness, cardiovascular prevention, high blood pressure, heart failure, chest pain, palpitation and dizzy turns.

    He is a tutor and examiner at UCL, he serves on the selection panel for UCL Medical School and King’s College School of Medicine, and is an expert adviser to NICE, the Medical Research Council, and an appointed reviewer of papers submitted to the European Society of Cardiology; his opinion is sought in complex medico-legal cases. 

    Professor Handler was educated at Dulwich College and qualified in medicine from Guy's Hospital Medical School where he also did an Honours BSc degree in pharmacology. He trained in general medicine and cardiology at the Royal Brompton, London Chest, Charing Cross, Guy's, and University College and the Middlesex Hospitals, and did additional training in cardiology in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has longstanding links with Yale University School of Medicine.

    Professor Handler was awarded an MRC Fellowship to do an intercalated degree in Pharmacology at Guy’s Hospital Medical School, University of London and was an MRC Fellow at Guy's Hospital, where he was awarded his MD degree for his research thesis on exercise testing after heart attacks.

    He is an elected Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

    Professor Handler is a founder member and committee member of the UCL/King’s/ Queen Mary’s faculty for the annual cardiovascular biology conference at the Royal College of Physicians and the Founder and Chairman of the St Paul's School Medical Conference for widening participation in medicine. 

    He is a member of the British Cardiovascular Society and Physicians group of the UK and Ireland Pulmonary Hypertension Society. He is also a member of the FLARRE research cross-faculty research group at UCL and active in clinical research trials and a member of an international safety and clinical events committee for drug trials. 

    Professor Handler is the author or editor of 13 textbooks for scientists, students, GPs and patients, he has written numerous scientific papers and is a Freeman of the City of London.

    Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

    • Cardiac catheterisation and coronary angiography
    • Risk stratification after heart attacks
    • Prevention of Heart Disease
    • Stress echocardiography
    • 24 hour ambulatory ECG
    • Chest Pain
    • Management of high Blood Pressure
    • Breathlessness
    • Palpitation and atrial fibrillation
    • Dizzy Turns and loss of consciousness
    • High Cholesterol
    • Exercise
    • Management of Stress
    • Diet
    • Breathlessness


    • Cardio-Pulmonary Exercise Testing
    • CT Coronary Angiogram
    • ECG Monitor
    • 24 Hour Blood Pressure Monitor
    • Bubble Contrast Echocardiography
    • Calcium Coronary Score
    • Cardiac Rehabilitation
    • Cardioversion
    • ECG (Electrocardiogram)
    • Echocardiogram
    • Exercise Stress Test
    • Heart Scan
    • Myocardial Perfusion Scan
    • Transoesophageal Echocardiogram
    • Video Consultation
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    Special interests

    • Arrhythmia (Irregular Heartbeat)
    • Atrial Fibrillation
    • Angina
    • Congestive Heart Failure
    • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
    • Atherosclerosis
    • Atrial Flutter
    • Autonomic Disorders
    • Bradycardia
    • Breathlessness
    • Cardiomyopathy
    • Cardiovascular Disease
    • Chest Pain
    • Coronary Artery Disease
    • Critical Leg Ischaemia
    • Dizziness
    • Dysautonomia
    • Dyslipidaemia
    • Fainting
    • Heart Attack
    • Heart Failure
    • Heart Murmurs
    • Heart Muscle Disease
    • Heart Valve Problems
    • High Blood Pressure
    • Loss of Consciousness (Syncope)
    • Low Blood Pressure
    • Oedema
    • Palpitations
    • Pericarditis
    • Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)
    • Pulmonary Embolism (Lung Blood Clot)
    • Pulmonary Hypertension
    • Stroke
    • Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)
    • Tachycardia
    • Tiredness (Fatigue)
    • Unstable Angina
    • Valvular Heart Disease
    • Variable Blood Pressure
    • Ventricular Septal Defects (VSD)
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    • MB BS University of London 1978
    • BSc, Pharmacology Guy's Hospital Medical School 1973
    • MRCP (UK) Royal College of Physicians 1979
    • MRCS LRCP Conjoint Board 1977
    • MD University of London 1985
    • Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology 1995
    • Fellow of the American College of Cardiology American College of Cardiology 1994
    • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians 2019
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