Dr Peter Swoboda

Dr Peter Swoboda


I have published widely including peer reviewed journals, review articles and book chapters. I have >100 peer reviewed publications. I currently have >2000 citations, h-index of 27  and i10-index 60. 

Committee member NIHR HTA Prioritisation Committee (2021-present)
External Examiner MSc Sports Cardiology St Georges University London (2021-present)
BSCMR Board member (2022-present)
Heart Research UK Translation Research Project Grant Committee member (2023-present)

Research interests

The Athlete’s Heart

I am funded by the British Heart Foundation to undertake research into risk of cardiac rhythm disturbance in sports people particularly as they get older. Cardiac arrest during sport is rare but devastating. My group is working to use advanced imaging techniques to understand why some athletes have increased risk of developing dangerous heart rhythms. The main aim of this work is to help as many people participate in sport as safely as possible. 


Improving Diagnostic Pathways for Cardiac Patients 

I am chief investigator for CROSS-HF a multicentre trial of 3000 patients funded by the NIHR. The primary aim of the trial is to establish whether, in patients with heart failure, a strategy of non-invasive imaging with computed tomography coronary angiography (CTCA) or stress cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is non-inferior to invasive coronary angiography (ICA) in terms of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE), patient reported outcome measures, and cost-effectiveness.

With Professor John Greenwood, I am leading CE-MARC 3 which is a trial of 4000 NHS patients. The primary research question is: ‘Can we improve the management of patients with new onset chest pain, both from a patient and NHS perspective?’ One of the key aims of this trial is to perform a study that is inclusive to patients from all backgrounds. https://youtu.be/I9UdGQx2xjs?feature=shared


  • MA (cantab)
  • PhD
  • MBBS
  • MRCP (UK)

Professional memberships

  • ESC
  • SCMR
  • BCS

Student education

I currently supervise one PhD student and have co-supervised 1PhD and 1 MD (lead supervisor) to completion. I am involved in delivery of the academic foundation programme and have supervised academic foundation doctors since 2018. I take pride in helping the development of clinical researchers early in their career pathway and seeing the outcomes of their work. I also supervise students as part of the HRUK EXSEL programme https://heartresearch.org.uk/exsel-scholarships/ to support talented future academic clinicians at the very beginning of their career. I also supervise a clinical fellow in cross-sectional imaging and visiting fellows. I am external examiner for the MSc in Sports Cardiology at St Georges University, London. . I also supervise a clinical fellow in cross-sectional imaging and visiting fellows. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine
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