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Professor Rod Stables

Consultant Cardiologist

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About Professor Rod Stables, Consultant Cardiologist and Hon Professor of Interventional Cardiology

TD, MA,(Cantab), DM,(Oxon), BM BCh,(Oxon), FRCP (London), FRGS


Responsibilities at LHCH

Chair of the Board of Clinicians

Chair of the Local Negotiating Committee


Area of Practice       

Interventional Cardiology

General Cardiology


Special Clinical Interests

  • Coronary angioplasty and stent implantation
  • Management of acute myocardial infarction
  • Minimally invasive procedures for aortic valve replacement (Transcutaneous Aortic Valve Implantation – TAVI)
  • Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy – including alcohol ablation for non-surgical septal reduction
  • Endovascular stent procedures for aortic and peripheral vascular disease


Research Interests

  • Clinical research – angina, myocardial infarction and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Design, conduct and reporting of clinical trials
  • Clinical database design and registry studies
  • Outcomes analysis including performance monitoring of clinicians


Current Membership of Professional Regional and National Bodies  

  • I hold a National Clinical Excellence Award at Gold level
  • Clinical Lead of the British Heart Foundation Clinical Research Collaborative
  • British Heart Foundation Clinical Trials Grants Committee
  • Health Data Research UK: Cardiovascular strategy advisory group


Languages Spoken   




Why choose LHCH?             

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital is one of the largest cardiac centres in the UK and provides first class cardiac care. The service for interventional cardiology is a national leader in terms of clinical outcomes, patient experience, case volume, and research.


Training and Education

  • Educated at the Liverpool Blue Coat School
  • Graduated, with first class honours, in Medical Sciences from Churchill College, Cambridge and then read clinical medicine at St Edmund Hall, Oxford.
  • Trained in cardiology in Oxford and at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London.
  • Completed specialist training in 1998 at the Royal Brompton and was appointed at the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital in 2000.


About you

I am married with two sons. 

I enjoy climbing and other mountain and outdoor sports.

I retired from a career as a rugby player, notable mainly for its longevity.  I am now active as a referee.



I have established a standing at national and international level for practice and research in interventional cardiology. I established the Clinical Trials and Evaluation Unit at the Royal Brompton Hospital and led its initial flagship ventures including the landmark Stent or Surgery Trial (SoS). The primary publication from this study has been in the top 1% of quoted papers in cardiology. The HEAT-PPCI trial, performed at LHCH, has also achieved international recognition, both for its clinical impact and its novel methodology.  As part of the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the formation of the NHS, the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) named HEAT-PPCI as one of the 70 greatest research achievements in NHS history.


This is a list of my publications that have been cited more than 100 times by others (figures correct as at June 2022).

Coronary artery bypass surgery compared with percutaneous coronary interventions for multivessel disease: a collaborative analysis of individual patient data from ten randomised trials

The Lancet 373 (9670), 1190-1197 


Randomized trial of simple versus complex drug-eluting stenting for bifurcation lesions: the British Bifurcation Coronary Study: old, new, and evolving strategies

Circulation 121 (10), 1235-1243


Mortality after coronary artery bypass grafting versus percutaneous coronary intervention with stenting for coronary artery disease: a pooled analysis of individual patient data

The Lancet 391 (10124), 939-948


Coronary artery bypass surgery versus percutaneous coronary intervention with stent implantation in patients with multivessel coronary artery disease (the Stent or Surgery Trial)

Lancet 360, 965-970 


Unfractionated heparin versus bivalirudin in primary percutaneous coronary intervention (HEAT-PPCI): an open-label, single centre, randomised controlled trial

The Lancet 384 (9957), 1849-1858 


Long-term safety and efficacy of percutaneous coronary intervention with stenting and coronary artery bypass surgery for multivessel coronary artery disease: a meta-analysis …

Circulation 118 (11), 1146-1154


Elective intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation during high-risk percutaneous coronary intervention: a randomized controlled trial

Jama 304 (8), 867-874


Impact of length and hydrophilic coating of the introducer sheath on radial artery spasm during transradial coronary intervention: a randomized study

JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions 3 (5), 475-483           337*     2010


Randomized, controlled trial of coronary artery bypass surgery versus percutaneous coronary intervention in patients with multivessel coronary artery disease: six-year follow …

Circulation 118 (4), 381-388


Clinical outcomes of state-of-the-art percutaneous coronary revascularization in patients with de novo three vessel disease: 1-year results of the SYNTAX II study

European heart journal 38 (42), 3124-3134


One-year outcomes of coronary artery bypass graft surgery versus percutaneous coronary intervention with multiple stenting for multisystem disease: a meta-analysis of ten randomised trials

The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 130 (2), 512-519    


Simple or complex stenting for bifurcation coronary lesions: a patient-level pooled-analysis of the Nordic Bifurcation Study and the British Bifurcation Coronary Study

Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions 4 (1), 57-64


Percutaneous coronary intervention for chronic total occlusions: improved survival for patients with successful revascularization compared to a failed procedure

Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions 70 (1), 15-20  


Coronary stenting in the management of myocardial ischaemia caused by muscle bridging.

Heart 74 (1), 90-92


Disease-specific health status after stent-assisted percutaneous coronary intervention and coronary artery bypass surgery: one-year results from the Stent or Surgery trial

Circulation 108 (14), 1694-1700


Fractional flow reserve derived from computed tomographic angiography in patients with multivessel CAD

Journal of the American College of Cardiology 71 (24), 2756-2769


Coronary bifurcation lesions treated with simple or complex stenting: 5-year survival from patient-level pooled analysis of the Nordic Bifurcation Study and the British …

European Heart Journal 37 (24), 1923-1928


Neuropsychological outcome after percutaneous coronary intervention or coronary artery bypass grafting: results from the Stent or Surgery (SoS) Trial

Circulation 110 (22), 3411-3417


Permanent pacemaker implantation via the femoral vein: an alternative in cases with contraindications to the pectoral approach

EP Europace 3 (1), 56-59