Professor Behr is a recognised national and international expert and researcher in the field of arrhythmias. He is Professor in Cardiovascular Medicine and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist specialising in Electrophysiology at St George's, University of London and St George's Hospital, London. He is also Consultant Cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic, London. He co-leads the Inherited Cardiac Conditions clinic at St George's, coordinating a multi-disciplinary team that provides a single one-stop service to families including children. His clinical interests include:•management of families with unexplained suddendeaths, the Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)•management of sudden death risk•management and treatment of arrhythmias•ablation of simple and complex arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation•complex device therapy (ICD implantation and biventricular pacing)•ion channel diseases including the long QT and Brugada syndromes•drug-induced arrhythmia and QT prolongation•hypertrophic, dilated and arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathies.
Professor Behr was educated at the Manchester Grammar School and studied medical sciences at St John's College, University of Cambridge and clinical medicine at Guy's Hospital, London where he graduated with distinction. He completed cardiology and academic training at St George’s Hospital, London. Professor Behr is past-president of the Association for Inherited Cardiac Conditions (AICC). He co-leads the arrhythmia syndrome sub-domain of the UK 100,000 Genomes Project Cardiovascular Genome England Clinical Interpretation Partnership. He is an editorial board member of the Heart Rhythm journal and co-wrote international guidelines for diagnosis & management of arrhythmia syndromes and more recently, for the investigation of cardiac arrest survivors and sudden death victims and their families. He is the first chairperson and founder of the European Cardiac Arrhythmia Genetics Group of the European heart Rhythm Association. Professor Behr is a member of the NHS England Clinical Reference Group for Genomic Services as well as for Cardiovascular Services. He is chairperson of the NHS and Coronial Sudden Unexpected Death Pilot Steering Group.His research interests include prediction of sudden death risk pathology, genomics and epidemiology linked to electronic health records; drug-induced arrhythmia; families with unexplained sudden deaths, the Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS); ion channel diseases including the long QT and Brugada syndromes; and cardiomyopathies including arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC).