Elijah R. Behr, M.D.

Consultant Cardiologist

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Expertise

Dr. Behr is an international expert in the field of arrhythmias, sudden death and genetic heart disease. He co-wrote international guidelines for the diagnosis and management of arrhythmia syndromes and more recently for the investigation of individuals who have suffered a sudden cardiac arrest or a sudden death, and their families.

Conditions treated

  • Arrhythmias: atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) and Ventricular Fibrillation and Pulseless Ventricular Tachycardia (VT/VF)
  • Sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS)
  • Brugada syndrome
  • Long QT syndrome
  • Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT)
  • Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy

Procedures

  • Ablation of arrhythmias: atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) and Ventricular Fibrillation and Pulseless Ventricular Tachycardia (VT/VF)
  • Pacemaker implantation
  • ICD implantation
  • Cardiac resynchronization therapy

Areas of focus

  • Electrophysiology
  • Genetics
  • Sudden death

Education

Dr. Behr trained at St George's Hospital and University of London. He is also a graduate of St John's College, University of Cambridge.

Research activities

Within the 100,000 Genomes Project, Dr. Behr co-leads the arrhythmia subdomain of the Genomics England Clinical Interpretation Partnership. He founded and chairs the national collaboration the Rare Arrhythmia Syndrome Evaluation (RASE) consortium, and co-chairs the international collaboration the Genomics of Unexplained Cardiac Arrest (GenUCA) Investigators. His research interests include:

  • Sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS) and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • Channelopathies, including long QT and Brugada syndromes
  • Unexplained cardiac arrest
  • Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy
  • Prediction of sudden death risk
  • Drug-induced arrhythmia

See Dr. Behr's published articles

Honors

Dr. Behr is currently professor in Cardiovascular Medicine and an honorary consultant cardiologist specializing in electrophysiology. He is director of the Cardiology Clinical Academic Group and head of the Cardiology Research Centre in the Molecular and Clinical Sciences Research Institute, St George's, University of London. He has been visiting professor of cardiology at the Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University, Denmark.

Dr Behr is past president of the Association for Inherited Cardiac Conditions (AICC). He founded and is the first chairperson of the European Cardiac Arrhythmia Genetics (ECGen) focus group of the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA). He is a member of the EHRA Board and the nucleus of the ESC Council on Cardiovascular Genomics.

Dr Behr is an editorial board member of the journal Heart Rhythm and an advisory board member for Nature Reviews Cardiology. He is on the scientific advisory board of the SADS foundation. He currently acts as an expert adviser to the NHS England Clinical Reference Groups for genomic services and for cardiovascular services. He is national chairperson for the NHS England and for the Coronial Sudden Unexpected Death Pilot Steering Group.

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP)
  • Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (FESC)
  • Member of the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA)
  • Member of the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS)
  • Member of the British Heart Rhythm Society (BHRS)
  • Member and past president of the Association for Inherited Cardiac Conditions (AICC)