Dr. Shapiro graduated with Honours from the University of Manchester in 1976 having previously gained a 1st Class Honours Degree in Medical Biochemistry. He undertook a Research Doctorate Degree (MD) in Heart Disease in diabetes, that was completed in 1981.
His post-graduate training was undertaken in London at the Hammersmith Hospital and then the Brompton Hospital, before completing his training at the National Heart Hospital. He was appointed as a Consultant Cardiologist at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge in 1988. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.
There are no short cuts or substitutes for experience, assessing and treating patients with potentially life threatening heart disease, leaves no room for complacency or error. Dr. Shapiro is widely experienced in many aspects of heart disease, his expertise were acquired from a long traditional training programme, in the London Teaching Hospitals and years of clinical practice. Formal training of the type that he received is no longer available, which is a shame, as it is this very long and wide experience which is vital in the accurate assessment of heart related symptoms. Appropriate investigation followed by sympathetic reassurance is the key to returning an individual to a normal life.
Dr. Shapiro is an expert in coronary disease, structural heart disease and intervention and he also has other diverse clinical interests:
- Particular expertise in valve disease of the heart.
- Specialist interest in the heart in athletes and has published widely on this subject.
- Medical Adviser to the Football Association for more than than 20 years.
- Especially involved in screening footballers for heart disease.
- Established a Nationwide Screening Programme to look for life threatening heart abnormalities in young footballers to prevent the tragedy of sudden death.In conjunction with the Medical Department of the Football Association and the Professional Football Association has examined more than 25,000 footballers in this ongoing project.
- Longstanding interest in echocardiography and was the founding President of the British Society of Echocardiography.
Dr. Shapiro lectures and writes extensively. He has written 12 Textbooks on Cardiology and related subjects, which have been published in a large number of languages some of which may be found on amazon
He has also published more than 140 peer review research papers which can be found by visiting www.pubmed.gov and searching under Shapiro, LM.
Dr. Shapiro has a large range of research activities, many of which are still ongoing, particularly in structural cardiac intervention and most currently studying the ASD & PFO affect of closure on the function of the heart. He is also involved in multiple echocardiographic projects related to the mitral valve.
Currently in progress is a book on the Cardiologist’s Guide to a Long & Healthy Life
Dr Shapiro has a number of commercial interests
Device to unblock coronary arteries
Dr. Shapiro developed a device to unblock, completely blocked coronary and leg arteries. This device is designed to prevent the need for bypass surgery when angioplasty and stenting are not initially successful.
The device is patented and is being developed by Capsos Medical Lt in Galway, Ireland. Patent : US8133243B2 13/03/2012 (device to unblock coronary arteries)
Online medical education and services platform
Dr Shapiro has developed with colleagues an online medical education and services platform Cambridge Medical Academy
Vice president/medical director
This online platform trades as UKeMED