Position: Consultant Cardiologist & Electrophysiologist
Location: London, UK
Dr P Boon Lim is a cardiologist specialising in heart rhythm disturbances, pacing and syncope. He performs ablation for atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, and implantation of pacemakers and defibrillators.
Dr Lim has a special interest in mapping and ablation of atrial fibrillation, and is actively researching techniques for modulating the autonomic nervous system to treat atrial fibrillation and vasovagal syncope. He also works closely with industry to develop and refine mapping techniques for treatment of atrial fibrillation and ventricular ectopy, and is highly skilled at using these complex 3-D mapping technologies to treat these common arrhythmias. He has an interest in promoting education for all patients with heart rhythm abnormalities and syncope, and has started the website www.stopfainting.com, supported by Imperial Health Charity and continues to work with STARS and Arrhythmia Alliance to promote education for patients, carers and doctors alike.
Education and Training:
Dr Lim graduated from Cambridge University with a Double First Class in 2000, and was award MRCP in 2003, and invited to be a fellow FRCP in 2017. He undertook junior medical training at Kings College London and the Royal Brompton Hospital, before commencing Cardiology training at Oxford and Northwest London at St Mary's and Hammersmith Hospital.
In 2007, he was awarded a Clinical Research Training Fellowship by the British Heart Foundation to complete a PhD at Imperial College London looking into the autonomic mechanisms of atrial fibrillation. Dr Lim then pursued a clinical fellowship at the Heart Hospital, University College London for a year, before being appointed as a consultant cardiologist at Hammersmith Hospital within the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.
Research: Dr Lim completed a PhD in clinical electrophysiology at Imperial College London. His research focused on exploring the role of the autonomic nervous system in human atrial fibrillation. He has been awarded several prizes for his research including the President's Medal for Cardiology at the Royal Society of Medicine, the Lindo Foundation Prize at St Mary's Hospital, and being Runner-up in the Young Investigator Award for the British Cardiovascular Society, and Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society Meetings.
Since completing his PhD, Dr Lim has continued to be actively involved in research at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, and is supervisor for several PhD students. As the clinical lead for the Imperial Syncope Diagnostic Centre, he is regularly invited to speak on syncope at National and International meetings, and is actively involved in setting up a multidisciplinary approach to treatment of patients with syncope and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome.
He continues to explore novel aspects of ablation and is currently exploring the role of ablation of the autonomic nervous system as a treatment strategy to treat certain forms of atrial fibrillation and vasovagal syncope.