Pankaj Sharma is Professor of Clinical Neurology at Royal Holloway College, University of London, and consultant neurologist at Imperial College London. He is Director of the Institute of Cardiovascular Research at Royal Holloway (ICR2UL), and formerly head of the Imperial College Cerebrovascular Research Unit (ICCRU) at Imperial College London. His main interest is in identifying genes for stroke.
He was President of the British Fulbright Scholars Association and is currently Medical Advisor of the UK national young stroke victim charity Different Strokes, co-Founder and Treasurer of the South Asian Health Foundation (1998). He is a Fellow of the Medical Society of London, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine Cardiovascular Disease and President of the London Cardiovascular Society (2009).
Sharma studied medicine at London University from 1983–88 and holds two doctorates, a PhD from Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge in 1998 and a Doctorate in Medicine from London University in 2003. In 1998 he was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. He holds a Diploma in the History of Medicine from the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 2007 and is a Royal College examiner.
He is a researcher in the field of stroke and is particularly interested in its genetical basis. He has established a large international biobank of stroke from the UK, India and the Middle East with the aim of trying to better understand the causes of stroke in ethnic minorities, especially those of South Asian descent.
He is the author of some 100 original papers and is the co-editor of two books: Stroke Genetics (Springer 2014) and Clinical Pharmacology (Churchill Livingstone 2012) which is now in its eleventh edition.
Sharma has been a commentator for news media including the BBC and CNN International on medical issues especially relating to stroke. He has been interviewed on the subject of brain disease in prominent individuals including Ariel Sharon, Michael Schumacher and Jules Bianchi.
He was born in India, the son of Kewal Krishan Sharma (Indian Foreign diplomatic service) and Janak Sharma (Bank of England). He lives in London with his doctor wife and two children.