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Dr Alessandro Giardini has worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital since 2007 where he is the Director of Inpatient Services. He oversees the care of all children admitted to the hospital for investigation and treatment of congenital or acquired heart defects.
Dr. Giardini completed medical school in Bologna, Italy, where he also got his PhD in the pathophysiology of heart failure in patients with congenital heart disease. He completed his specialist training in Paediatric Cardiology at the University of Bologna, Italy, and at the University of California in San Francisco.
As he is an expert in the diagnosis and management of children with congenital heart disease, in particular hypoplastic left heart syndrome. He is the lead for cardiology in-patient services. He also runs specialist clinics for children with paediatric hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Exercise physiology and the investigation and treatment of syncope and chest pain are also interests.
Dr. Giardini is particularly renowned in providing guidance for children with documented cardiac disease as well as those who complain of symptoms which arise during exercise, such as chest pain, palpitations or fainting/syncope. Dr. Giardini provides cardiology advice and assessment to children and adolescents who actively participate or are planning to participate in sports or those children who are practicing a sport at an athletic or competitive level. He is patient-focussed and very compassionate and understanding with children.
Dr Giardini says: "For me, families are an essential part of the One Team concept that underlies everything we do in treating children in the cardiac ward. Our care is highly technical but must be delivered in a humane, personalised way".
- Children and adolescents with congenital heart disease.
- Exercise testing in Children
- Cardiac investigations
- Screening of cardiomyopathies
- Screening for congenital heart defect (CHD)
- Pre sport participation screening.
- Genetic Heart Defects
- Head up tilt test and active standing test for postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and syncope (fainting/blackout).
Research Interests Include;
- Usefulness of exercise testing to predict the risk of children and adolescents with congenital heart disease.
- The genetic causes of congenital heart disease (in collaboration with USA centres).
- Results of surgery for children with single ventricles, hypo plastic left heart syndrome and Fontan operation.
- Postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and syncope/loss of consciusness
- Chest pain
Primary Medical Qualification
State Exam 1999 Universita' degli Studi di Bologna (MD)
CCST in Cardiology (Paediatric Cardiology) in 2004
PhD in Paediatric Cardiology in 2007
Specialist Register Entry Date
Cardiology From 20 Aug 2007
Simple the best doctor for infants
Professional, kind and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend Dr Giardini.
Dr Alessandro is very friendly and patient.
Dear Dr Giardini Many thanks for seeing us yesterday.We are very pleased with your thorough questioning/ exploration of issues / background and more importantly talking us through your findings of the echo which provided us with the re- assurance that Kofi’s heart was functioning as well as it should. You were very professional and friendly too which made us feel very comfortable. In summary, we were very pleased with the consultation.
Thank you so much for the report and for a very thorough and professional consultation. From our first interaction over the phone, I felt reassured that my concerns are taken seriously and that Maxim would receive excellent care, which is exactly what happened. When a parent is worried about their child potentially having a cardiac problem, every day or indeed hour can seem very long. Thank you so much indeed for seeing Maxim so promptly and for finding a way to accommodate us without him missing his nativity play. From beginning to end, the test and consultation were extremely well organised and professionally conducted. Thank you also for bearing with me and answering all of my questions.
Very warm and welcoming team upon arrival that really know how to handle Nicolo' through the initial measurements and ECG. We appreciated your patience both with Nicolo' and with our numerous questions throughout the consultation and for the frankness and clarity with which you explained his condition. Frankly, we left your offices having a much better understanding of Nicolo's prognosis and future potential risks than we did with any other paediatric cardiologist who saw our son.
The service was exceptional. Dr Giardini is very caring, he is informative and very thorough. I felt confident that my 15 year old son was in the right hands.
Fantastic Doctor, extremely thorough with great empathy both to Parents and Child. I can’t recommend him highly enough.
You were very good at handling our son and making him feel at ease. Your bedside manners really helped my wife have great confidence in your assessment. It was definitely an easy experience at a time when as parents one would be very concerned. I would have no hesitations in recommending yourself to my patients or other parents.
A man of exceptional kindness and empathy. He is also not one to baffle with medical jargon that most of us lesser mortals cannot understand. One really feels in safe and knowledgeable hands. I only have praise for the care my son received from him.
Thank you for seeing her at such short notice, and taking into account her medical history, and encouraging questions to be asked. Also taking your time to listen to how she felt and allowing her to make up her own mind. Thank you for recommending the ECG machine for her. I must say the nurses were very professional, helpful and understanding. The investigation that was carried out was thorough and informative, and you were able to put both my and her mind at ease to know that she wasn’t having a heart attack :)
A great doctor. Friendly and approachable and really nice with my daughter.
We were thrilled with both the speed of the appointment and your expertise, we have recommended you to one of our close friends recently for his son.
Dr Giardini put us at ease and explained everything fully. he was very patient and did not feel rushed. Very friendly.
Fully has my trust, very engaged.
Very nice gentleman, made a very nervous patient feel at ease and confident enough to have a scan taken.
Very professional, thorough and answered all questions. Very empathetic. Thank you!
It was a very good experience overall 10/10 and not just because the test was all clear. You were empathetic and understood our position really well. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you.
We appreciate your thorough investigation and are grateful that there is nothing to be concerned about. Our daughter has taken on board your recommendations and can hopefully learn how to cope with the symptoms going forward. The whole process was very simple and stress free, so thank you once again.
Thank you for this and for seeing our son on Saturday. It’s great to have reassurance, thank you for thoroughness and for putting him at ease.
From the beginning of appointment and throughout we were made feel very welcome and looked after very well. Dr Giardini was extremely efficient,empathetic and explained everything clearly.
My wife and I just wanted to say how impressed and grateful we were following our daughter consultation on Saturday. She was naturally a little nervous beforehand but you put her at ease and we were both impressed with how thorough but informal you kept things.
We really appreciated the time you took to analyse and explain Arthur's condition. You were very patient and thorough in your investigation. For all of these reasons we would definitely recommend your medical expertise services to anyone in need.
We loved how quickly you got us an appointment and your professionalism and care during the appointment. You were so knowledgeable and explained everything to us in detail and you really made us feel better.
We would like to say how pleased we were with the treatment our son received at his appointment. We were impressed with your manner and professionalism. We particularly liked the way you spoke to him, and put him at ease. We found you to be polite, approachable and professional. He described you as ‘cool’ to his Grandmother, definitely the seal of approval for a 15 year old boy to say that.
We are so happy that we came to this clinic and met you. You made everything to make us satisfied and feel secure under your every day control of our son.
Dr Giardini is very patient and checked my son's head carefully to make sure he is ok. The environment is very good as well that made my son very relaxed.
Thank you very much for the report and also for an excellent experience at your clinic. The whole experience was very good and we were delighted with your explanation of our questions and have really put our minds at rest.
My baby is born with a heart murmur and we were waiting for a scan appointment for a long time, however, it takes ages and to get a piece of mind we wanted to have the scan done as soon as possible to see whether there was an underlying heart problem. Fortunately, it was an innocent heart murmur and everything was fine. DR Giardini is very professional and honest. We received the appointment very quickly. I would definitely recommend DR Giardini for any parent that is going through the same stages.
It was great to hear that Eva can be discharged and that her test results were normal. Thank you for being so thorough.
Excellent treatment by the doctor
Thank you so much for your time, we are incredibly grateful. You were fantastic and were very kind to take the time to explain everything to us so clearly and calmly. We felt our daughter was in the safest hands possible which was very reassuring at such a worrying and stressful time.
I only have words of gratitude towards Dr. Alessandro Giardini. I was first referred to see Dr. Giardini when my baby's paediatrician heard a murmur in his chest. Dr Giardini displayed a perfect combination of professionalism and warmth which is exactly what I look for when I see a doctor, particularly for my children. He thoroughly reviewed my son and gave me peace of mind regarding his condition at all times. My son was discharged in our last visit and I greatly appreciate his professional and personal approach.
Your services have been thoroughly attentive, professional and conscientious and we appreciate the fact that you acted expeditiously. We are also particularly grateful that you started to provide assistance to us over the phone even before we met you in person!
We are very happy and reassured after today’s constultation with Dr Giardini, Isabella was a little nervous but the nurses and Dr Giardini we’re very friendly and made her feel at ease from the very beginning. I was extremely pleased with the service we received and would recommend to anyone. Thanks again Dr Giardini
Thank you for seeing my son yesterday, you made him feel very happy and relaxed. You explained everything well to both of us, fully putting our minds at ease. I would have no hesitations in recommending you.
Thanks very much for your report and for the consultation. It was a really nice first experience for my daughter who could be really relaxed.
Many thanks for your prompt attention to my initial email and willingness to see us in such short order. Clearly you were ‘in tune’ with our parental angst! Despite my son’s rumblings, we found the consult very calming and thorough.
We were very pleased with the consultation with you as we found your examination very thorough. Additionally you took the time to address all of our concerns and answered all of our questions in a very detailed manner. You also gave us a lot of information regarding murmurs/ heart issues and that was very informative and reassuring.
Were very happy with the consultation, your thorough explanation of the different scenarios and the medical examination provided. We are grateful that you were able to see us at such short notice, this consultation has provided us with the relevant facts and has really put our minds at ease.
I was impressed by the speed with which we managed to see you and how thorough you were in your appraisal of my son’s symptoms, history and your medical assessment. You made him feel relaxed and at ease.
Dr Giardini was very efficient and prompt at responding to communication and was able to arrange to see us at short notice. He has excellent manner with children and is able to put them at ease. He took time to explore our concerns, answer all our questions and really helped reassure us. We left feeling more at ease and more confident in our sons care.
We had a very good first consultation last Saturday, we were glad we could make an appointment in such a short time and the location was also central and easy to reach. The examination went smoothly and your explanations were informative and clear, Luca felt comfortable during the all time and cooperated well.
Dr Giardini made a very scrupulous visit of my daughter, paying great attention to her medical history and explaining clearly the outcome of the visit. I was reassured to know what possible scenarios to expect and what would be the next step should the specific scenario occurs. I was very pleased by the service offered and I would definitely recommend Dr Giardini.
Thank you so much for seeing my son so quickly, for taking such care with him and for answering my questions.
Dear Dr Giardini Thank you very much for seeing our son last Saturday to investigate his heart murmur. I can’t tell you how great it is was to meet a doctor that will take the time to explain everything in detail to our son before doing any procedure. He suffers from acute anxiety and your professional approach and kindness towards him lead him to be examined with no stress at all. I was amazed.
In short, we are absolutely delighted with your expertise and your kind, approachable, humorous manner. Firstly it was fantastic to be called by you in person and be seen so quickly. This really put our minds at rest as well as Anna’s herself. Every step was well explained in a friendly manner taking the fear of the tests. We received e-mails with the report and a personal call to confirm the expected findings. All in all a fantastic experience in such a serious situation. We highly recommend you to anyone, Thank you very much and all the best.
The consultation was a very pleasant experience from the moment we walked in the Hospital. The nursing staff were friendly and courteous. The consultation itself was fantastic. You were attentive and took really good care to make my son and myself feel comfortable and welcome in your rooms. It was not rushed through and you took time and care to make sure he was thoroughly examined. A great experience overall.
We were very happy with your services including greeting us all and feeling welcome, explanating of why the area of our daughter’s lips gets blue (one of our concerns) and trying to understand the bigger picture of our families’ medical history before proceeding to the actual ECHO test regardless we had a referral letter from our GP, this made us feel reassured with your services. And thank you for being so gentle and understanding when our baby was fussing. We would highly recommend you to people we know.
Very reassuring. Very informative. Made us feel that all questions we asked were valid. The staff was very friendly.
Dr Giardini is very professional, excellent physician who has taken care of some of my paediatric patients. He is a very knowledgeable, reliable, empathetic doctor and I would recommend him to everyone looking for the best Paediatric Cardiologist in London.
Dr Giardini is a first rate clinician and internationally recognised Paediatric Cardiologist. He is highly respected by peers and the excellent patient feedback he receives is testament to his oustanding communication skills and thorough approach. I am pleased to refer patients to him knowing they are in very capable and compassionate hands.