Dr Mark Abela is a Cardiology registrar practicing at Mater Dei Hospital. He has finished specialty training in Cardiology and has undergone a fellowship in Sports Cardiology and Inherited Cardiac Conditions at St George’s Hospital in London. His main academic and clinical interests are athletic cardiac adaptation, cardiac screening, inherited cardiac conditions and cardiac rehabilitation. He is a University of Malta Graduate, having obtained his MD in 2011. He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians of London and is also an MSc Graduate from the University of Edinburgh. He read for an MSc in Internal Medicine (University of Edinburgh) and an MSc in Sports Cardiology (St George’s University, London). He was the lead clinical investigator for BEAT-IT, a national cardiac screening program in Maltese adolescents (athletes and non-athletes). He has been appointed as the official content reviewer of the 2020 ESC Position Paper on Sports Cardiology on behalf of the Maltese Cardiac Society. He has also recently been appointed an associated editor on the European Heart Journal of Case Reports editorial board. He sits on the medical committees on both the Malta Football Association and the Maltese Olympic Committee. He is also a medical committee member on the Malta Aquatics Association which has been launched recently. He has presented at several local and international conferences and also has a number of papers in international journals. He is also reading for a PhD in Medicine with the University of Malta, kindly supported by Malta research innovation and development trust (RIDT). He has recently been awarded a research scholarship sponsored by ‘Beating Hearts’.
On a professional level, he is the clinical lead for the Sports Cardiology Unit and Cardiac Rehabilitation Section at Mater Dei Hospital. He is the sports cardiologist for the Malta Football National Team and all national Olympic athletes. He is also the cardiologist for several local football clubs including Hamrun Spartans, Mosta FC, San Gwann FC and Swieqi United. He also screens and manages all national aquatic athletes. His services include reviewing athletes with cardiac symptoms, cardiac evaluation before registration with a new club and routine cardiac screening (history, examination, ECG and Echocardiography).