Professor Kirchhof graduated from Münster Medical School, Münster, Germany in 1997 after studying Medicine at the Universities of Heidelberg, Germany; Münster, Germany; Lille, France; and Georgetown University, Washington, USA. He trained in Internal Medicine (Specialist Registration 2004), Cardiology (Specialist Registration 2006) with specialisation in coronary and electrophysiological interventions, and Intensive Care Medicine (“Zusatzbezeichnung Internistische Intensivmedizin”, 2011) in the Department of Cardiology and Angiology at the University of Münster.
Professor Kirchhof worked in the University Hospital Münster as a senior interventional cardiologist until accepting a Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine at University of Birmingham in 2011. He has been Deputy Director of the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences at University of Birmingham since its foundation in 2015 and became Institute Director in 2018, and works as a Consultant Cardiologist at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.
He was a stipendiate of Cusanuswerk, Germany, and has received several prizes, including the prize for the best medical thesis from Heart Center Münster (1998), the Woldemar-Mobitz Prize (2004) and the Bruno-Kisch Prize (2006), the Sibylle Hahne Prize for Medicine and Sciences from the University of Münster (2005) and the Loogen Prize (2016).
Professor Kirchhof is an active member of several research consortia and professional organisations. Among others, he chairs the board of the German Atrial Fibrillation competence NETwork (AFNET) and the Education Committee of the European Society of Cardiology. He sits on the Board of the European Heart Rhythm Association and the European Society of Cardiology. He is Deputy Editor of Heart, an Editorial Board Member of BMC Medicine, Heart Rhythm, and Europace, and serves as Editorial Consultant to The Lancet.