Rohin Francis

Rohin Francis

UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science

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Personal History

Dr Rohin Francis is a British cardiologist, writer, comedian, vlogger and YouTube creator. 

He has a passion for science communication and education and is known for his YouTube channel Medlife Crisis, which covers science topics.1

Dr Francis likes cars, motorbikes, cricket and DIY projects.4


Academic History

Dr Francis got his MBBS from the St George's Hospital Medical School and trained as a physician at the Cambridge Deanery (Cambridge, UK) with a subspecialisation in coronary intervention. He is interested in the acute presentations of ischaemic heart disease. Currently, Dr Francis is undertaking a PhD on imaging techniques for acute myocardial infarction at University College London.1, 2, 3


Career Overview

Dr Francis is a Consultant Cardiologist and a Doctoral Researcher at the University College London.

He has taught medical students at Cambridge University, Imperial College and St George's, University of London. Dr Francis actively uses social media to produce and distribute high quality educational material for medics and anyone with an interest in science or the history of medicine. In 2015, he launched a YouTube channel called Medlife Crisis dedicated to highlighting the most fascinating and offbeat medical and biological science.2

Dr Francis has presented around the world. He has been published extensively, including in the Guardian and numerous academic journals and websites. He has also written for Channel 4.2

He sits on the British Cardiovascular Society's Digital Committee and is part of the BMJ Heart Journal's social media team.2


Career Timeline

  • 2013 - 2014: Clinical Research Fellow, University of Cambridge
  • 2014 - 2016: Cardiology Trainee, Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • 2015 - Present: Creator, Medlife Crisis
  • 2020 - Present: Cardiology ST7, Essex Cardiothoracic Centre
  • Present: Clinical Research Fellow, UCL


Areas of Speciality

  • Cardiac interventions
  • Cardiac support
  • Transplantation
  • Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging