Professor Camm was the 1965 Exhibitioner at Guy's Hospital Medical School, London (England). After qualifying in 1971 he worked at Guy's Hospital for three years and then spent a year in the U.S.A. (Burlington, Vermont) before working at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London. He spent 12 years there, first as a Junior, then as a Wellcome Senior Lecturer and finally as the Sir Ronald Bodley Scott Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine. In 1986 Professor Camm moved to St. George's Hospital Medical School in London as the Prudential Professor of Clinical Cardiology, founded and supported by the British Heart Foundation. He was the Chairman of the Division of Cardiac and Vascular Sciences at St. George’s University of London until 2009.
Professor Camm has a broad range of professional interests. His major speciality is cardiac arrhythmias but he is also much involved in clinical cardiac electrophysiology, cardiac pacemakers, risk stratification in post myocardial infarction, heart failure and cardiomyopathy patients. He has a major interest in cardiovascular safety of cardiac and non-cardiac drugs. Professor Camm has given over 2000 lectures to national and international audiences, written more than 1400 peer review papers and over 350 detailed reviews. He has authored (5) and edited (30) books including the only British full sized textbook of cardiology (Diseases of the Heart), a major text on cardiac electrophysiology (Electrophysiological Disorders of the Heart – 2 editions) and the European Society of Cardiology Textbook on Cardiovascular Medicine – 2 editions).
Professor Camm is a Fellow of The Royal College of Physicians (London and Edinburgh) and also was elected (ad eundam) to the Fellowship of the Glasgow Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. He a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the Council of Geriatric Cardiology, the Heart Rhythm Society (USA) and the European Society of Cardiology. He is also a member of the British Cardiovascular Society, the British Heart Rhythm Society and the European Heart Rhythm Association. Professor Camm is a past chairman of the European Working Group of Cardiac Arrhythmias (now the European Heart Rhythm Association), a past president of the British Pacing & Electrophysiology group (now, the British Heart Rhythm Society), past President of the British Cardiac Society (now British Cardiovascular Society) and a past Council Member of the Royal College of Physicians of London. He was formerly Convenor for the University of London.
Professor Camm is a former Member of the Board of Trustees of the North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology (now Heart Rhythm Society) and the British Cardiac Society, the Royal College of Physicians (London), the British Heart Foundation and the American College of Cardiology. He is a currently a Board Member and Trustee of the World Society or Arrhythmias - formerly the International Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology Society (ICPES). He was the Chairman of the Joint Cardiology Committee (Royal College of Physicians). He is currently a council member of the European Heart Rhythm Association.
Professor Camm is past member of the Supraventricular Arrhythmias Guidelines (AHA, ACC, ESC), Chairman of the Ventricular Arrhythmias and Sudden Cardiac Death Guidelines Group (AHA, ACC, ESC), and Chairman of the NICE Heart Failure Guideline Group, member of the NICE Atrial Fibrillation Guideline Group and Chairman of Acute Coronary Syndrome (NICE) Guidelines committee. He is the current Chair of the ESC Atrial Fibrillation Task Force and Guideline Committee, and a member of the European Society of Cardiology Ventricular Arrhythmia and Sudden Cardiac Death Guideline Taskforce.
Professor Camm has also devoted himself to assisting charities cardiology and especially cardiac arrhythmia charities. He is a regular spokesperson for the British Heart Foundation, a Patron of the Bart’s City Lifesaver Scheme, the Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome charity, and is President of the Arrhythmia Alliance, the umbrella group for all UK charities concerned with cardiac rhythm disturbances. Professor Camm founded the Atrial Fibrillation Association and is currently a Trustee of this organisation. Professor Camm is a member of the Action for AF Group which lobbies the European Parliament and Commission with regard to atrial fibrillation related stroke. In addition Professor Camm regularly attends the meetings of several All Party Parliamentary Groups.
Professor Camm is Editor-in-Chief of Europace, the official journal of the European Heart Rhythm Society and Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Cardiology, a controlled circulation journal reaching 35,000 cardiologists, an editor of the European Heart Journal, and the founding editor of Cardiology in the Elderly. Until recently he was a senior editor of PACE and co-editor of JICE. He sits on the editorial boards of 15 other journals. Professor Camm is widely recognised for his research and teaching roles at national and international levels.
Professor Camm is a recipient of several honours including Queen’s Honorary Physician for his work in originally establishing and contributing to the Royal medical protection over a period of 25 years, and Commander of the Venerable Order of St. John of Jerusalem for his contribution to teaching and service in the St. John Ambulance Brigade. Professor Camm has received several distinguished teaching awards for his effective and eloquent teaching of cardiology and related medical issues at both national and international forums.
In 2005 Professor Camm is the recipient of the European Society of Cardiology Gold Medal which is awarded ‘to scientists who have made an outstanding contribution to the discipline of cardiology over the course of their career, through ground-breaking research in the pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease, or in the diagnosis, management and treatment of cardiovascular disease’.
In 2008 the British Cardiovascular Society presented Professor Camm with the Mackenzie Medal.