Dr Leyva qualified in 1987 from the University of Manchester. He was trained at the Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals and is now a Consultant Cardiologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Reader in Cardiology at the University of Birmingham. His specialist interests include cardiac device therapy (cardiac resynchronisation therapy, pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators), heart failure and cardiomyopathies. He also specialises in cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (cardiac MRI) and cardiac computed tomography (cardiac CT).
Dr Levva is a pioneer of cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) in the UK. He is the President of the British Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (BSMCR) and has been a clinical advisor to the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) on the national guidelines for Heart Failure, Cardiac Devices and Drug Therapy. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP), the American College of Cardiology (FACC) and is Co-Chair of the Health Economics Group of the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA). He leads a research group on cardiac devices therapy (cardiac resynchronisation therapy, pacemakers and defibrillators), cardiomyopathies and heart failure at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the University of Birmingham.