Professor Sir Nilesh J Samani

Consultant Cardiologist


Specialises in

  • All aspects of adult cardiology
  • High blood pressure
  • Palpitations / dizziness / blackouts
  • Chest pains / shortness of breath / heart murmurs
  • Family history of heart disease

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I am Professor of Cardiology at the University of Leicester and Consultant Cardiologist at the Cardiac Centre, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester. Between 2016-2023, I was also Medical Director of the British Heart Foundation.

I specialise in all aspects of adult cardiology including; Hypertension; coronary and ischaemic heart disease, heart attacks, interventional cardiology including angioplasty and stents, coronary angiography, heart failure, arrhythmias, valve disease and inherited cardiac conditions.

I see patients presenting with symptoms such as chest pain, palpitations, blackouts, heart flutters, shortness of breath, breathlessness, syncope, heart murmurs, irregular heart beat, high blood pressure and swollen ankles. I also see patients with family history of heart disease.

Previously I was also Head of the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences at the University of Leicester (2003-2016) and Director of the Leicester NIHR Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit (2019-2016).

I have been a heart consultant for over 30 years. I have been awarded an NHS Platinum (highest) Clinical Excellence Award. I am a Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences, the American College of Cardiology, the European Society of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

My main research interest is in understanding the inherited basis of cardiovascular diseases. I am one of the most highly cited researchers in the world and have received numerous awards for my research and clinical work including the highest awards of the British Cardiovascular Society (the Mackenzie Medal) and the European Society of Cardiology (Gold Medal).

I was knighted for services to medicine and medical research in the New Year’s Honours list 2015. I am also a Deputy Lieutenant of Leicestershire.


General Medical Council Number: 2698276

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Additional information

Atrial fibrillation
Congenital heart disease
Coronary artery disease
Interventional cardiology
Vascular medicine

Other clinical interests: Heart failure, inherited heart diseases, cardiac arrhythmias.

BSc First Class / University of Leicester / 1978
Bachelor of Medical Science

MB ChB (with distinction) / University of Leicester / 1981
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

MD (with Distinction) / University of Leicester / 1994
Doctor of Medicine

FRCP / London / 1994
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians

FACC / USA / 1998
Fellow of the American College of Cardiology

FMedSci / London / 2003
Fellow of the United Kingdom Academy of Medical Sciences

FESC / Europe / 2008
Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology

Professional memberships

British Cardiovascular Society

British Cardiovascular Intervention Society

Royal College of Physicians of London

Consultant Cardiologist, Glenfield Hospital.

Professor of Cardiology, University of Leicester.

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