Dr Riyaz  Somani

Dr Riyaz Somani

Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist


Specialises in

  • Palpitations/flutters/atrial fibrillation
  • Chest pain/angina
  • Dizziness/blackouts
  • Heart failure
  • Sees adults and children aged 16 plus at Spire Nottingham and Spire Leicester Hospitals

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I have trained in cardiology since 2002 and was appointed as a Consultant Cardiologist at the Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, in December 2014. I was also awarded a PhD from the University of Leeds in 2011 after a period of dedicated research in the field of cardiology. I have received extensive training in both general cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology at the Yorkshire Heart Centre in Leeds as well as at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada having successfully completed a two year fellowship (Diploma).

As well as general cardiology, my specific areas of interest are palpitations and heart rhythm disorders, radiofrequency ablation procedures, atrial fibrillation ablation, ventricular tachycardia ablation, pacemaker implantation, defibrillator implantation, cardiac resynchronisation therapy (biventricular pacing) for heart failure and the assessment of sudden cardiac death risk.

I perform over 200 procedures per year which include the following: Pulmonary vein isolation (AF ablation) for paroxysmal and persistent AF and VT ablation with epicardial access (using 3D mapping systems). Radiofrequency ablation for atrial flutter, atrial tachycardias and SVTs. Permanent pacemaker implantation (single and dual chamber), loop recorder implantation, implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) therapy, cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) for heart failure and cardioversion (internal and external).

In addition I also have responsibilities for pacemaker interrogation and analysis, electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation, ECG monitoring, echocardiography, blood pressure assessment and treatment and exercise stress testing.


General Medical Council Number: 4518107

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Riyaz Somani at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Atrial fibrillation ablation
  • Atrial flutter ablation
  • CRT implant
  • Implantable cardiac defibrillator implant (ICD)
  • Loop recorder implant
  • Sudden cardiac death risk assessment
  • Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) ablation
  • Ventricular tachycardia ablation

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Additional information

Arrhythmia (Electrophysiology)
Atrial fibrillation
Stroke prevention

Special clinical interests: Atrial fibrillation ablation; ventricular tachycardia ablation; sudden cardiac death risk assessment; implantable cardiac defibrillator implant (ICD), CRT implant; loop recorder implant; cardioversion.

MB ChB / The Leeds School of Medicine, University of Leeds / 1998
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

FRCP (UK) / Royal College of Physicians, London / 2019
Higher Specialist Training, Medicine

PhD / The Leeds School of Medicine, University of Leeds / 2011
Doctorate of Philosophy (Cardiology Research)

Diploma in Clinical Electrophysiology and Device Therapy / Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada / 2013
Fellowship in Cardiac Electrophysiology and Device therapy

FACC / United Kingdom / 2019
Fellow of the American College of Cardiology

FESC / Europe / 2020
Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology

Professional memberships

Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London

British Medical Association

European Society of Cardiology

Member of the AF Association

Professional leadership

Lead for Cardiac Electrophysiology, Glenfield Hospital, UHL

  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Sudden cardiac death

Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist, Glenfield Hospital, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

I was raised in Leicester and was delighted to return to my roots after being appointed as a Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist in Leicester in 2014. I am married with two children who take up most of my spare time. When time allows, my other interests include foreign travel, football and music.