Dr Riyaz Somani
Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist
MB ChB, FRCP, FACC, FESC, PhD
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.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Riyaz Somani at Spire include:
COVID-19 testing or antibody tests are not available as a standalone service at Spire Leicester Hospital.
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
Lead for Cardiac Electrophysiology, Glenfield Hospital, UHL
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.