Dr Francisco Leyva-Leon
Consultant Cardiologist, Professor of Cardiology
MB ChB, MD, FRCP, FACC
"Spire Little Aston provides all the necessary facilities for investigation of cardiac conditions under one roof."
I have been a Consultant Cardiologist since 2000 and was trained at the Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals. Since 2010, my NHS base has been at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham.
My special interests are heart failure, cardiomyopathies, cardiac rhythm disorders (arrhythmias) and cardiac imaging. I have extensive experience in general cardiology and I am able to treat patients with angina, heart attacks, hypertension and raised cholesterol. I also specialise in cardiac imaging, including echocardiography, cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (cardiac MRI), cardiac computed tomography (cardiac CT).
I am a pioneer of cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) in the UK, the President of the British Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (BSMCR) and have been a clinical advisor to the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) on the national guidelines for Heart Failure and Drug Therapy. I am a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP), the American College of Cardiology (FACC) and am Co-Chair of the Health Economics Group of the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA).
I am Professor of Cardiology at Aston Medical School, Aston University, Birmingham. I lead several research teams, including research on laser applications for medical treatments, cardiac devices, imaging, electrophysiology (rhythm disorders), cardiomyopathies, heart failure and clinical outcomes. I am also Director of the Aston Medical Research Institute, where I am responsible for medical research across all specialities.
I have published over 400 research papers/abstracts and presented over 300 lectures. I have written over 10 reviews/book chapters (see: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Francisco_Leyva2).
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Francisco Leyva-Leon at Spire include:
Heart failure, disorders of cardiac rhythm, cardiac device therapy (pacemakers, cardiac resynchronisation therapy, defibrillators), cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (cardiac MRI), hypertension, coronary artery disease
MB ChB / Manchester / 1987
Bachelor of Medicine; Bachelor of Surgery)
MB ChB is the basic medical qualification
Fellow of Royal College of Physicians
Fellow of the American College of Cardiology
Member of European Heart Rhythm Association
Member of American Heart Association
Member of Heart Rhythm UK
Member of British Cardiac Society
I am Professor of Cardiology at Aston Medical School, Aston University and Director of the Aston Medical Research Institute, responsible for all medical research.
Professor of Cardiology, Aston Medical School, Aston University; Consultant Cardiologist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.
I am married with 3 children.
Although I have lived in the UK since childhood, I still enjoy visiting my relatives in Spain.