Dr S M Afzal Sohaib
MBBS, BSc (Hons), MRCP, PhD, ECES
"The facilities are excellent and the staff are always striving to provide the best possible care."
I have been a Consultant Cardiologist at King George Hospital and the Bart's Heart Centre since 2018. I have a special interest in the management of heart rhythm disorders such as atrial fibrillation and other causes of palpitations, but I also see patients with the full range of heart problems in my general cardiology clinics. After graduating from UCL, I trained at world leading heart centres including Hammersmith Hospital, Royal Brompton Hospital, and Harefield Hospital.
As a heart rhythm specialist (cardiac electrophysiologist) I perform curative ablations for conditions including atrial fibrillation, supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), ectopic beats, and accessory pathways (Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome). I also perform pacemaker implants for slow heart rhythms and implantable defibrillators (ICDs) and biventricular pacemakers (CRT) for people with heart failure.
I am actively involved in teaching and research and am an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Bart's and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. I previously served on the Specialty Advisory Committee for Cardiovascular Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians which designs and oversees the delivery of cardiology training in the UK. I was a former President of the British Junior Cardiologists’ Association (BJCA) and served on the Council of the British Cardiovascular Society. I am involved in organising the European Society of Cardiology Congress - the world’s largest cardiology conference.
I am currently on the Committee for the European Society of Cardiology's Council for Stroke which looks to improve the care of heart conditions in stroke patients. I am on the editorial board for the Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology Reviews Journal. I edited the book "Decoding Cardiac Electrophysiology," which is due to be released this winter.
I undertook a PhD at Imperial College which tried to understand how different types of pacemakers can help patients with heart failure. This was funded by a fellowship from the British Heart Foundation. My research was shortlisted for the Heart Rhythm Congress Young Investigator Award. I have over 30 publications in internationally recognised peer reviewed medical journals.
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MBBS / University College London / 2005
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
MBBS is one of the primary medical qualifications needed to practice as a doctor
British Cardiovascular Society
British Heart Rhythm Society
European Society of Cardiology
European Heart Rhythm Association
Royal College of Physicians, London
British Medical Association
Consultant Cardiologist, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals and Barts Health NHS Trusts
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Bart's and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
I am a keen runner and am a member of my local running club. In particular I enjoy Parkrun!