Personal profile

Dr Chetan Varma's qualifies at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, University of London. He was awarded several undergraduate prizes. He then underwent training at the major London teaching hospitals of Royal Brompton, Hammersmith, St Thomas' and Royal Free. Cardiology training was then undertaken at the London centres of excellence: St George's, The Royal Brompton and Great Ormond Street Hospitals. He was awarded a one year fellowship at Toronto General Hospital as well as a British Heart Foundation fellowship. He was appointed consultant cardiologist and senior lecturer at University of Birmingham in 2003.

Dr Varma is an expert in managing coronary artery disease (CAD). He has particular experience of managing those at higher risk of developing CAD. He has specialist knowledge of refracting angina i.e. continuing chest pain secondary to CAD despite medical therapy. He has performed many thousands of coronary interventions percutaneously and has nationally recognised excellent outcomes for this. Procedures are performed radially to maximise comfort for the patient.

In addition he obtained a medical doctorate in the cardiomyopathy unit at St Georges Hospital, London. He wrote pioneering publications for advanced management of heart failure and pacing therapies.

He has published original articles and editorials on all areas of clinical cardiology.

Professional Membership

  • British Cardiac Society

  • British Cardiac Interventional Society

  • British Society of Heart Failure

  • Fellow Royal College of Physicians.

Clinical Interests


All aspects of adult cardiology.

  • Diagnosis, investigation and treatment of angina (chest pain)

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)

  • Treatment of elevated cholesterol

  • Heart failure (breathlessness)

  • Palpitations and collapse

  • Cardiovascular risk assessment

  • Perioperative cardiac assessment

He has expertise in echocardiography, coronary intervention (angioplasty) and pacemaker insertion.  

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