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Department Cardiovascular Medicine
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, Hindi
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Atrial Fibrillation Center
  • Biventricular Pacemaker
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology & Pacing Section
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Cardioversion
  • Catheter Ablation
  • Clinical Trials
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
  • Lead Extraction (ICD, Pacemaker)
  • Lifevest
  • Pacemaker Implant
  • Pulmonary Vein Ablation Procedure
View all 14 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abnormal Heart Beats - Women
  • Abnormal Heart Rhythms
  • Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Bradyarrhythmias
  • Cardiac Implantable Electronic Device Infection
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Long QT Syndrome (LQTS)
  • Sudden Cardiac Death (Sudden Cardiac Arrest)
  • Superior Vena Cava Syndrome
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Syncope
  • Ventricular Fibrillation
  • Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPW)
View all 16 Specialties +


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About Niraj Varma, MD, PhD

Niraj Varma, MD, PhD, FRCP is a staff physician in the Section of Electrophysiology and Pacing in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute.  Specializing in the treatment of heart arrhythmias, Dr. Varma’s special interests include ablation for atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia, defibrillator implantation and biventricular pacing.

Dr. Varma earned his doctorate in medicine from Oxford University and bachelor of surgery from Edinburgh University in the UK, where he is a Fellow of both the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and London. He completed his internship in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Dr. Varma underwent subspecialty training as a fellow in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Papworth and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge University, followed by a fellowship in cardiology at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. This was followed by a research fellowship in basic science cardiology undertaken at Boston University and Harvard Medical School for which he was awarded a PhD from Oxford University. He completed his post-doctoral training as a fellow in clinical cardiac electrophysiology at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Dr. Varma joined Cleveland Clinic from Loyola University Medical Center where he was an electrophysiologist and an associate professor of medicine. Prior to that appointment he held similar positions at University Hospitals of Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and at Boston University Medical Center and Boston University.

In a career that spans nearly three decades, Dr. Varma has published hundreds of articles on pacing, arrhythmias and electrophysiology in leading peer-reviewed medical journals. He is the author of a textbook on electrocardiography and of numerous chapters in other textbooks related to his specialty.

Dr. Varma is a dedicated researcher who has received grants from the American Heart Association, a National Research Service Award, as well as industry funding for studies of  innovative  technologies. For example, he pioneered the use of remote monitoring technology of implantable devices, leading the landmark trial evaluating its clinical application. The results have been pivotal  and adopted widely to improve the care of patients receiving such cardiac devices worldwide.

A frequent invited lecturer at scientific and educational symposia, Dr. Varma has presented on cardiac resynchronization therapy, implantable cardiac defibrillators, remote device monitoring and other related topics at leading local, national and international symposia.   He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Cardiac Failure as well as a  reviewer for several leading medical journals, including Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Cardiovascular Research, Heart Rhythm,  PACE and Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology.

Dr. Varma is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Beth Israel Hospital
Cardiology Electrophysiology
Boston, MA USA

Medical Education - Boston University
Boston, MA USA

Medical Education - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA USA

Fellowship - St. Bartholomew's Hospital

Fellowship - Addenbrooke's Hospital
Pulmonary & Intensive Care Medicine

Residency - The General Infirmary - Leeds University

Internship - The Royal Infirmary

Medical Education - University of Edinburgh

Undergraduate - University of Oxford


  • Internal Medicine - Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Specialty Interests

Abnormal Heart Rhythms, Long QT Syndrome, Atrial Fibrillation, Supraventricular Tachycardia, Ventricular Tachycardia, Biventricular Pacemaker, Catheter Ablation, Lead Extraction, Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator, Pacemaker Implant, Pulmonary Vein Isolation Ablation

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Niraj Varma, MD, PhD.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 6/1/2021, Dr. Varma has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Varma receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • St. Jude Medical, Inc.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

159 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

26 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

Dr. Varma and Dr. Cho are excellent. Very glad I chose Cleveland Clinic. I got more information during my visit than I ever did at Parkview!

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2021

In comparison to what I have been accustomed to this was a great experience and even though I drove over 500 miles from TN, I was glad that I did. A special thanks to Dr Wassif for opening additional doors at the clinic for me.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Doctor spent little time with me. Left to take a call for 5-10 minutes. I filed a form with many questions never asked. I was coming from OSU hoping to here of cutting edge treatments. Think it was end of day and Dr Rama and nurse wanted to go home

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

Dr. Varma recommended a Stress Echocardiogram but the schedule was full that day. I asked if I could have the test done in Canton at a later date. Dr. Varna approved. However I've not been able to have a Stress test at either Aultman or Cleveland Clinic Mercy hospitals because I don't have an order from Dr. Varma. Several phone calls to Cleveland to get an order have been unsuccessful.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2021

Dr. Varma is a trusted source of my current and future heart health. He has shown me not only his professional side but on occasion, and only when asked a portion of his personal side. Remarkable, a valuable asset to the Cleveland Clinic. Highly reccomend!

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2021


Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

Dr Varma is the best, a dedicated and kind person.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

We drive or fly from Springfield Mo to meet with Dr Varma because we believe he is the BEST!!

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2021

My only complaint are the hold times when contacting the office by phone. Online requests are answered much more quickly. Dr. Varma's staff a very nice and accommodating. When you reach them, the response is EXCELLENT.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2021

Dr. Varma is a very knowledgeable doctor who is able to explain medical procedures,/illnesses in plain, non-condescending fashion. He truly cares for his patients and answers their concerns and questions with compassion, professionalism in a pragmatic manner. He is a very good practitioner too.

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2021

Dr Varma is outstanding in compassion, knowledge and professionalism.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2021

Did not feel rushed with Dr. Varma. He gave me the pros and cons of all my options and was more than willing to work with my other providers for the best outcome.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2021

Dr. Varma saved my life. I will be forever grateful to him and his staff

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

I did want to tell Dr. Varma thank you! He fixed my heart

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2021

Doctors were great, especially *Dr. Howard.

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Dr Varna is outstanding and yes, I have recommended the Cleveland Clinic to others.

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Dr Varma & his nurse were both very thorough in options for treating my condition. They provided options to correct the problem.

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

Dr. Varma was personable and very informative.

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2021

I am a doctor myself and we traveled from GA for this appointment and had a very positive experience. Dr. Varma, apart from being a truly amazing professional, was very kind and thoughtful in his approach. We're fortunate to have found him considering rarity of my condition. Other staff members including Jayne and Kate were extremely helpful. Overall, our Cleveland Clinic visit was well above our (already high) expectations.

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2021

Dr. Varma is an Excellent Physician and Cardiologist (PE Doctor). He has a Great Attitude of Caring and Concern and Doing Everything he can to help me as a patient. Every experience I have had with Dr. Varma has been Great where he explains everything in Layman's Terms so his patients are comfortable and at ease. I feel very Lucky and Fortunate to have him as my Cardiologist and I have Complete Confidence in Him. I would highly recommend Dr. Varma to anyone who has health situations within his area of Medical Expertise ! (And Cleveland Clinic is a Phenomenal Medical Hospital and so many of us feel Very Fortunate that we have such a Word Renown Hospital so close with Great and Experienced Doctors that can deal with so many Medical needs.)

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2021

Dr. Varma was very caring and supportive about my condition and his confidence in helping me was reassuring. I hope the procedure will be a success.

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2021

Dr. Varma has always been very professional, courteous, and patient with me. He answers all of my questions and never makes me feel rushed.

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2021

Dr. Varma is always well prepared to review my current conditions.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2021

I would recommend this doctor and this hospital to anyone

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

Dr. Varma is very professional, quite knowledgeable and very thorough. He exceeded my expectations in every manner. I Iwould highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

As I previously stated, I will give Dr. Varma my highest recommendation.

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