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 & Pacing Section
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Cardioversion
  • Catheter Ablation
  • Clinical Trials
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
  • Lead Extraction (ICD, Pacemaker)
  • Lifevest
  • Pacemaker Implant
  • Pulmonary Vein Ablation Procedure
View all 12 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 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 - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA USA

Medical Education - Boston University
Boston, MA USA

Fellowship - Saint Bartholomews 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 - Cardiovascular Disease
  • 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

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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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 4/17/2019, 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:

  • Boston Scientific Corporation
  • Biotronik, Inc.
  • St. Jude Medical, Inc.
  • Cryterion 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

198 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
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

16 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2019

I felt like the entire visit was rushed and that I was not heard while explaining the purpose of my 7 hour trip to be seen there. Provider may have a purpose that I am unaware of but I did not understand it nor did I understand how he will follow up with me when Cardiac monitor results come in. My surgical incision site has still not been looked at by a physician since surgery 6 weeks ago.

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2019

First of all, I was referred to Cleveland because of the expertise of the physicians and the reputation of the clinic only to be disappointed by how I was treated by Dr. Varma. He asked me what I knew about my condition, what I thought about my condition, how often I experience the symptoms. was unfamiliar with my history and medical condition. The bedside manners were very poor and he was very intimidating and would talk over me or interrupt when I would try to explain what I was experiencing to the point I left in tears. I was so pleased with everyone else at the clinic other than what I actually was sent there treatment plan

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019

Dr. Varma is an exceptional physician

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019

I paid for a flight from Springfield, Mo, three nights in a hotel just to visit with Dr Varma. He knows his stuff and is an assert to the medical profession

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2019

Dr Varma was amazing as well. He listened to my concerns and seemed to understand the fears that I have. He used a great deal of patience with me.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2019

I absolutely loved both Dr Varma and his nurse. Kind, caring, compassionate people.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2019

I didn't think to ask and the Doctor didn't explain why he changed my medication.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2019

Dr. Varma was very helpful and explained everything about my issues. He's a walking medical encyclopedia. I was honored to get to meet him.

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2019

Dr. Varma is a smart & capable man, but seemingly impatient. He explains things, but does not make much of an effort for me to understand. He obviously is better suited to being in the operating room than patient care.

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2018

Dr varna greatly needs to improve his bedside manner. He asks a question and then talks over me when I try to answer. Didn't listen to the answers. made me feel rushed to answer to express my point since he was going to talk over me and not listen. had a condescending tone. just because I asked questions he seems to think I want a heart issue when all I want is information and understanding.

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2018

Dr. Varma is Amazing!

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2018

my time spent with the doctor was 15 minutes. my wait time was 3.5 hours

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2018

Dr. Varma saved my life back in Feb. of this year.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2018

Dr. Varma gave me a new lease on life, with quality.

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2018

Dr. Varma saved my life (Period).

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2018

Dr. Varma is very, very good.

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