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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)
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Biography

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

Appointed
2008

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Beth Israel Hospital
Cardiology Electrophysiology
Boston, MA USA
1996

Medical Education - Boston University
Cardiology
Boston, MA USA
1994

Medical Education - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School
Cardiology
Boston, MA USA
1994

Fellowship - St. Bartholomew's Hospital
Cardiology
London,
1992

Fellowship - Addenbrooke's Hospital
Pulmonary & Intensive Care Medicine
Cambridge,
1990

Residency - The General Infirmary - Leeds University
Medicine
Leeds,
1987

Internship - The Royal Infirmary
Medicine
Edinburgh,
1985

Medical Education - University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh,
1984

Undergraduate - University of Oxford
Oxford,
1981

Certifications

  • 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

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

160 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 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

31 Patient Comments

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.

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2021

Dr. Varma was very easy to talk with via video conferencing. He seemed very connected with me.

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2021

Dr. Varma is a very kind, courteous, and professional doctor. I am very happy to have met him and plan to have him as my cardiologist.

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2020

I have always been impressed with Cleveland Clinic and Dr Varma I live in West Virginia and health care awful in this state and do not trust the doctors here. Dr Varma took his time with me and made me feel more comfortable about my PVC's

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

Dr. Varma is a true medical professional. His level of care, respect, and concern for myself has been the best.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

My consultation with Dr. Varma and ablation was scheduled and performed much sooner than I was expecting which was great for me.

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2020

I have the utmost confidence in Dr. Varma. He has guided me thru AFib since diagnosed in 2014. We have had our success' and failures, but through it all he is my steady source and a valuable tool in returning to good health. I am fortunate to have him as my heart doctor

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

Dr. Varma , even though I had not seen him for 4 years, remembered me and my particular issue. I came to him for a second opinion re: the need for a pacemaker , and he gave me sound advice I believe. I was particularly impressed he asked me how I felt ( good), which is something I don't think enough doctors do.

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020

Dr Varma was extremely courteous and answered all of our questions. we did not feel rushed at all

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2020

I fly into Cleveland from Colorado Springs. Accommodations were made to have all my appointments (EKG, echo, blood work, research nurse, device check, *Dr. Tang & *Dr. Varma) all in one day! Amazing!

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2020

*Dr. Tang saved my life & continues to advocate for my health & well being. *Dr. Varma has listened to my concerns & has worked to find solutions.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2020

the team-work is beyond amazing! I was seen by both doctors at the time! Your reputation for excellence gave me the confidence to refer my mother for a hip replacement.

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2020

Dr. Varma provided clear answers to all my questions and was very reassuring. He madoe me feel comfortable and our conversation was not rushed. He followed up with me by phone just as he said he would. Overall, my appointment with Dr. Varma was a great experience.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

*Dr. Varma & *Dr. Wazui worked very hard to get my ablation scheduled.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2020

Unfortunately because of doctor's schedule I was sleeping. It took me a while to wake up & focus on what I was being told.

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2020

*Dr. Warna excellent.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2020

Dr Varma is incredible. can't say enough good things about him. sooo fortunate he's my doctor.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

love dr Varma and Dr Patel.

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2020

I put very good re: appointment; I was notified of appointment date, with plenty of advance notice, from Dr Varma's office. Earlier dates were not scheduled due to Covid 19 stay at home orders.

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2020

Dr Varma as well as support staff have always provided a good experience.

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2020

Dr Varma listened intently and provided good conversation regarding my health issues.

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