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Dr Sandeep Panikker is an honorary consultant at Royal Brompton Hospital, a consultant cardiologist and electrophysiologist at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire and BMI Meridian Coventry.  

He completed his medical training at Imperial College School of Medicine at St. Mary’s Hospital in 2002, with distinction in all subjects, and was awarded proxime accessit to the University of London Gold Medal.

He then subspecialised in cardiac electrophysiology at St Bartholomew’s and Royal Brompton hospitals. In 2016, he completed a PhD at Imperial College, focused on atrial fibrillation and the left atrial appendage during which he achieved several high profile publications and awards.

Dr Panikker has also been awarded a research and clinical fellowship which he completed at the University of Alabama, USA.

He actively collaborates in internationally recognised research and physician training programmes and is regularly invited to speak at national and international conferences on innovations in atrial fibrillation ablation and stroke prevention strategies. As joint lead for the left atrial appendage closure training programme at the Royal Brompton Hospital, he enjoys his work mentoring and training fellow consultants in the UK and Europe. He also leads the left atrial appendage closure programme at University Hospital Coventry.

Research interests

Dr Panikker’s research interests include:

  • Arrhythmias
  • Palpitation
  • Ventricular ectopics
  • Atrial ectopics
  • Chest pain
  • Breathlessness
  • Heart failure
  • Syncope
  • Blackouts
  • Atrial fibrillation (AF)
  • Atrial Flutter
  • SVT
  • VT
  • Wolf-parkinson-white syndrome
  • Cardiac electrophysiology studies
  • AF ablation (PVI)
  • SVT ablation
  • Flutter ablation
  • Simple and complex cardiac ablation
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillators
  • Cardiac resynchronisation therapy (biventricular pacing)
  • Pacemaker implants
  • Injectable loop recorder implants
  • external cardioversion
  • internal cardioversion
  • stroke prevention in AF
  • Left atrial appendage (LAA) closure. 

Research Publications

Objectives: This study aimed at assessing the feasibility and long-term efficacy of left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) in a "real world" setting.


More advanced atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with lower success rates after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI), and the optimal ablation strategy is uncertain.