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Dr Panikker is a Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire and BMI Meriden Coventry. He is also an Honorary Consultant at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London.
Having completed his medical training at Imperial College School of Medicine at St. Mary’s Hospital in 2002, with distinction in all subjects, he was awarded Proxime Accessit to the University of London Gold Medal.
He subspecialised in Cardiac Electrophysiology at St Bartholomew’s and Royal Brompton Hospitals, London. 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.
Areas of interest
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
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, Coventry
Honorary Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist, Royal Brompton Hospital, London
BMI Meriden, Coventry
- Stroke prevention in AF
- Optimisation of AF ablation strategies
- Optimisation of VT ablation strategies
- Health economic analyses
Active collaboration in international, multicentre studies for arrhythmia and stroke prevention.
Enjoys playing badminton, tennis and squash socially and competitively.
Badminton captain at Imperial College and continues to play at club level.
Also enjoys hiking, swimming and carpentry.
Best abstract – European Heart Rhythm Association, 2015
Cardiology President's Medal – runner up, Royal Society of Medicine, 2014
Oral presentation prize, Imperial College National Heart and Lung Institute, 2014
University of London MBBS Gold Medal – Awarded Proxime Accessit, 2002
Faculty of Medicine Overall Performance Prize, 2002
Faculty of Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics Prize, 2002
A H Bygott University of London Scholarship, 2001
Vandervell Foundation Prize, 2001
Panikker S, et al. Cardiac CT assessment of tissue thickness at the ostium of the left atrial appendage predicts acute success of radiofrequency ablation. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2017
Panikker S, et al. Left Atrial Appendage Electrical Isolation and Concomitant Device Occlusion To Treat Persistent Atrial Fibrillation: A First in Human Safety, Feasibility and Efficacy Study. Circ EP. 2016
Panikker S, et al. Outcomes and Costs of Left Atrial Appendage Closure from Randomised Controlled Trial and Real World Experience Relative to Oral Anticoagulation. Eur Heart J. 2016
Panikker S, et al. Left atrial appendage electrical isolation and concomitant device occlusion: A safety and feasibility study with histologic characterization. Heart Rhythm. 2015
Haldar S, Jones D, Khan H, Panikker S, et al. Characterising the difference in electrophysiological substrate and outcomes between heart failure and non-heart failure patients with persistent atrial fibrillation. Europace. 2018
Haldar S, Jones DG, Bahrami T, De Souza A, Panikker S, et al. Catheter ablation vs electrophysiologically guided thoracoscopic surgical ablation in long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation: The CASA-AF Study. Heart Rhythm. 2017
Frontera A, Panikker S, et al. Safety and mid-term outcome of catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia in octogenarians. Europace. 2017
Viswanathan K, Mantziari L, Butcher C, Hodkinson E, Lim E, Khan H, Panikker S, et al. Evaluation of a novel high resolution mapping system for catheter ablation of ventricular arrhythmias. Heart Rhythm. 2017
Betts TR, Leo M, Panikker S, et al. A multicentre experience of percutaneous left atrial appendage occlusion using different technologies in the United Kingdom. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2017
Wynn G, Panikker S, et al. Biatrial linear ablation in sustained nonpermanent AF: Results of the substrate modification with ablation and antiarrhythmic drugs in nonpermanent atrial fibrillation trial. Heart Rhythm. 2016
Jarman JWE, Panikker S, et al. Relationship Between Contact Force Sensing Technology and Medium Term Outcome of Atrial Fibrillation Ablation. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2015
Ismail T, Panikker S, et al. CT imaging for left atrial appendage closure: A review and pictorial essay. J Cardiovasc Comput Tomogr. 2015
Wynn GJ, Das M, Bonnett LJ, Panikker S, et al. Efficacy of Catheter Ablation for Persistent Atrial Fibrillation: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Circ EP. 2014
Courses offered to GPs
Talks on arrhythmias and stroke prevention strategies given to local GP practices
- PhD Imperial College 2018
- Advanced life support Resuscitation Council (UK) 2014
- British Society of Echocardiography Accreditation Written British Society of Echocardiography 2006
- MRCP (UK) Royal College of Physicians 2005
- MBBS Medicine (Honours) Imperial College School of Medicine at St. Mary's 2002
- BSc Cardiovascular Medicine Imperial College 1999
- Trainer and Proctor for left atrial appendage closure device implantation Institute for Advancing Science, Paris, Boston Scientific International 2017
Reference number 6057096
Details of entry to specialist register
- Cardiology, 2015
Affiliations / memberships
Royal College of Physicians
British Cardiac Society
British Society of Echocardiography
European Heart Rhythm Association
British Medical Association
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