Cardiology in Cambridge

Dr. Leonard Shapiro is a highly respected Consultant Cardiologist specialising in structural heart disease and non-coronary intervention. He is one of the most widely experienced general and interventional cardiologists in the United Kingdom, he currently practises in the picturesque University City of Cambridge and is based at the world famous Royal Papworth Hospital, one of the largest cardiac units in the country.

Dr. Shapiro also practices privately at the Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital which is situated 3 miles north of the Cambridge historic city centre and well placed for transport links as it is both very near the A14 and M11 Junction 14.


There are no short cuts or substitutes for experience, assessing and treating patients with potentially life threatening heart disease, leaves no room for complacency or error. Dr. Shapiro is widely experienced in many aspects of heart disease, his expertise were acquired from a long traditional training programme, in the London Teaching Hospitals and years of clinical practice. Formal training of the type that he received is no longer available, which is a shame, as it is this very long and wide experience which is vital in the accurate assessment of heart related symptoms. Appropriate investigation followed by sympathetic reassurance is the key to returning an individual to a normal life.

Dr. Shapiro is an expert in coronary disease, structural heart disease and intervention and he also has other diverse clinical interests:

  • Particular expertise in valve disease of the heart.
  • Specialist interest in the heart in athletes and has published widely on this subject. (LINK!!!)
  • Medical Adviser to the Football Association for more than than 20 years.
  • Especially involved in screening footballers for heart disease.
  • Established a Nationwide Screening Programme to look for life threatening heart abnormalities in young footballers to prevent the tragedy of sudden death.
  • In conjunction with the Medical Department of the Football Association and the Professional Football Association has examined more than 25,000 footballers in this ongoing project.
  • Longstanding interest in echocardiography and was the founding President of the British Society of Echocardiography.

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