Areas of Expertise
Dr Sporton performs a range of treatments, including:
Investigation and management of heart rhythm disorders
- Catheter ablation
- Pacemaker & ICD implantation
- Cardiac resynchronisation therapy devices for heart failure
- Leadless pacemaker implantation
- Device extraction
Some of the conditions he commonly treats are:
- Cardiac arrhythmias
- Atrial fibrillation
- Heart failure
- Heart muscle disease
- Management of patients with cardiac devices undergoing radiotherapy
Dr Simon Sporton qualified in medicine, in 1991, from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, University of London. In 1994, he trained in general medicine and cardiology in Leeds and London. He has sub-specialised in the management of heart rhythm disorders since 1999.
In 2003, he was appointed as a consultant cardiologist at Barts and The London NHS Trust.
He was the clinical director of the heart rhythm service at St Bartholomew’s from 2012 until 2015, when he became the deputy director of the Barts Heart Centre.
He is a member of the London Arrhythmia Advisory Group, as well as an expert advisor for the British National Formulary.
Lead clinician for electrophysiology Barts and The London NHS Trust and honorary consultant cardiologist Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust.
Research and Awards
Dr Sporton is a keen researcher and has been involved in a number of innovative research trials, including:
- The use of novel technologies for catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation
- The impact of catheter ablation in patients with heart failure: I am a member of the steering committee of the ongoing multinational CASTLE AF study
- Determining the optimal treatment of ventricular tachycardia (VT) in patients with implantable defibrillators
- Heart rhythm disturbances in patients with kidney failure undergoing dialysis
- The benefit of temporary biventricular pacing in patients undergoing cardiac surgery
- Optimisation of cardiac resynchronisation therapy in patients with heart failure and atrial fibrillation
Dr Sporton has been recognised with awards throughout his career, including:
- Edith Pechey Phipson prize in pharmacology
- Gladys Sandes prize in anatomy
- Mrs George M Smith prize in second year subjects
- Gwendolen Lynn prize in surgery
- Labaz-Sanofi prize in chemical pathology
- Florence Louis memorial prize and medal in pathology
- Katharine Lloyd-Williams prize and medal in applied pharmacology and therapeutics
- Final MB BS – Merit in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics and pathology