Areas of Expertise

Professor Schilling performs a range of treatments, including:

Some of the conditions he commonly treats are:

  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Heart failure

Personal Biography

Professor Richard Schilling, qualified from St Thomas’ Hospital in 1989. After training in cardiology in Hull and London. He was appointed as consultant cardiologist at St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London NHS trust, in January 2001.

He was appointed as chair in cardiology and electrophysiology, in 2009; and was part of the team that lead the merger of the Heart and Barts hospital – one of the largest heart centres in Europe.
Professor Richard Schilling established and leads the arrhythmia research program at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. The department was one of the first centres to carry out randomised clinical trials investigating interventional treatment of cardiac arrhythmia.

It has also developed techniques for using novel technological applications, like 3D image integration into cardiac mapping systems, for the treatment of complex arrhythmia.
These innovations have reduced radiation exposure and improved success rates for procedures that cure arrhythmia. These are now in common use around the world.

He continues to publish over 20 papers a year, describing the outcomes of clinical research, exploring the effectiveness of treatments for heart rhythm problems and describing new innovations for improving care.

Research and Awards

Professor Schilling’s research interests focus on elucidating the mechanism of complex cardiac arrhythmia in the human heart and the development of percutaneous treatments for them.

His current research topics cover: radiation reduction using non-fluoroscopic mapping systems, catheter ablation of coarse AF, catheter maze for cure of permanent AF, new applications of bi-ventricular defibrillators and catheter ablation for patients with adult congenital disease.

Get to know Professor Richard Schilling

I hold a multiengine instrument rating and commercial pilots license. I regularly ski, climb and play golf (badly). I gave up skydiving after 200 jumps when I had children.