Cardiology

Our highly trained and experienced team of heart specialist doctors and nurses supported by ultra-modern technology strive to ensure excellent patient care and patient safety. 

In 2020, Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi was accredited as a centre of excellence for the management of heart attacks by the Joint Commission International (JCI), the recognized global leader in health quality standards. AKUH,N is the first hospital in East Africa, to achieve this certification. This accreditation testifies to our commitment to provide quality patient care guided by patient safety standards and aimed at good health outcomes.

Our Cardiology services include the following: 
  • A state-of-the-art catherization lab that cater to our patients who need invasive, often life-saving, procedures. 
  • A range of non-invasive procedures to assist our patients with cardiovascular disease.
  • A heart attack service that is considered one of the best in Africa. 
  • An on-call cardiology team readily available to evaluate patients with heart symptoms including heart attacks. 
  • International standards and best practices to ensure that our patients are taken care of in a timely manner. 
  • An arrhythmia service provided by visiting faculty from the top institutions in the world, including the United Kingdom, Europe, and North America.  
  • A daily heart clinic with the ability to cater to all the needs of a patient. 
  • A multidisciplinary team experienced at evaluating and managing complex cardiovascular processes.​
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​Telephone contact: +254 (0) 736 997 315or +254 (0) 20 366 ​2073​

​​Meet our Doctors

Mohamed Jeilan, MBChB, MRCP, FRCP​​​(Edinbur​gh)

Assistant Professor

Dr Mohamed Jeilan is the Section Head of Cardiology and the Director of Cardiac Services at Aga Khan University. Educated and trained in the United Kingdom (UK), he completed an MBChB degree at the University of Southampton in 1997, a clinical fellowship in Cardiology at Northampton General Hospital in 2004, and a fellowship in Cardiac Devices Research at Glenfield Hospital in 2008. He received Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) in 2003.


Dr Jeilan is an Interventional Cardiologist and a Cardiac Devices Specialist. Before arriving in Kenya, he was a Consultant Cardiologist at Northampton General Hospital in the UK and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the University Hospital of Leicestershire after serving as an Interventional Cardiologist/Clinical Researcher at the University of Leicester. He has been key in introducing novel life-saving invasive procedures to sub-Saharan Africa including: the first transcatheter aortic valve replacement, the first renal denervation, the first intravascular ultrasound, and the first biodegradable scaffold implant.

Dr Jeilan’s expertise lies in cardiac rhythm management, percutaneous coronary intervention, and transcatheter aortic valve procedures.
 
Dr Jeilan is also an Assistant Professor of Cardiology at Aga Khan University in Nairobi. Read more about him HERE​

Mohamed Hasham Varwani, MBChB(UoN), MMEd Int. Med(AKU); Fell. Cardiol(AKU)​
Senior Instructor

Dr Mohamed Hasham Varwani completed his undergraduate medical training at the University of Nairobi in 2008, followed by a Masters in Internal Medicine at the Aga Khan University in 2016. Between 2017 – 2020 he pursued further fellowship training in cardiology at the AKU, with specialist rotations at the University of Alberta and Royal Alexandria Hospital, in Edmonton, Canada.

Dr Hasham is the head of ambulatory cardiology services, and engages as faculty in the training of internal medicine residents and cardiology fellows. His areas of interest include coronary and peripheral interventions, acute coronary syndromes, sudden cardiac death and cardiac implantable devices. He is currently performing a study on the causes, treatments and outcomes of left ventricular thrombus.

Dr Hasham is a member of the Kenya Association of Physicians (KAP), the Kenya Cardiac Society (KCS), The Pan African Society of Cardiology (PASCAR) and Africa Heart Rhythm Association (AFHRA). He also has a keen interest in heart attack public awareness campaigns, and training doctors and medical personnel on heart attack recognition and care.



Leonard Mzee Ngunga, MBChB, MMed, FRCP (Edinburgh) 
Assistant Professor 

Dr Mzee Ngunga received an MBChB degree from the University of Nairobi in 2001 and an MMed degree in Internal Medicine from Aga Khan University in 2008, being the first group to graduate from the program upon its inception in 2004. He later pursued a fellowship in cardiology and interventional Cardiology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, which he completed in 2012. Since then Dr Ngunga has been active in clinical, academic and research work at the University. He has been admitted as a Fellow in the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) of Edinburgh in 2019 and a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (FESC) in 2020. 

Dr Ngunga is currently an assistant professor in the department of medicine and is the director of cardiology fellowship training program. He is Head of the Cardiac Care Unit at the Aga Khan University Hospital overseeing advancements in care for patients with complex heart disease. He is part of the team that developed the clinical care certification pathway (CCPC) that enables the hospital expedite treatment of patients with heart attack.

Dr Ngunga is a multiple winner of the prestigious Paul Dudley White International Scholar Award from the American Heart Association in 2017, 2018 and 2020 for the best scientific abstracts from Kenya. He is currently studying heart disease in Kenya through a competitively awarded grant by the government of Kenya.

He is a former assistant Secretary of the Kenya Cardiac Society (KCS) and serves as an executive member of the Echocardiography Taskforce. 

Dr Ngunga is also an Assistant Professor of Cardiology at Aga Khan University in Nairobi. Read more about him HERE