Doctors & patients are saying about 'A-Fib.com'...


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Dr. Douglas L. Packer, MD, FHRS, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

"Jill and I put you and your work in our prayers every night. What you do to help people through this [A-Fib] process is really incredible."

Jill and Steve Douglas, East Troy, WI 

“I really appreciate all the information on your website as it allows me to be a better informed patient and to know what questions to ask my EP. 

Faye Spencer, Boise, ID, April 2017

“I think your site has helped a lot of patients.”

Dr. Hugh G. Calkins, MD  Johns Hopkins,
Baltimore, MD


Doctors & patients are saying about 'Beat Your A-Fib'...


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Pierre Jaïs, M.D. Professor of Cardiology, Haut-Lévêque Hospital, Bordeaux, France

"Dear Steve, I saw a patient this morning with your book [in hand] and highlights throughout. She loves it and finds it very useful to help her in dealing with atrial fibrillation."

Dr. Wilber Su,
Cavanaugh Heart Center, 
Phoenix, AZ

"...masterful. You managed to combine an encyclopedic compilation of information with the simplicity of presentation that enhances the delivery of the information to the reader. This is not an easy thing to do, but you have been very, very successful at it."

Ira David Levin, heart patient, 
Rome, Italy

"Within the pages of Beat Your A-Fib, Dr. Steve Ryan, PhD, provides a comprehensive guide for persons seeking to find a cure for their Atrial Fibrillation."

Walter Kerwin, MD, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA


Doctors & Facilities

Daniel Shares About A-Fib: “I Have Gotten a Lot of Bad Advice From Various GPs”

Advice from a patient now free from the burden of Atrial Fibrillation: Educate yourself on all treatment options before making decisions.

Daniel Doane, Sonora, California, talks about all the false info he got from doctors.

“Don’t believe your GP. I have gotten a lot of bad advice from various GPs.

Daniel D.

• ‘Just take a little digoxin and you will be fine.’
• ‘You are probably missing some micro-nutrient. If you buy this product I sell, it may well provide that and stop your A-Fib.’
• ‘I think that all of these tests your EP is requesting are just a waste of money.’
• (From a cardiologist) ‘Don’t worry about a little A-Fib. It won’t kill you.’ “

“If you have Atrial Fibrillation, see an electrophysiologist. If you aren’t comfortable with what they are saying, see another one.” 

Daniel did his research and is now A-Fib-free after a Totally Thoracoscopic (TT) Mini-Maze operation.

If you want to read more of Daniel Doane’s story, you’ll find it on pp. 152-162 in Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure by Steve S. Ryan, PhD. Learn more about my book.

Don’t Believe Everything You’re Told About A-Fib

In Daniel’s story you read how important it was for him to educate himself. You, too, can learn about all your treatment options. Check our Treatments section covering diagnostic tests, common mineral deficiencies, drug therapies, cardioversion, catheter ablations, surgery and more.

Next, read answers at FAQ: About A-Fib Treatments Options including natural therapies and holistic treatments.

In addition, you may want to browse our A-Fib Video Library and check our list of Online Discussion Groups.

Finally, ask yourself, ‘What are my treatment goals?”, then read our Q&A section: Decision About Treatment Options.

Remember: Always Aim for a Cure.

A Tale of Two Ablations and Why All EPs Are Not Equal

I just received an email and O.R. (Operating Room) reports from Louis who in 2014 had a successful catheter ablation by Dr. David Wilber at Loyola in Chicago. Dr. Wilber is nationally known for both his ablation skills and experience, as well as for his research.

First Ablation with Dr. David Wilber

Dr. Wilbur’s ablation of Louis was textbook. Louis’ A-Fib terminated during his ablation procedure, which is considered the ideal outcome.

But Dr. Wilber didn’t stop there.

Dr. Wilber didn’t stop there; he found A-Fib signals coming from the Superior Vena Cava (SVC).

He used isoproterenol (IV medication) to try to induce non-PV triggers and found A-Fib signals coming from the Superior Vena Cava (SVC). He isolated the SVC and could no longer induce any arrhythmias in Louis. (Some EPs would not work that hard, and would have trouble finding and ablating non-PV triggers.)

Relocation, Then Second Ablation―Failure!

But later Louis did develop A-Fib/Flutter again. He had relocated to a distant state so he selected a second EP and had a second ablation there. This ablation was a failure.

After touching up the right pulmonary veins (PVs), the second EP used adenosine and pacing to try to induce arrhythmia signals. He induced Flutter and isolated the right atrium by making a cavo-tricuspid isthmus line. He documented bidirectional block in the right atrium, but Louis still had Flutter.

The second EP didn’t map and track down the flutter.

Rather than map and track down the source of the Flutter, the EP simply Electrocardioverted Louis and stopped the ablation at that point. Then he put Louis on the dreaded antiarrhythmic drug amiodarone.

Still in Flutter―Amiodarone Side Effects

But after the second ablation, Louis still had A-Fib/Flutter.

On amiodarone, Louis developed the symptoms of loss of weight, thinning hair, extreme dry mouth, increased hand tremors, etc. Louis was taken off of amiodarone and is doing better. But he is still bothered by Flutter. See Amiodarone Effective but Toxic.

I’m working with Louis to get him to a “master” EP, a highly skilled EP with a high success rate with difficult A-Fib cases.

What Went Wrong with Louis’ Second Ablation?

From what can be deduced from Louis’ O.R. (Operating Room) report, there seems to be no mention of checking for entrance and exit block after ablating Louis’ pulmonary veins.

As a “crutch”, he put Louis on amiodarone, the most effective but also the most toxic of the antiarrhythmic drugs.

The second EP did use adenosine and pacing and induced a Flutter circuit. He ablated the right atrium and made a cavo-tricuspid isthmus line to make sure no Flutter came from the right atrium. But Louis still had Flutter.

Instead of using any of today’s advanced mapping and isolation strategies, Louis’ EP simply Electrocardioverted him to restore him to sinus. Then he stopped the ablation.

As a “crutch”, he put Louis on amiodarone, the most effective but also the most toxic of the antiarrhythmic drugs.

All EPs are Not Equal―It May Take Work to Find the Right EP

I’m sorry to say, the second EP Louis went to is indeed listed in our directory of EPs. He has all the proper credentials and is a member of the Heart Rhythm Society. But all EPs are obviously not equal. (See my editorial, Huge Growth in Number of EPs Doing Catheter Ablations, But All EPs Are Not Equal.)

Don’t just go to the EP whose office is near you. Go to the best, most experienced EP you can reasonably find. I know it’s a lot of effort. But you have to work at finding the right EP for you.

Do your due diligence. Seek recommendations from your General Practitioner (GP) and from other A-Fib patients (see our Resources/Bulletin Boards for a list of online discussion groups).

If you know nurses or support staff who work in the cardiology field or in Electrophysiology (EP) labs, they can be great resources.

Don’t rely on a single online source when researching and selecting doctors. Be cautious of all doctor informational listings you find on web sites (yes, including this one).

Be prepared to travel if that’s what it takes.

Learn How to Select Your EP

On our page Finding the Right Doctor for You and your A-Fib, we take you step-by-step to finding the right EP for you and your treatment goals.

Aim to Stop Your A-Fib Episodes Not Just Control Them

You don’t have to live with Atrial Fibrillation. You don’t have to settle for a lifetime of “controlling” your Atrial Fibrillation. Don’t accept being on drugs for the rest of your life. Instead, aim for an A-Fib cure.

The Heart Rhythm Specialist

A-Fib Patients- The Goal should be to End your episodes not Control them-A-Fib.comEveryone with A-Fib should see a heart rhythm specialist, an cardiac Electrophysiologist (EP). An EP is a cardiologist who specializes in the electrical activity of the heart and in the diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm disorders.

You want to carefully select a doctor who will partner with you to create a treatment plan—a path to finding your cure or the best outcome for you.

Finding the Right Doctor

To find the right doctor for you, start by reading our page: Finding the Right Doctor for You and Your A-FibWe offer you what you need to know and how to do it.

To help you in your search, we’ve also prepared a list of Questions You’ve Got to Ask for each prospective doctor. The list is designed to solicit information to help you select the best doctor for you and your type of A-Fib.

In addition, we help you interpret a doctor’s possible answers. After each question, we’ve included typical doctor responses and an analysis of what those responses may mean to you.

Questions to Ask Doctors Worksheet

We’ve prepared a print version of this list of questions with our handy Questions to Ask Doctors Worksheet. Print and use for each doctor interview to collect the doctor’s answers. There’s space for your own questions, too. (Read more about our worksheet.)

Download our free PDF worksheet (separate browser window will open). You can send it directly to your printer or download and save to your computer to print copies any time.

A-Fib.com’s Directory of Doctors Treating A-Fib: Medical Centers and Practices

Not all EPs treat A-Fib patients. To help you find EPs who do, we offer you our own Directory of physicians and medical centers treating Atrial Fibrillation patients. This evolving list is offered as a service and convenience to A-Fib patients. The Directory is divided into three categories.

• US Doctors and Medical Centers (by state/city)
• International: Doctors and Medical Centers (by country or region)

No Pay-to-Play Listings Here!

Note: Unlike other physician directories, A-Fib.com offers no preferential listings to be included in our Directory of Doctors and Medical Centers. A-Fib.com is not affiliated with any practice, medical center or physician. We accept no fee, benefit or value of any kind for listing a specific doctor or medical center. See our article: Don’t be Fooled by Pay-to-Play Online Doctor Referral Sites.

Seek Your Cure at A-Fib.comLeaving the Patient in A-Fib—No! No! No!

The goal of today’s A-Fib treatment guidelines is to get A-Fib patients back into normal sinus rhythm (NSR). Don’t let your doctor leave you in A-Fib. Unless too feeble, there’s no good reason to just leave someone in A-Fib. (Read more.)

Start with finding the right doctor for you. Then, learn your treatment options. And always Aim for a Cure!

Looking for the Best Doctor, Online Ratings are Unlikely to be Much Help

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, nearly 60 percent of patients say they like to use online reviews when searching for a physician.

As healthcare consumers, you need to know about the limitations of each of these kinds of sites.

“Consumers should be careful about giving them too much credence, whether they are comments or starred assessments”, says Dr. Mark W. Friedberg, director of the Boston office of the RAND Corporation and one of the co-authors of a study that analyzed ProPublica’s surgeon website. ProPublica is one of a wide range of doctor rating sites available to consumers online.

Keep in mind is that there’s no way of knowing who’s posting many online doctor reviews…it could be Russian bots.

Some websites, like ProPublica, post objective medical performance measures. Other websites like HealthgradesVitals, and Yelp post star ratings and comments written by patients.

Keep in mind that there’s no way of knowing who’s posting many online doctor reviews or what motivated the reviewer to write about the physician.

Dr. Friedberg warns, “You never know who’s writing these. It could be the doctor, or his friends and family members. It could be a patient who had an unusually good or bad experience…it could be Russian bots. It’s the Wild West. Buyer beware.”

Research Results: Online Physician Ratings Unlikely to be Much Help

Looking for the best doctor, online ratings are unlikely to be much help according to researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. They compared reviews of 78 of the medical center’s specialists on five popular ratings sites with a set of internal quality measures and found there was essentially no correlation.

“There was little correlation between performance metrics and how patients assessed them on the websites.”

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, compared measures developed by Cedars-Sinai with users’ ratings on five sites: Healthgrades, Yelp, Vitals, RateMDs and UCompareHealthCare. Cedars-Sinai’s internal performance metrics include reviews from doctors’ colleagues and administrators, how often patients are readmitted, how long they remain in the hospital, and adherence to practice guidelines.

According to the study, there was little correlation between the doctors’ performance scores and how their patients assessed them on the websites.

‘Pay-to-Play’ Doctor Listings Common

Furthermore, paying to be listed in a doctor referral service is common among online directories. In addition, doctors can pay extra to be listed first in your database search results.

Doctors can pay to be in your search results

The article ABC News Investigates Top Doctor Awards: Are They Always Well Deserved?’ includes a warning:

“Don’t be confused by sound-alike websites like ‘TopDocs.com’. ‘TopDocs.com’ does not claim to rank doctors in any way. In fact, regardless of true top doctor status, a spot at TopDocs.com is available to any physician who pays for membership. The cost to buy a spot on the TopDocs.com website ranges anywhere from $1,500 to $10,000, in addition to an annual fee of $1,600.”

Don’t fall prey to hype, advertising, or third parties that have something to gain by recommending a particular healthcare provider.

Are Consumer Ratings of Doctors Any Better?

Some people believe that patient ratings are the best source of information on doctors. Unfortunately, that is a misguided assumption. Patients may be able to rate a doctor’s “bedside manner,” but they know little about the complexity of medical care.

In fact, an article in Forbes magazine stated:

“The current system might just kill you. Many doctors, in order to get high ratings (and a higher salary), over-prescribe and over-test, just to “satisfy” patients who probably aren‘t qualified to judge their care. And there’s a financial cost, as flawed patient survey methods and the decisions they induce, produce billions more in waste.”

What Patients Need to Know

Some web sites for A-Fib patients may be biased, often for financial gain. When searching online for any health-related information, always ask yourself:

“Who is paying for this website, and what is their agenda?”

When searching for any doctor, especially a cardiologist or electrophysiologist, do not rely entirely on doctor ratings or doctor referral sites in isolation.

Instead, get personal referrals. If you know nurses or staff who work in the cardiology field, they can be great resources. Ask for referrals from other A-Fib patients.

Refer to our A-Fib.com Directory of Doctors and Medical Centers who treat A-Fib patients. Then do your own research on each doctor. For guidance, see our page: Finding the Right Doctor for You.

At A-Fib.com, we accept no fee, benefit or value of any kind to be listed in our Directory of Doctors and Medical Centers. A-Fib.com is not affiliated with any practice, medical center or physician.

Caution - when searching A-Fib websites always ask: who is paying for this site and what is their agenda?

A word to the wise…

References for this article

Abdelmalek, M et al. ABC News Investigates Top Doctor Awards: Are They Always Well Deserved? ABCNews.go.com July 14, 2012. Accessed March 18, 2016. URL: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/top-doctor-awards-deserved-abc-news-investigation/story? Id=16771628.

Falkenberg, K.  Why Rating Your Doctor Is Bad For Your Health. Forbes.com Jan 2, 2013 and Forbes magazine January 21, 2013 issue. Online accessed March 20, 2016. URL: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kaifalkenberg/2013/01/02/why-rating-your-doctor-is-bad-for-your-health/#25f3ed2a2f15

Castaneda, R.. Rating Doctors: What You Need to Know. USNews.com. Feb. 15, 2018. https://health.usnews.com/health-care/patient-advice/articles/rating-doctors-what-you-need-to-know.

Tracer, Z. Don’t Yelp Your Doctor. Study Finds Ratings Are All Wrong. Bloomberg.com, September 8, 2017. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-08/the-fault-is-in-the-stars-study-finds-flaws-in-doctor-ratings

Daskivich, TJ, et al. Online physician ratings fail to predict actual performance on measures of quality, value, and peer review. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Volume 25, Issue 4, 1 April 2018, Pages 401–407, https://doi.org/10.1093/jamia/ocx083.

At Medical Centers: Why to Always Ask for a Specific EP

In talking with A-Fib patients, I’ve found a disturbing trend when they seek an Electrophysiologist (EP) at a medical center when they don’t have the name of a specific doctor.

Often the medical center’s office will assign the newest and/or least experienced EP on staff.

Not good. Instead, you want an experienced EP with a high success rate at getting A-Fib patients back into normal rhythm. (You deserve nothing less.)

Your Search for the Right EP

First, seek recommendations from your General Practitioner (GP) or cardiologist. If you know nurses or staff who work in the cardiology field, they can be great resources. Ask for referrals from other A-Fib patients.

Begin your own research with our page, Find the Right Doctor for You. Then check our Directory of Doctors Treating A-Fib.

All EPs Are Not Equal

After you’ve done your research, you’ll have a list of EPs you know are more experienced in getting A-Fib patients back into normal sinus rhythm. (For example, someone with the initials FHRS after his name, and/or a ‘Castle Connolly Top Doctor’).

Then, you can contact a medical center and ask for a particular EP.

Especially when you are seeking an ablation, all EPs are not equal. Selecting the right EP isn’t like getting a haircut at SuperCuts where any stylist will do.

She Calls it a Miracle: No More Meds and Restored Quality of Life


“Do not take ‘this is as good as it gets’ as an answer. Do your own research about what’s possible and take a co-leadership role with your doctor.”

Michele Straube, A-Fib free after 30 years


‘I Want to Cure My A-Fib, Not Just Manage It.’

Keep in Mind: For many A-Fib patients, their best outcome came about only when they told their doctor, ‘I want to cure my A-Fib, not just manage it.’ (And, if needed, they also changed doctors.)

How to Find the Best Doctor for Youor

To be cured of your A-Fib, you may need to ‘fire’ your current doctor. Seek an electrophysiologist (EP), a cardiologist who specializes in heart rhythm problems (the electrical functions of the heart).

Choose a doctor who will partner with you to create a treatment plan—a path to finding your cure or best outcome. To learn how, read Finding the Right Doctor for You and Your A-Fib.

Michele’s Personal A-Fib Story: To learn the importance of finding the right doctor, read Michele Straube’s personal A-Fib experience: Cured after 30 years in A-Fib.

Run―don’t walk―to the best EP you can afford.

Prepare for Your Doctor Visits: Two FREE Appointment Worksheets

AHA “A-Fib: Partnering in Your Treatment” worksheet at A-Fib.com

AHA “A-Fib: Partnering in Your Treatment” worksheet

After your initial Atrial Fibrillation diagnosis, use these free appointment worksheets to help you prepare when visiting a cardiologist for the first time and to record your doctor’s answers.

AHA FREE Worksheet: Partnerning in Your Treatment

Review the worksheet “A-Fib: Partnering in Your Treatment” on the American Heart Association website. These are the most common questions A-Fib patients ask a doctor after first being diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation. Take with you to your appointment and make notes in the spaces provided.

Download the PDF worksheet: “A-Fib: Partnering in Your Treatment”. Once the PDF download is complete, SAVE to your hard drive. Click and open it. You can then print, or make copies later when needed.

A-Fib.com’s FREE Worksheet: 10 Questions to Ask Your New Doctor

A-Fib.com Questions for Doctors Worksheet at A-Fib.com

A-Fib.com Questions for Doctors Worksheet

Looking for a new cardiologist or electrophysiologist? Here’s a worksheet with a list of ten interview questions to ask each doctor and an area to note their responses. Download and print a copy of this worksheet for each doctor you talk to (separate browser window will open).

AFTER your interviews: learn what their answers indicate. Go to the our page, Choosing the Right Doctor: Questions You’ve Got to Ask (And What the Answers Mean), and compare each doctor’s answers to the list of interpretation of answers.

Which Doctor is Right For You?

Choosing your doctor at A-Fib.com

Choosing your doctor

Don’t rely on a single online source when researching and selecting doctors. Be cautious of all doctor informational listings you find on web sites (yes, including this one).

To help you find and choose the right doctor, see our page: Finding the Right Doctor for You and Your Treatment Goals.

Choosing Your Doctor: Good Rapport & Trust are Vital for Your Health

An A-Fib.com reader, now A-Fib-free after two ablations, wrote me about an experience with one EP she had consulted:

“I checked your website’s listing of EPs and was surprised to find (name withheld) listed under (affiliation withheld).

This is the EP who told me I was definitely not a candidate for ablation and I needed to just accept the fact that I needed to stay on basic medications (atenolol and Eliquis).  

This guy is a smooth talker and tells you how he “treats his patients just like they were his family members”.  

However, when I pressed him with questions, he told me that ‘he was the one who went to medical school’. I would never recommend this EP to anyone.”

Studies of Doctor-Patient Relationships

At A-Fib.com, we stress the importance of a good doctor-patient relationship and finding the right doctor for you and your treatment goals. Don’t just go to a doctor because their office is nearby.

Indeed, recent research proves that patients do better when they have a good rapport with their doctor. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital analyzed the results of 13 high-quality studies of doctor-patient relationships.

“Patients who trust their doctors are more likely to follow their advice, ask questions and discuss how treatments are working”, according to Dr. Gerald B. Hickson of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Doctors, in turn, may be more engaged.

Finding the Right Doctor for You

Caduceus at A-Fib.com

Which doctor?

If the first doctor you interview doesn’t meet your needs, move on the second (or third) doctor on your list, etc. Yes, I know it takes time and energy, but a good doctor-patient relationship is important. You’ll do better when you have a positive rapport with your doctor.

Read more at How to Find the Right Doctor for You and Your Treatment Goals.

References for this Article
• Finding the Right Doctor for You. A-Fib.com. “Your consultation Appointments: ‘Questions for Doctors’ and Worksheet”; https://a-fib.com/doctors-for-a-fib/finding-right-doctor-for-you-and-your-afib/#Questions
• Shannonhouse, Rebecca. From the Editor: When a Good Doctor is Bad. Bottom Line Health, Volume 28, Number 12, December 2014.
• Shannonhouse, R. “Is Your Doctor a Bully?” Bottom Line Health, September 2013, p. 2.
• Kelley, J. M, et al. The Influence of the Patient-Clinician Relationship on Healthcare Outcomes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. PLoS ONE 9(6): April 9, 2014. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0094207 Last accessed February 22 2015, URL: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0101191

Research Supports It: ‘If You Don’t Like Your Doctor, Look For a New One!’

If you like, trust and respect your doctor(s), you’re more likely to accept and follow their advice. It’s intuitive, isn’t it? But now a review of studies backs it up. Developing a good relationship helps you feel comfortable asking questions and getting feedback in a give-and-take environment.

Relationship-Based Strategies Improve Patients’ Health

The more people like their doctors, the healthier they tend to be. This is what researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital found in a review study where they examined 13 research reports on this subject.

If you like, trust and respect your doctor(s), you’re more likely to accept and follow their advice.

A mega-study review looked at doctors who were trained in “relationship-based strategies” such as making eye contact, listening well, and helping patients set goals.

The results: these strategies significantly improved their patients’ health compared to control groups. Their patients achieved lower blood pressure, increased their weight loss, reduced pain and improved glucose management.

If You Don’t Like Your Doctor, Look For a New One!

If you don’t have a good rapport with your current doctors―even if they are “the best” in their field―it’s worth looking elsewhere for a new doctor.

Stethoscope and EKG tracing at A-Fib.com

Know When it’s Time to Fire Your Doctor

In the article, Know When it’s Time to Fire your Doctor, CNN.com Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen discusses five ways to know when it’s time to think about leaving your doctor, and the best way to do it. The highlights are:

1. When your doctor doesn’t like it when you ask questions
2. When your doctor doesn’t listen to you
3. If your doctor can’t explain your illness to you in terms you understand
4. If you feel bad when you leave your doctor’s office
5. If you feel your doctor just doesn’t like you — or if you don’t like him or her

Being the “Best in the Field” Isn’t Enough

Even if a doctor(s) is the best in their field and an expert in your condition, that may not help you if you don’t communicate well with them and don’t relate to them. If we don’t like our doctors, we’re less likely to listen to them.

Don’t Be Afraid to Fire Your Doctor

Doctor shopping? Caduceus at A-Fib.com

Doctor shopping?

Changing doctors can be scary. According to Robin DiMatteo, a researcher at the University of California at Riverside who’s studied doctor-patient communication. “”I really think it’s a fear of the unknown. But if the doctor isn’t supporting your healing or health, you should go.”

Finding a new doctor: To learn how, read our page: How to find the right doctor for you and your treatment goals.

Resources for this article
Shallenberger, Frank. When You Should Fire Your Doctor…Even if He’s “the Best in his Field”, Second Opinion Newsletter, Vol. XXVI, No. 11, November 2016. pp 3-4.

Cohen, E. Know When It’s Time to Fire Your Doctor. CNN.com. October 7, 2016. URL: http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/07/health/fire-your-doctor/

US Directory of Doctors by State and City-CA (Southern Cities)

US Directory of Doctors and Medical Centers

♥  CALIFORNIA (Southern cities)


CALIFORNIA

Anaheim:

Kaiser Permanente—Anaheim

Orange County Cardiology

Southern California Electrophysiology Associates, Inc.

Timothy G. Yeh, MD

Arcadia:

Foothill Cardiology California Heart

Bakersfield:

Central Cardiology Medical Clinic

Heart Rhythm Clinic/Western Cardiology

Baldwin Park:

Kaiser Permanente Medical Group—Baldwin Park

Barstow:

Ramin Ashtiani MD Professional Corp

Beverly Hills:

Beverly Hills Arrhythmia Institute

Cardiovascular Medical Group of Southern CA

Chula Vista: (South of San Diego)

Dr. Matthew Douglas Pugh, D.O.

Corona Del Mar:

Mission Heritage Heart Rhythm Specialists

Downey:

Caremore Cardiology

Downey Cardiomedical Group

El Centro:

El Centro Regional Medical Center

Encinitas:

Scripps Memorial Hospital HPL

Escondido:

Makena Building

Fallbrook: (North of San Diego)

Wayne Whitman, MD

Fontana: (Near San Bernardino)

Kaiser Permanente—Fontana

Fountain Valley: (West of Santa Ana)

Ofc of Luc Sinh Nguyen, MD

Orange County Cardiac Rhythm Institute, P.C.

Fullerton:

Fullerton Cardiovascular Medical Group

Timothy G. Yeh, MD, Inc.

Glendale:

Glendale Heart Institute

Robert A Ruelaz, MD, PC

Imperial:

El Centro Regional Medical Center

Inglewood:

Pacific Rim EP Research Institute Center

Irvine:

Coastal Cardiology of Orange County

Ladera Ranch: (South of Mission Viejo)

Coastal Cardiology of Orange County

La Jolla:

La Jolla Pulmonary and CCM

San Diego Cardiovascular Associates

Scripps Clinic

Scripps Memorial Hospital-La Jolla

University of California, San Diego Health System-La Jolla

La Mesa:

Pacific Arrhythmia Service

Loma Linda:

Loma Linda University Medical Center

VA Loma Linda Healthcare System

Long Beach:

Memorial Cardiology Medical Group, Inc.

Los Alamitos:

Los Alamitos Cardiovascular

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Los Angeles:

Cardiac Electrophysiology Institute, PC

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Jeffrey S. Goodman, MD, Inc.

Kaiser Foundation Hospital-Sunset

Los Angeles Cardiology Associates/Good Samaritan Hospital/Harbor- UCLA Medical Center

Olga Voroshilovsky

University of California Los Angeles

University of Southern California Hospital

Veterans Administration Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System-UCLA

Mission Viejo:

Mission Internal Medical Group

Moorpark:

Conejo Valley Electrophysiology

Murrieta:

Heart And Vascular Wellness Center

Pacific Heart Medical Group

Newbury Park:

Conejo Valley Electrophysiology

Newport Beach:

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian

Premier Cardiology/Hoag Hospital

Orange:

Children’s Hospital of Orange County

Orange County Heart Institute and Research Center

University of California, Irvine Medical Center

Oxnard:

Cabrillo Cardiology Medical Group/St. John’s Regional Medical Center

Palm Springs:

Desert Heart Rhythm Consultants/Desert Regional Medical Center

Pasadena:

Foothill Cardiology Medical Group/Huntington Memorial Hospital

Rancho Cucamonga:

DHI

Dr. Truong D. Duong, MD

Rancho Mirage (near Palm Springs):

Desert Cardiology Center/Eisenhower Medical Center

Reseda:

Cardiac Rhythm Specialists, Inc.

Riverside:

Los Angeles Cardiology Associates—Riverside

Riverside Electrophysiology

San Bernardino:

LA Cardiology/Cedars Sinai

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San Diego:

Joseph B. Stein, MD

Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center

Richard Blum, MD

San Diego Cardiac Center

San Diego Arrhythmia Associates

San Diego Heart Rhythm Center

Sharp Rees-Stealy San Diego

University of California and VA Medical Center at San Diego

University of California, San Diego Health System-Hillcrest

San Luis Obispo:

Coastal Cardiology

Santa Ana:

Cardiology Consultants

Cardiology Specialists of Orange County

Santa Barbara:

Arrhythmia Consultants of the Central Coast

Claudio Bonometti, MD, Inc.

Heart Rhythm Center

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Santa Maria:

Heart Rhythm Center

Santa Monica:

St. John’s Health Center/Pacific Heart Institute

UCLA-Santa Monica

Sylmar:

St. Jude Medical

Tarzana:

Cardiovascular Consultants Medical Group of the Valley

Heart Rhythm Specialists of Southern California/Valley Regional Arrhythmia Center

Temecula:

Scpn Rancho Pueblo

Thousand Oaks:

Ardeshir Farshidi, M.D.

Conejo Valley Cardiology

Heart Rhythm Specialists of Southern California/Valley Regional Arrhythmia Center

Los Robles Hospital Center

Torrance:

Harbor-UCLA-Good Samaritan Hospital

South Bay Electrophysiology/Torrance Memorial Medical Center/COR Healthcare Medical Asociates

Van Nuys:

Fit Heart

Valley Rhythm Medical Practice

Vista:

Hanh Bui, MD/Blue Coast Cardiology

 

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california

anaheim:

Kaiser Permanente—Anaheim
3430 E. La Palma Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92806
(714) 644-2405
Dr. David A. Cesario, MD, PhD, FHRS

Orange County Cardiology
800 Tustin
Anaheim, CA 92801
(951) 312-5922
Dr. Jacqueline Eubany, MD, FHRS

Southern California Electrophysiology Associates, Inc.
1211 W. La Palma Ave., Ste 408
Anaheim, CA 92801
(714) 353-3250
Dr. Alicia Montanez, MD, FHRS

Timothy G. Yeh, MD
1751 W. Romneya Dr., Ste A
Anaheim, CA 92801
(714) 956-4958
Dr. Timothy G. Yeh, MD

Arcadia:

Foothill Cardiology California Heart
301 W. Huntington Dr. 301
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 254-0074
Dr. Jesus Vazquez, MD

bakersfield:

Central Cardiology Medical Clinic
2901 Sillect Ave., Suite 100
Bakersfield, CA 93308
(661) 323-8384
Dr. Jared M. Salvo, MD

Heart Rhythm Clinic/Western Cardiology
2007 17th. St.
Bakersfield, CA 93301
(661) 633-1983
Dr. Shyam K. Nair, MD

BAldwin Park:

Kaiser Permanente Medical Group—Baldwin Park
Cardiology/EP
1011 Baldwin Park Blvd.
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
(800) 780-1277
Dr. Rasoul Mokabberi, MD, FHRS

Barstow:

Ramin Ashtiani MD Professional Corp
600 E. Williams
Barstow, CA 92311
(760) 256-0328
Dr. Ramin B. Ashtiani, MD, FHRS, CCDS

beverly hills:

Beverly Hills Arrhythmia Institute
9730 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 105
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 274-2743
Dr. Kamran Toluie, MD
Cardiovascular Medical Group of Southern CA/Cedars-Sinai
414 N. Camden Dr., Ste. 1100
Beverly Hills, CA 90210-4517
(310) 278-3400
Dr. Eli S. Gang, MD, FHRS (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
Dr. Charles D. Swerdlow, MD, FHRS, CCDS  (310) 652-4600 (Does CryoBalloon Ablation) (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)

Chula vista: (South of San Diego)

Dr. Matthew Douglas Pugh, D.O.
754 Medical Center Ct.
Chula Vista, CA 91911
(619) 482-4333
Dr, Matthew D. Pugh, DO

Corona del mar:

Mission Heritage Heart Rhythm Specialists
708 Heliotrope Ave.
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
(949) 347-2822
Dr. Aseem D. Desai, MD, FHRS

downey:

Caremore Cardiology
9040 E. Telegraph Rd.
Downey, CA 90240
(562) 412-1711
Dr. Mazda Motallebi, MD, FHRS, CCDS, IBHRE CCDS Certificant
Downey Cardiomedical Group
11544 Downey Ave.
Downey, CA 90241-4955
Dr. Anantjit Singh, MD, MPH, FHRS, CCDS

El Centro:

El Centro Regional Medical Center
495 E. Birch St.
El Centro, CA 92243
(760) 357-0508
Dr. Hanh Bui, MD (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2018, 2019)

Encinitas:

Scripps Memorial Hospital HPL/San Diego Cardiovascular Associates
354 Santa Fe Dr.
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 230-2251
Dr. Hanh M. Bui, MD (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2017, 2018)
Dr. Ali Hamzei, MD (760) 944-7300 (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2017, 2018)

Escondido:

Makena Building
1955 Citracado Pkwy., Ste 300
Escondido, CA 92029
(619) 543-8213
Dr. Navinder S. Sawhney, MD, FHRS

Fallbrook: (North of San Diego)

Wayne Whitman, MD
521 E. Elder St., Ste 206
Fallbrook, CA 92028
(760) 723-3100
Dr. Wayne Whitman, MD

FOntana: (Near San Bernardino)

Kaiser Permanente—Fontana
9961 Sierra Ave.
Fontana, CA 92335
(909) 427-5000
Dr. Grace Nam, MD

Fountain Valley:

Ofs of Luc Sing Nguyen, MD
11100 Warner Ave., Ste 350
Fountain Valley, CA 92708-7513
(714) 438-0082
Dr. Luc S. Nguyen, MD, CCDS

Orange County Cardiac Rhythm Institute, P.C.
11100 Warner Avenue, Suite 220
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
(714) 751-1150)
Dr. Rodney N. Ranaei, DO, FHRS, CCDS

fullerton:

Fullerton Cardiovascular Medical Group
2240 N. Harbor Blvd., Suite 200
Fullerton, CA 92835-2605
(714) 870-4665
Timothy G. Yeh, MD Inc.
PO Box 5256
Fullerton, CA 92838-0256
(714) 956-4958
Dr. Timothy G. Yeh, MD (also listed at 1751 W. Romneya Dr. Ste A, Anaheim, CA 92801)

Glendale:

Glendale Heart Institute
500 North Central Ave., Suite 800
Glendale, CA 91203
(818) 242 4191
Dr. William A. Huang, MD, FHRS (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)

Robert A. Ruelaz MD, PC
801 S. Chevy Chase Dr., Suite 108
Glendale, CA 91205
(818) 660-0778
Dr. Robert A. Ruelaz, MD, FHRS

Imperial:

El Centro Regional Medical Center
516 W. Aten Rd., Suite 1
Imperial, CA 92251`
(760) 355-8300
Dr. Hanh M. Bui, MD (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2016, 2018)

inglewood:

Pacific Rim EP Research Institute Center
575 E. Hardy St., Ste. 201
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 672-9999
Dr. Koonlawee Nademanee, MD, FHRS

irvine:

Coastal Cardiology of Orange County Irvine
16305 Sand Canyon Ave., Suite 255
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 276-2446
Dr. Stephen Ehrlich, MD (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2018)

Ladera Ranch: (South of Mission Viejo)

Coastal Cardiology of Orange County
333 Corporate Dr., # 102
Ladera Ranch, CA 92694
(949) 276-2446
Dr. Stephen Ehrlich, MD (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2018)

La Jolla:

La Jolla Pulmonary and CCM
9850 Genesee Ave., Ste 780
La Jolla, CA 92037
(805) 625-7200
Dr. Wayne Whitman,MD

San Diego Cardiovascular Associates
9834 Genesee Ave. Ste. 300
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 824-2900
Dr. Ali R. Hamzei, MD (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)

Scripps Clinic
10666 N. Torrey Pines Rd SW 206
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 554-5049, ask for Dorie Aguilar for appointments
Dr. Andrea Natale, MD, FHRS (installs the Watchman Device) (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2016, 2017, 2018)
Dr. Douglas N. Gibson, MD, FHRS (858) 554-8730, (858) 824-5004 (Specialist in Lariat LAA closure device) (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
Dr. Nicholas Olsen, MD (858) 824-5005
Dr. Matthew J. Price, MD Interventional Cardiologist specialist in Watchman and Lariat LAA closure devices (858) 554-9905
Details: Dr. Natale is also available to help A-Fib patients in other areas of the US: see
—Austin, Texas Dr. Natale is the Executive Director of the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute
—Thousand Oaks, CA Los Robles Hospital Center
Scripps Memorial Hospital-La Jolla
9650 Genesee Avenue, Suite 940
La Jolla, CA 92037
(412) 447-1855
Dr. G. Stuart Mendenhall, MD, FHRS (858) 658-0020 (listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
University of California, San Diego Health System-La Jolla
Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center
9444 Medical Center Dr., MC7411
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 657-5310
Dr. Gregory Feld, MD, FHRS, CCDS (858) 657-8530 (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
Dr. Ulrika Birgersdotter-Green, MD, FHRS
Dr. Kurt S. Hoffmayer, MD, PharmaD, FHRS (858) 657-7000, (858) 657-8530 (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
Dr. Jonathan Hsu, MD, FHRS
Dr. David Krummen, MD, FHRS

LA MESA:

Pacific Arrhythmia Service
5525 Grossmont Center Dr., Ste 609
La Mesa, CA 91942
(619) 668-2044
Dr. Alborz Hassankhani, MD (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

loma linda:

Loma Linda University Medical Center
Electrophysiology and Cardiology Dept.
11234 Anderson St., Room 4404
Loma Linda, CA 92354-2804
(909) 558-7675
Dr. Rahul Bhardwaj. MD (909) 558-4200
Dr. Sudha M. Pai, MD, FHRS
Dr. Vilma I. Torres, MD, FHRS (909) 558-2880, NEU, 11370 Anderson St., Ste. 2400 (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2016)
VA Loma Linda Healthcare System
11201 Benton Street 111C
Loma Linda, CA 92357
(909) 583-6097
Dr. Ronald Lo, MD, FHRS

long beach:

Memorial Cardiology Medical Group Inc.
2898 Linden Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90806-1627
(562) 595-8671
Dr. Serge M. Tobias, MD

LOS Alamitos:

Los Alamitos Cardiovascular
3771 Katella Ave., Ste. 300
Los Alamitos, CA 90720-3115
(562) 430-7533
Dr. Ramandeep K. Brar, MD, FHRS

los angeles:

Cardiac Electrophysiology Institute, PC/Cedars Sinai
8631 W. 3rd, St., Ste 610E
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 746-5335
Web Site: http://www.myepdoc.com
Dr. Arshia M. Noori, MD, FHRS (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Heart Institute/Cardiac Electrophysiology Institute
8700 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048 (Beverly Hills)
Dr. Walter Kerwin  (310)-289-0141 (uses CryoBalloon Ablation), Fax: (310) 289-0144. 8631 W. 3rd. St., Suite 1017-E
Dr. Kerwin’s Web site is: http://www.afibcryoablation.com/my.personal.philosophy.asp
Dr. Charles D. Swerdlow, MD, FHRS, CCDS  (310) 652-4600 (Does CryoBalloon Ablation) (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
(800) 233-2771  (for Drs. Chugh, Wang, and Shehata)
Dr. Edward E. Abdullah, MD (213) 977-0419
Dr. Christine M. Albert, MD. MPH, FHRS, Chair Dept. of Cardiology, Smidt Heart Institute (310) 423-3869
Dr. Sumeet S. Chugh, MD, FHRS  (310) 423-3300
Dr. Eli S. Gang, MD, FHRS (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022)
Dr. Jeffrey S. Goodman, MD, FHRS, 8631 W 3rd. St., Ste 445 (310) 659-4081 (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2019)
Dr. Kumar Narayanan, MD (Does CryoBalloon ablation)
Dr. Arisha M. Noori, MD, FHRS, 8631 W. 3rd. St., Ste 610E (310) 746-5335 (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021,  2022)
Dr. Ravi K. Sureddi, MD (213) 977-0419
Dr. Xunzhang Wang, MD  (310) 423-4856 (Does CryoBalloon Ablation)
Dr. Michael Shehata, MD (310) 423-3336 (installs the Watchman Device)
Maze and Mini-Maze:  (800) 233-2771
Jeffrey S. Goodman, MD, Inc.
8631 W. 3rd. St., #445E
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 659-4081
Dr. Jeffrey S. Goodman, MD, FHRS (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2017, 2018)
Kaiser Foundation Hospital-Sunset
4867 W. Sunset Blvd., 3rd floor
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 783-4011, General Info (800) 464-4000
Dr. Nigel Gupta, MD
Dr. Jonathan Doris, MD
Dr. Sen Ji, MD, PHD (323) 783-5850
Dr. Simon Kangavari, MD (323) 783-4011 (Does CryoBalloon Ablation)
Dr. Gautam Govind Lalani, MD
Dr. Michael J. Lee, MD, FHRS (323) 783-8949
Dr. Maged Nageh, MD, FHRS (323) 783-5850
Dr. Joseph Wu, MD
Mini-Maze Surgery
Dr. Li Poa, MD
Los Angeles Cardiology Associates/Good Samaritan Hospital/Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
1245 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 703
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213)-977-0419
The Web site is http://www.lacard.com
Dr. Anil Bhandari, MBBS, FHRS (also works at San Antonio Community Hospital, 939 San Bernardino Rd., Upland 91786) (Does CryoBalloon Ablation)
Dr. David Cannom, MD, FHRS (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2016, 2017, 2018)
Dr. Robert D. Lerman, MD (213-977-2174)
Dr. Edward Abdullah, MD
Dr. Ivan Ho, MD, FHRS (installs the Watchman Device)
Dr. Andrew A. Zadeh, MD, FHRS (213) 977-2239 (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2019)
Olga Voroshilovsky
8635 W. 3rd. St., Ste 750W
Los Angeles, CA 90048-6169
(310) 659-8700
Dr. Olga Voroshilovsky, MD, FHRS
University of California Los Angeles
Cardiac Arrhythmia Center
Division of Cardiology
100 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 690
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 206-2235
Web site: http://www.cardiology.med.ucla.edu/arrhythmia/
Dr. Kalyanam Shivkumar, MD, PHD, FHRS (310) 206-6433 (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
Dr. Olujimi A. Ajijola, MD, PhD (310) 825-2612
Dr. Noel G. Boyle, MD, FHRS, CCDS (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
Dr. Jason Bradfield, MD, FHRS
Dr. Eric F. Buch, MD, FHRS
Dr. Osamu Fujimura, MD, CCDS (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2017, 2018, 2019)
Dr. Malcolm Bersohn, MD, PHD, CCDS (310) 268-3643
Dr. Roderick Tung, MD, FHRS
Dr. Marmar Vaseghi, MD, FHRS (310) 206-6433
Dr. Isaac Wiener, MD, FHRS (310) 824-3378
University of Southern California Hospital/Keck School of Medicine
Dept. of Electrophysiology
1510 San Pablo St., Suite 322
Los Angeles, CA 90033-5313
(323) 442-6130
Fax: (323) 442-5889
Dr. Leslie A. Saxon, MD, FHRS, CCDS (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2016, 2017, 2022)
Dr. Philip M. Chang, MD, FHRS, IBHRE CEPS Certificant
Dr. Jerold S. Shinbane, MD, FHRS (323) 442-5100 (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
Dr. Andrew A. Zadeh, MD, FHRS (323) 442-7669 (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)

Surgery Mini-Maze
USC Healthcare Consultation Center II
1520 San Pablo St., Suite 4300
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 442-5849
Dr. Mark Cunningham, MD (Mini-Maze)
Email: markc@usc.edu

Veterans Administration Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System – UCLA
Cardiology
11301 Wilshire Blvd., MS 111E
Los Angeles, CA 90073-1003
(310) 268-3765
Dr. Malcolm M. Bersohn, MD, PHD, CCDS

mission viejo:

Mission Internal Medical Group
26800 Crown Valley Pkwy., Ste. 161
Mission Viejo, CA 92691-6306
(949) 364-3570
Dr. Aseem D. Desai, MD, FHRS (949) 347-2822 (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
Dr. Stephen S. Ehrlich, MD (949) 347-7426 (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
Dr. Lynn Hung, MD, FHRS (254) 724-9517

moorpark:

Conejo Valley Electrophysiology
865 Patriot Dr., Ste 201
Moorpark, CA 93021
(805) 768-4198
Dr. Carlos Alves, MD (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2017, 2018, 2019(

murrieta:

Heart and Vascular Wellness Center
40700 California Oaks Rd., Ste 208
Murrieta, CA 92562
(714) 696-0004
Dr. Ganiyu O. Oshodi, MD, FHRS

Pacific Heart Medical Group
25470 Medical Center Drive, Suite 201
Murrietta, CA 92562
(608) 695-3764
Dr. Waseemuddin Kazi, MBBS, FHRS, CCDS

newbury park:

Conejo Valley Electrophysiology
501-I South Reino Rd., Suite 391
Newbury Park, CA 91320
(805) 798-4198
Dr. Carlos Alves, MD (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2017, 2018)

newport beach:

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
Heart and Vascular Institute
1 Hoag Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 764-5871 Arrhythmia Center
(800) 354-4624, (949) 764-8111
Dr. Mahnaz Behboodikhah, MD, 520 Superior Ave., Suite 335, Newport Beach, CA 92663 (949) 645-9933
Surgery:
Dr. Pravin Shah, MD (949) 764-5871
&
Newport Heart Medical Group,
415 Old Newport Blvd., #200, (949) 548-9611
Dr. Neala Jo Hunter, MD
Dr. Michael S. Panutich, MD
Surgery for A-Fib:
(949) 764-6983, (949) 764-5871
Email: afibcare@hoaghospital.org
447 Old Newport Blvd., #200
(949) 650-3350
Dr. Colin I. Joyo, MD, Chief of Dept. of Thoracic Surgery
Dr. Anthony D. Caffarelli, MD
Dr. Aidan A. Raney, MD
Dr. Douglas R. Zusman, MD
Mini-Maze operation with small bilateral thoracoscopic incisions. Surgeons work with EPs for ganglionic and EP testing. Our follow-up program follows the patients for 1 year post op to be sure they get any adjunct therapy or treatment to keep them in sinus rhythm.
     &
Dr. Pravin Shah, MD
1 Hoag Dr., Bldg. 21
Newport Beach, CA 92663
949-764-5871
Premier Cardiology/Hoag Hospital
520 Superior Ave., Ste 330
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 478-7373
Dr. Rajesh S. Banker, MD (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)

orange:

Children’s Hospital of Orange County
Pediatric Cardiology
1201 W. La Veta Avenue
Orange, CA 92868-4203
(714) 509-3939
Dr. Anthony C. McCanta, MD, FHRS, IBHRE CEPS Certificant

Orange County Heart Institute and Research Center
A Fib Center
Saint Joseph Medical Plaza
1140 W. LaVenta Ave., Suite 640
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 564-3300
http://www.ocheart.org/CardiacPacing.html
Dr. Jay H. Lee, MD
University of California, Irvine Medical Center
Division of Cardiology
101 The City Drive
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 456-6699
Web site: http://www.healthcare.uci.edu/cs_ep_pacemaker_services.asp
Dr. Pranav Patel, MD
Primary ablation procedure: Circumferential PVI guided by CARTO and ICE.
Surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation and ligation of atrial appendage:
(714) 456-3634
Dr. Jeffrey Milliken, MD (Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery)
Bldg. 53, Rm 117

oxnard:

Cabrillo Cardiology Medical Group/St. John’s Regional Medical Center
2241 Wankel Way, Suite C
Oxnard, CA 93030
(805) 983-0922
Dr. Ali Sovari, MD, IBHRE CEPS Certification (RF and CryoBalloon Ablation)
Dr. Sovari also works at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where he ablates his very complex and re-do cases.

Palm Springs:

Desert Heart Rhythm Consultants/Desert Regional Medical Center
1100 N Palm Canyon Dr Ste 206
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 883-1600
Dr. Hetal R. Bhakta, MD (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022) (Currently not certified in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology)

pasadena:

Foothill Cardiology Medical Group/Huntington Memorial Hospital
625 S. Fair Oaks Av., Suite 215
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 793-4139
Web site: http://www.foothillcardiology.com
Dr. Mayer Y. Rashtian, MD, FHRS, CCDS

rancho cucamonga:

DHI
13327 Hunt Club Dr.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
(917) 359-8164
Dr. Ramin Ashtiani, MD, CCDS
Dr. Truong D. Duong, MD
9333 Baseline Rd. Suite 120
(877) 773-8664

rancho mirage: (near palm springs)

Desert Cardiology Center/Eisenhower Medical Center
Hall B. Wallis Bldg.
39000 Bob Hope Dr.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 346-0642
Dr. Leon A. Feldman, MD (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2017, 2022)
Dr. Andrew M. Rubin, MD, FHRS (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)

Reseda:

Cardiac Rhythm Specialists, Inc.
7640 Tampa Avenue, Suite 101
Reseda, CA 91335
(818) 600-4512
Dr. Leo Polosajian, MD

riverside:

Los Angeles Cardiology Associates—Riverside
4500 Brockton Ave., Suite 317
Riverside, CA 92501
(951) 742-8846
Dr. Andrew Zadeh, MD, FHRS (office hours Thursdays)
Dr. Truong D. Duong, M.D. (877) 773-8664
&
4000 14th St., Ste 209
Riverside, CA 92501
(951) 742-8846
Dr. Ravi K. Sureddi, MD

Riverside Electrophysiology
4000 14th. St., Ste 209
Riverside, CA 92501
(951) 742-8846
Dr. Ronald Lo, MD, FHRS

SAN Bernardino:

LA Cardiology/Cedars Sinai
399 E. Highland Ave., Suite 424
San Bernardino, CA 92404
(909) 883-5315
Dr. Edward E. Abdullah, MD (213) 977-2239
Dr. Ravi K. Sureddi. MD

san diego:

Joseph B. Stein, MD
4060 4th Ave., Ste 500
San Diego, CA 92103-2121
(619) 296-3800
Dr. Joseph B. Stein, MD, FHRS
Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center
Electrophysiology and Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease
4647 Zion Av.
San Diego, CA 92120-2507
(619) 528-5000
Dr. Gautam Govind Lalani, MD
Dr. Brant C. Liu, MD, FHRS
Richard Blum, MD
550 Washington St., Ste 423
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 296-3888
Dr. Richard I. Blum, MD, FHRS, CCDS
San Diego Cardiac Center
3131 Berger Ave., Ste 200
San Diego, CA 92123-4203
(858) 244-6805
Web Site: http://www.sdcardiac.com
Dr. Charles A. Athill, MD, FHRS (858) 244-6800 (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
San Diego Arrhythmia Associates
4060 4th Ave., Ste 206
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 297-0014
Dr. Manish K. Wadhwa, MD, FHRS (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
San Diego Heart Rhythm Center
501 Washington St., 512
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 297-0014
Dr. Jigar D Patel, MD
Sharp Rees-Stealy San Diego
2929 Health Center Dr.
San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 939-6561
Dr. H. Elizabeth Noll, MD (listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2017, 2018)
University of California and VA Medical Center at San Diego
Cardiology Section 111A
3350 La Jolla Village Dr., Ste 111A
San Diego, CA 92161-0001
(858) 642-3889
Dr. David E. Krummen, MD, FHRS
University of California,  San Diego Health System-Hillcrest
Medical Offices South
4168 Front Street
San Diego, CA 92103
(619)-543-5428
Dr. Ulrika Maria Birgersdotter-Green, MD, FHRS
(See also)
Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center
9434 Medical Center Dr., MC 7411
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 657-5310
Dr. Gregory Feld, MD, FHRS, CCDS (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
Dr. Ulrika Birgersdotter-Green, MD, FHRS
Dr. Kurt S. Hoffmayer, MD, PhD, FHRS, (858) 657-7000 (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
Dr. Jonathan Hsu, MD, FHRS
Dr. David Krummen, MD, FHRS

san Luis obispo:

Coastal Cardiology
1941 Johnson Ave., Suite 101
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 782-8844
Dr. Christopher P. Porterfield, MD, MPH

santa ana:

Cardiology Consultants
801 N. Tustin, Suite 706
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 568-6600
Dr. Jacqueline A. Eubany, MD, FHRS

Cardiology Specialists of Orange County
700 N. Tustin
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 245-1444

santa barbara:

Arrhythmia Consultants of the Central Coast
1919 State St., Suite 102
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 569-2870
Web site: Web Site: http://www.arrhythmiaconsultants.com, http://www.sbheartlung.com/ilvento.html
Dr. Joseph P. Ilvento, MD, FHRS, CCDS (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
Claudio Bonometti, MD, Inc.
1919 State St. # 203
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 845-6611
Dr. Claudio C. Bonometti, MD, FHRS
Heart Rhythm Center
504 W. Pueblo St., #101
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 845-5305
Fax: (805) 845-6469
heart.electrician(at)yahoo.com (When typing this email address, substitute an “@” for the “(at)”—this substitution is necessary to prevent search engines from sending spam to this email address.)
Dr. Brett A. Gidney, MD, FHRS (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
Details: Radio Frequency & CryoBalloon Ablation;
I ablate Paroxysmal, Persistent, and Long Standing Persistent A-Fib using PVI in everyone, plus additional ablation for persistent A-Fib including linear ablation and CFAE. I was one of the first few physicians in the country selected by Medtronic to perform the Arctic Front CryoBalloon Ablation after it was FDA approved and have done several since its approval date.
santa maria:

Heart Rhythm Center
220 South Palisade Dr., Suite 100
Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 845-5305
heart.electrician(at)yahoo.com
Dr. Brett A. Gidney, MD, FHRS (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
Details: Radio Frequency & CryoBalloon Ablation;
I ablate Paroxysmal, Persistent, and Long Standing Persistent A-Fib using PVI in everyone, plus additional ablation for persistent A-Fib including linear ablation and CFAE. I was one of the first few physicians in the country selected by Medtronic to perform the Arctic Front CryoBalloon Ablation after it was FDA approved and have done several since its approval date.

santa monica:

St. John’s Health Center/Pacific Heart Institute
Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing
2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280 West
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 829-7678
Fax: 310-829-6889
Web site: http://www.pacificheart.com/SKD.htm
Dr. Shephal Doshi, MD, Director Cardiac EP and Pacing (expert and international instructor in installing the Watchman Device)

E-mail: skdoshi (at) pacificheart.com (the @ is written as “at” to prevent access by automated spam mailing lists)
Dr. Sarina A. van der Zee, MD (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
(Primary ablation procedures: Pulmonary Vein Antrum Isolation (PVAI) with LASSO verification of both entrance and exit block of all four PVs. Also Cryo ablation, investigational work in the Laser Balloon Pulmonary Vein Isolation, the Left Atrial Appendage Occluder in the PROTECT AF protocol. Performed the first Endoscopic Catheter Ablation in the US March 15, 2007.)
UCLA-Santa Monica
8631 W. 3rd. St., Ste 1017E
Santa Monica, CA 90048
Web Site: http://www.heart24.com
Dr. Donna M. Gallik, MD, FHRS, CCDS (310) 289-5901
Dr. Roderick Tung, MD, FHRS (310) 825-8811
Dr. Isaac Wiener, MD, FHRS, CCDS (310) 824-3378

Sylmar:

St. Jude Medical
15900 Valley View Court
Sylmar, CA 91342
(818) 493-2723
Web Site: http://sjm.com
Dr. Avi Fischer, MD, FHRS

tarzana:

Cardiovascular Consultants Medical Group of the Valley, Inc.
18370 Burbank Blvd., Ste. 707
Tarzana, CA 91356-2830
(818) 345-5580
Dr. Dave T. Kim, MD, FHRS
Heart Rhythm Specialists of Southern California/Valley Regional Arrhythmia Center, Inc.
18411 Clark St., Ste 203
Tarzana, CA 91356-3534
(818) 342-5377
Web Site: http://www.EndAfib.com
Web site: http://www.ArrhythmiaCenter.com
Dr. James J. Ong, MD, FACC, FHRS, CCDS (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2019)
(Dr. Ong also has an office in Thousand Oaks}
2220 Lynn Rd., Ste 203
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
(818) 342-5377

temecula:

Scpn Rancho Pueblo
31537 Rancho Pueblo Rd., Ste 204
Temecula, CA 92592
(951) 302-0888
Dr. Joshua Leichman, MD

thousand oaks:

Ardeshir Farshidi, M.D.
1000 Newberry Road, Ste 180
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
(805) 498-9998
Dr. Ardeshir Farshidi, MD, FHRS

Conejo Valley Cardiology
2220 Lynn Rd., Ste 208
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
New Patients (805) 242-5742, Existing Patients (805) 768-4198
Dr. Carlos Alves, MD (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)

Heart Rhythm Specialists of Southern California/Valley Regional Arrhythmia Center, Inc.
2220 Lynn Rd., Ste 203
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
(818) 342-5377
Web Site: http://www.EndAfib.com
Web site: http://www.ArrhythmiaCenter.com
Dr. James J. Ong, MD, FACC, FHRS, CCDS
(Dr. Ong also has an office in Tarzana}
18411 Clark St., Ste 203
Tarzana, CA 91356-3534
(818) 342-5377
Los Robles Hospital Center
Cardiovascular Associates of Los Robles Health System
227 W. Janss Rd., Suite 340
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
(805) 852-9100
Dr. Andrea Natale, MD, FHRS (installs the Watchman Device) (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2016, 2017, 2018)
Details: Dr. Natale is also available to help A-Fib patients in other areas of the US: see
—Austin, Texas Dr. Natale is the Executive Director of the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute
—La Jolla, CA, Scripps

torrance:

Harbor-UCLA-Good Samaritan Hospital
1245 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 703
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213)-977-2239
Dr. Anil K. Bhandari, MBBS, FHRS
Dr. David S. Cannom, MD, FHRS (213)-977-2007 (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
(listed at Los Angeles Cardiology Associates)
South Bay Electrophysiology/Torrance Memorial Medical Center/COR Healthcare Medical Associates
4201 Torrance Blvd., Ste. 560
Torrance, CA 90503-4583
(310) 792-5800
Dr. Gene C. Kim, MD
Dr. Erol M. Kosar, MD, CCDS (310) 257-0508 (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
&
2841 Lomita Blvd. Ste 100
Torrance, CA 90505
(310) 257-0508
Dr. Matthew P. Ostrom, MD, FHRS

Van nuys:

Fit Heart
14411 Hamlin St.
Van Nuys, CA 91401
(818) 994-0616
Dr. Mark M. Lensky, MD, (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)

Valley Rhythm Medical Practice
16119 Vanowen St.
Van Nuys, CA 91406
(818) 668-3383
Dr. Menachem Wakslak, MD, FHRS

Vista:

Hanh Bui, MD, Inc./Blue Coast Cardiology
2067 W. Vista Way, Suite 225
Vista, CA 92063
(858) 922-9973, (760) 630-2550
Dr. Hanh M. Bui, MD (760) 592-4317 (Listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)

 


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