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The following is a list of doctors who have come to my attention from looking through the internet. This has happened from a combination of the following:


  • articles reporting on their procedures and success rates,

  • positive mention in bulletin board posts,

  • my own analysis of claims and techniques.


I have not researched these doctors thoroughly, and I have not double-checked their contact information. And I certainly do not know the field well enough to know about all the other capable practitioners that are out there. So when you must do your own investigation of those on the list and of others you hear of to determine how well they can treat your type of AF. This means asking specific questions about success- and complication rates for your type of atrial fibrillation. 


Any list of competent doctors will change over time. One of the conventional criteria for choosing a doctor is to pick the one that has done the most procedures-- or a sufficient number of them. The latter group will get bigger as more doctors get more practice. And, as techniques become easier to learn -- possibly by depending more on robots or other technology -- experience may become less critical.



SURGEONS :PVI-Centered and Cox Maze variations  For more information, see Lesion Set Examples and 2007 AATS Convention.

Randall Wolf (PVI-Centered-Plus)

Deaconess Hospital

Cincinnati Ohio




Adam Saltman (PVI-Centered)

Director of CT Surgery Research

Maimonides Medical Center

4802 Tenth Avenue

Brooklyn, N. Y. 11219



Edgerton JR (Wolf MM+Dallas Extended Lesion Set)

4708 Alliance Boulevard
Suite 710
Plano, TX  75093-5317
United States 1 972 596-6676
1 972 596-7078 (Fax)


James Longoria, M.D. (Wolf MM+Extended Lesion Set)


5301 F. Street
Suite 111
Sacramento, CA  95819
United States

1 916 452-8291
1 916 452-9224 (Fax)

John H. Sirak, M.D. (TT MiniMaze:Wolf MM+Extended Lesion Set)

410 W. 10th Avenue
N820 Doan Hall
Columbus, OH  43210
United States

1 614 293-5502
1 614 293-4726 (Fax)

John D. Pigott, M.D., M.H.A. (TT Minimaze: Wolf MM+Extended Lesion Set)


1415 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112

Appointments and Information:
(504) 988-5800 (press *) or 1-800-588-5800 (press *) Email Dr. Pigott

Dale Geiss (Full Maze)

Illinois Cardiac Surgery Associates, SC

515 Northeast Glen Oak Ave., Suite 202
Peoria,  IL   61603
United States

1 309 674-2002

1 309 674-0774

Ralph Damiano (Cox Maze IV)

Washington University School of Medicine

 3108 Queeny Tower,
Saint Louis,  MO   63110
United States

Phone:1 314 362-7327

Fax:1 314 747-0917

Contact Marci Bailey

Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine or

Patrick McCarthy (Full Maze)

Northwestern University

201 East Huron Street, Suite 10-105
Chicago,  IL   60611-3056
United States

Phone:1 312 695-3114

Fax:1 312 695-0178

Marvin Peyton (Full Maze)

Center Section of Cardiothoracic Surgery

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

P.O. Box 26901 WP-2230

Oklahoma City OK 73190

405 271 5789

405 271 3288 (Fax)

Niv Ad (Full Maze)

Fairfax Hospital, Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery3301 Woodburn Road, Suite 301
Annandale,  VA   22003-1229
United States

Phone:1 703 280-5858

Fax:1 703 280-2654


A.Marc Gillinov (Full Maze)

Surgical Director of the Center for Atrial Fibrillation

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

9500 Euclid Avenue

Cleveland, Ohio 44115

Richard Lee (Hybrid Wolf MM-CA) 675 N. St. Clair, Galter 19-100
Chicago, IL 60611
P: (312) 695-4965
Andrew Kiser (Ex-Maze) FirstHealth Cardiovascular & Thoracic Center
155 Memorial Drive, P. O. Box 3000
Pinehurst, NC 28374
(910) 715-4111, Fax: (910) 715-4101
ELECTROPHYSIOLOGISTS (who do catheter ablation)
MIDWEST Andrea Natale 22008: Dr Natale's long-standing contract with CCF was terminated. For recent contact information, see his web site, .

He will be dividing his time among the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute in Austin, where he will be Executive Medical Director (877 887 7737), the California Pacific Medical Center (415 923 6500) and two hospitals in the northern Ohio (Heart Rhythm Associates Akron General, 330 344 4377) and Metro Health Medical Center (216 778 2325) in Cleveland. He can see patients in any of those locations.


  Robert Schweikert

(Formerly at the Cleveland Clinic)

Heart Rhythm Associates
224 W. Exchange Street
Ste 225
Akron, OH  44302

  Patrick Tchou*

9500 Euclid Ave
Cleveland Clinic Cardiology
Cleveland, OH 44195

(216) 444-6792

  Bruce Lindsay

(Formerly at Washington University) at the Cleveland Clinic. You can schedule an appointment with him through their appointment office by calling 1-800-223-2273 extension 46697.

  Douglas Packer Mayo Clinic (507)-255-6263  
  Fred Morady Univ of Michigan Med Ctr
1500 E Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0311
Phone 1: 734-763-7392
Fax 1: 734-936-7026
  Warren Jackman (consulting only) 405-271-8764 (Office)
405-271-7455 (Fax)
  Hiroshi Nakagawa

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

1200 Everett Dr Rm ET6

Oklahoma City OK 73104

405 271 9696

  David Wilber

Loyola University Medical Center

2160 S 1st Ave

Maywood IL 60153

708 216 2642




The University of Kansas
Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
913-588-7963 TDD


Sergio Pinski*

Head- Section of Cardiac Pacing & Electrophysiology

Department of Cardiology

Cleveland Clinic

Weston, Florida

Florida website:


J. Marcus Wharton


Director of Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Medical University of South Carolina

MUSC Rutledge Tower
135 Rutledge Ave.
Charleston, SC 29403

WEST Andrea Natale 22008: Dr Natale's long-standing contract with CCF was terminated. For recent contact information, see his web site, .

He will be dividing his time among the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute in Austin, where he will be Executive Medical Director (877 887 7737), the California Pacific Medical Center (415 923 6500) and two hospitals in the northern Ohio (Heart Rhythm Associates Akron General, 330 344 4377) and Metro Health Medical Center (216 778 2325) in Cleveland. He can see patients in any of those locations.



Richard Hongo*

2 Bon Air Rd., #100
Larkspur, California 94939
Phone: (415) 927-0666
Fax: (415) 924-4317

2100 Webster Street, #516
San Francisco, California 94115
Phone: (415) 441-6012
Fax: (415) 885-7948

Anil K. Bhandari

Cardiologist, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiologist, 

LA Cardiology Associates.

Los Angeles, California (CA)


  William Mandel 414 N Camden Dr #1100
Beverly Hills, CA 90210-4532
(310)278-1240 - fax
  Koonwalee Nademanee Call the Tommy Lasorda Heart Institute in Inglewood CA at 888  611 4327 for information  
  Anil K Bhandari

1245 Wilshire Blvd. #703
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Phone: (213) 977-0419
Fax: (213) 250-9416

  Nassir Marrouche

Phone:(801) 587-5888
Assistant: (801) 581-2572


Division of Cardiology

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

EAST Larry Chinitz New York University Hospital Center
Cardiac Cath Lab - Tisch Hospital
560 1st. Av.
New York, NY 10016
Fax: (212)-263-8534
  Francis E Marchlinski University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
Department of Medicine
Cardiovascular Medicine Division
9.130 Founders Pavilion
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Contact: Carolyn Siwinski (215) 662-6005



David J. Callans

Director. EP Lab

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Philadelphia, PA

Penn Cardiac Care at Radnor
Penn Medicine at Radnor
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA 19087
1-800-789-PENN (7366)

Penn Cardiac Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Ground Rhoads Pavilion
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
1-800-789-PENN (7366)

  Vivek Reddy

Director of Electrophysiology Laboratories

Mt Sinai Hospital

1190 5th Avenue
1st Floor
New York, NY 10029

Tel  212-241-7114
Fax  646-537-9691
  Peter Zimetbaum

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston MA)

617 632 7458

  Charles Haffajee

Caritas St Elizabeth Medical Center (Boston MA)

617 789 3148

  Paul Steiner

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
One Medical Center Drive
Lebanon, NH 03756

Phone: (603) 650-6247
Fax: (603) 650-5267

CANADA Atul Verma

Southlake Regional Health Center

University of Toronto

Newmarket, Toronto Canada

905 953 7917

  Yaariv Khaykin Same as for Dr Verma  
  Alan Skanes

London Cardiac Institute

London Ontario

519 645 0146

  Richard Leathers

Nova Clinic

650 Brookleigh Road
Victoria, BC V8Z 3J9
Tel. 250-658-6056

Fax 250-658-6109

  George Veenhuyzen Foothills Hospital
1403 29 Street NW, Calgary, AB T2N 2T9, Canada
(403) 944-1020
FRANCE Dr Pierre Jais

Dr Michael Haissaguerre

Melle Laurence DEIXONNE (speaks English)
Secrétariat Pr Clémenty - Pr Haïssaguerre
Hôpital Cardiologique du Haut Lévêque
avenue de Magellan
33604 PESSAC Cedex
Tel : 33 (0) 5 57 65 64 71
Fax : 33 (0) 5 57 65 65 09
Email :
LONDON Richard Schillings

St Bartholomew's Hospital
West Smithfield
London EC1A 7BE

Tel: +44 2076018639; fax: +44 2076018627.E-mail address:

  John Morgan

Southampton General Hospital

Tel: 023 8077 7222
Fax: 023 8079 4715

Tremona Road,
SO16 6YD


Wyn Davies


Waller Department of Cardiology

St Mary's Hospital,

Praed St,

London W2 1NY, UK.

  Sabine Ernst Sydney Street,
London SW3 6NP
Tel: +44 (0)20 7352 8121
AUSTRALIA Prash Sanders

Cardiovascular Research Centre, Department of Cardiology, Royal Adelaide Hospital and Disciplines of Medicine and Physiology, University of Adelaide, SA, Australia

Tel: +61 8 8222 2723; fax: +61 8 8222 2722. E-mail address:

  Rukshen Weerasooriya,  Department of Cardiology, Royal Perth Hospital, GPO Box X2213 Perth, Western Australia. E-mail  
INDIA Contact Barry for more information. Only solid reason for inclusion here is low cost. As with all those listed here, you must ask the right questions!!! Escorts Heart Institute And Research Centre,
Okhla Road, New Delhi - 110 025 (INDIA)
Phone: 91-11-47135000
Fax: 91-11-26825013
* I believe all are associated with the Cleveland Clinic. Drs Hao and Hongo are at their Marin Country, CA branch. The number is (415) 925-7000 , and Dr Pinski, is at the Weston Florida satellite.

I will mention one other possibility for your consideration. You may have read or heard that places like India and Thailand are catering to foreigners who need medical procedures at reasonable prices compared to the cost in their home country. There is no reason to doubt that the practitioners in these hospitals have or will gain expertise as in the USA. As in the USA or anywhere, one must be selective and ask the right questions.

One such place is Escorts Heart Institute in India. They are reportedly experienced in catheter ablation and are forthcoming about success rates.

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