The program is designed to provide physicians, who have completed residency training in Internal Medicine and fellowship training in Cardiology, intensive training in Cardiac Electrophysiology to prepare for a career in academic or clinical electrophysiology.
The St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center is a tertiary care hospital facility serving a culturally diverse population drawn from the local and greater metropolitan areas. Patients present with a wide variety of arrhythmic disorders; care is available in our fully state of the art electrophysiology laboratory staffed by nurses dedicated to electrophysiology. Specifically, there is access to biplane fluoroscopy, an electrophysiology recording system, two three-dimensional mapping systems, a cryoablation as well as radiofrequency (including open-irrigated) ablation generator, dedicated intracardiac echocardiography machine, and Laser lead extraction system. The laboratory also serves as an operating room suite for all types of device implantations. Currently, the laboratory is the leading center for complex ablations (including atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia) in the region. Teaching is supplemented through a variety of daily conferences during which critical aspects of the field are highlighted.
Outpatient care is delivered in two offices in the vicinity of the hospital. Fellows have the opportunity to learn the consultative practice of electrophysiology, a fundamental cornerstone to a successful career. In addition, these offices have an on-site electrophysiology nurse practitioner, who provides ongoing care to our device patients. For the fellow, this is the opportunity to master the skills necessary to evaluate and troubleshoot device related issues with the assistance of an experienced nurse practitioner and attending physician.
Fellows are taught by a national and internationally recognized faculty (see below), actively engaged in clinical research. All faculty members hold academic appointment at the Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons. As a testimony to their work, members of the section are regularly invited to speak at national and international meetings and are routinely involved in the publication of books as well as articles in high impact Cardiology and Electrophysiology journals. Research is facilitated by 2 full-time research fellows and two full-time research nurses. Thus, the environment offers ample opportunity for the trainee to develop the expertise necessary to develop one’s own academic career. Graduates of the program occupy prominent positions in academic as well as clinical electrophysiology across the country.
Walter Pierce, MD