Contact

Raul Weiss, MD
Director, Electrophysiology Fellowship
Raul.Weiss@osumc.edu

Sherri Artis
Coordinator, Electrophysiology Fellowship
Sherri.Artis@osumc.edu
Phone: 614-688-1588
Fax: 614-293-5614

The Ohio State University Medical Center
Graves Hall
333 W. 10th Ave. 2nd Floor Room 2175
Columbus, OH 43210

About the program

The philosophy of the Electrophysiology Fellowship program is to provide broad and high volume exposure to multiple clinical electrophysiology scenarios, allowing the fellows to achieve competency in both basic and advanced evaluation and treatment methods. Fellows graduating from our program have a high rate of passing the boards and have very successful academic and private practice careers. The management of patients receiving heart rhythm care is directed by the clinical cardiac arrhythmia team. Pre-operative evaluation, post-operative care, pre-discharge evaluation and post hospital discharge follow-up are managed by the electrophysiology team.

Conferences

Formal didactic sessions, journal clubs and research conferences involving electrophysiology topics are held on a weekly basis. In addition, there are ECG conferences twice a month, during which electrophysiology fellows and general cardiology fellows participate in the interpretation of complex electrocardiograms.

Research

The electrophysiology fellows are mentored and supervised by faculty members in the conduct of research. Our section is currently involved in 35 clinical electrophysiology trials. Fellows are encouraged and supported to enhance their scholarly activities through publication of book chapters, manuscripts or abstracts in peer-reviewed journals and to present at national specialty meetings such as the Heart Rhythm Society, ACC and AHA meetings.

Facilities and Equipment

The Division of Cardiovascular Medicine has several locations for arrhythmia evaluation and device follow-up, including the Ross Heart Hospital as well as 10 additional outpatient sites in the central Ohio area. 

There are six dedicated fully equipped, state-of-the-art clinical cardiac electrophysiology laboratories, all of which have digital fluoroscopy. The laboratories are also equipped with sophisticated three-dimensional mapping systems, CARTO and ESI. Each laboratory has intracardiac echocardiography capabilities (ICE). The labs are fully integrated with the Odyssey system that allows for different configurations depending on the type of procedure that is being performed. All labs can broadcast to anywhere in the world via this Odyssey system. One of the laboratories is also equipped with remote magnetic navigation (Stereotaxis) for the treatment of complex atrial and ventricular ablations. In addition, there is a dedicated laboratory for non-invasive procedures. In this laboratory, head-up tilt table tests, electrical cardioversions and ICD DFTs are performed.

The electrophysiology laboratory at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is one of the busiest electrophysiology laboratories in the United States. We perform all types of procedures, from simple supraventricular tachycardia ablations to complex epicardial ablations. The number of atrial fibrillation ablations exceeds 650 per year. There have been over 3,500 electrophysiological procedures performed at Ohio State this year, including over 900 catheter ablations, over 400 pacemaker implantations and over 800 ICD implantations. Fellows are intricately involved in all of these procedures as well as lead extraction, epicardial ablations, tilt table tests and cardioversions.

Application process

Eligibility criteria

  • MD or DO
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent resident or J1 Visa status
  • Completion of a three-year ACGME-accredited cardiology fellowship program by the time of entry
Application dates
  • Start date: July 1, 2019
  • Application deadline: October 1, 2017

Application materials should include:

  • Application (PDF)
  • A complete CV
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of reference
  • USMLE board score reports
  • Recent color photograph

To apply, mail or email your application and accompanying documents to the Electrophysiology Fellowship Coordinator, Sherri Artis. 

Mailing address:
Sherri Artis
Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute
473 W. 12th Ave., Suite 200
Columbus, OH 43210

Email:
Sherri.Artis@osumc.edu

Electrophysiology Fellows

Electrophysiology Fellows

Rafael Cavalcanti, MD

MD: Tufts School of Medicine
Residency: Cleveland Clinic Foundation    
General Cardiology Fellowship: University of Kentucky
Rafael.Cavalcanti@osumc.edu

EP Cavalcanti

Muhammed Afzal, MD

MD: King Edward Medical University 
Residency: Good Samaritan Hospital
General Cardiology Fellowship: University of Kansas Medical Center
Muhammad.Afzal@osumc.edu

Auroa Badin, MD

MD: University of Damascus
Residency: Mount Sinai School of Medicine – Jersey City Medical Center
General Cardiology Fellowship: University of Illinois, College of Medicine at Peoria
Auroa.Badin@osumc.edu

Hemant Godora, MD

MD: The University of North Carolina
Residency: Barnes-Jewish Hospital – Washington University
General Cardiology Fellowship: The University of Alabama
Hemant.Godara@osumc.edu

Diego Fernando Alcivar Franco, MD

MD: Universidad Catolica de Santiago de Guayaquil
Residency: University of Kentucky   
General Cardiology Fellowship: Summa Akron City Hospital
DiegoFernando.AlcivarFranco@osumc.edu

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