Division of Cardiovascular Diseases

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship

Overview from the program director

The clinical cardiac electrophysiology fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center is a one year accredited program that provides comprehensive training for a career in academic and clinical electrophysiology. The program is ACGME accredited and fulfills requirements for training as indicated in the July 1, 2007 ACGME Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Cardiovascular Diseases.

The cardiology program at KUMC currently has forty cardiovascular physicians with active general cardiology, interventional cardiology and electrophysiology services, including subspecialty fellows in these disciplines. The KUMC cardiovascular medicine and cardiac surgery program is consistently ranked as one of the top programs in the nation by the US news and World Report.

The University of Kansas Hospital Electrophysiology program is also pleased to offer an additional non-accredited Advanced Electrophysiology Fellowship in ablation and complex lead extraction. This second year of training is geared toward fellows who are interested in fine tuning their skills in both complex atrial and ventricular arrhythmias. The trainee will have the opportunity to utilize various types of advanced mapping and ablation techniques including ultrasound guided mapping, epicardial mapping and ablation, and cryoablation. In addition, the fellow will gain exposure to high risk lead extractions from a high volume center. During this year, the fellow is also expected to enhance his/her research experience with an independent project to be submitted for publication at a peer reviewed journal at the conclusion of their training. We would highly recommend this second year of fellowship training to any physician interested in pursuing a career in academic medicine.

The KU Hospital is a 456-bed academic tertiary care referral center for the Kansas City metropolitan area, western Missouri, and eastern Kansas. It includes a 72-bed state of the art, Center for Advanced Heart Care that opened in 2006. KU Hospital and clinics feature a robust electronic medical record system from Epic Systems Corporation.

The clinical cardiac electrophysiology program is a high volume program performing a wide variety of procedures. There are four electrophysiology laboratories (including a hybrid suite where high risk lead extractions and complex ablation procedures are done with readily available cardiothoracic surgical support). The case load continues to grow every year. In calendar year 2011, almost 2000 procedures were performed with more than 300 atrial fibrillation ablations, >200 biventricular ICD, and 700 SVT ablations. Our state of the art EP lab rooms include 3D noncontact mapping (Biosense Carto and ESI) as well as Stereotaxis navigation systems.  We are a regional referral center for complex ventricular arrhythmias and lead extractions with patients traveling throughout all areas of the Midwest. In October 2012 we opened the first "MediGuide" enabled suite which allows us to significantly decrease radiation exposure to patients and physicians. In addition, we are one of the leading performers of epicardial left atrial appendage ligations. This program is a joint venture between interventional cardiology and electrophysiology.

The fellow will work with five electrophysiology specialists who are all high volume operators. The electrophysiology fellow will obtain experience in performing comprehensive electrophysiology procedures including ablation of both supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias. In addition, the fellow will become proficient at implantation of pacemakers, defibrillators, and biventricular devices. Both inpatient and outpatient consultations as well as the management of arrhythmia patients will be emphasized during the fellowship year.
Apart from a well rounded experience in the electrophysiology laboratory, the fellowship program provides other learning activities such as monthly journal clubs, weekly didactic and clinical conferences, as well as monthly morbidity and mortality conferences. A monthly research conference and Cardiology Grand Rounds are also offered to round out the fellow’s educational experience.

The electrophysiology section is actively involved in a variety of research activities including both multi-center studies and investigator initiated trials. We are currently involved in more than 20 clinical trials, a number of which are unique phase 3 trials.  We routinely present at national meetings of the Heart Rhythm Society, American Heart Association, and American College of Cardiology. In 2012, eight abstracts were accepted for presentation at Heart Rhythm Society. Academic research is considered an important part of the fellowship with the expectation that the clinical cardiac electrophysiology trainee will complete at least one project with submission of at least one abstract and one manuscript to a peer reviewed journal.

After completion of the one year accredited fellowship program the fellow will meet all requirements to be able to sit for the ACGME sponsored clinical cardiac electrophysiology boards.

The University of Kansas Medical Center’s Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology program offers an intense high volume, academic experience that will result in development of superior cognitive, clinical and procedural skills required for a successful career in clinical cardiac electrophysiology.

CCEP Fellowship Applicants
Please contact the fellowship coordinator Sara Kombrink, for applications, questions or concerns.
Email: mailto:skombrink@kumc.edu


R Pimentel Rhea C. Pimentel, MD, FACC
CCEP Fellowship Director
Associate Professor of Medicine - Cardiology
Medical School: Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University (Chicago, IL)
IM Residency: University Hospitals of Cleveland (Cleveland, OH)
CV Fellowship: Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO)
CCEP Fellowship: Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO)
L Berenbom Loren D. Berenbom, MD
Professor of Medicine - Cardiology
Medical School: Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University (Chicago, IL)
IM Residency: Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO)
CV Fellowship: Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO)
CCEP Fellowship: Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO)
R Dendi Raghuveer Dendi, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine - Cardiology
Medical School: Osmania Medical College (Hyderabad, India)
IM Residency:  SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse (Syracuse, NY)
CV Fellowship: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (Iowa City, IA)
CCEP Fellowship: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston, MA)
Martin Emert Martin P. Emert, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine - Cardiology
Medical School: University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Med (Kansas City, MO)
IM Residency: Case Western Reserve, University Hospitals of Cleveland (Cleveland, OH)
CV Fellowship: Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO)
CCEP Fellowship: Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO)
D Lakkireddy Dhanunjaya R. Lakkireddy, MD, FACC
Professor of Medicine - Cardiology Director, Center for Excellence in AF and EP Research
Medical School: Osmania Medical College (Hyderabad, India)
IM Residency: University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Med (Kansas City, MO)
CV Fellowship: Creighton University (Omaha, NE)
CCEP Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic Foundation (Cleveland, OH)


Current Fellows

Anand Pillai

Anand Pillai, MBBS

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellow
Medical School: Medical College Tiruvananthapuram, Kerala University, India
Residency: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Cooper University Hospital

Research Interests:


  • Pillai AM, Yen A, Verma VK, Milcarek B, Kasama RK, Iliadis EA. Impact of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors on progression of Coronary Atherosclerosis in Chronic Kidney Disease. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2007 Mar; 49(9): 318A.
  • Pillai AM, Gupta A, Weinstock J, Staffileno BA, Hollenberg SM. Lifestyle Physical Activity Improves Arterial Compliance in Mildly Hypertensive, Sedentary, African-American Women. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2008 Mar; 51(10): 358A.
  • Pillai AM, Varga P, Kovacs JE. Detection of Congenital Coronary Artery Anomalies with Multi-Detector Computed Tomography. The International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging. 2006 Jul; 22(1): 23.
  • Baran DA, Pillai AM, Patil A, Camacho M, McBride L, Gass AL, Zucker MJ. High Risk Groups in the Tacrolimus In Combination, Tacrolimus Alone Compared (TICTAC) Trial: Evaluation of Allograft Rejection and Survival. J Heart Lung Transplant 2009;28:S175.
  • Baran DA, Pillai AM, Patil A, Nicholls S, Wolski K, Camacho M, McBride L, Gass AL, Cohen M, Zucker MJ. Core Lab Analysis of Intravascular Ultrasound Studies from the TICTAC Trial (Tacrolimus in Combination, Tacrolimus Alone Compared): Is There A Price To Pay For Monotherapy? J Heart Lung Transplant 2009;28:S302-3.
  • Baran DA, Pillai AM, Patil A, Pardi S, Rosenfeld C, Camacho M, Zucker MJ. A Prospective Trial of Steroid Discontinuation in Stable Heart Transplant Patients as Guided by Serum Cortisol Measurement. J Heart Lung Transplant 2009;28:S216.
Jayasree Pillarisetti

Jayasree Pillarisetti, MBBS

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellow
Medical School: Osmania Medical College, India
Residency: University of Missouri - Kansas City

Research Interests : Cardiorenal disease, Atrial Fibrillation


  • Pillarisetti J, Patel P, Duthuluru S, Roberts J, Chen W, Genton R, Wiley M, Candipan R, Tadros P, Gupta K.. Cardiac catheterization in Patients with End-Stage Liver Disease: Safety and Outcomes. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2010 Apr 15. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Santangeli P, Di Biase L, Lakkireddy D, Burkhardt JD, Pillarisetti J, Michowitz Y, Sanchez JE, Horton R, Mohanty P, Gallinghouse GJ, Dello Russo A, Casella M, Pelargonio G, Santarelli P, Verma A, Narasimhan C, Shivkumar K, Natale A. Radiofrequency catheter ablation of ventricular arrhythmias in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: safety and feasibility. Heart Rhythm. 2010 Aug;7(8):1036-42. Epub 2010 May 19.
  • Pillarisetti J, Nath J, Berenbom L, Lakkireddy D. Cardiac Cirrhosis - A rare manifestation of an uncorrected Primum Atrial Septal Defect. J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown). 2010 Sep;11(9):689-91.
  • Pillarisetti J, Beasley BW. Humor in Intern Retreats : Scrubbing Away the Blues. Mo Med. 2009 Sep-Oct;106(5):377-9.
  • Verma A, Wulffhart Z, Lakkireddy D, Khaykin Y, Kaplan A, Sarak B, Biria M, Pillarisetti J, Bhat P, Di Biase L, Constantini O, Quan K, Natale A. Incidence of left ventricular function improvement after primary prevention ICD implantation for non-ischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy: a multicentre experience. Heart. 2010 Apr;96(7):510-5. Epub 2009 Nov 1.
  • Pillarisetti J, Gupta K. Giant Inverted T waves in the emergency department: case report and review of differential diagnoses. J Electrocardiol. 2010 Jan-Feb;43(1):40-2. Epub . Review.
  • Pillarisetti J, Biria M, Balda A, Reddy N, Berenbom L, Lakkireddy D. Integrity of vascular access: the story of a broken sheath!. J Vasc Nurs. 2009 Sep;27(3):75-7.
  • Di Biase L, Burkhardt JD, Lakkireddy D, Pillarisetti J, Baryun EN, Biria M, Horton R, Sanchez J, Gallinghouse GJ, Bailey S, Beheiry S, Hongo R, Hao S, Tomassoni G, Natale A. Mapping and ablation of ventricular arrhythmias with magnetic navigation: comparison between 4- and 8-mm catheter tips. J Interv Card Electrophysiol. 2009 Nov;26(2):133-7. Epub 2009 Jul 29.
  • Pillarisetti J, Rosamond T, Lakkireddy D. Pulmonary vein stents or stenosis: why acquisition phase matters during computed tomography? Europace. 2009 Jul;11(7):916. Epub 2009 Apr 9
  • Pillarisetti J, Patel A, Boc K, Bommana S, Sawers Y, Vanga S, Sayana H, Chen W, Nath J, Vacek J, Lakkireddy D. Evolution of Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation to Persistent or Permanent Atrial Fibrillation: Predictors of progression. Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Pillarisetti J, Ray W. Lakkireddy D. Ectopic Triggers of Superior Vena Cava in Atrial Fibrillation. Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Prasad S, Pillarisetti J, Vanga S, Lakkireddy D. AV Nodal Reentrant Tachycardia Causing Inappropriate ICD Shocks In a Patient With Arrhythmogenic RV Dysplasia. Indian Pacing Electrophysiol J. 2009;9(1):60-3. Epub 2009 Jan 7.
  • Biria M, Batrash A, Pillarisetti J, Vacek J, Berenbom L, Lakkireddy D. Underutilization of Warfarin Therapy in Elderly Patients with Atrial Fibrillation - Fear or False Sense of Security ! Journal of Atrial Fibrillation. September 2008 Vol 1 (3) 133-138.
  • Thibodeau J, Pillarisetti J, .Main M. Mortality Rates and Clinical Predictors Of Reduced Survival after Cardioverter Defibrillator Implantation. Am J Cardiol. 2008 Mar 15;101(6):861-4.
  • Pillarisetti J. Awad A . McArdle's Disease presenting with Acute Renal Failure Southern Medical Journal, Volume 100, Number 3, March 2007 1-4
  • Harris W, Pillarisetti J. Serum Lipid Concentrations and the Omega-3 Index. The Fats of Life, Winter 2006 edition, p17-21.
Arun Kanmantha Reddy

Arun Kanmantha Reddy, MD, MS

Cardiac Arrhythmia Fellow
Medical School : Armed Forces Medical College, India.
Residency : Internal Medicine, Crozer Chester Medical Center, Pennsylvania.
Fellowship: Cardiology Hypertension, The Mount Sinai Hospital/ Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York.
Master's in Biotechnology : University of Houston Clearlake, Texas.

Research Interests: Arrhythmia Ablations, Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia, Pre-excitation Syndromes, Preventive Cardiology.


  • Kanmanthareddy A, Jogendra M, Rosendorff C. Blood Pressure Measurement in the Geriatric Population. Blood Pressure Monitoring. In Press.
  • Kanmanthareddy A, Buddam A, Reddy M, Janga P, Vallakati A, Yarlagadda V, Bommana S,Lakkireddy D, Natale A. Biologic Effects of Ionizing Radiation. Journal of Atrial Fibrillation. May 2013; Vol 5 (7); 5-12.
  • Tahseen M, Saleem A, Reddy A, Zeitz M. Massive Gastrointestinal  Bleeding from a Traumatic Gastric Injury.American Journal of Gastroenterology. Oct 2012; 107,1s (S297:718).
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