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 36 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 50 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 fellowship training is geared toward fine tuning 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 feel the second year of fellowship training is necessary to produce a well-rounded, competent electrophysiologist. The KU Hospital is a 623-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 Fellowship is a high volume program performing a wide variety of procedures. There are four electrophysiology laboratories (including a hybrid operating room 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 2013, almost 2400 procedures were performed with over 300 atrial fibrillation ablations, 150 biventricular ICD, and almost 900 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 six 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 2013, 22 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: Anna Bryan, for applications, questions or concerns.
Email: abryan@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 , FHRS
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)
Reddy Madhu Y.Madhu Reddy, MD, FACC, FHRS                                           Assistant Professor of Medicine - Cardiology
Medical School: Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India
IM Residency: Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE
CV Fellowship: Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE CCEP Fellowship:University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS

Current Fellows

Moustapha Atoui

Moustapha Atoui, MD
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellow

Medical School: Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon
Residency: Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, Bronx, NY
Fellowship: Montefiore Medical Center/ Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, Bronx, NY

Research Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Ventricular Tachycardia


  • Moustapha Atoui, Sampath Gunda, Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy.Left Atrial Appendage Closure is Preferred to Chronic Warfarin Therapy: The Pro Perspective. Cardiac Electrophysiology Clinics, In press, available online: July 10, 2015.  DOI:10.1016/j.ccep.2015.05.019
  • Moustapha Atoui, Sampath Gunda, Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy and Srijoy Mahapatra.Radiofrequency Ablation to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death. Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal, April 2015, Vol. 11, No. 2, pp. 121-128.
  • Gunda S, Reddy M, Pillarisetti J, Atoui M, Badhwar N, Swarup V, Di Biase L,Mohanty S, Mohanty P, Nagaraj H, Ellis C, Rasekh A, Cheng J, Bartus K, Lee R,Natale A, Lakkireddy D. Differences in Complication Rates between Large BoreNeedle and a Long Micropuncture Needle during Epicardial Access - Time to Change Clinical Practice? Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol. 2015 Jun 15. pii:CIRCEP.115.002921. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26078278.
  • Jonathan N. Bella, MD, FACC, FASE, FAHA; Moustapha Atoui MD. Essential Hypertension. Review. BMJ Best Practice, Powered by Epocrates. Last update 08/11/2014.  
  • Moustapha Atoui, Nadia Fida, Suresh Kumar Nayudu, Mariela Glandt, Sridhar Chilimuri Outcomes of Patients with Cocaine Induced Chest Pain in an Inner City Hospital Cardiology Research, Volume 2, Number 6, December 2011, pages 269-273  

Abstracts Presented at National Meetings: 

  • Sampath Gunda, MD, Madhu Reddy, MD, Jayasree Pillarisetti, MD, Sandeep Koripalli, MBBS, Moustapha Atoui, MD,Nitish Badhwar, MD, Vijay Swarup, MD, Luigi Di Biase, MD,Sanghamitra Mohanty, MD, Prashanth Mohanty, MD, Hosakote Nagaraj, MD, Dhanujaya R. Lakkireddy, MD, FHRS, Christopher R. Ellis, MD, Randall J. Lee, MD, PhD and Andrea Natale,MD, FHRS. Impact of long micropuncture needle on epicardial access related complications - time to change the large bore needle. Heart Rhythm. 2015;12(5): S138.
  • Jayasree Pillarisetti, MD, Sampath Gunda, MD, Sanjay Arkuala,MBBS, Jahnavi Thummaluru, MBBS, Nivedita Adabala,MBBS, Nandhini Sehar, MBBS, Zeeshan Hussain, MD, Dmitry Familstev, MD, Rizwan Afzal, MD, Moustapha Atoui, MD,Sudharani Bommana, MS, Luigi Di Biase, MD, FHRS, Carola Gianni, MD, Roderick Tung, MD, FHRS, Kalyanam Shivkumar,MD, Andrea Natale, MD, FHRS, Madhu Reddy, MD, Rakesh Gopinathannair, MD and Dhanujaya R. Lakkireddy, MD, FHRS. Utility of coronary angiogram prior to monomorphic ventricular tachycardia storm. Heart Rhythm. 2015;12(5): S522.
  • Muhammad Afzal; Arun Kanmanthareddy; Sampath Gunda; Donita Atkins; Madhu Reddy; Moustapha Atoui; Jayasree Pillarisetti; Buddhadeb Dawn; Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy. Cryptogenic stroke and underlying atrial fibrillation: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized control trials. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2015;65(10_S):.  doi:10.1016/S0735-1097(15)60360-6.
  • Madhu Reddy; Moustapha Atoui; Jayasree Pillarisetti; Sampath Gunda; Donita Atkins; Sudharani Bommana; Pramod Janga; Raghuveer Dendi; Rhea Pimentel; Martin Emert; Loren Berenbom; Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy. Externalization of conductor cables in quicksite and quickflex left ventricular leads. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2015;65(10_S):.  doi:10.1016/S0735-1097(15)60265-0.
  • Moustapha Atoui; Sampath Gunda; Jayasree Pillarisetti; Muhammad Afzal; Donita Atkins; Madhu Reddy; Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy. Termination of a left atrial tachycardia by left atrial appendage ligation. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2015;65(10_S):.  doi:10.1016/S0735-1097(15)60588-5.
  • Richard Peralta, Andrew Yoon, Moustapha Atoui,  Karomibal Mejia,  Maryam Afshar, James Min, and Jonathan N. Bella. Efficacy of Cardiac Computerized Tomographic Angiography in the Evaluation of Patients with Cocaine-Induced Chest Pain: A Pilot Randomized Trial. Poster Presentation.Circulation. 2014;130:A18655.
  • Carlos R. Manrique; Nidhish Tiwari; Moustapha Atoui; Salim Baghdadi; Andrew Krumerman; Kevin Ferrick; Luigi Di Biase; John Fisher; Soo Gyum Kim; Jay Gross Rare Manifestations of Dual Atrioventricular Physiology. Poster Presentation at ACC.14, FIT Clinical Decision-Making. 03/2014, Washington, DC.
  • Moustapha Atoui; Christian Gonzalez; Manoj Bhandari; Socrates Rosdan; Richard Peralta; Marin Nicu; Jonathan N Bella; Eduard Sklyar Echocardiogram in the evaluation of patients with syncope and normal Electrocardiogram: do we need it? Poster Presentation at AHA 11/2013, Dallas, TX. (abstract 18522).  
  • Raza Alvi, Robert Gorski, Moustapha Atoui, Maryam Afshar, Narendra C Bhalodkar, Jonathan N Bella, Eduard Sklyar, Bronx-Lebanon Hosp Ctr, Bronx, NY. Utility of Athens QRS score for detection of coronary artery disease in patients with normal exercise stress test. Poster Presentation at AHA 11/2013, Dallas, TX. (abstract 16861). 
  • N.C. Bhalodkar, M. Atoui, R. Alvi, A. Gardezi, U. Khan, N. Paladugu, S. Blum. QTc Prolongation During Vasodilator Nuclear Stress Test (NST) And Its Association With Abnormal Scan And All Cause Mortality In An Inner-City Hospital. Presented at the 15th World Congress on Heart Disease, International Academy of Cardiology, Vancouver, Canada (7/26/2010).  
  • Moustapha Atoui, Suresh Kumar Nayudu, Nadia Fida, Jayanthi Loganathan, Madan Mohan Patel, Sridhar Chilimuri. The Effect of Strategic Napping on Sleep Deprivation and Fitness to Work. Presented at the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM), Spring Conference, 4/2011, Las Vegas, NV.
Madhav Lavu

Madhav Lavu, MD
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellow 

Medical School: Kasturba Medical College Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Residency: St. Barnabas Hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Research interests: Arrhythmia Monitoring, Device Programming, Ablation 


  • Madhav Lavu, Susheel Gundewar and David J.Lefer - Gene Therapy for Ischemic Heart Disease - Journal of Cellular and Molecular Cardiology. 2011 May;50(5):742-50. Epub 2010 Jun 26.
  • Madhav Lavu, Shashi Bhushan, David J.Lefer - Hydrogen Sulfide-Mediated Cardioprotection: Mechanisms and Therapeutic Potential - Clin Sci (Lond). 2010 Dec 3;120(6):219-2.
  • Radhika H. Muzumdar, Derek M. Huffman, John W. Calvert, Saurabh Jha, Yoni Weinberg, Lingguang Cui, Anjana Nemkal, Gil Atzmon, Susheel Gundewar, Sang Yong Ji, Madhav Lavu, Benjamin L. Predmore, David J. Lefer - Acute Humanin Therapy Attenuates Myocardial Ischemia and Reperfusion Injury in Mice - Atherosclerosis Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology 2010 Oct;30(10):1940-8. Epub 2010 Jul 22.
  • Aragón JP, Condit ME, Bhushan S, Predmore BL, Patel SS, Grinsfelder DB, Gundewar S, Jha S, Calvert JW, Barouch LA, Lavu M, Wright HM, Lefer DJ - Beta3-adrenoreceptor stimulation ameliorates myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury via endothelial nitric oxide synthase and neuronal nitric oxide synthase activation - J Am Coll Cardiol. 2011 Dec 13;58(25):2683-91.        

Abstracts and Posters:

  • Genetic Deficiency of Cystathionine Gamma-Lyase Exacerbates Myocardial Reperfusion Injury and Is Rescued by Exogenous Hydrogen Sulfide - Shashi Bhushan, Benjamin L Predmore, Marah Elston, Juan Pablo Aragon, Madhav Lavu, Saurabh Jha, Susheel Gundewar, David Lefer- CRT Meeting Feb 28, 2011 Washington DC. Published in Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine Volume 12, Issue 3 , Page 193, May 2011.
  • Role of eNOS and nNOS in Beta3-Adrenergic Receptor Mediated Cardioprotection - Juan Pablo Aragón; Marah Elston; D. Bennett Grinsfelder; Madhav Lavu; John W Calvert; Harold M Wright; Lili A Barouch; David J Lefer- AHA Scientific Sessions 2010. Published in Circulation 2010;122:A12052.
  • Genetic Deletion of Circadian Clock Gene Reduces the Extent of Myocardial Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury - Shashi Bhushan; Benjamin L Predmore; Madhav Lavu; R D Rudic; David J Lefer - AHA Scientific Sessions 2011. Published in Circulation 2011; 124: A17186.
  • Sodium nitrite therapy fails to attenuate the severity of ischemia-induced heart failure - Shashi Bhushan, Marah Elston, Juan Pablo Aragon, Madhav Lavu, John W Calvert, Benjamin Predmore, Kazuhisa Kondo, David Lefer - Nitrite meeting 2011. Published in Nitric Oxide; DOI: 10.1016/j.niox.2011.03.293.
  • Benjamin Predmore, Juan Pablo Aragon, Sandeep Patel, Bennett Grinsfelder, Susheel Gundewar, Saurabh Jha, Marah Elston, John Calvert, Lili Barouch, Madhav Lavu, Harold Wright, Sashi Bhushan, David Lefer - Stimulation of the beta 3-adrenergic receptor protects against myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury by increasing cardiac nitrite levels - Nitric Oxide Volume 24, Supplement, May 2011, Pages S23.
  • Addison's Disease Presenting as 'STEMI'. Madhav Lavu, Mark Holmberg FIT Decision Making Case at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Sessions 2014 at Washington DC. Published in JACC April 01, 2014, Vol. 63, No. 12_S.
  • Ventricular Arrhythmias in Hospitalized HFpEF Patients. Madhav Lavu, Ajay Kaja, Arun Kanmantha Reddy, Ravi Thimmisetty, Vimalkumar Veerappan Kandasamy, Claire Hunter, Aryan Mooss, Venkata Alla, Venkata Alla. ACC 2015 San Diego, CA. Published in JACC March 17, 2015. Volume 65, Issue 10S. DOI: 10.1016/S0735-1097(15)60409-0

Book Chapters:

  • Madhav Lavu, Susheel Gundewar and David Lefer - Chapter Title: Role of Nitrite in Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury. Book Title: Nitrite and Nitrate in Human Health and Disease 1st Edition 2011, 346 p. 29 illus., ISBN: 978-1-60761-615-3).
Sandia Iskandar

Sandia Iskandar, MD
Cardiac Arrhythmia Fellow 

Medical School: Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland
Residency: University of Texas Austin, Dell Medical School, Austin, Texas

Research Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Non-Ischemic cardiomyopathy 



Last modified: Sep 23, 2015