Paul J. Wang, MD

Cardiac electrophysiologist

Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine) and, by courtesy, of Bioengineering at the Stanford University Medical Center

Cardiac Arrhythmia Service

  • 300 Pasteur Drive
  • Stanford, CA 94305
  • Phone: 650-723-6459
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Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease

  • 300 Pasteur Drive
  • Stanford, CA 94305
  • Phone: 650-721-4363
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Professional Education

Fellowship: Brigham and Women's Hospital Harvard Medical School (1989) MA

Medical Education: College of Physicians and Surgeons Columbia University (1983) NY

Internship: New York Presbyterian Medical Center (1984) NY

Board Certification: Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, American Board of Internal Medicine (1992)

Board Certification: Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine (1986)

Board Certification: Cardiovascular Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine (1989)

Residency: New York Presbyterian Medical Center (1986) NY

MD, Columbia University, Medicine (1983)

BA, Harvard University, Biochemical Sciences (1979)

Outcomes from a Postgraduate Biomedical Technology Innovation Training Program: The First 12 Years of Stanford Biodesign
Brinton, T. J., Kurihara, C. Q., Camarillo, D. B., Pietzsch, J. B., Gorodsky, J., & Yock, P. G. (2013). Outcomes from a Postgraduate Biomedical Technology Innovation Training Program: The First 12 Years of Stanford Biodesign. ANNALS OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING, 41(9), 1803-1810.

ATP during charging: a failure of therapy?
Santangeli, P., Tsiperfal, A., Wang, P. J., & Al-Ahmad, A. (2013). ATP during charging: a failure of therapy?. Heart rhythm , 10(7), 1091-1093.

Drug screening using a library of human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes reveals disease-specific patterns of cardiotoxicity.
Liang, P., Lan, F., Lee, A. S., Gong, T., Sanchez-Freire, V., & Wu, J. C. (2013). Drug screening using a library of human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes reveals disease-specific patterns of cardiotoxicity. Circulation, 127(16), 1677-1691.

Differences and trends in stroke prevention anticoagulation in primary care vs cardiology specialty management of new atrial fibrillation: The Retrospective Evaluation and Assessment of Therapies in AF (TREAT-AF) study.
Turakhia, M. P., Hoang, D. D., Xu, X., Frayne, S., Schmitt, S., & Heidenreich, P. A. (2013). Differences and trends in stroke prevention anticoagulation in primary care vs cardiology specialty management of new atrial fibrillation: The Retrospective Evaluation and Assessment of Therapies in AF (TREAT-AF) study. American heart journal, 165(1), 93-101 e1.

Effects of Postmenopausal Hormone Therapy on Incident Atrial Fibrillation The Women's Health Initiative Randomized Controlled Trials
Perez, M. V., Wang, P. J., Larson, J. C., Virnig, B. A., Cochrane, B., & Stefanick, M. L. (2012). Effects of Postmenopausal Hormone Therapy on Incident Atrial Fibrillation The Women's Health Initiative Randomized Controlled Trials. CIRCULATION-ARRHYTHMIA AND ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY, 5(6), 1108-1116.

Abrupt bradycardia and grouped beating during treadmill testing: A mimic of upper rate behavior
Woods, C. E., Friday, K., Wang, P., & Turakhia, M. P. (2012). Abrupt bradycardia and grouped beating during treadmill testing: A mimic of upper rate behavior. HEART RHYTHM, 9(7), 1165-1167.

Ability of microvolt T-wave alternans to modify risk assessment of ventricular tachyarrhythmic events: A meta-analysis
Gupta, A., Hoang, D. D., Karliner, L., Tice, J. A., Heidenreich, P., & Turakhia, M. P. (2012). Ability of microvolt T-wave alternans to modify risk assessment of ventricular tachyarrhythmic events: A meta-analysis. AMERICAN HEART JOURNAL, 163(3), 354-364.

Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation: state-of-the-art techniques and future perspectives
Santangeli, P., Di Biase, L., Burkhardt, D. J., Horton, R., Sanchez, J., & Al-Ahmad, A. (2012). Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation: state-of-the-art techniques and future perspectives. JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR MEDICINE, 13(2), 108-124.

Procedural Complications, Rehospitalizations, and Repeat Procedures After Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation
Shah, R. U., Freeman, J. V., Shilane, D., Wang, P. J., Go, A. S., & Hlatky, M. A. (2012). Procedural Complications, Rehospitalizations, and Repeat Procedures After Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CARDIOLOGY, 59(2), 143-149.

Subcutaneous Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Technology
Gupta, A., Al-Ahmad, A., & Wang, P. J. (2011). Subcutaneous Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Technology. HEART FAILURE CLINICS, 7(2), 287-?.

Effectiveness of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy by QRS Morphology in the Multicenter Automatic Defibrillator Implantation Trial-Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (MADIT-CRT)
Zareba, W., Klein, H., Cygankiewicz, I., Hall, W. J., McNitt, S., & Moss, A. J. (2011). Effectiveness of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy by QRS Morphology in the Multicenter Automatic Defibrillator Implantation Trial-Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (MADIT-CRT). CIRCULATION, 123(10), 1061-1072.

Cost-Effectiveness of Dabigatran Compared With Warfarin for Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation
Freeman, J. V., Zhu, R. P., Owens, D. K., Garber, A. M., Hutton, D. W., & Turakhia, M. P. (2011). Cost-Effectiveness of Dabigatran Compared With Warfarin for Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation. ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE, 154(1), 1-U129.

Cost-Effectiveness of Genetic Testing in Family Members of Patients With Long-QT Syndrome
Perez, M. V., Kumarasamy, N. A., Owens, D. K., Wang, P. J., & Hlatky, M. A. (2011). Cost-Effectiveness of Genetic Testing in Family Members of Patients With Long-QT Syndrome. CIRCULATION-CARDIOVASCULAR QUALITY AND OUTCOMES, 4(1), 76-84.

A Novel Method for Patient-Specific QTc-Modeling QT-RR Hysteresis
Hadley, D. M., Froelicher, V. F., & Wang, P. J. (2011). A Novel Method for Patient-Specific QTc-Modeling QT-RR Hysteresis. ANNALS OF NONINVASIVE ELECTROCARDIOLOGY, 16(1), 3-12.

Inappropriate pacing in a patient with managed ventricular pacing: What is the cause?
Perez, M. V., Al-Ahmad, A. A., Wang, P. J., & Turakhia, M. P. (2010). Inappropriate pacing in a patient with managed ventricular pacing: What is the cause?. HEART RHYTHM, 7(9), 1336-1337.

Measurement Precision in the Optimization of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy
Turcott, R. G., Witteles, R. M., Wang, P. J., Vagelos, R. H., Fowler, M. B., & Ashley, E. A. (2010). Measurement Precision in the Optimization of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy. CIRCULATION-HEART FAILURE, 3(3), 395-404.

Finite element modeling of subcutaneous implantable defibrillator electrodes in an adult torso
Jolley, M., Stinstra, J., Tate, J., Pieper, S., MacLeod, R., & Triedman, J. K. (2010). Finite element modeling of subcutaneous implantable defibrillator electrodes in an adult torso. HEART RHYTHM, 7(5), 692-698.

Dyssynchrony Assessment with Tissue Doppler Imaging and Regional Volumetric Analysis by 3D Echocardiography Do Not Predict Long-Term Response to Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy.
Kuppahally, S. S., Fowler, M. B., Vagelos, R., Wang, P., Al-Ahmad, A., & Liang, D. (2010). Dyssynchrony Assessment with Tissue Doppler Imaging and Regional Volumetric Analysis by 3D Echocardiography Do Not Predict Long-Term Response to Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy. Cardiology research and practice, 2011, 568918-?.

Electrocardiographic predictors of atrial fibrillation
Perez, M. V., Dewey, F. E., Marcus, R., Ashley, E. A., Al-Ahmad, A. A., & Froelicher, V. F. (2009). Electrocardiographic predictors of atrial fibrillation. AMERICAN HEART JOURNAL, 158(4), 622-628.

Visualizing ablation gaps in vitro using a deflectable fiber optic endocardial visualization catheter
Irani, A. R., Lin, B., Eversull, C., Hsia, H. H., Zei, P. C., & Al-Ahmad, A. (2009). Visualizing ablation gaps in vitro using a deflectable fiber optic endocardial visualization catheter. JOURNAL OF INTERVENTIONAL CARDIAC ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY, 25(2), 107-110.

Worsening of Left Ventricular End-Systolic Volume and Mitral Regurgitation without Increase in Left Ventricular Dyssynchrony on Acute Interruption of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy
Kuppahally, S. S., Fowler, M. B., Vagelos, R., Wang, P., Al-Ahmad, A., & Liang, D. (2009). Worsening of Left Ventricular End-Systolic Volume and Mitral Regurgitation without Increase in Left Ventricular Dyssynchrony on Acute Interruption of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy. ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY-A JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR ULTRASOUND AND ALLIED TECHNIQUES, 26(7), 759-765.

Direct Visualization of Cardiac Radiofrequency Ablation Lesions
Eversull, C. S., Lin, B., Irani, A. R., Quigley, M. L., Mourlas, N. J., & Wang, P. J. (2009). Direct Visualization of Cardiac Radiofrequency Ablation Lesions. JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH, 2(2), 198-201.

The Efficacy of Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators in Heart Transplant Recipients Results From a Multicenter Registry
Tsai, V. W., Cooper, J., Garan, H., Natale, A., Ptaszek, L. M., & Al-Ahmad, A. (2009). The Efficacy of Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators in Heart Transplant Recipients Results From a Multicenter Registry. CIRCULATION-HEART FAILURE, 2(3), 197-201.

Statin Use and Ventricular Arrhythmias During Clinical Treadmill Testing
Dewey, F. E., Perez, M., Hadley, D., Freeman, J. V., Wang, P., & Froelicher, V. F. (2009). Statin Use and Ventricular Arrhythmias During Clinical Treadmill Testing. JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY, 20(2), 193-199.

A New Approach for ICD Rhythm Classification based on Support Vector Machines
Kamousi, B., Tewfik, A., Lin, B., Al-Ahmad, A., Hsia, H., & Wang, P. (2009). A New Approach for ICD Rhythm Classification based on Support Vector Machines. 2009 ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE IEEE ENGINEERING IN MEDICINE AND BIOLOGY SOCIETY, VOLS 1-20, 2478-2481.

Optimal Programming of ICDs for Prevention of Appropriate and Inappropriate Shocks.
Lo, R., Al-Ahmad, A., Hsia, H., Zei, P. C., & Wang, P. J. (2008). Optimal Programming of ICDs for Prevention of Appropriate and Inappropriate Shocks. Current treatment options in cardiovascular medicine, 10(5), 408-416.

Pacemaker alternans terminated by telemetry wand: What is the mechanism?
Chun, H. J., Cook, K., Wang, P. J., & Al-Ahmad, A. (2008). Pacemaker alternans terminated by telemetry wand: What is the mechanism?. HEART RHYTHM, 5(7), 1080-1082.

Genetics of Arrhythmia: Disease Pathways Beyond Ion Channels
Perez, M. V., Wheeler, M., Ho, M., Pavlovic, A., Wang, P., & Ashley, E. A. (2008). Genetics of Arrhythmia: Disease Pathways Beyond Ion Channels. JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH, 1(2), 155-165.

Time-resolved three-dimensional imaging of the left atrium and pulmonary veins in the interventional suite - A comparison between muttisweep gated rotational three-dimensional reconstructed fluoroscopy and multislice computed tomography
Al-Ahmad, A., Wigstroem, L., Sandner-Porkristl, D., Wang, P. J., Zei, P. C., & Fahrig, R. (2008). Time-resolved three-dimensional imaging of the left atrium and pulmonary veins in the interventional suite - A comparison between muttisweep gated rotational three-dimensional reconstructed fluoroscopy and multislice computed tomography. HEART RHYTHM, 5(4), 513-519.

A Covariance-Based Algorithm: A Novel Technique for Rhythm Discrimination in ICDs
Kamousi, B., Lin, B., Al-Ahmad, A., Hsia, H., Zei, P., & Wang, P. (2008). A Covariance-Based Algorithm: A Novel Technique for Rhythm Discrimination in ICDs. 2008 30TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE IEEE ENGINEERING IN MEDICINE AND BIOLOGY SOCIETY, VOLS 1-8, 5478-5481.

Characterization of human coronary sinus valves by direct visualization during biventricular pacemaker implantation
Anh, D. J., Eversull, C. S., Chen, H. A., Mofrad, P., Mourlas, N. J., & Al-Ahmad, A. (2008). Characterization of human coronary sinus valves by direct visualization during biventricular pacemaker implantation. PACE-PACING AND CLINICAL ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY, 31(1), 78-82.

Cardiac device infections complicated by erosion
Tsai, V., Chen, H., Hsia, H., Zei, P., Wang, P., & Al-Ahmad, A. (2007). Cardiac device infections complicated by erosion. JOURNAL OF INTERVENTIONAL CARDIAC ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY, 19(2), 133-137.

VF and fatal cardiac arrest following ICD therapy delivery: What is the cause?
Mofrad, P. S., Ottoboni, L., Zei, P. C., Hsia, H. H., Wang, P. J., & Amin-Al-Ahmad. (2007). VF and fatal cardiac arrest following ICD therapy delivery: What is the cause?. PACE-PACING AND CLINICAL ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY, 30(4), 551-553.

The effect of gender on mortality or appropriate shock in patients with nonischemic cardiomyopathy who have implantable cardioverter-defibrillators
Chen, H. A., Hsia, H. H., Vagelos, R., Fowler, M., Wang, P., & Al-Ahmad, A. (2007). The effect of gender on mortality or appropriate shock in patients with nonischemic cardiomyopathy who have implantable cardioverter-defibrillators. PACE-PACING AND CLINICAL ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY, 30(3), 390-394.

Inappropriate shock: A failure of SVT discriminators in a dual chamber ICD?
Al-Ahmad, A., Tsiperfal, A., Hsia, H. H., & Wang, P. J. (2006). Inappropriate shock: A failure of SVT discriminators in a dual chamber ICD?. PACE-PACING AND CLINICAL ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY, 29(12), 1413-1415.

Isolated giant cell myocarditis in the atrium: An incidental finding?
Ahmad, I., Miller, D. C., Berry, G. J., Hsia, H. H., Wang, P. J., & Al-Ahmad, A. (2006). Isolated giant cell myocarditis in the atrium: An incidental finding?. PACE-PACING AND CLINICAL ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY, 29(10), 1179-1180.

Early human experience with use of a deflectable fiberoptic endocardial visualization catheter to facilitate coronary sinus cannulation
Anh, D. J., Chen, H. A., Eversull, C. S., Mourlas, N. J., Mead, R. H., & Al-Ahmad, A. (2006). Early human experience with use of a deflectable fiberoptic endocardial visualization catheter to facilitate coronary sinus cannulation. HEART RHYTHM, 3(8), 875-878.

Improvement in quality of life after radiofrequency ablation
Hlatky, M. A., & Wang, P. (2006). Improvement in quality of life after radiofrequency ablation. PACE-PACING AND CLINICAL ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY, 29(4), 341-342.

Supraventricular tachycardia vs ventricular tachycardia: What is the rhythm
Al-Ahmad, A., Tsiperfal, A., Hsia, H. H., & Wang, P. J. (2006). Supraventricular tachycardia vs ventricular tachycardia: What is the rhythm. HEART RHYTHM, 3(4), 490-491.

Premature ventricular contractions causing pacemaker-mediated tachycardia: A failure of postventricular atrial refractory period after premature ventricular contraction extension?
Witteles, R., Engel, G., Wang, P. J., & Al-Ahmad, A. (2005). Premature ventricular contractions causing pacemaker-mediated tachycardia: A failure of postventricular atrial refractory period after premature ventricular contraction extension?. HEART RHYTHM, 2(12), 1389-1390.

Delivery of antitachycardia pacing after a full-energy shock during the same ventricular tachycardia episode: Appropriate device function?
Sirulnick, E., Tsiperfal, A., Wang, P. J., & Al-Ahmad, A. (2005). Delivery of antitachycardia pacing after a full-energy shock during the same ventricular tachycardia episode: Appropriate device function?. HEART RHYTHM, 2(11), 1266-1267.

Use of the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator in long-term survivors of orthotopic heart transplantation
Ptaszek, L. M., Wang, P. J., Hunt, S. A., Valantine, H., Perlroth, M., & Al-Ahmad, A. (2005). Use of the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator in long-term survivors of orthotopic heart transplantation. HEART RHYTHM, 2(9), 931-933.

T-wave abnormalities are a better predictor of cardiovascular mortality than ST depression on the resting electrocardiogram
Beckerman, J., Yamazaki, T., Myers, J., Boyle, C., Chun, S., & Froelicher, V. (2005). T-wave abnormalities are a better predictor of cardiovascular mortality than ST depression on the resting electrocardiogram. ANNALS OF NONINVASIVE ELECTROCARDIOLOGY, 10(2), 146-151.

Early experience with a computerized robotically controlled catheter system
Al-Ahmad, A., Grossman, J. D., & Wang, P. J. (2005). Early experience with a computerized robotically controlled catheter system. JOURNAL OF INTERVENTIONAL CARDIAC ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY, 12(3), 199-202.

Atrial pacing above the sensor rate: What is the cause?
Al-Ahmad, A., Tsiperfal, A., & Wang, P. J. (2005). Atrial pacing above the sensor rate: What is the cause?. HEART RHYTHM, 2(2), 210-211.

Spatial QRS-T angle predicts cardiac death in a clinical population
Yamazaki, T., Froelicher, V. F., Myers, J., Chun, S., & Wang, P. (2005). Spatial QRS-T angle predicts cardiac death in a clinical population. HEART RHYTHM, 2(1), 73-78.

Loss of biventricular pacing: What is the cause?
Richardson, K., Cook, K., Wang, P. J., & Al-Ahmad, A. (2005). Loss of biventricular pacing: What is the cause?. HEART RHYTHM, 2(1), 110-111.

Electrocardiographic arrhythmia risk testing
Engel, G., Beckerman, J. G., Froelicher, V. F., Yamazaki, T., Chen, H. A., & Wang, P. J. (2004). Electrocardiographic arrhythmia risk testing. CURRENT PROBLEMS IN CARDIOLOGY, 29(7), 365-432.

Cardiovascular screening of athletes
Beckerman, J., Wang, P., & Hlatky, M. (2004). Cardiovascular screening of athletes. CLINICAL JOURNAL OF SPORT MEDICINE, 14(3), 127-133.

Frequent ICD shocks due to double sensing in patients with bi-ventricular implantable cardioverter defibrillators
Al-Ahmad, A., Wang, P. J., Homoud, M. K., Estes, N. Am., & Link, M. S. (2003). Frequent ICD shocks due to double sensing in patients with bi-ventricular implantable cardioverter defibrillators. JOURNAL OF INTERVENTIONAL CARDIAC ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY, 9(3), 377-381.