Treating All Types of Atrial & Ventricular Arrhythmia

Dr. DAvilaOur electrophysiologists are internationally recognized in the management of all types of complex atrial and ventricular arrhythmia. We offer comprehensive services, which include state-of-the-art diagnostics, treatments, and minimally invasive procedures.

Leaders in Treating Ventricular Tachycardia

Program Director, Andre d’Avila, MD, is a leader in mapping and ablation of complex atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, including ventricular tachycardia. He and his colleagues in Brazil at the Hospital Cardiologico Florianopolis have pioneered the field of epicardial ablation and Dr. d’Avila was instrumental in bringing this technique to the United States.

A Range of Comprehensive Services

Diagnostics. Using state-of-the-art technologies, the arrhythmia monitoring lab staff work closely with our electrophysiologists to identify patients at high risk of sudden cardiac death and alert referring physicians when significant rhythm abnormalities are detected.

Atrial fibrillation management. Our Atrial Fibrillation Clinic includes consultation for afib ablation and anti-arrhythmic drugs, as well as cardioversion, placement of the Watchman left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) device, and access to clinical trials.

Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) ablation can be an effective treatment option for patients with atrial fibrillation. BIDMC performs PVI ablations without fluoroscopy, eliminating radiation exposure to patients and staff.

Device management. Both routine and urgent patient appointments are available daily in our Pacemaker and Defibrillator Clinic for:

  • Standard and novel leadless pacemakers
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs)

Lead extractions. In consultation with BIDMC cardiac surgeons and infectious disease specialists, our electrophysiologists oversee one of New England's busiest practices in lead removal services.

Contact Us

To refer a patient to BIDMC's Arrhythmia Services for evaluation or treatment:

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About Our Leadership

Peter Zimetbaum, MD
Associate Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine and Director, Clinical Cardiology, Electrophysiology

Peter J. Zimetbaum, MD, is the Richard and Susan Smith Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Associate Chief and Clinical Director of Cardiology at BIDMC. He is a clinical electrophysiologist with a particular interest in the clinical management of atrial fibrillation, sudden death syndromes and complex device management. Dr. Zimetbaum directs the ECG and Arrhythmia Core Laboratory at the Baim Institute for Clinical Research and is the co-editor of Cardiology in Review. 

Andre d’Avila, MD
Chief, Cardiac Arrhythmia Service

Andre d’Avila, MD is the Director of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Service and The Harvard Thorndike Electrophysiology Institute. Dr. d’Avila also maintains a part-time appointment as a consulting electrophysiologist at the Hospital Cardiologico Florianopolis, Brazil. Dr. d’Avila is an internationally renowned clinician, teacher and researcher. His primary research focus is the mapping and ablation of complex atrial and ventricular arrhythmias. He and his colleagues in Brazil have pioneered the field of epicardial ablation, and Dr. d’Avila was instrumental in bringing this technique to the United States. He has authored over 200 original scientific articles and 20 book chapters.

Treating Scar-Related Ventricular Tachycardia
Andre d'Avila, MD, Director of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Service, explains different treatment options for patients with scar-related ventricular tachycardia.