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Melvin Scheinman, M.D.

Cardiologist and electrophysiologist

Dr. Melvin Scheinman, one of the pioneers of cardiac electrophysiology, was the first to perform catheter ablation on humans. Scheinman and his team used high-energy direct current shocks and were the first to open accessory pathways. The team was instrumental in developing radiofrequency energy applications for cardiac arrhythmias. Scheinman and his colleagues also developed techniques for modifying sinus node function in patients with inappropriate sinus tachycardia and to cure patients with automatic junctional tachycardia.

He is currently in charge of the caradiac genetic arrhythmia program, which is devoted to discovery of new genes related to heart rhythm disorders.

Scheinman grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and earned an undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University where he graduated first in his class. His medical education included Albert Einstein College of Medicine, residency training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and cardiology training at UCSF Medical Center.

Clinics

Cardiac Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia Service
400 Parnassus Ave., Floor B1, Room 094
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2554
Fax: (415) 353-2528

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Cardiovascular Genetics Program
400 Parnassus Avenue, Plaza Level, Room 94
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2873
Fax: (415) 476-5355

Hours: Monday
noon – 4 p.m

Conditions & Treatments

More about Melvin Scheinman

Education

Albert Einstein College of Medicine 1960

Residencies

North Carolina Memorial Hospital, Internal Medicine 1965

Fellowships

UCSF Medical Center, Cardiovascular Diseases 1967

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Drew BJ, Dracup K, Childers R, Criley JM, Fung G, Marcus F, Mortara D, Laks M, Scheinman M. Finding ECG Readers in Clinical Practice: Is It Time to Change the Paradigm? J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014 Aug 5; 64(5):528.
  2. Singh DK, Viswanathan MN, Tanel RE, Lee RJ, Lee BK, Marcus GM, Olgin JE, Han F, Vedantham V, Tseng ZH, Pellegrini C, Kawamura M, Gerstenfeld EP, Badhwar N, Scheinman M. His overdrive pacing during supraventricular tachycardia: A novel maneuver for distinguishing atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia from atrioventricular reciprocating tachycardia. Heart Rhythm. 2014 Aug; 11(8):1327-35.
  3. Hoffmayer KS, Dewland TA, Hsia HH, Badhwar N, Hsu JC, Tseng ZH, Marcus GM, Scheinman MM, Gerstenfeld EP. Safety of radiofrequency catheter ablation without coronary angiography in aortic cusp ventricular arrhythmias. Heart Rhythm. 2014 Jul; 11(7):1117-21.
  4. Stepanyan G, Badhwar N, Lee RJ, Marcus GM, Lee BK, Tseng ZH, Vedantham V, Olgin J, Scheinman M, Gerstenfeld EP. Safety of new oral anticoagulants for patients undergoing atrial fibrillation ablation. J Interv Card Electrophysiol. 2014 Jun; 40(1):33-8.
  5. Kawamura M, Badhwar N, Vedantham V, Tseng ZH, Lee BK, Lee RJ, Marcus GM, Olgin JE, Gerstenfeld EP, Scheinman MM. Coupling interval dispersion and body mass index are independent predictors of idiopathic premature ventricular complex-induced cardiomyopathy. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2014 Jul; 25(7):756-62.
  6. Kawamura M, Vedantham V, Dewland TA, Scheinman MM. Incessant long RP tachycardia: What is the mechanism? Heart Rhythm. 2014 May; 11(5):904-6.
  7. Hu D, Barajas-Martínez H, Terzic A, Park S, Pfeiffer R, Burashnikov E, Wu Y, Borggrefe M, Veltmann C, Schimpf R, Cai JJ, Nam GB, Deshmukh P, Scheinman M, Preminger M, Steinberg J, López-Izquierdo A, Ponce-Balbuena D, Wolpert C, Haďssaguerre M, Sánchez-Chapula JA, Antzelevitch C. ABCC9 is a novel Brugada and early repolarization syndrome susceptibility gene. Int J Cardiol. 2014 Feb 15; 171(3):431-42.
  8. Marcus GM, Keung E, Scheinman MM. The year in review of clinical cardiac electrophysiology. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2013 Dec 24; 62(25):2433-47.
  9. Dewland TA, Scheinman MM, Marcus GM. Supraventricular tachycardia termination after atrial noncapture: What is the mechanism? Heart Rhythm. 2014 Jun; 11(6):1085-6.
  10. Hsu JC, Badhwar N, Gerstenfeld EP, Lee RJ, Mandyam MC, Dewland TA, Imburgia KE, Hoffmayer KS, Vedantham V, Lee BK, Tseng ZH, Scheinman MM, Olgin JE, Marcus GM. Randomized trial of conventional transseptal needle versus radiofrequency energy needle puncture for left atrial access (the TRAVERSE-LA study). J Am Heart Assoc. 2013 Oct; 2(5):e000428.
  11. Ermakov S, Hoffmayer KS, Gerstenfeld EP, Scheinman MM. Combination drug therapy for patients with intractable ventricular tachycardia associated with right ventricular cardiomyopathy. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2014 Jan; 37(1):90-4.
  12. Scheinman M, Gerstenfeld E. Mapping of complex atrial tachycardia circuits by 3-dimensional body surface mapping: the first step in the dawn of a new era. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2013 Sep 3; 62(10):898-9.
  13. Lampert R, Olshansky B, Heidbuchel H, Lawless C, Saarel E, Ackerman M, Calkins H, Estes NA, Link MS, Maron BJ, Marcus F, Scheinman M, Wilkoff BL, Zipes DP, Berul CI, Cheng A, Law I, Loomis M, Barth C, Brandt C, Dziura J, Li F, Cannom D. Safety of sports for athletes with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators: results of a prospective, multinational registry. Circulation. 2013 May 21; 127(20):2021-30.
  14. Vedantham V, Jackman WM, Scheinman MM. Unexpected potential following ablation of a right atriofascicular accessory pathway. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2013 Aug; 24(8):939-41.
  15. Calloe K, Refaat MM, Grubb S, Wojciak J, Campagna J, Thomsen NM, Nussbaum RL, Scheinman MM, Schmitt N. Characterization and mechanisms of action of novel NaV1.5 channel mutations associated with Brugada syndrome. Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol. 2013 Feb; 6(1):177-84.
  16. Marcus GM, Keung E, Scheinman MM. The year in review of clinical cardiac electrophysiology. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2013 Feb 19; 61(7):772-82.
  17. Hoffmayer KS, Bhave PD, Marcus GM, James CA, Tichnell C, Chopra N, Moxey L, Krahn AD, Dixit S, Stevenson W, Calkins H, Badhwar N, Gerstenfeld EP, Scheinman MM. An electrocardiographic scoring system for distinguishing right ventricular outflow tract arrhythmias in patients with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy from idiopathic ventricular tachycardia. Heart Rhythm. 2013 Apr; 10(4):477-82.
  18. Scheinman M. Enhanced AV nodal conduction and Brenchenmacher tracts. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2013 Feb; 36(2):135-6.
  19. Sung RK, Kim AM, Tseng ZH, Han F, Inada K, Tedrow UB, Viswanathan MN, Badhwar N, Varosy PD, Tanel R, Olgin JE, Stephenson WG, Scheinman M. Diagnosis and ablation of multiform fascicular tachycardia. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2013 Mar; 24(3):297-304.
  20. Hoffmayer KS, Scheinman M. Current role of atrioventricular junction (AVJ) ablation. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2013 Feb; 36(2):257-65.

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