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Randall Lee, Ph.D., M.D.

Cardiologist and electrophysiologist

Dr. Randall J. Lee graduated from UCLA Medical School in 1984 where he also obtained his doctorate in pharmacology. After completing an internal medicine residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Calif., he completed a cardiology fellowship and postdoctoral fellowship in biochemistry and molecular biology at Stanford University, where he earned a Physician Scientist Award and the Upjohn Young Investigator Award in cardiology. Lee subspecialized in cardiac electrophysiology during his second fellowship at UCSF.

His research focuses on cellular and molecular aspects of cardiac arrhythmias and vascular regeneration. He is investigating the cellular and molecular derangements that occur during cardiac arrhythmias and myocardial infarctions. Lee uses genetic engineering techniques to investigate derangements during cardiac arrhythmias and myocardial infarctions and as possible therapeutic tools. Lee also is interested in cardiac development of the conduction system and the means to alter conduction, which then may be applied to diseased states.


Asian Heart and Vascular Center
1600 Divisadero St., Second Floor, Suite C-244
San Francisco, CA 94115
Appointments: (415) 885-3678
Events: (415) 885-3678
Fax: (415) 885-3676

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

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UCLA School of Medicine 1984


Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Internal Medicine 1988


Stanford University Medical Center, Cardiovascular Diseases 1991

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Lee RJ, Hinson A, Bauernschmitt R, Matschke K, Fang Q, Mann DL, Dowling R, Schiller N, Sabbah HN. The feasibility and safety of Algisyl-LVR™ as a method of left ventricular augmentation in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy: Initial first in man clinical results. Int J Cardiol. 2015 Nov 15; 199:18-24.
  2. Anker SD, Coats AJ, Cristian G, Dragomir D, Pusineri E, Piredda M, Bettari L, Dowling R, Volterrani M, Kirwan BA, Filippatos G, Mas JL, Danchin N, Solomon SD, Lee RJ, Ahmann F, Hinson A, Sabbah HN, Mann DL. A prospective comparison of alginate-hydrogel with standard medical therapy to determine impact on functional capacity and clinical outcomes in patients with advanced heart failure (AUGMENT-HF trial). Eur Heart J. 2015 Sep 7; 36(34):2297-309.
  3. Le D, Morelli R, Badhwar N, Lee RJ. Left atrial appendage occlusion for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation. Expert Rev Cardiovasc Ther. 2015 Aug; 13(8):907-14.
  4. Kawamura M, Scheinman MM, Lee RJ, Badhwar N. Left atrial appendage ligation in patients with atrial fibrillation leads to a decrease in atrial dispersion. J Am Heart Assoc. 2015; 4(5).
  5. Badhwar N, Lakkireddy D, Kawamura M, Han FT, Iyer SK, Moyers BS, Dewland TA, Woods C, Ferrell R, Nath J, Earnest M, Lee RJ. Sequential Percutaneous LAA Ligation and Pulmonary Vein Isolation in Patients with Persistent AF: Initial Results of a Feasibility Study. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2015 Jun; 26(6):608-14.
  6. Yu J, Wu YK, Gu Y, Fang Q, Sievers R, Ding CH, Olgin JE, Lee RJ. Immuno-modification of enhancing stem cells targeting for myocardial repair. J Cell Mol Med. 2015 Jul; 19(7):1483-91.
  7. Nguyen J, Sievers R, Motion JP, Kivimäe S, Fang Q, Lee RJ. Delivery of lipid micelles into infarcted myocardium using a lipid-linked matrix metalloproteinase targeting Peptide. Mol Pharm. 2015 Apr 6; 12(4):1150-7.
  8. Badhwar N, Tschopp DR, Lee RJ. Surgical and concomitant epicardial-endocardial (hybrid) ablation of persistent and long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation. Curr Probl Cardiol. 2015 Jun; 40(6):245-67.
  9. Afzal MR, Kanmanthareddy A, Earnest M, Reddy M, Atkins D, Bommana S, Bartus K, Rasekh A, Han F, Badhwar N, Cheng J, Dibiase L, Ellis CR, Dawn B, Natale A, Lee RJ, Lakkireddy D. Impact of left atrial appendage exclusion using an epicardial ligation system (LARIAT) on atrial fibrillation burden in patients with cardiac implantable electronic devices. Heart Rhythm. 2015 Jan; 12(1):52-9.
  10. Bartus K, Morelli RL, Szczepanski W, Kapelak B, Sadowski J, Lee RJ. Anatomic analysis of the left atrial appendage after closure with the LARIAT device. Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol. 2014 Aug; 7(4):764-7.
  11. Pinney JR, Du KT, Ayala P, Fang Q, Sievers RE, Chew P, Delrosario L, Lee RJ, Desai TA. Discrete microstructural cues for the attenuation of fibrosis following myocardial infarction. Biomaterials. 2014 Oct; 35(31):8820-8.
  12. Lee RJ. Evolution of stroke prevention in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation patients. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014 Jul 8; 64(1):13-5.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Koneru JN, Badhwar N, Ellenbogen KA, Lee RJ. LAA ligation using the LARIAT suture delivery device: tips and tricks for a successful procedure. Heart Rhythm. 2014 May; 11(5):911-21.
  17. Han FT, Bartus K, Lakkireddy D, Rojas F, Bednarek J, Kapelak B, Bartus M, Sadowski J, Badhwar N, Earnest M, Valderrabano M, Lee RJ. The effects of LAA ligation on LAA electrical activity. Heart Rhythm. 2014 May; 11(5):864-70.
  18. Boyle AJ, Hwang J, Ye J, Shih H, Jun K, Zhang Y, Fang Q, Sievers R, Yeghiazarians Y, Lee RJ. The effects of aging on apoptosis following myocardial infarction. Cardiovasc Ther. 2013 Dec; 31(6):e102-10.
  19. Ye J, Hom DS, Hwang J, Yeghiazarians Y, Lee RJ, Boyle AJ. Aging Impairs the Proliferative Capacity of Cardiospheres, Cardiac Progenitor Cells and Cardiac Fibroblasts: Implications for Cell Therapy. J Clin Med. 2013; 2(3):103-14.
  20. 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.

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