Melvin Scheinman, MD

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.


Cardiac Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia Service
400 Parnassus Ave., Fifth Floor
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

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Albert Einstein College of Medicine 1960


North Carolina Memorial Hospital, Internal Medicine 1965


UCSF Medical Center, Cardiovascular Diseases 1967

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Denti F, Bentzen BH, Wojciak J, Thomsen NM, Scheinman M, Schmitt N. Multiple genetic variations in sodium channel subunits in a case of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2018 Mar 23.
  2. Beach LY, Goldschlager N, Moss JD, Scheinman MM. Response by Beach et al to Letter Regarding Article, "Idiopathic Ventricular Fibrillation in a 29-Year-Old Man". Circulation. 2018 Feb 06; 137(6):645.
  3. Tracy CM, Crossley GH, Bunch TJ, Chow GV, Leiserowitz A, Indik JH, Kusumoto F, Mendes LA, Munger TM, Murali S, Patton KK, Russo AM, Scheinman M, Schoenhard JA, Winterfield JR. 2017 ACC/HRS Lifelong Learning Statement for Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Specialists: A Report of the ACC Competency Management Committee. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2018 Jan 16; 71(2):231-250.
  4. Tracy CM, Crossley GH, Bunch TJ, Chow GV, Leiserowitz A, Indik JH, Kusumoto F, Mendes LA, Munger TM, Murali S, Patton KK, Russo AM, Scheinman M, Schoenhard JA, Winterfield JR. 2017 ACC/HRS lifelong learning statement for clinical cardiac electrophysiology specialists: A report of the ACC Competency Management Committee. Heart Rhythm. 2018 Feb; 15(2):e17-e34.
  5. Scheinman MM. Ablative care of atrioventricular block: Uncovering new horizons or chasing ghosts. Heart Rhythm. 2018 Jan; 15(1):97-98.
  6. Hsia HH, Scheinman M. Pulmonary sinus of Valsalva arrhythmias: A new twist to an old story. Heart Rhythm. 2018 Jan; 15(1):46-47.
  7. Moss JD, Scheinman MM. Electrocardiographic Findings of Fascicular Ventricular Tachycardia Versus Supraventricular Tachycardia With Aberrancy: Why the Difference? Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol. 2017 Sep; 10(9).
  8. Roberts JD, Krahn AD, Ackerman MJ, Rohatgi RK, Moss AJ, Nazer B, Tadros R, Gerull B, Sanatani S, Wijeyeratne YD, Baruteau AE, Muir AR, Pang B, Cadrin-Tourigny J, Talajic M, Rivard L, Tester DJ, Liu T, Whitman IR, Wojciak J, Conacher S, Gula LJ, Leong-Sit P, Manlucu J, Green MS, Hamilton R, Healey JS, Lopes CM, Behr ER, Wilde AA, Gollob MH, Scheinman MM. Loss-of-Function KCNE2 Variants: True Monogenic Culprits of Long-QT Syndrome or Proarrhythmic Variants Requiring Secondary Provocation? Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol. 2017 Aug; 10(8).
  9. Beach LY, Goldschlager N, Moss JD, Scheinman MM. Idiopathic Ventricular Fibrillation in a 29-Year-Old Man. Circulation. 2017 Jul 04; 136(1):112-114.
  10. Lampert R, Olshansky B, Heidbuchel H, Lawless C, Saarel E, Ackerman M, Calkins H, Estes NAM, Link MS, Maron BJ, Marcus F, Scheinman M, Wilkoff BL, Zipes DP, Berul CI, Cheng A, Jordaens L, Law I, Loomis M, Willems R, Barth C, Broos K, Brandt C, Dziura J, Li F, Simone L, Vandenberghe K, Cannom D. Safety of Sports for Athletes With Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators: Long-Term Results of a Prospective Multinational Registry. Circulation. 2017 Jun 06; 135(23):2310-2312.
  11. Kipp RT, Abu Sham'a R, Hiroyuki I, Han FT, Refaat M, Hsu JC, Field ME, Kopp DE, Marcus GM, Scheinman MM, Hoffmayer KS. Concealed Accessory Pathways with a Single Ventricular and Two Discrete Atrial Insertion Sites. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2017 Mar; 40(3):255-263.
  12. Vedantham V, Scheinman MM. Familial inappropriate sinus tachycardia: a new chapter in the story of HCN4 channelopathies. Eur Heart J. 2017 Jan 21; 38(4):289-291.
  13. Scheinman M. SVT Therapy - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow? J Atr Fibrillation. 2016 Dec; 9(4):1506.
  14. Durrani SA, Sung R, Scheinman M. Bidirectional Ventricular Tachycardia Due to a Mixture of Focal Fascicular Firing and Reentry. Card Electrophysiol Clin. 2016 12; 8(4):753-764.
  15. Robbins NM, Ito H, Scheinman MM, Goadsby PJ. Safety of domperidone in treating nausea associated with dihydroergotamine infusion and headache. Neurology. 2016 Dec 13; 87(24):2522-2526.
  16. Nguyen KT, Gladstone RA, Dukes JW, Nazer B, Vittinghoff E, Badhwar N, Vedantham V, Gerstenfeld EP, Lee BK, Lee RJ, Tseng ZH, Olgin JE, Scheinman MM, Marcus GM. The QT Interval as a Noninvasive Marker of Atrial Refractoriness. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2016 Dec; 39(12):1366-1372.
  17. Liang P, Sallam K, Wu H, Li Y, Itzhaki I, Garg P, Zhang Y, Vermglinchan V, Lan F, Gu M, Gong T, Zhuge Y, He C, Ebert AD, Sanchez-Freire V, Churko J, Hu S, Sharma A, Lam CK, Scheinman MM, Bers DM, Wu JC. Patient-Specific and Genome-Edited Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Cardiomyocytes Elucidate Single-Cell Phenotype of Brugada Syndrome. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2016 Nov 08; 68(19):2086-2096.
  18. Sung R, Scheinman M. Spectrum of Fascicular Arrhythmias. Card Electrophysiol Clin. 2016 Sep; 8(3):567-80.
  19. Kawamura M, Scheinman MM, Tseng ZH, Lee BK, Marcus GM, Badhwar N. Comparison of remote magnetic navigation ablation and manual ablation of idiopathic ventricular arrhythmia after failed manual ablation. J Interv Card Electrophysiol. 2017 Jan; 48(1):35-42.
  20. Benjamin MM, Hayes K, Field ME, Scheinman MM, Hoffmayer KS. Bidirectional ventricular tachycardia in cardiac sarcoidosis. J Arrhythm. 2017 Feb; 33(1):69-72.

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