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. Scheinman MM. Reflections on a career in Academic Medicine. Heart Rhythm. 2018 Jun 02.
  2. Scheinman MM. Progression of intra-Hisian atrioventricular block: will this presage a renaissance of His bundle studies? Heart Rhythm. 2018 May 11.
  3. 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.

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