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Edward P. Gerstenfeld


Chief, Cardiac Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia

Dr. Edward P. Gerstenfeld is chief of the UCSF Cardiac Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia Service. His expertise includes treating arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats, with catheter ablation. Specific techniques, such as endocardial and epicardial ablation, may be used for atrial fibrillation, supraventricular tachycardia or ventricular tachycardia.

Gerstenfeld also specializes in treating patients with inherited arrhythmia syndromes such as arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, Brugada syndrome, long QT syndrome and adult congenital heart disease. Treatments include implantation of pacemakers, defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization devices.

In his research, Gerstenfeld studies the mechanisms of arrhythmia, new technologies for mapping and ablation of arrhythmias, biomedical signal processing and electrocardiography. He is the primary investigator for several clinical trials.

Gerstenfeld earned a medical degree at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a master of science degree in biomedical engineering at Northwestern University. He completed a residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a cardiology fellowship at the University of Massachusetts, a research fellowship at UCSF and an electrophysiology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.

Gerstenfeld is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a member of the Heart Rhythm Society and American Heart Association. He has published numerous manuscripts and book chapters, and he often lectures on mapping and treating arrhythmias. He is associate editor of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC): Clinical Electrophysiology.

  • Education

    Northwestern University School of Medicine, 1993

  • Residencies

    Beth Israel Hospital, 1996

  • Fellowships

    University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Cardiology, 1999

    University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Research, 2000

    Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Electrophysiology, 2001

  • Board Certifications

    Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, American Board of Internal Medicine

  • Academic Title


Where I see patients (2)

    My work

    New arrhythmia treatment allows for faster, safer recovery

    An innovative therapy being tested at UCSF uses targeted electrical pulses to treat atrial fibrillation (A-fib). Dr. Gerstenfeld explains the advantages.

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    373 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 13, 2023
    Understanding and patient.
    Oct 22, 2023
    It was my pleasure to meet Dr. GERSTENFELD
    Oct 20, 2023
    I love Dr. G!
    Oct 17, 2023
    Dr Gerstenfeld is outstanding
    Sep 21, 2023
    My experience with Dr Gerstenfeld has been wonderful for me.
    Aug 17, 2023
    Aug 15, 2023
    Dr. Gerstenfeld was a total pro. Loved him. All my issues were with the communications tech infrastructure.
    Jul 17, 2023
    Dr. Gerstenfeld is always attentive and eager to figure out a solution for any ongoing symptoms.
    Jul 07, 2023
    Have utmost regard & respect for care provider & relieved at finally having this visit
    Jul 06, 2023
    Dr. Gerstenfeld is excellent.
    Jul 05, 2023
    It is a priviledge to be a patient of Dr Gerstenfeld.
    Jul 03, 2023
    Provider shows true concern to patient as well as exhibits his expertise on his field.
    Jun 24, 2023
    Outstanding Dr Gerstenfeld
    May 21, 2023
    Dr. Gerstenfeld was a good listener offered different options and was also very reassuring I appreciated his willingness to convert the visit to a telephone visit when logistics made that option easier and more efficient.
    May 09, 2023
    Dr Gerstenfeld communicates well and provided a great amount of information to me
    May 07, 2023
    Dr. Gerstenfeld is a great listener and takes care to give understandable explanations for recommendations.
    Apr 24, 2023
    Dr. Gerstenfeld answered all of my questions and discussed my concerns with me. He took his time with me discussed my options and provided me with information that helped me make my decision about a path forward.
    Apr 24, 2023
    Dr Gerstenfeld really cares about me or he is a great actor!
    Apr 02, 2023
    Dr Gerstenfeld seems like a cool down to earth guy. He is very approachable with questions and provides answers in an easy-to-understand manner.
    Mar 19, 2023
    Dr was up to date about my present condition and total state of health
    Feb 17, 2023
    Feb 12, 2023
    Doctor Gerstenfeld was prepared thorough clear and kind.
    Jan 31, 2023
    I could not be more pleased with the level of service and concern from Dr. G. And staff.
    Jan 22, 2023
    I have nothing but praise for Dr. Gerstenfeld. I have had excellent outcomes from the procedures he has performed.
    Dec 30, 2022
    I could not have better care from my doctor!
    Dec 13, 2022
    The Dr was extremely kind thoughtful and thorough
    Dec 12, 2022
    Great doctor. Simply the best.
    Dec 08, 2022
    Nov 07, 2022
    I am a physician. Dr. Gerstenfeld performs in the above areas in ways all physicians should aspire to do.
    Oct 29, 2022
    Dr Gerstenfeld is compassionate extremely well qualified and the medical procedure was well executed with excellent results.
    Oct 23, 2022
    Dr Gerstenfeld is always prepared and had put a lot of thought into next steps for my individual case.
    Oct 20, 2022
    Dr. Gerstenfeld answered all of my questions and discussed options with me. His answers were thorough and easy to understand. He was very good about involving me in decisions. He listened to my concerns and addressed them well. He is an outstanding provider.
    Oct 20, 2022
    Dr Gerstenfeld is wonderful
    Oct 10, 2022
    PA and Dr. Gerstenfeld both very amiable listened answered my questions and were very engaged
    Sep 25, 2022
    Sep 23, 2022
    Very informative and reassuring and helpful. Options provided; decisions made.
    Sep 06, 2022
    Excellent as always. Dr Gerstenfeld answered my questions and concerns. Thanks you very much.
    Aug 19, 2022
    Amazing Dr!
    Aug 16, 2022
    Dr. Gerstenfeld is fantastic.
    Jul 29, 2022
    Dr. Gerstenfeld performed what I consider miracle work on me: the ablation succeeded and gave me confidence that I may have many healthy years ahead of me.
    Jul 24, 2022
    Dr. Gerstenfeld is an excellent Provider.Clear regarding problem.Speaks clearly re.optons and concern for patient. .
    Jul 23, 2022
    Very impressed
    Jul 19, 2022
    I have recommended Dr. G to many people. He is exceptional.
    Jul 17, 2022
    It was great
    Jul 09, 2022
    Dr Gerstenfeld is very good at explaining My issues to me and answers my questions in detail
    May 25, 2022
    Dr G is the very best
    Apr 18, 2022
    All good. I rarely rate anyone or thing at the top end but Dr. G. And his team are at the top of thre game.
    Apr 01, 2022
    Excellent in every way.
    Mar 05, 2022
    All good!
    Feb 18, 2022
    Perfect and well above average!
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