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Edward P. Gerstenfeld


Chief of 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 reviews


    Overall Experience
    322 Ratings
    About our process
    Apr 01, 2022
    Excellent in every way.
    Mar 05, 2022
    All good!
    Feb 18, 2022
    Perfect and well above average!
    Jan 15, 2022
    A little more time to ask follow up questions would be good
    Nov 25, 2021
    Did great job on the heart ablation surgery itself.
    Nov 07, 2021
    Dr Gerstenfeld had access to all my medical records and was able to screen share them with me so we could review and discuss together
    Oct 28, 2021
    I felt that Dr. Gerstenfeld was very personable and empathic.
    Oct 20, 2021
    Sep 23, 2021
    I wish I had the words to convey how lucky I feel and how appreciative I am that Dr. Gerstenfeld is my health care provider for my arrythmia!
    Sep 10, 2021
    Dr. Gerstenfeld is absolutely first rate and I have complete confidence in his abilities.
    Aug 13, 2021
    I think Dr G is really good- knowledgeable pragmatic and compassionate
    Jul 15, 2021
    Dr Gerstenfeld gives me the best care possible and I am so grateful to be in his care.
    Jun 25, 2021
    Doctor is very good at looking after my heart problems
    Jun 24, 2021
    called my home based doctor to discuss my treatment plan
    Jun 15, 2021
    excellent provider
    Jun 04, 2021
    I really felt I had Dr Gerstenfeld's full attention and he listened and answered my questions
    May 17, 2021
    could not ask for bettor care
    May 14, 2021
    Care provider is outstanding in communication
    May 03, 2021
    Dr. Gerstenfeld was a total pleasure and I had full confidence in him.
    Apr 25, 2021
    Dr. Gerstenfeld is a brilliant doctor. Easy to understand and very helpful.
    Mar 08, 2021
    this was just one consult!
    Feb 28, 2021
    Dr Gerstenfeld said they would be sending me a patch to monitor my heart but didn't say when and I still haven't received it.
    Feb 11, 2021
    Gerstenfeld and his whole team were/ super professional
    Dec 12, 2020
    Dr Gerstenfeld listened to all my concerns about my issue. An excellent doctor who cares about the well being of his patient.
    Nov 24, 2020
    An excellent provider listened well to my concern.
    Nov 06, 2020
    Comforting advice as to the urgency of the next meeting or schedule. Would prefer if provider will have more options of dates for us to meet. However the holidays or our availabilities prevented us to meet or schedule the procedure in a month.
    Sep 17, 2020
    Good experience. Ed was the only provider I saw that expressed his sympathy regarding the stroke I suffered.
    Jul 27, 2020
    Dr was great. Very consultative listener to the nuances about my specific issues gave advice for future treatment.
    Jul 17, 2020
    I would say better than very good
    Jul 03, 2020
    Jun 18, 2020
    This format worked well for me although I don't necessarily think that health care should head in this direction for all care. People are not always self aware and realistic don't know the right questions to ask and would generally benefit from a face to face visit with an MD.
    Jun 06, 2020
    First ever "zoom" appt. I was initially a bit unsure how it would go but once underway it was almost the same experience as being in the clinic