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Jeffrey E. Olgin


Co-director, Heart and Vascular Center
Avid mountain biker and AFib researcher

Dr. Jeffrey Olgin is a cardiologist with particular expertise in electrophysiology, the study of the heart's electrical activity. He is co-director of the UCSF Heart and Vascular Center as well as chief of cardiology. A specialist in arrhythmias, he has developed techniques to treat irregular heartbeats and has a special interest in atrial fibrillation, often called A-fib.

Olgin studies the mechanism of arrhythmias, focusing on why people develop A-fib in particular. He has an active basic science laboratory as well as a clinical and translational research program on arrhythmias (translational studies are aimed at producing better patient care). He also has a research program that focuses on mobile health (using mobile technologies, such as cell phones, for health care) and on developing new technologies to enhance both patient care and research efficiency.

Olgin earned his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. At UCSF, he completed a residency in internal medicine, followed by fellowships in cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology. At the Indiana University School of Medicine's Krannert Institute of Cardiology, he developed a program in cardiac ablation – destroying the heart tissue causing abnormal rhythms – for atrial fibrillation. In 2003, he returned to UCSF as chief of cardiac electrophysiology.

Olgin is active in the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and Heart Rhythm Society. He serves on the editorial boards of various cardiology and electrophysiology journals, and has authored chapters on arrhythmias for many major medical textbooks.

  • Education

    University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 1989

  • Residencies

    UCSF Medical Center, Internal Medicine, 1992

  • Fellowships

    UCSF Medical Center, Cardiology, 1996

    UCSF Medical Center, Cardiac Electrophysiology, 1996

  • Board Certifications

    Cardiovascular Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine

  • Academic Title


Where I see patients (3)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    32 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 05, 2023
    Five minute visit. Never asked me any my BP nor about exercise or diet.
    Aug 04, 2023
    Outstanding thorough medical care.
    Jul 09, 2023
    I feel very lucky to have Dr. Olgin as my doctor.
    Apr 07, 2023
    Outstanding thorough care.
    Mar 05, 2023
    A terrific clinician
    Mar 03, 2023
    Excellent and thorough care
    Feb 10, 2023
    Dr. Olgin is extremely kind and respectful. He goes over tests and suggestions carefully.
    Jan 06, 2023
    Dr Olgin is terrific. I have complete confidence in him.
    Oct 09, 2022
    Dr. Olgin is a superb doctor. He always listens to my concerns and answers my questions fully. I never feel rushed at an appointment with him.When he recommends a treatment protocol he listens to my concerns about it. He gives me information to help me make the decision. In this visit It was regarding a new medication that I was hesitant about taking. He gave me enough information that made me realize this medication was necessary.Every contact I have with Dr. Olgin is very positive!