Experience & Education
Other Specialties/CertificationsAmerican Board of Internal Medicine
Fellow, American College of Cardiology, 2003
Fellow, Heart Rhythm Society, 2003
Member, American Heart Assoc., 2005
Northwestern University School of Medicine
Internship, Residency & Honorary Chief Residency:
Stanford University Medical Center, 1998-1999
Stanford University Medical Center, 1999-2003
Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship:
Stanford University Medical Center, 2001-2002
Areas of Expertise1. Treatment of Heart Rhythm Disorders with Catheter Ablation:
atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, supraventricular tachycardia, ventricular tachycardia.
2. Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death with Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Therapy (ICD)
3. Treatment of Congestive Heart Failure with Biventricular Pacing (Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy)
4. Syncope (fainting)
AwardsPhi Beta Kappa, 1991
Mortar Board Honor Society, 1991
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, 1995
Dr. Aseem Desai is a cardiac electrophysiologist, a cardiologist that specializes in heart rhythm disorders.
A native of Chicago, Illinois, he received his B.A. and M.D. degrees from Northwestern University. He did his medical internship, residency, honorary chief residency, cardiology fellowship, and electrophysiology fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center.
He served on the faculty at the University of Chicago and was the Director of Implantable Device Therapy from 2003 to 2005, which included a clinic devoted to patients with pacemakers and implantable defibrillators.
Dr. Desai is triple board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine, and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. He has numerous clinical and research interests including catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias, biventricular pacing for congestive heart failure, and ICD technology to prevent sudden cardiac death in at risk individuals.
Dr. Desai's philosophy in delivering medical care is patient-centric. He likes to put himself in the patient's shoes and tries to see things from another person's perspective. Furthermore, he believes in the motto "what would you (doctor) recommend if I (patient) were a family member of yours?"
He has a special interest in catheter ablation of complex rhythm disturbances including atrial fibrillation. He also has an interest in implantable device therapy to prevent cardiac arrest and treat congestive heart failure.
Areas of Interest
Published Papers in Peer Reviewed Journals
•Rapid Assessment of Left Ventricular Systolic Function in a Pacemaker Clinic Using a Hand-Carried
Ultrasound Device. J Interv Card Electrophys. Published online October 19, 2006
•Predictors of Appropriate Defibrillator Therapy Among Patients with an Implantable Defibrillator that Delivers Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy. J Cardiovasc Electrophys 2006. Published online February 3, 2006. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-8167.2006.00367.x.
•Prognostic Significance of Quantitative QRS Duration. Am J Med 2006;119:600-6.
•Implications and Outcome of Permanent Coronary Sinus Lead Extraction and Re-implantation.
J Cardiovasc Electrophys 2005;16:1-8.
•Editorial Commentary – Effect of Atrial Fibrillation on Chamber Dimensions. Heart Rhythm Journal 2005;2:25-27.
•Termination of Epicardial Left Ventricular Tachycardia by Pacing without Global Capture. J Cardiovasc Electrophys 2005;16:92-94.
•Long-Term Retention of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy. J Am Coll Cardiol 2004;44:72-77.
Textbook Chapters, Invited Articles & Reviews
•Premature Ventricular Contraction. In: eMedicine 2008.
•Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators: Clinical trials-Primary and
Secondary Prevention. In: UpToDate, Rose BD (Ed), UpToDate, Wellesley, MA, 2005.
•Techniques of Prediction of Arrhythmia Occurrence and
Stratification for Sudden Cardiac Death. In Wang P, Naccareli G, Rosen M, Estes M, Hayes D,
Haines D, editors. New Arrhythmia Technologies, 1st ed. Blackwell Publishing (UK), 2005.
•Pharmacologic Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation. Eur Heart J 2005 (in press).
•The Role of Intravenous Amiodarone in the
Management of Cardiac Arrhythmias. Ann Intern Med 1997;127:294-303.