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  • Nitish Badhwar

    Nitish Badhwar

    Clinical Professor, Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine

    Bio Nitish Badhwar, MD is Professor of Medicine and Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology Training Program at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Badhwar received his medical degree from Maulana Azad Medical College (University of Delhi, India). After completing his internal medicine training from New York Hospital of Queens (affiliated with Cornell Medical School), he worked as faculty in the Department of Medicine at Hospital of St. Raphael (Yale University School of Medicine). He completed Cardiac Electrophysiology training at UCSF with Dr. Scheinman. After being on faculty at UCSF for 15 years he recently joined the Arrhythmia Service at Stanford Hospital. He is a Fellow of American College of Cardiology and Heart Rhythm Society. He has been named best doctor in cardiac electrophysiology in San Francisco Magazine 3 years in a row (2015-2017). This is nominated by his peers. He was given Excellence in Teaching award in Medical Education by Academy of Medical Educators in 2015. He was an invited speaker at prestigious international meetings including Oriental Congress of Cardiology (OCC) in Shanghai, China; Cardiostim EHRA /Europace in Nice, France; Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society (APHRS) in Seoul, S Korea; American Heart Association Annual Scientific Session in New Orleans, LA and Indian Heart Rhythm Society in New Delhi, India.


    Clinical Interest: Dr. Badhwar's clinical interest is in complex catheter ablation procedures including mapping and ventricular tachycardia (VT), atrial fibrillation (AF) and supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) including junctional variants of SVT. He started the epicardial ablation program at UCSF and also worked with Dr. Randall Lee to perform the first percutaneous epicardial left atrial appendage (LAA) ligation in the Bay Area in patients with atrial fibrillation. He has also differentiated himself in the field of electrophysiology by performing hybrid procedures with CT surgeons in patients with AF and VT. He is also involved in device implantation including pacemakers, ICD and biventricular pacing for heart failure.

    Research Interest: Dr. Badhwar has published electrophysiologic characteristics of SVTs including atrial tachycardia arising from the coronary sinus musculature, para-hisian atrial tachycardia, left sided AVNRT, junctional tachycardia and nodofascicular tachycardia. He has also published on the use of nuclear medicine (ERNA) in assessing left ventricular dyssynchrony as well as optimal pacing sties in patients with heart failure requiring biventricular pacing. He has described the unique clinical characteristics of epicardial idiopathic VT arising from the cardiac crux. He has also published clinical outcomes of combining LAA ligation with catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation perform (first in human percutaneous closed chested Maze procedure) and is now part of a multi-center randomized study comparing standard ablation to ablation plus LAA ligation in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (aMAZE trial).

  • Dipanjan Banerjee MD MS

    Dipanjan Banerjee MD MS

    Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests My current research interests include:
    1. Improving outcomes in patients with left ventricular assist devices (LVAD)
    2. implementing protocols to improve heart failure outcomes (PI on Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation grant for implementation of a transitional care program at Stanford for heart failure patients)
    3. Investigating the relationship between insulin resistance and heart failure
    4. Exploring racial/ethnic disparities in cardiovascular disease

  • Crystal M. Botham, Ph.D.

    Crystal M. Botham, Ph.D.

    Director, Strategic Research Development & Biosciences Grant Writing Academy, Medicine - Med/Cardiovascular Medicine

    Current Role at Stanford • Providing individualized grantsmanship assistance to postdoctoral fellows and faculty
    • Editing and critically evaluating grant applications to improve funding potential
    • Interpreting sponsor requirements and providing strategic advice
    • Identifying a diverse portfolio of funding opportunities
    • Designing and facilitating courses to enable postdoctoral fellows to develop competitive Career Development applications
    • Developing and presenting at workshops on grant writing and proposal submission
    • Coordinating completion of subcontracts and large collaborative projects

  • Chad Brodt

    Chad Brodt

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine

    Bio Dr. Chad Brodt specializes in the diagnosis and management of heart rhythm disorders. He performs catheter ablation to treat conditions of fast rhythms such as supraventricular tachycardia, atrial flutter, atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. In addition he performs implantation procedures of devices such as pacemakers for slow heart rhythms as well as defibrillators and biventricular pacing devices for individuals with heart failure or risk of fatal arrhythmias. He is currently interested in improving our understanding and utilization of low radiation techniques when performing electrophysiologic procedures. He is an active participant in the Stanford Arrhythmia Service's multiple ongoing clinical trials to further the advancement in this field.