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Kalyanam Shivkumar, M.D., Ph.D.
Curriculum Vitae



University of Madras Kilpauk Medical College, Madras, India


Rotating Intern (Medicine, Surgery and OB/Gyn)
University of Madras Kilpauk Medical College, Madras, India


Intern & Resident, Internal Medicine
Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan


Chief Medical Resident
Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan


Cardiology Fellow
UCLA School of Medicine/UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA


Chief Cardiology Fellow
UCLA School of Medicine/UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA


Ph.D. (UCLA STAR Program)
UCLA School of Medicine/Department of Physiology


Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellow
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles 



UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA 


Director, Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology
UCLA School of Medicine 


Director, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Program
UCLA School of Medicine


Assistant Professor
UCLA School of Medicine, Department of Medicine


Associate Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics


Cardiac Electrophysiology Assistant Professor
University of Iowa College of Medicine 


Associate Director
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics


Clinical Instructor
UCLA School of Medicine, Department of Medicine 


Chief Cardiology Fellow
UCLA School of Medicine/UCLA Medical Center


Chief Medical Resident
Henry Ford Hospital

Honors and Awards


  • Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award: ‘The Role of Cardiac Restitution in the Genesis of VT and VF in Humans’ (study of trans-myocardial differences in restitution characteristics). Principal Investigator: K. Shivkumar, MD PhD. (2001-2006): [$500,000 in direct costs]. The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Web:  http://ddcf.aibs.org/csa/01awardees.asp


  • Melvin L. Marcus Young Investigator Award: American Heart Association, Finalist 1997. (Awarded by the Council on Circulation of the AHA). [Ref: Circ 1997;vol 96;pg I-J; Abst 98]

  • Outstanding Teacher Award: Dept. of Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine: Winner 1997-98

  • Outstanding Teacher Award: Dept. of Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine: Winner 1996-97

  • Outstanding Teacher Award: Dept. of Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine: Nomination 1995-96 awarded by the UCLA, Internal Medicine Residency Program


  • Outstanding Resident Award 1995:  Henry Ford Medical Association.

  • American College of Physicians: 1995 National Award: Best Research Presentation (1995  National Associates Competition).

  • Trainee Investigator Award/Clinical Research Meeting, 1994 & 1995: Sponsored by AAP, ASCI & AFCR.

  • Intern of the Year 1991-1992, Department of Internal Medicine Recognition Award :Henry Ford Hospital.

  • American College of Physicians, 15th Regional Associates Meeting; Award for Best Case Presentation, June 1993.

  • American College of Physicians, 16th Regional Associates Meeting: Award for the Best Research Presentation, May 1994.


  • Shri Jaigopal Garodia Aggarwal Gold Medal in Rheumatology, 1989-1990

  • Dr. S. Sambandam Endowment Fund Gold Medal in Medicine, 1989

  • Certificate of Honor in Surgery, 1989

  • Certificate of Honor in Forensic Medicine, 1990

  • Gold Medal in Microbiology, 1988-1989

  • Certificate of Honor in Physiology, 1986

  • Gold Medal in Pharmacology, 1986-1987

Selected Publications

  1. Buch E, Nakahara S, Boyle NG and Shivkumar K: Epicardial Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation. EP Clinics: 2010 (eds Shivkumar K and Boyle NG)

  2. Tung R, Nakahara S, Ramirez R. Lai C, Fishbein MC and Shivkumar K Distinguishing Epicardial Fat From Scar: Analysis Of Electrograms Using High Density Electroanatomic Mapping In A Novel Porcine Infarct Model. Heart Rhythm 2010 (in press).

  3. Tung R and Shivkumar K. Improving our understanding of epicardial ventricular tachycardia in nonischemic cardiomyopathy. Heart Rhythm 2009 (in press). Shivkumar K, Tung R. Improving our understanding of epicardial ventricular tachycardia in nonischemic cardiomyopathy. J Am Coll Cardiol 2009;54(9):809-11.

  4. Schenke-Layland K, Stock UA, Nsair A, Xie J, Angelis E, Fonseca C.G. Larbig R, Mahajan A, Shivkumar K, Fishbein MC, MacLellan WR. Cardiomyopathy is associated with structural remodelling of heart valve extracellular matrix. Eur Heart J 2009;30(18):2254-65.

  5. Ho JK, Nakahara S, Shivkumar K, Mahajan A. Live three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiographic imaging of novel multielectrode ablation catheters. Heart Rhythm 2009 (in press).

  6. Nakahara S, Buch E, Ramirez RJ, Michowitz Y, Vaseghi M, De Diego C, Boyle NG, Mahajan A & Shivkumar K. Intrapericardial Balloon Placement for Preventing Collateral Injury and Effective Epicardial Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation Heart Rhythm 2009 (in press)

  7. Shivkumar K, Buch E, Boyle NG: Non-Pharmacological Management Of Atrial Fibrillation: Role Of Pulmonary Veins And The Posterior Left Atrium. Heart Rhythm 2009;6:S5–S11

  8. Buch E, Tung R, Shehata M, Shivkumar K. Alternating Cycle Length During Supraventricular Tachycardia: What is the Mechanism? J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2009;20(9):1071-3.

  9. Buch E & Shivkumar K. Epicardial catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation. Minerva Med. Apr 2009;100(2):151-157.

  10. Vaseghi M, Lellouche N, Ritter H, Patel JK, Fonarow GC, Moriguchi JD, Fishbein MC, Kobashigawa J & Shivkumar K. Mode And Mechanism Of Death In Patients Following Orthotopic Heart Transplantation. Heart Rhythm May 2009:6(4):503-509. (accompanied by an editorial commentary)

  11. Boyle NG, Shivkumar K. Atrial fibrillation in congestive heart failure: current management. Cardiol Clin. Feb 2009;27(1):79-93, viii-ix.

  12. Stephens DN, O'Donnell M, Thomenius K, Dentinger A, Wildes D, Chen P, Shung KK, Cannata J, Khuri-Yakub P, Oralkan O, Mahajan A, Shivkumar K, Sahn DJ. Experimental studies with a 9F forward-looking intracardiac imaging and ablation catheter. J Ultrasound Med. Feb 2009;28(2):207-215.

  13. Cesario D, Kedia R, Desai N, Aboulhosn J, Uslan D, Boyle N, Fujimura O, Shehata M, Buch E, Shivkumar K. Device extraction in adults with congenital heart disease. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol Mar 2009;32(3):340-345.

  14. Cesario, D. A. Shenoda, M. Brar, R. Shivkumar, K. Left ventricular lead stabilization utilizing a coronary stent. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2006; 29(4): 427-8.

  15. Cesario, D. A. Vaseghi, M. Boyle, N. G. Fishbein, M. C. Valderrabano, M. Narasimhan, C. Wiener, I. Shivkumar, K. Value of high-density endocardial and epicardial mapping for catheter ablation of hemodynamically unstable ventricular tachycardia. Heart Rhythm. 2006; 3(1): 1-10.

  16. Vaseghi, M. Cesario, D. A. Ji, S. Shannon, K. M. Wiener, I. Boyle, N. G. Fonarow, G. C. Valderrabano, M. Shivkumar, K. Beyond coronary sinus angiography: the value of coronary arteriography and identification of the pericardiophrenic vein during left ventricular lead placement. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2005; 28(3): 185-90.

  17. Vaseghi, M. Cesario, D. Swerdlow, C. D. Shivkumar, K. Counterclockwise atrial flutter in dextrocardia. Heart Rhythm. 2005; 2(6): 673-4.

  18. Cesario, D. A. Broder, H. J. Fishbein, M. C. Shivkumar, K. Histopathologic characterization of the atrioventricular conduction axis following catheter ablation. Heart Rhythm. 2005; 2(5): 532-5.

  19. Vaseghi, M. Cesario, D. A. Valderrabano, M. Boyle, N. G. Ratib, O. Finn, J. P. Wiener, I. Shivkumar, K. Impedance monitoring during catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation. Heart Rhythm. 2005; 2(9): 914-20.

  20. Vaseghi, M. Cesario, D. Shannon, K. M. Shivkumar, K. Incessant tachycardia following catheter ablation of an accessory pathway: what is the mechanism?. Heart Rhythm. 2005; 2(4): 441-2.

  21. Glikson, M. Swerdlow, C. D. Gurevitz, O. T. Daoud, E. Shivkumar, K. Wilkoff, B. Shipman, T. Friedman, P. A. Optimal combination of discriminators for differentiating ventricular from supraventricular tachycardia by dual-chamber defibrillators. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2005; 16(7): 732-9.

  22. Shivkumar, K. Pulmonary-vein cryoisolation versus left-atrial linear cryoablation for atrial fibrillation. Nat Clin Pract Cardiovasc Med. 2005; 2(9): 446-7.

  23. Belikov, S. Marijic, J. Laks, H. Staudacher, M. Boyle, N. Shivkumar, K. Odim, J. Sepsis from insidious pacemaker infection and unsuspected tricuspid valve endocarditis: the importance of transesophageal echocardiography in guiding explantation strategy. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2005; 19(4): 505-7.

  24. Pai, R. K. Boyle, N. G. Child, J. S. Shivkumar, K. Transient left recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy following catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation. Heart Rhythm. 2005; 2(2): 182-4.

  25. Mahajan, A. Moore, J. Cesario, D. A. Shivkumar, K. Use of thoracic epidural anesthesia for management of electrical storm: a case report. Heart Rhythm. 2005; 2(12): 1359-62.

  26. Cesario, D. Bhargava, M. Valderrabano, M. Fonarow, G. C. Wilkoff, B. Shivkumar, K. Azygos vein lead implantation: a novel adjunctive technique for implantable cardioverter defibrillator placement. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2004; 15(7): 780-3.

  27. Bello, D. Kipper, S. Valderrabano, M. Shivkumar, K. Catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia guided by contrast-enhanced cardiac computed tomography. Heart Rhythm. 2004; 1(4): 490-2.

  28. Cesario, D. A. Valderrabano, M. Cai, J. J. Ji, S. Shannon, K. M. Weiss, J. N. Wiener, I. Olshansky, B. Chen, P. S. Shivkumar, K. Electrophysiological characterization of cardiac veins in humans. J Interv Card Electrophysiol. 2004; 10(3): 241-7.

  29. Ji, S. Cesario, D. A. Swerdlow, C. D. Shivkumar, K. Left ventricular endocardial lead placement using a modified transseptal approach. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2004; 15(2): 234-6.

  30. Valderrabano, M. Cesario, D. A. Ji, S. Shannon, K. Wiener, I. Swerdlow, C. D. Oral, H. Morady, F. Shivkumar, K. Percutaneous epicardial mapping during ablation of difficult accessory pathways as an alternative to cardiac surgery. Heart Rhythm. 2004; 1(3): 311-6.

  31. Ji, S. Cesario, D. Valderrabano, M. Shivkumar, K. The molecular basis of cardiac arrhythmias in patients with cardiomyopathy. Curr Heart Fail Rep. 2004; 1(3): 98-103.

  32. Shivkumar, K. N. Weiss J The slippery slope of human ventricular arrhythmias. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2004; 15(12): 1364-5.

  33. Shivkumar, K. Valderrabano, M. Use of potassium channel openers for pharmacologic modulation of cardiac excitability. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2004; 15(7): 821-3.

  34. Jagasia, D. H. Shivkumar, K. Carvedilol reduced mortality and morbidity caused by myocardial infarction in patients with left ventricular dysfunction. ACP J Club. 2002; 136(1): 7.

  35. Shivkumar, K. Mechanisms of arrhythmias: are we still "learning while burning"? (editorial). J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2002; 13(4): 393-4.

  36. Shivkumar, K. Murali, N. S. Krishnan, S. C. The molecular basis of cardiac arrhythmias. J Nucl Cardiol. 2002; 9(2): 206-14.

  37. Christenson, S. D. Olshansky, B. Shivkumar, K. Unusual response to atrial extrastimulus testing. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2002; 13(2): 200.

  38. Nerheim, P. Krishnan, S. C. Olshansky, B. Shivkumar, K. Apoptosis in the genesis of cardiac rhythm disorders. Cardiol Clin. 2001; 19(1): 155-63.

  39. Shivkumar, K. Weiss, J. N. Atrial fibrillation: from cells to computers. Cardiovasc Res. 2001; 52(2): 171-3.

  40. Doshi, R. N. Goodman, J. Naik, A. M. Shivkumar, K. Chen, P. S. Peter, C. T. Initial experience with an active-fixation defibrillation electrode and the presence of nonphysiological sensing. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2001; 24(12): 1713-20.

  41. Olshansky, B. Shivkumar, K. Patient--heal thyself? Electrophysiology meets alternative medicine. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2001; 24(4 Pt 1): 403-5.

  42. Shivkumar, K. Espejo, M. Kobashigawa, J. Watanabe, M. Ikeda, M. Chuang, J. Patel, J. Moriguchi, J. Hamilton, M. Kawata, N. Laks, H. Sudden death after heart transplantation: the major mode of death. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2001; 20(2): 180.

  43. Shivkumar, K. Feliciano, Z. Boyle, N. G. Wiener, I. Intradevice interaction in a dual chamber implantable cardioverter defibrillator preventing ventricular tachyarrhythmia detection. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2000; 11(11): 1285-8.

  44. Shivkumar, K. Schultz, L. Goldstein, S. Gheorghiade, M. Effects of propanolol in patients entered in the Beta-Blocker Heart Attack Trial with their first myocardial infarction and persistent electrocardiographic ST-segment depression. Am Heart J. 1998; 135(2 Pt 1): 261-7.

  45. Shivkumar, K. Jafri, S. M. Gheorghiade, M. Antithrombotic therapy in atrial fibrillation: a review of randomized trials with special reference to the Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation II (SPAF II) Trial. Prog Cardiovasc Dis. 1996; 38(4): 337-42.

  46. Shivkumar, K. Ravi, K. Henry, J. W. Eichenhorn, M. S. Stein, P. D. Chest radiographs fail to detect right ventricular enlargement and right atrial enlargement in patients with a pure restrictive ventilatory impairment. Chest. 1994; 106(2): 381-4.

  47. Shivkumar, K. Ravi, K. Henry, J. W. Eichenhorn, M. Stein, P. D. Right ventricular dilatation, right ventricular wall thickening, and Doppler evidence of pulmonary hypertension in patients with a pure restrictive ventilatory impairment. Chest. 1994; 106(6): 1649-53.

  48. Gheorghiade, M. Shivkumar, K. Schultz, L. Jafri, S. Tilley, B. Goldstein, S. Prognostic significance of electrocardiographic persistent ST depression in patients with their first myocardial infarction in the placebo arm of the Beta-Blocker Heart Attack Trial. Am Heart J. 1993; 126(2): 271-8.

  49. Stein, P. D. Gottschalk, A. Henry, J. W. Shivkumar, K. Stratification of patients according to prior cardiopulmonary disease and probability assessment based on the number of mismatched segmental equivalent perfusion defects. Approaches to strengthen the diagnostic value of ventilation/perfusion lung scans in acute pulmonary embolism. Chest. 1993; 104(5): 1461-7.

  50. Tede, N. H. Shivkumar, K. Perloff, J. K. Middlekauff, H. R. Fishbein, M. C. Child, J. S. Laks, H. Signal-averaged electrocardiogram in Ebstein's anomaly. Am J Cardiol. 2004; 93(4): 432-6.

  51. Swerdlow, C. Shivkumar, K. Zhang, J. Determination of the upper limit of vulnerability using implantable cardioverter-defibrillator electrograms. Circulation. 2003; 107(24): 3028-33.

  52. Shivkumar, K. Images in cardiovascular medicine. Labile repolarization from "cell to bedside". Circulation. 2000; 102(7): 817-8.

  53. Shivkumar, K. Deutsch, N. A. Lamp, S. T. Khuu, K. Goldhaber, J. I. Weiss, J. N. Mechanism of hypoxic K loss in rabbit ventricle. J Clin Invest. 1997; 100(7): 1782-8.

  54. Krishnan, S. C. Shivkumar, K. Garan, H. Ruskin, J. N. Increased vulnerability of the subendocardium to ischaemic injury: an electrophysiological explanation. Lancet. 1995; 346(8990): 1612-4.

  55. Shivkumar, K. Narins, R. G. Do diuretics cause heart disease?. Ann Intern Med. 1995; 123(11): 891-2.

  56. Stein, P. D. Hamid, M. S. Shivkumar, K. Davis, T. P. Khaja, F. Henry, J. W. Effects of cyclic flexion of coronary arteries on progression of atherosclerosis. Am J Cardiol. 1994; 73(7): 431-7

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