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Edwin Kevin (Kevin) Heist, MD, PhD

  • Phone: 617-726-4959
Department of Medicine


  • Heart Center
  • Electrophysiology
  • Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Program
  • Cardiac Arrhythmia Service
Clinical Interests
Treatment of cardiac arrhythmias
Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation
Catheter ablation of supraventricular tachycardia
Catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia
Cardiac resynchronization therapy (biventricular pacing)
Implanted cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy
Pacemaker therapy
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Danvers: The Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
Medical Education
MD, Stanford University School of Medicine
PhD, Stanford University School of Medicine
Residency, University of California San Francisco
Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
Cardiovascular Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, American Board of Internal Medicine
Foreign Languages
Patient Age Group
Adult and pediatric
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients

BiographyDr. Heist received his MD and PhD degrees from Stanford University School of Medicine, and has received an MMSc degree from the Harvard/MIT Health Sciences Training Program. He completed his internal medical residency at UC San Francisco, and he then completed fellowships in both Cardiolovascular Disease and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine in Cardiac Electrophysiology at Harvard Medicial School and MGH.

His clinical and research interests focus on catheter ablation of cardiac arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation (AF), supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) and ventricular tachycardia (VT), as well as implantation and followup of cardiac device therapy including pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resyncrhonization therapy (CRT) devices. He has published extensively on these topics, and is frequently invited to give lectures on these subjects at major national and international meetings.

His practice is currently accepting new patients.

ResearchThere are two major foci to my research efforts. The first focus is identification of predictors of outcome from cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) to treat congestive heart failure. Optimization of these factors, including patient selection, device placement issues including lead site selection, device programming and patient follow-up, has been demonstrated to result in improved outcomes after CRT implantation. The second major focus is identification of anatomical and procedural variables associated with success of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation. I am actively pursuing investigation in both of these areas at the present time, and this work has resulted in multiple publications and presentations at national meetings.

Electrophysiology Lab/Arrhythmia Service
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-726-4959
Fax: 617-726-3852

Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
102 Endicott Street
Danvers, MA 01923-3623

Phone: 978-882-6191