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.