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Edwin (Kevin) Kevin Heist, MD, PhD


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Centers & Specialties

Heart Center

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
Medical Education
  • MD, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • PhD, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Residency, UC San Francisco
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
Foreign Languages
  • Spanish
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Danvers: The Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
Patient Age Group
Adult and Pediatric

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Dr. 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 Medical 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.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary
There 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.

View my most recent publications at PubMed

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Electrophysiology Lab/Arrhythmia Service
55 Fruit Street
Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone 1: 617-726-4959
Fax: 617-726-3852
Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
102 Endicott Street
Danvers MA, 01923-3623
Phone 1: 978-882-6191

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