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Edwin (Kevin) Kevin Heist, MD, PhD

  • Director, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Program


Accepting New Patients





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
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Danvers: The Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - ACD
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - PBO
  • 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
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • 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
  • Maine Community Health Options (MCHO)
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • 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
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

Patient Age Group
Adult and Pediatric
Provider Gender


Dr. Kevin Heist received his MD and PhD degrees from Stanford University School of Medicine, and received an MMSc degree from the Harvard/MIT Health Sciences Training Program. He completed his Internal Medicine 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 Cardiovascular Disease and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. He is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Physician in Cardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiology at MGH.  He is the Program Director for the Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship at 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 over 150 peer reviewed papers on these topics, and is frequently invited to give educational lectures on these subjects at major national and international meetings.

His practice is currently accepting new patients.

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 (AF) and ventricular tachycardia (VT). 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


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
Fax: 978-882-6181

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