Sumeet S. Chugh, MD, FACC, FHRS, FAHA

Associate Director for Genomic Cardiology, Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute

Section Chief, Clinical Electrophysiology and Director, Heart Rhythm Center
Pauline and Harold Price Chair in Cardiac Electrophysiology Research
Professor of Medicine, Cedars-Sinai Professorial Series

Sumeet S. Chugh, MD, is an expert in the diagnosis, treatment and investigation of heart rhythm abnormalities. He is board-certified in cardiovascular disease and clinical cardiac electrophysiology and an expert in the performance of radio frequency ablation procedures and implantation of pacemakers and defibrillators to correct heart rhythm problems. He is also recognized as an expert on the personalized care of patients with ventricular arrhythmias, increased risk of sudden death and the familial arrhythmia disorders such as the long QT and Brugada syndromes.

Dr. Chugh also directs the Arrhythmia Research Program at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, a translational research group that is focused on identifying novel ways of predicting, treating and preventing heart rhythm disorders. The program is supported by research funding from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health and American Heart Association. He initiated and continues to direct the Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study, a large, comprehensive assessment of sudden cardiac arrest in a community of 1 million residents ongoing for more than 13 years. This research continues to shed light on the risk factors, triggers and genetic defects related to sudden cardiac arrest with the overall goal of designing novel techniques for treatment and prevention of this condition.

Dr. Chugh has led an independently and continuously funded research program since 2001, and has published over 120 peer-reviewed scientific papers (92 original scientific papers, 20 review papers, 11 editorials), five book chapters and 176 scientific abstracts in the fields of cardiac electrophysiology and sudden cardiac death. He is a peer reviewer for more than 15 scientific journals and is on the editorial boards of several, including Circulation, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), Heart Rhythm Journal, JACC Clinical Electrophysiology and the Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology. He serves as section editor, Rhythm Disorders, for the JACC; and associate editor for the International Journal of Cardiology Heart & Vessels.

Dr. Chugh is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and a recipient of the Simon Dack Award for Outstanding Scholarship from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the Howard Morgan Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Research and the Doris Duke Innovation in Clinical Research Award. He has been a charter member of the Electrical Signaling, Ion Transport and Arrhythmias Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health. He has held leadership positions in the Heart Rhythm Society and leads the World Health Organization panel that is charged with performing a worldwide assessment of heart rhythm disorders for the Global Burden of Disease Study. He is a fellow of the American Heart Association, the Heart Rhythm Society and the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Chugh is a member of the Association of University Cardiologists.

Dr. Chugh earned his medical degree from Government Medical College, Patiala, India. He undertook the first year of his internal medicine residency at Tufts Newton Wellesley Hospital in Boston, with the final two years at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. He completed a fellowship in cardiology at the University of Minnesota and a fellowship in clinical cardiac electrophysiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

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