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David J. Callans, MD

David J. Callans, MD Physician

Associate Director, Electrophysiology, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Presbyterian Medical Center of Philadelphia

Dr. Callans is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

About Dr. David J. Callans

Recognized annually in Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs issue from 2007 through 2016

Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014

Recognized by Suburban Life magazine's "Top Physicians 2010" issue

Clinical Specialties


  • Cardiology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Cardiovascular Disease, 1993
  • Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, 1994
  • Internal Medicine, 1989

Clinical Expertise:

  • Ablation of Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Atrial Flutter Ablation
  • Biventricular Device Implantation
  • Biventricular Device Optimization
  • Bradycardia
  • Cardiac Ablation
  • Cardiac Risk Reduction
  • Complex Arrhythmia
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG)
  • Electrocardiography (ECG or EKG)
  • Electrophysiology (EP) Testing
  • Epicardial Ablation
  • Heart Diseases and Pregnancy
  • Heart Rhythms - Slow/Fast
  • Idiopathic Tachycardia Ablation
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
  • Intracardiac Echocardiography
  • Ischemic Tachycardia Ablation
  • Pacemaker
  • Pulmonary Vein Antrum Isolation (PVAI)
  • Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)
  • Syncope
  • Tachycardia
  • Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American Board of Internal Medicine, National American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, Clinical Cardiology, Electrophysiology Society, Heart Rhythm Society, International Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Cardiology,

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Callans is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Dixit S, Gerstenfeld EP, Callans DJ, Marchlinski FE: Electrocardiographic patterns of superior right ventricular outflow tract tachycardias: Distinguishing septal and free-wall sites of origin J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol 14 : 1-7,2003.

Rho RW, Patel VV, Gerstenfeld EP, Dixit S, Poku JW, Ross HM, Callans D, Kocovic DZ: Elevations in ventricular pacing threshold with the use of the Y adaptor: implications for biventricular pacing Pacing Clin Electrophysiol 26 : 747-751,2003.

Marchlinski FE, Callans D, Dixit S, Gerstenfeld EP, Rho R, Ren JF, Zado E: Efficacy and safety of targeted focal ablation versus PV isolation assisted by magnetic electroanatomic mapping J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol 14 : 358-365,2003.

Dixit S, Gerstenfeld E, Rho RW, Patel V, Callans DJ, Marchlinski FE: Change in distant atrial activation patterns during circumferential pacemapping of pulmonic vein ostium: Implications for localizing triggers for atrial fibrillation J Intervent Cardiac Electrophys 8 : 187-193,2003.

Gerstenfeld EP, Dixit S, Callans DJ, Rajawat Y, Rho R, Marchlinski FE: Quantitative comparison of spontaneous and paced 12-lead electrocardiogram during right ventricular outflow tract ventricular tachycardia J Amer Coll Cardiol 41 : 2046-2053,2003.

Gerstenfeld EP, Callans DJ, Dixit S, Zado E, Marchlinski FE: Incidence and location of focal atrial fibrillation triggers in patients undergoing repeat pulmonary vein isolation: Implications for ablation strategies J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol 14 : 685-690,2003.

Dixit S, Gerstenfeld EP, Rho RW, Beshai JF, Lin D, Poku JW, Zado E, Patel V, Hsia H, Kocovic DZ, Callans DJ, Marchlinski FE: Implications of anatomical location on successful electrical isolation of pulmonic veins by lass catheter guided subtotal circumferential ostial ablation J Am Coll Cardiol 41 : 93A,2003.

Marchlinski FE, Dixit S, Gerstenfeld EP, Callans DJ, Beshai JF: Electrotonic potentiation of atrial fibrillation initiation from pulmonary vein triggers: Insights into arrhythmia mechanism J Am Coll Cardiol 41 : 94A,2003.

Nayak H, et al: Ventricular tachycardia storm after initiation of biventricular pacing in patients with prior inferior-inferolateral myocardial infarction J Am Coll Cardiol 41 : 128A,2003.

Patel V, Gerstenfeld EP, Rho RW, Dixit S. Kocovic DZ, Hsia HH, Callans DJ, Marchlinski FE: Timing of right ventricular electrograms: New criterion for localizing site of origin of left ventricular tachycardia J Am Coll Cardiol 41 : 107A,2003.

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Academic Contact Info

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Cardiology Division
3400 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-6052
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)

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