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David S. Frankel, MD

David S. Frankel, MD Physician

Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Languages spoken:

  • Hebrew

Dr. Frankel is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Cardiology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Cardiovascular Disease, 2010
  • Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, 2011
  • Internal Medicine, 2007

Clinical Expertise:

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

Description of Clinical Expertise

ventricular tachycardia
atrial fibrillation
catheter ablation
supraventricular tachycardia
cardiac resynchronization therapy

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
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American College of Cardiology , National Heart Rhythm Society, National Heart Rhythm Society, National Heart Rhythm Society, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Frankel is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

ventricular tachycardia
atrial fibrillation
catheter ablation
supraventricular tachycardia
pacing-induced cardiomyopathy
cardiac resynchronization therapy

Selected Publications:

Liang Jackson J, Elafros Melissa A, Muser Daniele, Pathak Rajeev K, Santangeli Pasquale, Supple Gregory E, Schaller Robert D, Frankel David S, Dixit Sanjay: Comparison of left atrial bipolar voltage and scar using multielectrode fast automated mapping versus point-by-point contact electroanatomic mapping in patients with atrial fibrillation undergoing repeat ablation. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol : 2016.

Sadek MM, Maeda S, Chik W, Santangeli P, Zado ES, Schaller RD, Supple GE, Frankel DS, Hutchinson MD, Garcia FC, Riley MP, Lin D, Dixit S, Callans DJ, Marchlinski FE: Recurrent atrial arrhythmias in the setting of chronic pulmonary vein isolation. Heart Rhythm 13 (11): 2174-2180,2016.

Liang Jackson J, Elafros Melissa A, Muser Daniele, Pathak Rajeev K, Santangeli Pasquale, Zado Erica S, Frankel David S, Supple Gregory E, Schaller Robert D, Deo Rajat, Garcia Fermin C, Lin David, Hutchinson Mathew D, Riley Michael P, Callans David J, Marchlinski Francis E, Dixit Sanjay: Pulmonary Vein Antral Isolation and Nonpulmonary Vein Trigger Ablation Are Sufficient to Achieve Favorable Long-Term Outcomes Including Transformation to Paroxysmal Arrhythmias in Patients With Persistent and Long-Standing Persistent Atrial Fibrillation. Circulation. Arrhythmia and electrophysiology 9 (11): 2016.

Muser Daniele, Liang Jackson J, Witschey Walter Rt, Pathak Rajeev K, Castro Simon, Magnani Silvia, Zado Erica S, Garcia Fermin C, Desjardins Benoit, Callans David J, Frankel David S, Marchlinski Francis E, Santangeli Pasquale: Ventricular arrhythmias associated with left ventricular noncompaction: Electrophysiologic characteristics, mapping, and ablation. Heart rhythm : the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society : 2016.

Khurshid S, Liang JJ, Owens A, Lin D, Schaller R, Epstein AE, Marchlinski FE, Frankel DS: Longer Paced QRS Duration is Associated With Increased Prevalence of Right Ventricular Pacing-Induced Cardiomyopathy. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol 27 (10): 1174-1179,2016.

Maeda Shingo, Chik William W, Liang Jackson J, Kelesidis Iosif, Arroyo Ruben Casado, D'Souza Benjamin, Sadek Mouhannad M, Muser Daniele, Squara Fabien, Venugopal Deviprasad, Santangeli Pasquale, Frankel David S, Zado Erica S, Marchlinski Francis E, Callans David J: Recovery of renal dysfunction after catheter ablation of outflow tract ventricular arrhythmias in patients with ventricular premature depolarization-mediated cardiomyopathy. J Interv Card Electrophysiol : 2016.

Muser Daniele, Santangeli Pasquale, Castro Simon A, Pathak Rajeev K, Liang Jackson J, Hayashi Tatsuya, Magnani Silvia, Garcia Fermin C, Hutchinson Mathew D, Supple Gregory G, Frankel David S, Riley Michael P, Lin David, Schaller Robert D, Dixit Sanjay, Zado Erica S, Callans David J, Marchlinski Francis E: Long-Term Outcome After Catheter Ablation of Ventricular Tachycardia in Patients With Nonischemic Dilated Cardiomyopathy. Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol 9 (10): 2016.

Frankel David S: Recipe for Ablation Success: Don't Cook the Goose. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol 27 (9): 1045-6,2016.

Frankel DS, Tung R, Santangeli P, Tzou WS, Vaseghi M, Di Biase L, Nagashima K, Tedrow U, Bunch TJ, Tholakanahalli VN, Dendi R, Reddy M, Lakkireddy D, Dickfeld T, Weiss JP, Mathuria N, Vergara P, Patel M, Nakahara S, Vakil K, Sauer WH, Callans DJ, Natale A, Stevenson WG, Della Bella P, Shivkumar K, Marchlinski FE: Sex and Catheter Ablation for Ventricular Tachycardia: An International Ventricular Tachycardia Ablation Center Collaborative Group Study. JAMA Cardiology : In press,2016.

Muser D, Santangeli P, Pathak RK, Castro SA, Liang JJ, Magnani S, Hayashi T, Garcia FC, Hutchinson MD, Supple GE, Frankel DS, Riley MP, Lin D, Schaller RD, Desjardins B, Dixit S, Callans DJ, Zado ES, Marchlinski FE: Long-Term Outcomes of Catheter Ablation of Ventricular Tachycardia in Patients With Cardiac Sarcoidosis. Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol 9 (8): 1-15,2016.

Academic Contact Info

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street
9 Founders Pavilion

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-6801
Fax: (215) 615-4350
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)