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David S. Frankel, MD

David S. Frankel, MD Physician

Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Program Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Frankel is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. David S. Frankel

Recognized by America's Top Doctors 2015 - 2017
Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issues for 2018 and 2019

I treat the entire range of heart rhythm disorders, from bradycardias to tachycardias, including supraventricular tachycardia, atrial fibrillation, premature ventricular complexes and ventricular tachycardia. I implant cardiac devices, including subcutaneous cardiac rhythm monitors, pacemakers and defibrillators. I also perform the entire range of catheter ablations. My goal is to work with you to find the best treatment for your condition.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Cardiology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Cardiovascular Disease, 2010
  • Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, 2011

Clinical Expertise:

  • Ablation of Idiopathic Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Ablation of Ischemic 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 Rhythms - Slow/Fast
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
  • Intracardiac Echocardiography (ICE)
  • Pacemaker
  • Pregnancy and Heart Disease
  • Pulmonary Vein Antrum Isolation (PVAI)
  • Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)
  • Syncope (Fainting)
  • Tachycardia
  • Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Ventricular Tachycardia Ablation
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

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

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 American Heart Association, National Heart Rhythm Society, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Frankel is employed by Penn Medicine.

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:

Gordon Jeffrey P, Liang Jackson J, Rajeev Pathak, Zado Erica S, Garcia Fermin C, Hutchinson Matthew D, Santangeli Pasquale, Schaller Robert D, Frankel David S, Marchlinski Francis E, Supple Gregory E: Percutaneous Cryoablation for Papillary Muscle Ventricular Arrhythmias after Failed Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation. Journal of cardiovascular electrophysiology : 2018.

Frankel David S: Reply to the Editor- Flecainide and Propafenone: Good Twins for Premature Ventricular Contractions' Killing But Not Exactly Superimposable. Heart rhythm : 2018.

Muser Daniele, Liang Jackson J, Castro Simon A, Hayashi Tatsuya, Enriquez Andres, Troutman Gregory S, McNaughton Nelson W, Supple Gregory, Birati Edo Y, Schaller Robert, Garcia Fermin C, Frankel David S, Dixit Sanjay, Callans David J, Zado Erica S, Marchlinski Francis E, Santangeli Pasquale: Outcomes with prophylactic use of percutaneous left ventricular assist devices in high-risk patients undergoing catheter ablation of scar-related ventricular tachycardia: A propensity-matched analysis. Heart rhythm : 2018.

Kumareswaran Ramanan, Frankel David S: Wide complex tachycardia in a patient with ebstein's anomaly. Journal of cardiovascular electrophysiology : 2018.

Santangeli Pasquale, Zado Erica S, Garcia Fermin C, Riley Michael P, Lin David, Frankel David S, Supple Gregory E, Schaller Robert D, Dixit Sanjay, Callans David J, Marchlinski Francis E: Lack of prognostic value of atrial arrhythmia inducibility and change in inducibility status after catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation. Heart rhythm 15 (5): 660-65,2018.

Dagres Nikolaos, Chao Tze-Fan, Fenelon Guilherme, Aguinaga Luis, Benhayon Daniel, Benjamin Emelia J, Bunch T Jared, Chen Lin Yee, Chen Shih-Ann, Darrieux Francisco, de Paola Angelo, Fauchier Laurent, Goette Andreas, Kalman Jonathan, Kalra Lalit, Kim Young-Hoon, Lane Deirdre A, Lip Gregory Y H, Lubitz Steven A, Márquez Manlio F, Potpara Tatjana, Pozzer Domingo Luis, Ruskin Jeremy N, Savelieva Irina, Teo Wee Siong, Tse Hung-Fat, Verma Atul, Zhang Shu, Chung Mina K, Bautista-Vargas William-Fernando, Guo Yutao: European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA)/Heart Rhythm Society (HRS)/Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society (APHRS)/Latin American Heart Rhythm Society (LAHRS) expert consensus on arrhythmias and cognitive function: What is the best practice? Journal of Arrhythmia 34 (2): 99-123,2018.

Frankel David S, Dixit Sanjay: Beyond Pulmonary Vein Isolation for Persistent Atrial Fibrillation: Don't Just Do Something, Stand There. Circulation. Arrhythmia and electrophysiology 11 (3): e006102,2018.

Muser, Daniele, Santangeli, Pasquale, Liang, Jackson J., Castro, Simon A., Magnani, Silvia, Hayashi, Tatsuya, Garcia, Fermin C., Frankel, David S., Dixit, Sanjay, Zado, Erica S., Lin, David, Desjardins, Benoit, Callans, David J., Alavi, Abass, Marchlinski, Francis E.: Characterization of the Electroanatomic Substrate in Cardiac Sarcoidosis J Am Coll Cardiol EP 4 : 291-303,2018.

Liang Jackson J, Elafros Melissa A, Mullen Michael T, Muser Daniele, Hayashi Tatsuya, Enriquez Andres, Pathak Rajeev K, Zado Erica S, Santangeli Pasquale, Arkles Jeffrey S, Schaller Robert D, Supple Gregory E, Frankel David S, Garcia Fermin C, Deo Rajat, Lin David, Riley Michael P, Nazarian Saman, Dixit Sanjay, Marchlinski Francis E, Callans David J: Anticoagulation use and clinical outcomes after catheter ablation in patients with persistent and longstanding persistent atrial fibrillation. Journal of cardiovascular electrophysiology 29 (6): 823-832,2018.

Kubala Maciej, Pathak Rajeev K, Xie Shuanglun, Casado Arroyo Ruben, Tschabrunn Cory M, Hayashi Tatsuya, Garcia Fermin C, Supple Gregory E, Santangeli Pasquale, Frankel David S, Zado Erica S, Callans David J, Marchlinski Francis E: Electrocardiographic Repolarization Abnormalities and Electroanatomic Substrate in Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy. Circulation. Arrhythmia and electrophysiology 11 (3): e005553,2018.

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