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Francis E. Marchlinski, MD

Francis E. Marchlinski, MD Physician

Director of Electrophysiology Laboratory, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Director of Electrophysiology, University of Pennsylvania Health System Richard T. and Angela Clark President's Distinguished Professor

Languages spoken:

  • Spanish

Dr. Marchlinski is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Francis E. Marchlinski

Recognized annually in Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs issue from 2004 through 2016

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

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

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

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Cardiology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Cardiovascular Disease, 1981
  • Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, 1992
  • Internal Medicine, 1979

Clinical Expertise:

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

Description of Clinical Expertise

Diagnosis and management of supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias
Substrate mapping and catheter ablation of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias.
Pacemaker therapy in management of bradycardias
Implantable defibrillator therapy in treating ventricular arrhythmias
Management of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias in arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (ARVC)
Evaluation and treatment of genetically determined arrhythmia syndromes
Evaluation of patients with unexplained syncope

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
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Amerihealth
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Medicare
  • 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: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American College of Cardiology , National American Federation for Clinical Research, National American Heart Association, National American Heart Association, National Cardiac Electrophysiology Society, National European Cardiac Arrhythmia Society, International Heart Rhythm Society , International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Marchlinski is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: On the medical staff, but does not have privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Electrophysiology of the human atria and ventricles
Mechanism of supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias
Anatomic and electrophysiologic substrate of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias.
Catheter ablative therapy in atrial and ventricular arrhythmias
Device therapy in management of ventricular arrhythmias
Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy and cardiac arrhythmias

Selected Publications:

Aldhoon Bashar, Frankel David S, Hutchinson Mathew D, Callans David J, Epstein Andrew E, Dixit Sanjay, Riley Michael P, Lin David, Garcia Fermin C, Supple Gregory E, Cooper Joshua M, Bala Rupa, Deo Rajat, Zado Erica S: Unipolar Voltage Abnormality is Associated with Greater Left Ventricular Dysfunction in Ischemic Cardiomyopathy. Journal of cardiovascular electrophysiology : 2013.

Pancholy Samir B, Sharma Parikshit S, Pancholy Dipti S, Patel Tejas M, Callans David J: Meta-Analysis of Gender Differences in Residual Stroke Risk and Major Bleeding in Patients With Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation Treated With Oral Anticoagulants. The American journal of cardiology : 2013.

Aldhoon Bashar, Tzou Wendy S, Riley Michael P, Lin David, Callans David J, Hutchinson Mathew D, Dixit Sanjay, Garcia Fermin C, Zado Erica S: Nonischemic cardiomyopathy substrate and ventricular tachycardia in the setting of coronary artery disease. Heart rhythm : the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society 10 (11): 1622-7,2013.

Carballeira Pol Lidia, Deyell Marc W, Frankel David S, Benhayon Daniel, Squara Fabien, Chik William, Kohari Maria, Deo Rajat: Ventricular premature depolarization QRS duration as a new marker of risk for the development of ventricular premature depolarization-induced cardiomyopathy. Heart rhythm : the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society : 2013.

Betensky Brian P, Kapa Suraj, Desjardins Benoit, Garcia Fermin, Callans David, Dixit Sanjay, Frankel David S, Hutchinson Mathew, Supple Gregory, Zado Erica S: Characterization of Transseptal Activation during Septal Pacing: Criteria for Identification of Intramural VT Substrate in Nonischemic Cardiomyopathy. Circulation. Arrhythmia and electrophysiology 6 (6): 1123-30,2013.

Strauss David G, Mewton Nathan, Verrier Richard L, Nearing Bruce D, Marchlinski Francis E, Killian Tony, Moxley John, Tereshchenko Larisa G, Wu Katherine C, Winslow Raimond L, Cox Christopher, Spooner Peter M: Screening Entire Health System ECG Databases to Identify Patients at Increased Risk of Death. Circulation. Arrhythmia and electrophysiology 6 (6): 1156-62,2013.

Riley M, Zado ES, Bala R, Callans D, Cooper J, Dixit S, Garcia F, Gerstenfeld E, Hutchinson M, Lin D, Patel V, Verdino R: Lack of uniform progression of endocardial scar in patients with right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy and ventricular tachycardia. Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol 3 (4): 332-338,2010.

Van Herendael Hugo, Garcia Fermin, Lin David, Riley Michael, Bala Rupa, Cooper Joshua, Tzou Wendy, Hutchinson Mathew D, Verdino Ralph, Gerstenfeld Edward P, Dixit Sanjay, Callans David J, Tschabrunn Cory M, Zado Erica S: Idiopathic right ventricular arrhythmias not arising from the outflow tract: prevalence, electrocardiographic characteristics, and outcome of catheter ablation. Heart rhythm : the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society 8 (4): 511-8,2011.

Mountantonakis Stavros E, Frankel David S, Gerstenfeld Edward P, Dixit Sanjay, Lin David, Hutchinson Mathew D, Riley Michael, Bala Rupa, Cooper Joshua, Callans David, Garcia Fermin, Zado Erica S: Reversal of outflow tract ventricular premature depolarization-induced cardiomyopathy with ablation: effect of residual arrhythmia burden and preexisting cardiomyopathy on outcome. Heart Rhythm 8 (10): 1608-14,2011.

Leong-Sit Peter, Robinson Melissa, Zado Erica S, Callans David J, Garcia Fermin, Lin David, Dixit Sanjay, Bala Rupa, Riley Michael P, Hutchinson Mathew D, Cooper Joshua, Gerstenfeld Edward P: Inducibility of atrial fibrillation and flutter following pulmonary vein ablation. Journal of cardiovascular electrophysiology 24 (6): 617-23,2013.

Gaztanaga L, Frankel DS, Kohari M, Kondapalli L, Zado ES: Time to recurrence of atrial fibrillation influences outcome following catheter ablation. Heart Rhythm 10 (1): 2-9,2012.

Haqqani Haris M, Tschabrunn Cory M, Tzou Wendy S, Dixit Sanjay, Cooper Joshua M, Riley Michael P, Lin David, Hutchinson Mathew D, Garcia Fermin C, Bala Rupa, Verdino Ralph J, Callans David J, Gerstenfeld Edward P, Zado Erica S: Isolated septal substrate for ventricular tachycardia in nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy: incidence, characterization, and implications. Heart Rhythm 8 (8): 1169-76,2011.

Supple Gregory E, Ren Jian-Fang, Zado Erica S: Mobile thrombus on device leads in patients undergoing ablation: identification, incidence, location, and association with increased pulmonary artery systolic pressure. Circulation 124 (7): 772-8,2011.

Gertz Zachary M, Raina Amresh, Saghy Laszlo, Zado Erica S, Callans David J, Marchlinski Francis E, Keane Martin G: Evidence of atrial functional mitral regurgitation due to atrial fibrillation: reversal with arrhythmia control. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 58 (14): 1474-81,2011.

Park Robert E, Saghy Laszlo, Zado Erica S, Tschabrunn Cory M: Influence of left ventricular hypertrophy on scar identification during bipolar voltage mapping. Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology 34 (1): 45-50,2012.

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Academic Contact Info

3400 Spruce Street
9 Founders Pavilion

Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283
Phone: (215) 662-6005
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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