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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 by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 - 2018

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005 - 2018

Recognized annually in Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs issue from 2004 to 2019

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

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

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Clinical Specialties


  • Cardiology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

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

Clinical Expertise:

  • Ablation for AV Node
  • Ablation for Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Ablation for Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Ablation of Arrhythmogenic Focus
  • Anomalous Atrioventricular Excitation
  • Arrhythmia
  • Arrhythmias During Pregnancy
  • Arrhythmias in Adults with Congenital Heart Diseases
  • Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy
  • Atrial Fibrillation (Afib)
  • Atrial Fibrillation Ablation
  • Atrial Fibrillation Cryoablation
  • Atrial Fibrillation Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Atrial Tachycardia
  • Atrioventricular Block
  • Atrioventricular Nodal Reentrant Tachycardia
  • Atrioventricular Reentrant Tachycardia
  • Bradycardia
  • Brugada Syndrome
  • Cardiac Ablation
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Cardiac Channelopathies
  • Cardiac Conduction Defects
  • Cardiac Device Infection
  • Cardiac Device Malfunction
  • Cardiac Devices
  • Cardiac Implantable Device Replacement
  • Cardiac Mapping
  • Cardioversion
  • Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Complete Atrioventricular Block
  • Complex Arrhythmia
  • Conduction Defects
  • Defibrillator Malfunction
  • Familial Arrhythmias
  • First Degree Heart Block
  • Holter Monitor
  • Imaging of Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs)
  • Implantable Cardiac Devices
  • Implantable Cardiac Monitor Procedure
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
  • Intracardiac Catheter Ablation
  • Left Bundle Branch Block
  • Long QT Syndrome
  • Loop Recorder
  • Pacemaker
  • Pacemaker Malfunction
  • Pacemaker Placement
  • Palpitations
  • Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Paroxysmal Tachycardia
  • Paroxysmal Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Pre-Excitation Syndrome
  • Premature Ventricular Contractions
  • Pulmonary Vein Isolation
  • Remote Cardiac Device Monitoring
  • Replacement of Defibrillator
  • Resynchronization Therapy
  • Right Bundle Branch Block
  • Short QT Syndrome
  • Sick Sinus Syndrome
  • Sinoatrial Node Dysfunction
  • Sinus Node Dysfunction
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)
  • Tachycardia
  • Tachycardia-Bradycardia Syndrome
  • Tilt Table Test
  • Trifascicular Block
  • Type 1 Second-Degree Heart Block
  • Type 2 Second-Degree Heart Block
  • Vasovagal Syncope
  • Ventricular Arrhythmia
  • Ventricular Fibrillation
  • Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Wearable Defibrillator
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome
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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 Amerihealth
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Medicare
  • 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: 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.
  • Princeton HealthCare System: Has 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, Marchlinski Francis E: 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, Marchlinski Francis E: 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, Marchlinski Francis E: 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, Marchlinski Francis E: 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, Marchlinski Francis E: 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, Lima Joao A C: 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, Marchlinski FE.: 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, Marchlinski Francis E: 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, Marchlinski Francis E: 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, Marchlinski Francis E: 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, Marchlinski FE.: 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, Marchlinski Francis E: 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, Marchlinski Francis E: 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, Silvestry Frank E: 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, Marchlinski Francis E: 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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