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Robert D. Schaller, DO

Robert D. Schaller, DO Physician

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Schaller is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Clinical Specialties


  • Cardiology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

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

Clinical Expertise:

  • Bradycardia
  • Complex Arrhythmia
  • Dizziness
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG)
  • Electrocardiography (ECG or EKG)
  • Electrophysiology (EP) Testing
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
  • Lead Extraction
  • Lead Management
  • Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
  • Syncope
  • Tachycardia

Description of Clinical Expertise

Atrial fibrillation ablation
Ventricular tachycardia ablation
Sudden cardiac death
Biventricular cardiac device implantation
Complex lead management
Lead extraction

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: Nova - Southeastern
Residency: Lenox Hill Hospital
Fellowship: Lenox Hill Hospital
Fellowship: University of Massachusetts Medical Center
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


Heart Rhythm Society, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Schaller 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:

Sudden cardiac death
Lead extraction

Selected Publications:

Sadek MM, Goldstein W, Epstein AE, Schaller RD.: Cardiovascular implantable electronic device lead extraction: evidence, techniques, results, and future directions. Curr Opin Cardiol. : 23-8,2016.

Jay Liebowitz and Robert Schaller: Biological Warfare: Tampering with Implantable Medical Devices. IT Professional Magazine : 70-72,2015.

Jackson J. Liang, DO*; Shaan Khurshid, MD†; Robert D. Schaller, DO*; Pasquale Santangeli, MD*; Francis E. Marchlinski, MD*; David S. Frankel, MD*: Safety and Efficacy of Catheter Ablation for Ventricular Tachycardia in Elderly Patients With Structural Heart Disease. Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Clinical Electrophysiology 1 (1): 52,2015.

Santangeli Pasquale, Muser Daniele, Zado Erica S, Magnani Silvia, Khetpal Sumun, Hutchinson Mathew D, Supple Gregory, Frankel David S, Garcia Fermin C, Bala Rupa, Riley Michael P, Lin David, Rame J Eduardo, Schaller Robert, Dixit Sanjay, Marchlinski Francis E, Callans David J: Acute hemodynamic decompensation during catheter ablation of scar-related ventricular tachycardia: incidence, predictors, and impact on mortality. Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology 8 (1): 68-75,2015.

Robert D. Schaller, Mouhannad M. Sadek, Jeffrey J Luebbert, Jian-Fang Ren, Francis E. Marchlinski: Tansjugular Lead Fragment Extraction to Improve Tricuspid Regurgitation Heart Rhythm Case Reports 1 (1): 2015.

Liang JJ, Elafros MA, Chik WW, Santangeli P, Zado ES, Frankel DS, Supple GE, Schaller RD, Lin D, Hutchinson MD, Riley MP, Callans DJ, Marchlinski FE, Dixit S.: Early recurrence of atrial arrhythmias following pulmonary vein antral isolation: Timing and frequency of early recurrences predicts long-term ablation success. Heart rhythm : the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society : 2015.

Squara Fabien, Frankel David S, Schaller Robert, Kapa Suraj, Chik William W, Callans David J, Marchlinski Francis E, Dixit Sanjay: Voltage mapping for delineating inexcitable dense scar in patients undergoing atrial fibrillation ablation: a new end point for enhancing pulmonary vein isolation. Heart Rhythm : the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society 11 (11): 1904-11,2014.

Mouhannad M Sadek, Robert D Schaller, Gregory E Supple, David S Frankel, Michael P Riley, Mathew D Hutchinson, Fermin C Garcia, David Lin, Sanjay Dixit, Erica S Zado, David J Callans, Francis E Marchlinski: Ventricular Tachycardia Ablation – The Right Approach for the Right Patient Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review 3 (3): 161,2014.

Lander J, Schaller R: Relationship Between Framingham Risk Score and Metabolic Syndrome for Predicting Coronary Artery Disease. Journal of Investigative Medicine 58 (3): 592-593,2010.

Coplan N, Hersh D, Ayyanathan S, Panagopoulos G, Levitt, H, Toorl S, Jimenez M, Schaller R, Patel S: Relationship Between Diabetes Mellitus and Metabolic Syndrome for Predicting Coronary Artery Disease? Journal of Investigative Medicine 57 (4): 612,2009.

Academic Contact Info

Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
2nd Floor, East Pavilion
3400 Civic Center Boulevard

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 349-8027
Fax: (215) 615-5441
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)