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Robert D. Schaller, DO

Robert D. Schaller, DO Physician

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Schaller is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Cardiology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Cardiovascular Disease, 2010
  • Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, 2011

Clinical Expertise:

  • Atrial Fibrillation (Afib)
  • Bradycardia
  • Cardiac Lead Management
  • Complex Arrhythmia
  • Dizziness
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG)
  • Electrocardiography (ECG or EKG)
  • Electrophysiology (EP) Testing
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
  • Lead Extraction
  • Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
  • Syncope (Fainting)
  • 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
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • 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 Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • 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
  • Veterans Choice Program

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 employed by Penn Medicine.

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:

Wasserlauf Jeremiah, Esheim Taiki, Jarett Natasha M, Chan Eric K Y, Schaller Robert D, Garcia Fermin C, Knight Bradley P: Avoiding damage to transvenous leads - a comparison of electrocautery techniques and two insulated electrocautery blades. Pacing and clinical electrophysiology : PACE : 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-score matched analysis. Heart rhythm 15 (10): 1500-1506,2018.

Liang Jackson J, D'Souza Benjamin A, Betensky Brian P, Zado Erica S, Desjardins Benoit, Santangeli Pasquale, Chik William W, Frankel David S, Callans David J, Supple Gregory E, Hutchinson Mathew D, Dixit Sanjay, Schaller Robert D, Garcia Fermin C, Lin David, Riley Michael P, Marchlinski Francis E: Importance of the Interventricular Septum as Part of the Ventricular Tachycardia Substrate in Nonischemic Cardiomyopathy. JACC. Clinical electrophysiology 4 (9): 1155-1162,2018.

Xie Shuanglun, Kubala Maciej, Liang Jackson J, Hayashi Tatsuya, Park Jaeseok, Padros Irene Lucena, Garcia Fermin C, Santangeli Pasquale, Supple Gregory E, Frankel David S, Zado Erica S, Lin David, Schaller Robert D, Dixit Sanjay, Callans David J, Nazarian Saman, Marchlinski Francis E: Lead I R-wave amplitude to differentiate idiopathic ventricular arrhythmias with left bundle branch block right inferior axis originating from the left versus right ventricular outflow tract. Journal of cardiovascular electrophysiology : 2018.

Hayashi Tatsuya, Liang Jackson J, Muser Daniele, Shirai Yasuhiro, Enriquez Andres, Garcia Fermin C, Supple Gregory E, Schaller Robert D, Frankel David S, Lin David, Nazarian Saman, Zado Erica S, Arkles Jeffrey S, Dixit Sanjay, Callans David J, Marchlinski Francis E, Santangeli Pasquale: Epicardial ventricular tachycardia in ischemic cardiomyopathy: Prevalence, electrophysiological characteristics, and long-term ablation outcomes. Journal of cardiovascular electrophysiology : 2018.

Gordon Jeffrey P, Liang Jackson J, Pathak Rajeev K, Zado Erica S, Garcia Fermin C, Hutchinson Mathew 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.

Xie Shuanglun, Desjardins Benoit, Kubala Maciej, Liang Jackson, Yang Jiandu, van der Geest Rob J, Schaller Robert, Riley Michael, Callans David, Zado Erica, Marchlinski Francis, Nazarian Saman: Association of regional epicardial right ventricular electrogram voltage amplitude and late gadolinium enhancement distribution on cardiac magnetic resonance in patients with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy: Implications for ventricular tachycardia ablation. Heart rhythm 15 (7): 987-993,2018.

Enriquez Andres, Tapias Carlos, Rodriguez Diego, Ramirez Juan, Rosso Raphael, Viskin Sami, Schaller Robert, Marchlinski Francis, Saenz Luis, Garcia Fermin: Role of intracardiac echocardiography for guiding ablation of tricuspid valve arrhythmias. HeartRhythm case reports 4 (6): 209-213,2018.

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.

Liang Jackson J, Kodali Santhisri, Schaller Robert D, Birati Edo Y, Marchlinski Francis E, Santangeli Pasquale: Intraprocedural slow continuous ultrafiltration: A novel strategy to prevent acute hemodynamic decompensation from volume overload during VT ablation. Pacing and clinical electrophysiology : PACE 41 (8): 1043-1044,2018.

Academic Contact Info

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

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