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Brian Olshansky

Brian Olshansky MD, FACC, FAHA, FHRS, FESC

Emeritus Professor of Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA

Brian Olshansky, MD, FACC, FAHA, FHRS, FESC, a board certified clinical cardiac electrophysiologist, is a tenured Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.  Dr. Olshansky was graduated from Carleton College, completed his MD at the University of Arizona, residency training in Internal Medicine at Bellevue/NYU Hospitals, Cardiology Fellowship training at The University of Iowa, and Electrophysiology Fellowship training at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.  Dr. Olshansky has been a faculty member at the University of Alabama, Case Western Reserve University (working in both places with Dr. Albert Waldo) and Loyola University before returning to The University of Iowa.  He has directed electrophysiology laboratories and training programs at Loyola University Medical Center and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Dr. Olshansky is an international leader in cardiology and has been recognized globally for his expertise in the field of clinical cardiac electrophysiology.  One of the areas for which he is highly regarded relates to autonomic control of the heart.  He is recognized for his work regarding the assessment of arrhythmia mechanisms, multicenter randomized clinical trials, treatment of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, device therapy, and management of syncope.

Dr. Olshansky is also known for his diversity of interests, ranging from the technological and mechanistic aspects of cardiac electrophysiology to holistic issues regarding medical care and the doctor-patient relationship.  Dr. Olshansky’s research interests are extensive and he has been involved in numerous clinical trials and has published extensively.  He has written 4 books, approximately 300 peer reviewed publications (with a long list of colleagues) and several hundred other publications including chapters for key textbooks.  He is a contributing author to several recent ACC, AHA and European guidelines. Dr. Olshansky has been an editor and author for UptoDate since the early 1990s.  Presently, he is one of the editors of the ESC Cardiovascular textbook and EPSAP.  He has been considered among the Best Doctors in America since 1996.  Dr. Olshansky was principal investigator of one of the largest randomized controlled clinical trial of implantable defibrillators.  He is also the National Coordinator of the GLORIA AF Trial.  He has been and continues to be a mentor for fellows, residents and students and has helped train capable and competent electrophysiologists for over 30 years. 

Dr. Olshansky is presently a member of eight editorial boards, has been on 25 (including a creative medical writing journal) and has reviewed for over 80 medical journals.  He has undertaken numerous clinical trials and has been a longstanding reviewer for the NIH and other national and international research organizations.  Despite his busy clinical schedule, Dr. Olshansky lectures internationally and has been a visiting professor at institutions throughout the world.

http://www.innovationsincrm.com/cardiac-rhythm-management/articles-2015/january/673-interview-with-brian-olshansky-md