Electrophysiologists: Dr. Whalen and Dr. Beaty

Finding and Treating Arrhythmia Issues

At Wake Forest Baptist, we’re working hard to discover new and better treatments for patients with complex heart arrhythmia problems and other issues relating to heart failure. Our specialists in cardiac electrophysiology and our premier cardiothoracic surgeons work together to offer one of the few centers in the state providing treatment for atrial fibrillation. [Print a map to the electrophysiology lab.]

Leaders in Cardiac Electrophysiology

We give our patients access to a wide variety of experts in cardiac electrophysiology and other therapies.

Patrick Whalen, MD, has been named the Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology. He joins us from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he built the center for atrial fibrillation (AF) and was instrumental in developing the hybrid procedure for AF, which combines the tools for surgical and catheter ablation for patients with resistant atrial fibrillation. Dr. Whalen is also a national leader in lead extraction (the removal of a pacemaker device) and helped to develop a center for training in transvenous lead removal.

Elijah Beaty, MD, who was born and raised in Winston-Salem, joins us from Rush University Medical Center.  He has specific interests in atrial fibrillation and ventricular arrhythmias in end stage heart failure.  Dr. Beaty enjoys educating patients about their arrhythmias to encourage them to take an active role in their healthcare.

Tony W. Simmons, MD, has served as lead investigator for ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillators) therapy research and assisted in writing the national guidelines for ICD use and implantation.

In addition, the Heart & Vascular Center is heavily involved with the latest research and clinical trials in cutting-edge treatments including cardiac electrophysiology. Our trials have determined that utilizing ICDs can help identify and define those types of patients who benefit from such treatment. The findings can possibly double the pool of those benefiting from the technology.

Electrophysiology Specialties

  • Atrial Fibrillation 
  • Device Placement

Electrophysiology Conditions & Treatments

  • Arrhythmias 
  • Catheter Ablations 
  • EP Study 
  • Implantable Defibrillators 
  • Pacemakers 
  • Cardioversion 
  • MAZE Procedure
  • Teletrace Transmitter


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Heart & Vascular Center
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Local 336-716-WAKE
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Returning Patients

Vascular 336-716-4151
Heart 336-716-6674

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Last Updated: 09-09-2014
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