Jorge E. Romero, MD, FHRS, FACC

Attending Physician
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Dr Romero
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Biography

Jorge Romero, MD, is an Attending Physician and Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Arrhythmia Service in the Cardiology Division at our Montefiore-Einstein Center for Vascular Care. He has maintained this position since the summer of 2016.

Dr. Romero specializes in the treatment of complex arrhythmias, particularly in catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia and atrial fibrillation using cutting-edge technology. He is one of the few electrophysiologists in the country who performs these procedures without fluoroscopy, which avoids radiation exposure to both patients and staff.

Dr. Romero, who hails from Colombia, earned his medical degree at the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia. Following graduation, he spent a year working as a community physician in Colombia’s rural areas before coming to the United States. There, he embarked on a series of residencies as well as cardiovascular and cardiac electrophysiology fellowships at our Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

His extensive research focuses on issues within cardiology and specifically on electrophysiology. He has developed the autonomic modulation program for the treatment of refractory ventricular arrhythmias by performing bilateral cervico-thoracic sympathectomy. Additionally, he investigates His-bundle pacing for patients with heart failure who are not candidates for cardiac resynchronization therapy as well as the use of devices to occlude the left atrial appendage for patients with atrial fibrillation who cannot be anticoagulated.

Dr. Romero has designed and played a leading role in managing two prospective clinical research studies at our Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care: implementing novel catheter ablation techniques and developing techniques for esophageal and phrenic nerve protection, particularly during radiofrequency ablation of atrial fibrillation. He is one of the few electrophysiologists in the world, along with Luigi Di Biase, MD, PhD, who performs electrical isolation of the left atrial appendage for treatment of persistent and long persistent atrial fibrillation.

Dr. Romero has been recognized with several awards, including the Cardiology Fellowship Training Program Director’s Award at our Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and two Young Investigator Awards—one from the American Heart Association and the other from the American Society of Hypertension.

Dr. Romero is a member of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA), and a fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society (FHRS) and the American College of Cardiology (FACC). Dr. Romero is the author of approximately 80 publications in indexed journals, 150 abstracts, and eight electrophysiology book chapters. He serves as a reviewer for major electrophysiology and cardiology journals.

Research Focus

He has developed the autonomic modulation program for the treatment of refractory ventricular arrhythmias by performing bilateral cervicothoracic sympathectomy at Montefiore. He has developed techniques for esophageal and phrenic nerve protection particularly during radiofrequency ablation of atrial fibrillation. Along with Dr. Luigi Di Biase, he is constantly developing techniques to perform electrical isolation of the left atrial appendage for treatment of persistent and long persistent atrial fibrillation in a safe and effective manner.

Clinical Focus

​​​​​​Dr. Romero specializes in the treatment of complex arrhythmias, particularly in catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia (endocardial/epicardial) and atrial fibrillation (left atrial appendage electrical isolation) using cutting edge technology and the latest techniques. He performs all of his procedures without fluoroscopy (non-ionizing radiation), which avoids radiation exposure to the patients and his staff. He also specializes in His-bundle pacing and placement of left atrial appendage closure devices in patients who cannot take oral anticoagulation. Lead extractions, leadless pacemakers, and subcutaneous defibrillator implantations are also among his practiced interests.

Highlights

Awards & Honors
  • The Eric N. Prystowsky Early Career Researcher Award
  • Cardiology Fellowship Training Program Director’s Award
  • Investigator-initiated research award for $50,000 granted by Medtronic for a prospective study using cardiac MRI for risk stratification after myocardial infarction. January 7th, 2013
  • ACCF/Bristol-Myers Squibb Travel Award. American College of Cardiology’s 62nd Annual Scientific Session, March 9-11, 2013 in San Francisco, CA
  • Young investigator Award at the American Heart Association Scientific Meeting, Los Angeles, California. November 2012
  • Young Investigator Award at the American Society of Hypertension 26th Annual Scientific Meeting, New York, NY, May 2011

Published Research

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Impact of Number of Oral Antiarrhythmic Drug Failures Before Referral on Outcomes Following Catheter Ablation of Ventricular Tachycardia

Romero J, Stevenson WG, Fujii A, Kapur S, Baldinger SH, Mehta NK, John RM, Michaud GF, Epstein LM, Koplan BA, Tedrow UB, Kumar S

Dr. Jorge E. Romero March 2018

Emergence of atrioventricular nodal reentry tachycardia after surgical or catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation: Are we creating the arrhythmia substrate?

Romero J, Kumar S, Akira F, Briceño DF, Tedrow UB, Epstein L, John R, Stevenson WG, Michaud GF.

Dr. Jorge E. Romero August 2017

Characterization of Aortic Valve Closure Artifact During Outflow Tract Mapping: Correlation With Hemodynamics and Mechanical Valves

Romero J, Ajijola O, Shivkumar K, Tung R.

Dr. Jorge E. Romero June 2017

Benefit of left atrial appendage electrical isolation for persistent and long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Romero J, Michaud GF, Avendano R, Briceño DF, Kumar S, Carlos Diaz J, Mohanty S, Trivedi C, Gianni C, Della Rocca D, Proietti R, Perrotta L, Bordignon S, Chun JKR, Schmidt B, Garcia M, Natale A, Di Biase L.

Dr. Jorge E. Romero January 2018

Impact of Lowering Irrigation Flow Rate on Atrial Lesion Formation in Thin Atrial Tissue: Preliminary Observations From Experimental and Clinical Studies

Kumar S, Romero J, Stevenson WG, Foley L, Caulfield R, Fujii A, Tanigawa S, Epstein LM, Koplan BA, Tedrow UB, John RM, Michaud GF.

Dr. Jorge E. Romero October 2017

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