Jorge E. Romero, MD

Attending Physician
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Jorge E. Romero, MD - Attending Physician, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) - Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Montefiore Medical Center
    111 East 210th Street
    Bronx, NY 10467-2401

    Montefiore Weiler Hospital
    1825 Eastchester Road
    Bronx, NY 10461-2301

    Montefiore at 1250 Waters Place
    1250 Waters Place
    Bronx, NY 10461-2720

    White Plains Hospital
    41 East Post Road
    White Plains, NY 10601-4622

    Montefiore Greene Medical Arts Pavilion
    3400 Bainbridge Avenue
    Bronx, NY 10467-2404

  • Cardiac Electrophysiology

  • (718) 920-2248

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.

Education & Training

  • Medical School

    Universidad del Valle

  • Residency

    St Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center - Roosevelt Div

  • Fellowship

    Montefiore Medical Center, UCLA Medical Center, Brigham & Women's Hosp. Boston

Published Research

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Highlights

  • 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