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“I went into cardiology because I thought it was the most fascinating aspect of internal medicine,” says Dr. Feldman. “The heart is at the core of a patient’s physical and emotional life. I am honored by the trust patients and their families give me every time I step into the electrophysiology laboratory to perform a procedure or study.”
Leon Feldman, MD, FACC, has received Board Certification in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and clinical cardiac electrophysiology. In addition, he also received a Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction in psychology from Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences in Ithaca, New York before attending Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. He completed his internship and residency at the UCLA Center for Health Sciences, prior to completing two fellowships in cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.
Dr. Feldman treats people with all aspects of cardiovascular disease but has special training and interest in cardiac arrhythmias. “The first time I put on a gown and mask to perform a procedure I was hooked,” says Dr. Feldman. “One aspect of my work is to implant pacemakers and defibrillators for patients with serious heart rhythm issues. These devices are small sophisticated electronic marvels and save patient’s lives.”
As Co-Director of the Electrophysiology (EP) Laboratory/Arrhythmia Center at Eisenhower Medical Center, Dr. Feldman’s expertise includes implanting pacemakers, defibrillators, heart failure devices and performing cardiac ablations. He remains actively involved in bringing the latest technologies and techniques to the EP lab for patients in the Coachella Valley.
“Atrial fibrillation ablation has become main stream during the last five years. I consider it to be the closest thing to a permanent fix,” says Dr. Feldman. “This technology has progressed so rapidly that the procedure can be done in under an hour with limited need for sedation. We can often treat the very sickest heart disease patients and offer them hope.”
Dr. Feldman remains active in clinical research, being involved in numerous trials since joining the staff at Eisenhower Medical Center, often serving as primary site investigator. Dr. Feldman also teaches cardiology and electrophysiology to the interns and residents at Eisenhower.
“Eisenhower has been my only job post fellowship, and I feel very lucky,” explains Dr. Feldman. “I think Eisenhower Desert Cardiology Center is a premier cardiology group, representing all major facets of cardiology. All of my colleagues are highly trained. You are not likely to find a problem in cardiology that one of us hasn’t treated during our training or experience.”
- Cardiovascular Disease*
- Tufts University School of Medicine
- UCLA Medical Center
- UCLA Medical Center
- Oregon Health and Sciences University Hospital
- American Board of IM/Cardiovascular Disease
- Publication Date: May 23, 2017