Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Physiology & Biophysics, and Biomedical Engineering
Director of the Cardiac Rhythm Management Laboratory


Raymond E. Ideker was born in Oak Park, Illinois in July 1942. He received the BS degree in chemistry from the Arkansas Polytechnic College in 1965 and the MD and PhD degrees in physiology, both from the University of Tennessee in 1972 and 1974 respectively. In 1978, after completing a Pathology residency at Duke University, he joined the Departments of Medicine and Pathology at Duke, where he was Director of the Basic Arrhythmia Laboratory. In 1994, he joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he is the Jeanne V. Marks Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Biomedical Engineering and where he directs the Cardiac Rhythm Management Laboratory.

Office Administrator

Brenda Dudley
Email Address:
Office Phone: (205) 975-4710
Office Fax: (205) 975-4720





Pathology Residency
Duke University (1978)

Doctor of Philosophy (Physiology)
University of Tennessee (1974)

Medical Degree
University of Tennessee (1972)





Book Chapters

TASER® Conducted Electrical Weapons: Physiology, Pathology, and Law
Mark W. Kroll
Springer; 1 edition; March 19, 2009
"Cardiac Arrhythmias"
Derek j. Dosdall and Raymond E. Ideker
Amazon link

Computer Simulation and Experimental Assessment of Cardiac Electrophysiology
Nathalie Virag, Lukas Kappenberger, and Olivier Blanc
Wiley-Blackwell; 1st edition; July 15, 2001
"Mechanisms of Ventricular Defibrillation"
Nipon Chattipakorn, MD, PhD and Raymond Ideker, MD, PhD
Amazon link




Research Interests

Sudden Cardiac Death and methods for its prevention 
Basic electrophysiologic mechanisms of ventricular & atrial arrhythmias
Medical and surgical treatment of arrhythmias caused by coronary artery disease
Computerized electrical and optical mapping systems to study ventricular tachycardia and fibrillation
New techniques for the treatment of arrhythmias

Selected Journal


Osorio J, Dosdall DJ, Tabereaux PB, Robichaux RP Jr, Stephens S, Kerby JD, Stickney RE, Pogwizd S, Ideker RE. Effect of chest compressions on ventricular activation.
Am J Cardiol. 2012 Mar 1;109(5):670-4. Epub 2011 Dec 15.
PMID: 22177000

Cheng KA, Dosdall DJ, Li L, Rogers JM, Ideker RE, Huang J. Evolution of activation patterns during long-duration ventricular fibrillation in pigs. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2012 Feb;302(4):H992-H1002. Epub 2011 Dec 16.
PMID: 22180655

Kong W, Ideker RE, Fast VG. Intramural Optical Mapping of Vm and Cai2+ During Long-Duration Ventricular Fibrillation in Canine Hearts. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2012 Jan 20. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 22268104

Walcott GP, Kroll MW, Ideker RE. Ventricular fibrillation threshold of rapid short pulses. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2011 Aug;2011:255-8.
PMID: 22254298

Nair K, Umapathy K, Farid T, Masse S, Mueller E, Sivanandan RV, Poku K, Rao V, Nair V, Butany J, Ideker RE, Nanthakumar K. Intramural activation during early human ventricular fibrillation. Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol. 2011
PMID: 21750274

PubMed Listings

Raymond Ideker, MD, PhD