Noninvasive testing methods such as an ECG or heart monitor are used to evaluate potential heart rhythm abnormalities. If indicated, minimally invasive technology is used to diagnose and correct cardiac rhythm abnormalities using devices such as pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs).


UAB Hospital North Pavilion
6th Floor
615 18th Street South
Birmingham, Alabama 35233

Birmingham VA Medical Center (BVAMC)
6th Floor
700 19th Street South
Birmingham, Alabama 35233


UAB Hospital
H. Thomas McElderry, MD

Birmingham VA Medical Center
Vance Plumb, MD

Patient Population

Patients with cardiac rhythm conditions, including:
  • Cardiac Arrhythmias 
  • Cardiomyopathy 
  • Congenital Heart Disease 
  • Syncope

Clinical Services

Mapping and ablation of cardiac rhythms that include:

  • Complex Arrhythmias ( Atrial Fibrillation  and Ventricular Tachycardia)
    • Atrial Flutter
    • Atrial Tachycardia
    • Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)
    • Wolfe-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW)
  • Implantation of pacemakers 
  • Implantation of ICDs 
  • Device extraction for infected or malfunctioning devices
  • Resynchronization devices for heart failure treatment (pacemakers or ICDs) 


  • Assessing cardiac arrhythmias using noninvasive methods
  • Evaluating patients before and after EP procedures
  • Implanting permanent pacemakers and Internal Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) devices
  • Assisting in a wide range of EP studies
  • Understanding the requirements of antiarrhythmic drug therapy
  • Participating inpatient arrhythmia consultations

NOTE: Cardiology Fellows rotating on the EP service do not participate in EP procedures at the VA, but are responsible for seeing arrhythmia consults at the VA with the arrhythmia consult attending. Fellows are also responsible for peri-operative management of devices during regular working hours under the guidance of the arrhythmia consult attending.

Related Research

Basic Sciences
Focuses on the heart's electrical activity in order to better understand the initiation and maintenance of cardiac arrhythmias.

Clinical Trials
Evaluate catheters ablation and implantable device therapy for faster, more efficient, diagnosis and treatment.