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Minang (Mintu) Turakhia

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine) at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System

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Contact Information

  • Clinical Offices
    VA Palo Alto Health Care System 3801 Miranda Ave Ste 111C Cardiology Dept Palo Alto, CA 94304
    Tel Work (650) 493-5000 Fax (650) 852-3473
  • Academic Offices
    Personal Information
    Alternate Contact
    Tatyana Perkis Cardiac Arrhythmia Service Tel Work 650-723-9363
    Not for medical emergencies or patient use

Professional Overview


Mintu Turakhia M.D. M.A.S. is a cardiac electrophysiologist, outcomes researcher, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. He is Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at the Palo Alto VA Health Care System and is an Associate Investigator at the Center for Health Care Evaluation (CHCE). In his clinical role, Dr. Turakhia performs catheter ablation, device implantation, and lead extraction. Dr. Turakhia has an active clinical research program, with funding from AHA, VA, NIH, the medical device industry, and foundations. His research program aims to improve the treatment of heart rhythm disorders, by evaluating quality and variation of care, comparative and cost-effectiveness of therapies, and risk prediction. Dr. Turakhia has extensive expertise in using large administrative and claims databases for this work. His TREAT-AF retrospective study of over 400,000 patients with newly-diagnosed AF is the largest known research cohort of AF patients. His other research interests include technology assessment of new device-based therapies and the impact of changing health policy and reform on the delivery of arrhythmia care. Dr. Turakhia is a Fellow of the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and Heart Rhythm Society.

Clinical Focus

  • Arrhythmias, Cardiac
  • Cardiology (Heart)
  • Death, Sudden, Cardiac
  • Catheter Ablation
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Implantable Defibrillators
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Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Palo Alto VA Health Care System (2008 - present)
  • Cardiac Electrophysiologist, Stanford Hospital and Clinics (2008 - present)
  • Member, Electrocardiography and Arrhythmias Committee, American Heart Association (2009 - present)
  • Member, Young Clinicians and Investigators Committee, American Heart Association Council of Quality and Outcomes Research (2010 - present)
  • Chair, Writing Group, American Heart Association Telemetry Latency Advisory (2010 - present)
  • Co-Chairperson, VA Health Services & Research Career Development Conference (2009 - 2010)

Honors and Awards

  • Department of Medicine Teaching Award, Stanford Department of Medicine (12/2010)
  • E. William Hancock Faculty Teaching Award, Stanford Division of Cardiovascular Medicine (6/2010)

Professional Education

Board Certification: Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, American Board of Internal Medicine (2009)
Fellowship: Univ of California San Francisco CA (2008)
Fellowship: Univ of California San Francisco CA (2006)
Residency: Brigham and Women's Hospital Harvard Medical School MA (2003)
Internship: Brigham and Women's Hospital Harvard Medical School MA (2001)
Medical Education: Univ of California San Francisco CA (2000)
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Scientific Focus

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Dr. Mintu Turakhia a board-certified internist, cardiologist, and cardiac electrophysiologist and an Instructor at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He directs the Cardiac Electrophysiology program at the Palo Alto VA Health Care System and an Associate Investigator at the Center for Health Care Evaluation (CHCE). As an undergraduate, he studied computer science and molecular biology at the University of California Berkeley (1996). He received his MD at the University of California San Francisco (2000) and completed his Internal Medicine residency at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston (2003). He returned to UCSF to for advanced fellowship training in Cardiovascular Medicine (2006) and Cardiac Electrophysiology (2008), while also completing a two-year Master's program in Biostatistics and Clinical Research (2008). As a fellow, he received the American College of Cardiology Merck Foundation Postdoctoral Research Award (2006) and was a finalist for the Laennec Society Young Clinician Award (2006).

Dr. Turakhia's research program aims to improve the treatment of heart rhythm disorders by understanding system- and patient-level variation of arrhythmia treatment in Veterans and their relationship to outcomes. In 2009, he received a VA HSR&D Level II 5-year Career Development Award for a project entitled, "Optimizing Care of Atrial Fibrillation and Flutter in Veterans." He has subsequently received an American Heart Association (AHA) 4-year National Scientist Development Grant (2009) and a 2-year AHA Western States Clinical Research Program Award (deferred).

Dr. Turakhia has over 25 peer-reviewed publications. He is co- chairperson of the 2010 HSR&D CDA annual meeting and a member of the Heart Rhythm Society Clinical Research and Training Committee, AHA Electrocardiography and Arrhythmia Committee, and AHA Young Clinician and Investigators Committee. He is the Associate Web Editor for Archives of Internal Medicine and Associate Editor for the Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology.


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