Program Overview (EP)

Dr. Prystowsky, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Program Director

Dr. Prystowsky
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Program Director

  • Editor in Chief for the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
  • Section Editor of Arrhythmias for Hurst textbook of Cardiology
  • Editor in Chief website for Arrhythmias
  • Past Chairman of ABIM test writing committee for Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology


  • Extensive one-on-one time with EP Program Director, dedicated to teaching 2 full days per week in the EP lab and ½ day per week in the office with each fellow for 6 months.
  • Daily systems based practice exposure
  • Strong outpatient component with access to billing, coding and compliance, referring physicians and other services, consult appropriateness, computerized EMR, cost benefit medicine
  • Introduction to the business of medicine with one of the nations’ largest non-academic cardiology practice in the United States, rivaling the cardiology components of Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic in size, scope and expertise.

St. Vincent Heart Center Honors Dr. Eric Prystowsky

St.Vincent Heart Center honored electrophysiologist Eric Prystowsky, MD, in recognition of his distinguished leadership in the development and management of the internationally recognized electrophysiology program at St.Vincent.

"Over his nearly 40-year history as a cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist, Dr. Prystowsky has made hundreds of contributions to the basic science and clinical knowledge base of this field," said St.Vincent Chief Clinical Officer Richard Fogel, MD. "His research papers have been widely published in national and international research journals including the Journal of the American Medical Association and the New England Journal of Medicine. He was the first to describe the electrophysiology of certain characteristics of the heart that led to a better understanding of many cardiac rhythm problems (arrhythmias) including atrial fibrillation, supraventricular tachycardia, Wolff Parkinson White syndrome and cardiac arrest."

Many of Dr. Prystowsky's observations are used by electrophysiologists worldwide and have played a major role in the treatment of hundreds of thousands (perhaps millions) of patients who suffer from these cardiac arrhythmias. 

Dr. Prystowsky has personally trained nearly 100 electrophysiologists who practice in the U.S. and across the world. He authored two textbooks on Clinical Electrophysiology, and developed the first "Fellows-in-training" intracardiac electrogram course that is currently in its 30th year. Over 4,000 fellows have participated and to a large extent this has become a "rite of passage" for the new members of the field.

Four of his former fellows, including Dr. Fogel, have gone on to be presidents of the Heart Rhythm Society, the professional organization that represents cardiac electrophysiologists worldwide. He lectures routinely at national and international conferences, was the Chairman of the Heart Rhythm Society Scientific Sessions in 2002 and received the Heart Rhythm Society Distinguished Teacher award in 2002. For the past 12 years, he has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology.

"Over the last four decades, Dr. Prystowsky has been a pioneer in basic research, clinical research, teaching, education, patient advocacy and the mentoring of new leaders," said Dr. Fogel. "There is no one more deserving of this honor."

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St. Vincent Medical Group is the exclusive cardiovascular provider to the two campuses of St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana located at 86th Street and 106th Street. According to HealthGrades in 2012 St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana has been ranked:


  • #1 in Indiana for Overall Cardiac Services
  • #1 in Indiana for Overall Cardiology Services
  • Five-Star Rated for Overall Cardiac Services
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Failure (8 years in a row)
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Attack (5 years in a row)
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Cardiology Services (4 years in a row)
  • Among the Top 5% of Hospitals Nationally for Overall Cardiac Services (2 years in a row)
  • Among the Top 5% of Hospitals Nationally for Coronary Interventional Procedures (2 years in a row)