Nikhil C. Panda, M.D. is a Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiologist & Research Scientist with the Cardiovascular Institute of Brown University and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Panda practices as an attending physician at the Rhode Island & Miriam Hospitals of Brown University.
Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Dr. Panda received his bachelor of science degree in biology and chemistry at Syracuse University (as valedictorian), where he completed his senior thesis in basic science cellular electrophysiology with renowned cardiac electrophysiology scientist Dr. Charles Antzelevich. This was followed by medical school at the SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. Dr. Panda then entered the physician/scientist training pathway at Case Western Reserve University, which included a residency in internal medicine, fellowship in cardiology, and three years of postdoctoral research in the department of biomedical engineering at the Heart & Vascular Research Center at Case Western and the Center for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, where he focused on cell therapy and tissue engineering for cardiac arrhythmias. For his research, Dr. Panda received two separate young investigator awards from the American College of Cardiology as well as funding from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Panda then completed a two-year fellowship in clinical cardiac electrophysiology at New York Presybterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center of Cornell University in New York City, followed by being one of the few in the country to complete an additional year of clinical fellowship in advanced & complex arrhythmia ablation.
Dr. Panda’s clinical research interest is in the development of novel ablation techniques for atrial fibrillation. He helped pioneer the technique of low voltage isolation in persistent atrial fibrillation and is the co-principal investigator of two multicenter clinical trials evaluating new ablation strategies for persistent atrial fibrillation, including the Low Voltage-Directed Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation (LD-CAF) clinical trial. Dr. Panda was the first cardiac electrophysiologist to perform pulmonary vein isolation in combination with both low voltage isolation and spatiotemporal dispersion ablation, two novel ablation techniques for patients that have challenging and difficult to ablate persistent atrial fibrillation. He is also the principal investigator at Brown of the GENETIC-AF clinical trial, which is evaluating genetically targeted therapy for the prevention of symptomatic atrial fibrillation in patients with heart failure.
Dr. Panda 's basic science research interests are in cell therapy and tissue engineering for the treatment of ventricular tachycardia and the prevention of sudden cardiac death. Dr. Panda also studies the use of biomaterials and gene therapy to improve the cardiac electrophysiological phenotype of mesenchymal stem cells.
Dr. Panda enjoys performing procedures in all aspects of clinical electrophysiology, including advanced device implantation, complex ablation such as atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia, and the use of advanced and emerging technologies, including robotic-assisted and computer-assisted arrhythmia ablation. Dr. Panda has authored numerous original research articles, book chapters, expert opinion articles, and has given multiple national presentations as well being invited to lecture at academic medical centers around the country. He is on the editorial board for the Journal of Applied Bionics and Biomechanics. He also has a passion for training and mentoring future cardiac electrophysiologists, cardiologists and scientists.
When he is not working, Dr. Panda enjoys international travel, providing international medical relief, anything to do with the beach or water, history, adventure sports, trying new restaurants, and cheering on the Chargers, Patriots, and the Cavaliers.
Education & Training
B.S.- Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
M.D.- SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
Residency, Internal Medicine- Case Western Reserve University MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
Fellowship, Biomedical Engineering- Heart & Vascular Research Center, Case Western Reserve University & Center for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Fellowship, Cardiology- Case Western Reserve University MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
Fellowship, Advanced & Complex Ablation- Case Western Reserve University MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
Fellowship, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology- New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Cornell University, New York, NY