Ken Ellenbogen

Ken Ellenbogen

Professor and Chair, Division of Cardiology

FHRS MD

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, US

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Biography

Personal History

Prof Kenneth A. Ellenbogen is a full Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Director of Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.

He is a native of New York and speaks both English and French.3, 4 

He is married with three children.

 

Academic History

Prof Ellenbogen obtained his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1976, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in Biology. He received his MD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1980, where he also went on to complete his internship and residency training in Internal Medicine.5 He did his Cardiology fellowship training at Duke University School of Medicine.4, 5 He has Board Certifications in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Cardiac Electrophysiology. 

Prof Ellenbogen's academic, clinical and research efforts include an interest in newer, more effective ways to perform ablation and to develop methods for ablation of atrial fibrillation. He is involved in the development of new types of pacemakers and exploring the role of pacemakers in treating congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation.4

 

Career Overview

At present, Prof Ellenbogen is Chairman of the Division of Cardiology at Pauley Heart Center and Director of Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing at both Virginia Commonwealth University and McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center. He has also held the Hermes A. Kontos, MD Professorship in Cardiology since 2001 and holds the Kimmerling Chair of Cardiology at VCU.2, 5

He has been a member of the MCV Campus faculty since 1986 and achieved the rank of full Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) in 1997. Prof Ellenbogen was also Vice-Chairman of the Division of Cardiology.4 Since joining VCU in 1986, Prof Ellenbogen has become recognized as a pioneer of cardiac electrophysiology, internationally recognized for his work focusing on the causes of dysrhythmias and their diagnosis and treatment.1

He has contributed over 600 articles, reviews, books and book chapters – including over 370 peer-reviewed publications – and has given over 480 presentations around the world.1 Prof Ellenbogen has a highly successful record of being granted both public and private funding and has served as principal investigator on over 100 funded grants and contracts. Additionally, he has served as the Director of Data and Safety Monitoring Boards for a number of national and international clinical trials.4

Prof Ellenbogen is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the Council on Clinical Cardiology and the Council on Circulation of the American Heart Association. He has served as Chairman of the American Heart Association's Committee on Electrocardiography and Arrhythmias, Education Committee of the Heart Rhythm Society, President of the Richmond American Heart Association, Board of Trustees for the Heart Rhythm Society and Director of the Cardiology Advisory Board for the VA medical system.2

Prof Ellenbogen is the editor or co-editor of five textbooks of cardiac electrophysiology and pacing.5 He has served as a delegate to the American College of Cardiology, and steering committee member for two important NIH trials, AFFIRM and MOST.2

 

Career Timeline

  • 1986 - 2005: Physician, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • 2003 - 2009: Vice-Chairman of the Division of Cardiology, MCV Campus
  • 2010 - 2021: Chair of Cardiology, MCV Campus
  • 1997 - Present: Full Professor, Cardiology, MCV Campus
  • 2001 - Present: Hermes A. Kontos, MD Professorship in Cardiology, MCV Campus
  • Present: Director, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing, MCV Campus 

 

Recognition 

  • 2001: MCV Campus Clinician of the Year
  • 2015: Distinguished Teacher Award from the Heart Rhythm Society
  • 2016: Leonard Horowitz Endowed Lectureship, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2018: Martha M. and Harold W. Kimmerling Professor of Cardiology, VCU Health System
  • 2020: Distinguished Mentor Award, VCU School of Medicine
  • America's Top Doctors: Multiple times
  • Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors : 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

 

Areas of Speciality

  • Arrhythmias
  • Pacemakers/Defibrillators
  • Defibrillators
  • Angioplasty & Stent Placement
  • Catheter Ablation

 

Sources

  1. https://medschool.vcu.edu/news/somprofiles/som-profiles-2020/kenneth-a-ellenbogen-md/ 
  2. https://www.radcliffecardiology.com/authors/ken-ellenbogen 
  3. https://health.usnews.com/doctors/kenneth-ellenbogen-11879#patient-experience 
  4. https://www.vcuhealth.org/find-a-provider/kenneth-ellenbogen 
  5. https://www.hrsonline.org/about-us/structure-and-governance/board-trustees/kenneth-ellenbogen-md 

 

Prof Ellenbogen is on the Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review editorial board.


 

 

Articles by Ken Ellenbogen, Professor and Chair, Division of Cardiology

What Cannot Be Missed: Important Publications on Electrophysiology in 2021

Sanjiv M Narayan, Hugh Calkins, Andrew Grace, et al

Published:

Citation: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review 2022;11:e01.

What Cannot Be Missed: Important Publications on Electrophysiology in 2020

Sanjiv M Narayan, Hugh Calkins, Andrew Grace, et al

Published:

Citation: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review 2021;10(1):5–6.

What Cannot Be Missed: Important Publications on Electrophysiology in 2019

Andrew Grace, Hugh Calkins, Ken Ellenbogen, et al

Published:

Citation: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review 2020;9(1):4.

Looking to the Future in Managing Atrial Fibrillation

David N Kenigsberg, Ken Ellenbogen,

Citation: US Cardiology 2006;3(2):100–2

Looking to the Future in Managing Atrial Fibrillation

David N Kenigsberg, Ken Ellenbogen,

Citation: US Cardiology 2006;3(2):1–4

Keywords

Cardiac Arrhythmias, Electrophysiology, Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators, Radiofrequency Ablation, Pacemakers and Syncope, Atrial Fibrillation