Miguel Valderrábano

Miguel Valderrábano

Director, Division of Cardiac Electrophysiology

Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center and Methodist Hospital Research Institute, The Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX, US

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Personal History

Dr Miguel Valderrabano is a Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiologist based in Houston, Texas. 


Academic History


In 1988, Dr Valderrábano was awarded his bachelor’s degree in Physics from Colegio San Estanislao de Kostka, Málaga, Spain.4

In 1994, he received his M.D. from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) School of Medicine in Madrid, Spain and did his Internal Medicine training at UCLA. He then completed his cardiology and electrophysiology training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was named Chief Cardiology fellow in 2002.1, 2

Dr Valderrábano’s research and clinical interests focus on finding new and more effective treatments for atrial fibrillation, including epicardial mapping and ablation.1


Career Overview

After his training at Cedars-Sinai, he was named Director of the Implanted Devices Clinic at the UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCLA Medical Center. In 2006, he became the Director of the Division of Cardiac Electrophysiology at the Houston Methodist Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine at Weil Cornell School of Medicine.1, 2, 3

His research has been funded by grants from the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In 2013, Dr Valderrábano received a multimillion dollar grant from the NIH to explore the efficacy and safety of a new alcohol infusion treatment for people with persistent atrial fibrillation.1, 2

Dr. Valderrábano is a member of the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and the Heart Rhythm Society.2


Career Timeline

  • 1999 - 2003: Cardiology and Electrophysiology Fellowships, Cedars-Sinai
  • 2003 - 2006: UCLA
    • Assistant Professor
    • Director, Implanted Devices Clinic, Cardiac Arrhythmia Center
  • 2006 - Present: Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, Houston
    • Program Director, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship
    • Lois and Carl Davis Centennial Chair
    • Director, Division of Cardiac Electrophysiology, Department of Cardiology
  • Present: Associate Professor of Medicine, Weill College of Medicine, Cornell University


Areas of Speciality

  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Interventional Cardiology



  • 2013: Top Doctors: SE Texas, Castle Connolly
  • 2005: Reynolds Visiting Professor, Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, Johns Hopkins University



  1. https://www.houstonmethodist.org/faculty/miguel-valderrabano/ 
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4547678/ 
  3. https://www.houstonmethodist.org/education/medical/graduate-medical-education/clinical-cardiology-electrophysiology-fellowship/about-the-program-director/ 
  4. https://www.doximity.com/pub/miguel-valderrabano-md 


Articles by Miguel Valderrábano, Director, Division of Cardiac Electrophysiology

Neuromodulatory Approaches for Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

Moisés Rodríguez-Mañero, Jose Luis Martínez-Sande, Javier García-Seara, et al


Citation: European Cardiology Review 2021;16:e53.