A cardiac electrophysiologist is a physician with special training and understanding of the electrical currents that help regulate your heartbeat. In the entire state of Louisiana, there are less than a dozen active electrophysiologists. At EJGH, Dr. James McKinnie is one of these few and even in this select company he stands out with a reputation of unsurpassed clinical ability and personal care.
Electrophysiology is the science of diagnosing, and treating the electrical activities of the heart. The term is usually used to describe studies of such phenomena by invasive (intracardiac) catheter recording of spontaneous activity as well as of cardiac responses to programmed electrical stimulation (PES). These studies are performed to assess complex arrhythmias, elucidate symptoms, evaluate abnormal electrocardiograms, assess risk of developing arrhythmias in the future, and design treatment. These procedures increasingly include therapeutic methods (typically radiofrequency ablation) in addition to diagnostic and prognostic procedures. Other therapeutic modalities employed in this field include antiarrhythmic drug therapy and implantation of pacemakers and automatic implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (AICD).
James McKinnie, M.D., M.M.M., FACC
James McKinnie, M.D., M.M.M., FACCDr. James McKinnie, a board certified cardiologist/electrophysiologist, is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He has spent more than a quarter of a century developing a reputation as one of the south's leading cardiologists. After practicing nearly 30 years at Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans, in 2011 Dr. McKinnie moved his practice to Jefferson Parish. Here, he has found the administrative support he sought in order to provide the highest levels of care possible to his patients.
Zhen Jiao, M.D., PhD
Zhen Jiao, M.D., PhDDr. Zhen Jiao is a Board Certified Internal Medicine and a Board Eligible Cardiology/Electrophysiology physician who is originally from Harbin, China. Dr. Jiao received his Doctor of Medicine from Harbin Medical University and his Ph.D. in Cardiac Electrophysiology from the Chinese Academy of Medical Science at Peking Union Medical College. Most recently he completed fellowships at Tulane University School of Medicine in Clinical Cardiology and at the Mayo Clinic – Rochester in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. Dr. Jiao has also been published in numerous clinical journals and international medical publications.