Adam Lee, MD

Title(s)HS Asst Clinical Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address500 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco CA 94117
Phone415-476-5706
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-0189-171X Additional info
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    UCSF, San Francisco06/2020Cardiac Electrophysiology
    The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane, Australia12/2016Cardiac Electrophysiology
    Liverpool Hospital, Sydney, Australia12/2014Cardiology
    Royal Australasian College of Physicians, AustraliaFRACP12/2014Cardiology
    Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia12/2011Internal Medicine
    University of Sydney, Sydney, AustraliaMMed (Clin Epi)12/2009Master of Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology)
    University of New South Wales , Sydney, AustraliaMBBS (Hons)12/2007Medicine
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    UCSF2019  - 2020UCSF Fellow Teaching Award
    APHRS2018APHRS Young Investigators Award Clinical Session (2nd Prize)
    CSANZ2018CSANZ Heart Rhythm Prize Session (Finalist)
    CSANZ2015Heart, Lung and Circulation Best Narrative Review Prize
    HRS2017Heart Rhythm Fellows Bowel Winner
    UNSW2004W E Glover Prize for Physiology

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    Dr. Adam C. Lee is a cardiologist who cares for patients with a variety of heart conditions. He specializes in electrophysiology (studying the heart's electrical activity), used to diagnose and treat arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats). He has particular expertise in catheter ablation for complex arrhythmias (using a mapping system to identify and destroy heart tissues that are producing abnormal electrical signals) including epicardial ablation ("outside" the heart) and in patients with complex congenital heart disease. He also performs complex cardiac device procedures, including lead extraction (removing a wire from a pacemaker or implanted defibrillator because of a problem such as infection), conduction system pacing (a new technique where a lead is implanted directly into the heart's own electrical wiring system) and venoplasty (inserting and inflating a tiny balloon to improve blood flow in a vein), particularly to allow placement of additional wires for pacemaker upgrades. He also focuses on minimal-radiation procedures, routinely performing ablations without the use of any X-ray. He is experienced with advanced cardiac technologies, including subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillators (heart monitors that deliver an electric shock if a life-threatening arrhythmia is detected) and leadless pacemakers (small devices implanted directly into a heart chamber to treat certain conditions).

    In his research, Lee studies an animal model of heart failure due to a particular disorder of heart muscle called ectopy-mediated cardiomyopathy. To improve patient care, he also studies the best methods of performing ablation for atrial fibrillation and investigates new diagnostic tools for arrhythmias.

    Lee earned his medical degree from the University of New South Wales and a master of medicine degree in clinical epidemiology from the University of Sydney. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. He then completed several fellowships, including cardiology at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney; cardiac electrophysiology at the Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane, Queensland; and two more in cardiac electrophysiology (one focused on research and one on patient care) at UCSF. He is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians.

    Lee received the UCSF Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Program's teaching award in 2019 and 2020.

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    1. Supraventricular tachycardia with double trouble. Heart Rhythm. 2021 Oct 29. Howell SJ, Lee A, Scheinman M. PMID: 34757191.
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    2. Importance of the Activation Sequence of the His or Right Bundle for Diagnosis of Complex Tachycardia Circuits. Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol. 2021 10; 14(10):e009194. Viswanathan MN, Julie He B, Sung R, Hoffmayer KS, Badhwar N, Lee A, Goldberger JJ, Hsia HH, Jackman WM, Scheinman MM. PMID: 34601885.
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    3. Predictors of long-term success after catheter ablation of premature ventricular complexes. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2021 08; 32(8):2254-2261. Im SI, Voskoboinik A, Lee A, Higuchi S, Moss JD, Hsia H, Tseng ZH, Lee R, Marcus GM, Vedantham V, Scheinman M, Lee B, Park KM, Gerstenfeld EP. PMID: 34041816.
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    4. Electrophysiologic and imaging evidence for an occult myopathic substrate in patients with idiopathic ventricular arrhythmias. Int J Cardiol. 2021 08 01; 336:60-66. Lee AC, Strugnell W, Vittinghoff E, Hamilton-Craig C, Haqqani HM. PMID: 34048856.
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    5. Cardiac arrhythmia spot light: Detection of ventricular fibrillation-Not all ICDs are created equal. J Arrhythm. 2021 Aug; 37(4):1117-1119. Lee A, Salazar JW, Tseng ZH. PMID: 34386143; PMCID: PMC8339093.
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    6. Electrophysiologic approach to diagnosis and ablation of patients with permanent junctional reciprocating tachycardia associated with complex anatomy and/or physiology. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2020 12; 31(12):3232-3242. Oesterle A, Oesterle A, Lee AC, Voskoboinik A, Moss JD, Vedantham V, Walters TE, Lee BK, Tseng ZH, Gerstenfeld EP, Scheinman MM. PMID: 33107135.
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    7. Epsilon Wave Resolution Following Epicardial Ablation in Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy. JACC Clin Electrophysiol. 2020 10 26; 6(11):1470-1471. Lee A, Higuchi S, Gerstenfeld EP. PMID: 33121678.
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    8. Percutaneous epicardial approach for LAA ligation. J Interv Card Electrophysiol. 2021 Nov; 62(2):293-297. Sanchez JM, Lee A, Bartus K, Lee RJ. PMID: 33085054.
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    9. Site-Specific Epicardium-to-Endocardium Dissociation of Electrical Activation in a Swine Model of Atrial Fibrillation. JACC Clin Electrophysiol. 2020 07; 6(7):830-845. Walters TE, Lee G, Lee A, Sievers R, Kalman JM, Gerstenfeld EP. PMID: 32703566.
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    10. Right Ventricular Electrogram Characteristics in a T1 Mapping-Validated Normal Population: Implications for Unipolar Voltage Mapping. JACC Clin Electrophysiol. 2020 06; 6(6):711-721. Lee AC, Strugnell W, Vittinghoff E, Hamilton-Craig C, Haqqani HM. PMID: 32553223.
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    11. Wide Complex Tachycardia in a Woman in Her 30s With Electrolyte Derangements. JAMA Cardiol. 2020 02 01; 5(2):230-231. Marano PJ, Lee A, Lee BK. PMID: 31876899.
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    12. High-power radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation: Establishing a standardized protocol. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2019 12; 30(12):2732-2733. Lee A, Gerstenfeld EP. PMID: 31588638.
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    13. Standard peak-to-peak bipolar voltage amplitude criteria underestimate myocardial scar during substrate mapping with a novel microelectrode catheter. Heart Rhythm. 2020 03; 17(3):476-484. Lee A, Walters TE, Alhede C, Vittinghoff E, Sievers R, Gerstenfeld EP. PMID: 31606463.
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    14. Electroporation-Application beyond pulmonary vein isolation? J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2019 09; 30(9):1410-1411. Lee A, Gerstenfeld EP. PMID: 30895690.
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    15. Device rounds: Pacemaker 2:1 upper rate behavior-Two causes, one patient. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2018 12; 41(12):1665-1668. Lee A, Moss JD. PMID: 30370583.
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    16. Leadless Permanent Pacing: A Single Centre Australian Experience. Heart Lung Circ. 2019 Nov; 28(11):1677-1682. Denman RA, Lee AC, Mengel C, Townsend S, Betts J, Bovey N, Wright D, Davison O, Haqqani HM. PMID: 30392985.
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    17. Frequent Ventricular Ectopy: Implications and Outcomes. Heart Lung Circ. 2019 Jan; 28(1):178-190. Lee A, Walters TE, Gerstenfeld EP, Haqqani HM. PMID: 30322758.
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    18. Activation Mapping With Integration of Vector and Velocity Information Improves the Ability to Identify the Mechanism and Location of Complex Scar-Related Atrial Tachycardias. Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol. 2018 08; 11(8):e006536. Anter E, Duytschaever M, Shen C, Strisciuglio T, Leshem E, Contreras-Valdes FM, Waks JW, Zimetbaum PJ, Kumar K, Spector PS, Lee A, Gerstenfeld EP, Nakar E, Bar-Tal M, Buxton AE. PMID: 30354312.
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    19. Catheter ablation of papillary muscle arrhythmias: Implications of mitral valve prolapse and systolic dysfunction. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2018 07; 41(7):750-758. Lee A, Hamilton-Craig C, Denman R, Haqqani HM. PMID: 29732567.
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    20. Spontaneous transformation of a concealed to manifest posteroseptal accessory pathway requiring epicardial ablation. J Arrhythm. 2018 Jun; 34(3):312-314. Lee A, Lindemann J, Davison O, Wright D, Denman R. PMID: 29951152; PMCID: PMC6009764.
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    21. Iatrogenic atrial septal defect with right-to-left shunt following atrial fibrillation ablation in a patient with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy. HeartRhythm Case Rep. 2018 Apr; 4(4):159-162. Lee A, Mahadevan VS, Gerstenfeld EP. PMID: 29755946; PMCID: PMC5944033.
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    22. Ventricular Ectopy in the Context of Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction: Risk Factors and Outcomes Following Catheter Ablation. Heart Lung Circ. 2019 Mar; 28(3):379-388. Lee A, Denman R, Haqqani HM. PMID: 29482954.
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    23. Ultra-low radiation dose during electrophysiology procedures using optimized new generation fluoroscopy technology. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2017 Aug; 40(8):947-954. Crowhurst J, Haqqani H, Wright D, Whitby M, Lee A, Betts J, Denman R. PMID: 28618036.
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    24. Epicardial Brugada syndrome ablation unmasking inferior J waves. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2017 Nov; 40(11):1308-1312. Lee A, Kohler H, Wright D, Haqqani HM. PMID: 28436550.
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    25. Double fire tachycardia induced cardiomyopathy: first ever reported case in Australia. Intern Med J. 2017 Apr; 47(4):468-470. Adusumalli S, Gluer R, Lee A, Denman R. PMID: 28401722.
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    26. Localized atrial reentrant tachycardia in tetralogy of Fallot: Ultra-high-resolution mapping and termination by nonpropagated atrial pacing stimulus. Heart Rhythm. 2017 07; 14(7):1102-1103. Lee A, Kite J, Davison O, Haqqani HM. PMID: 28323170.
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    27. Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy Due to Systemic Absorption of Intraocular Phenylephrine. Heart Lung Circ. 2016 Dec; 25(12):e159-e161. Lee A, Nguyen P. PMID: 27475260.
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    28. Atrial fibrillation ablation by single ring isolation versus wide antral isolation: Effects on left atrial size and function. Int J Cardiol. 2016 Mar 01; 206:1-6. Lee A, See VA, Lim TW, Descallar J, Chik W, Ross DL, Thomas SP, Thomas L. PMID: 26761395.
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    29. The current and future role of the novel oral anticoagulants--indications beyond atrial fibrillation. Heart Lung Circ. 2014 Jan; 23(1):2-9. Lee A, Rajaratnam R. PMID: 24183214.
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    30. AV Dissociation Masquerading as an Accelerated Junctional Rhythm with Retrograde Atrial Activation. 2013; (4):1329-1331. Lee A, Richards D, Dimitri H. View Publication.
    31. Overcoming artifacts and fears: electrophysiology study and radiofrequency ablation in a Parkinsonian patient with supraventricular tachycardia and a brain neurostimulator. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2013 Jan; 36(1):e1-3. Kanagaratnam L, Lee A, Whalley D, Figtree GA. PMID: 21883310.
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