Cara Pellegrini, MD

Title(s)Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address4150 Clement St
San Francisco CA 94121
Phone415-221-4810 ext. 3178
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    Princeton University, Princeton, NJBA05/1997Ecology and Evolutionary Bio
    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PAMD05/2001Medicine
    Hosp of the Univ of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PAResidency06/2004Internal Medicine
    UCSF, SF, CAFellowship06/2007Cardiology
    UCSF, SF, CAFellowship06/2009Cardiac Electrophysiology
    UCSF, SF, CAATCR Certificate06/2007Clinical Research
    UCSF, SF, CA06/2017CORO Leadership Collaborative
    University of California, San Francisco, CA2019Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
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    AHA Western States2006  - 2007Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Grant
    Bay Area Clinical Research Symposium2008Best Oral Presentation by a Jr. Scientist

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    Dr. Pellegrini is the Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at the San Francisco VA, with a focus in atrial fibrillation and atypical atrial arrhythmias. She is particularly interested in the impact of cardiovascular risk factor modification on atrial fibrillation. Additional interests include POTS/IST and medical education and leadership. She is a 2017 UCSF CORO Leadership Collaborative graduate.

    Dr. Pellegrini is an Associate Program Director for the UCSF Cardiology Fellowship and the VA Site Director for the Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship. She is very involved with medical education, with a particular focus on the teaching of ECG interpretation. She is active with the Heart Rhythm Society, having served on Guideline Committees and Scientific Sessions Planning Committees.

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    1. Use of Adenosine to Release an Entrapped Catheter During Ablation of Premature Ventricular Complexes. JACC Case Rep. 2021 Apr; 3(4):610-613. Kim EJ, Gerstenfeld EP, Pellegrini CN. PMID: 34317587.
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    2. Individual non-esterified fatty acids and incident atrial fibrillation late in life. Heart. 2021 Jan 22. Pellegrini CN, Buzkova P, Lichtenstein AH, Matthan NR, Ix JH, Siscovick DS, Heckbert SR, Tracy RP, Mukamal KJ, Djoussé L, Kizer JR. PMID: 33483356.
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    3. ASSOCIATIONS OF INDIVIDUAL PLASMA NON-ESTERIFIED FATTY ACIDS WITH INCIDENT ATRIAL FIBRILLATION IN OLDER ADULTS: THE CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH STUDY. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2020 Mar 1; 75(11):404. Pellegrini PC, Kizer KJ, Buzkova BP, Matthan MN, Lichtenstein LA, Siscovick SD, Ix IJ, Heckbert HS, Mukamal MK, Djousse DL. .
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    4. Reported mortality with rotating sheaths vs. laser sheaths for transvenous lead extraction. Europace. 2019 Nov 01; 21(11):1703-1709. Diaz CL, Guo X, Whitman IR, Marcus GM, Pellegrini CN, Beygui RE, Lee SY, Lee BK. PMID: 31545350.
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    5. 2018 ACC/AHA/HRS Guideline on the Evaluation and Management of Patients With Bradycardia and Cardiac Conduction Delay: A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines and the Heart Rhythm Society. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2019 08 20; 74(7):e51-e156. Kusumoto FM, Schoenfeld MH, Barrett C, Edgerton JR, Ellenbogen KA, Gold MR, Goldschlager NF, Hamilton RM, Joglar JA, Kim RJ, Lee R, Marine JE, McLeod CJ, Oken KR, Patton KK, Pellegrini CN, Selzman KA, Thompson A, Varosy PD. PMID: 30412709.
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    6. 2018 ACC/AHA/HRS Guideline on the Evaluation and Management of Patients With Bradycardia and Cardiac Conduction Delay: Executive Summary: A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines, and the Heart Rhythm Society. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2019 08 20; 74(7):932-987. Kusumoto FM, Schoenfeld MH, Barrett C, Edgerton JR, Ellenbogen KA, Gold MR, Goldschlager NF, Hamilton RM, Joglar JA, Kim RJ, Lee R, Marine JE, McLeod CJ, Oken KR, Patton KK, Pellegrini CN, Selzman KA, Thompson A, Varosy PD. PMID: 30412710.
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    7. 2018 ACC/AHA/HRS guideline on the evaluation and management of patients with bradycardia and cardiac conduction delay: Executive summary: A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines, and the Heart Rhythm Society. Heart Rhythm. 2019 09; 16(9):e227-e279. Writing Committee Members , Kusumoto FM, Schoenfeld MH, Barrett C, Edgerton JR, Ellenbogen KA, Gold MR, Goldschlager NF, Hamilton RM, Joglar JA, Kim RJ, Lee R, Marine JE, McLeod CJ, Oken KR, Patton KK, Pellegrini CN, Selzman KA, Thompson A, Varosy PD. PMID: 30412777.
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    8. 2018 ACC/AHA/HRS guideline on the evaluation and management of patients with bradycardia and cardiac conduction delay: A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines and the Heart Rhythm Society. Heart Rhythm. 2019 09; 16(9):e128-e226. Writing Committee Members , Kusumoto FM, Schoenfeld MH, Barrett C, Edgerton JR, Ellenbogen KA, Gold MR, Goldschlager NF, Hamilton RM, Joglar JA, Kim RJ, Lee R, Marine JE, McLeod CJ, Oken KR, Patton KK, Pellegrini CN, Selzman KA, Thompson A, Varosy PD. PMID: 30412778.
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    9. 2018 ACC/AHA/HRS Guideline on the Evaluation and Management of Patients With Bradycardia and Cardiac Conduction Delay: Executive Summary: A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines, and the Heart Rhythm Society. Circulation. 2019 08 20; 140(8):e333-e381. Kusumoto FM, Schoenfeld MH, Barrett C, Edgerton JR, Ellenbogen KA, Gold MR, Goldschlager NF, Hamilton RM, Joglar JA, Kim RJ, Lee R, Marine JE, McLeod CJ, Oken KR, Patton KK, Pellegrini CN, Selzman KA, Thompson A, Varosy PD. PMID: 30586771.
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    10. 2018 ACC/AHA/HRS Guideline on the Evaluation and Management of Patients With Bradycardia and Cardiac Conduction Delay: A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines and the Heart Rhythm Society. Circulation. 2019 08 20; 140(8):e382-e482. Kusumoto FM, Schoenfeld MH, Barrett C, Edgerton JR, Ellenbogen KA, Gold MR, Goldschlager NF, Hamilton RM, Joglar JA, Kim RJ, Lee R, Marine JE, McLeod CJ, Oken KR, Patton KK, Pellegrini CN, Selzman KA, Thompson A, Varosy PD. PMID: 30586772.
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    11. Use of Programmed Ventricular Extrastimulus During Supraventricular Tachycardia to Differentiate Atrioventricular Nodal Re-Entrant Tachycardia From Atrioventricular Re-Entrant Tachycardia. JACC Clin Electrophysiol. 2018 07; 4(7):872-880. Ito H, Badhwar N, Patel AR, Hoffmayer KS, Moss JD, Pellegrini CN, Vedantham V, Tseng ZH, Tanel RE, Hsia HH, Lee RJ, Marcus GM, Gerstenfeld EP, Scheinman MM. PMID: 30025686.
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    12. European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA)/Heart Rhythm Society (HRS)/Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society (APHRS)/Latin American Heart Rhythm Society (LAHRS) expert consensus on arrhythmias and cognitive function: What is the best practice? J Arrhythm. 2018 04; 34(2):99-123. Dagres N, Chao TF, Fenelon G, Aguinaga L, Benhayon D, Benjamin EJ, Bunch TJ, Chen LY, Chen SA, Darrieux F, de Paola A, Fauchier L, Goette A, Kalman J, Kalra L, Kim YH, Lane DA, Lip GYH, Lubitz SA, Márquez MF, Potpara T, Pozzer DL, Ruskin JN, Savelieva I, Teo WS, Tse HF, Verma A, Zhang S, Chung MK, Bautista-Vargas WF, Chiang CE, Cuesta A, Dan GA, Frankel DS, Guo Y, Hatala R, Lee YS, Murakawa Y, Pellegrini CN, Pinho C, Milan DJ, Morin DP, Nadalin E, Ntaios G, Prabhu MA, Proietti M, Rivard L, Valentino M, Shantsila A. PMID: 29657586.
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    13. EFFICACY AND MORTALITY USING ROTATING CUTTING SHEATHS VERSUS LASER SHEATHS FOR TRANSVENOUS LEAD EXTRACTION: A META-ANALYSIS. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2018 Mar 1; 71(11):a357. Lee LS, Guo GX, Cardona CR, Diaz DC, Pellegrini PC, Beygui BR, Marcus MG, Lee LB. .
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    14. Longer Ambulatory ECG Monitoring Increases Identification of Clinically Significant Ectopy. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2016 Jun; 39(6):592-7. Loring Z, Hanna P, Pellegrini CN. PMID: 27005323.
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    15. Abstract 18409: Longer Ambulatory Monitoring Increases Identification of Clinically Significant Ectopy. Circulation. 2015 Nov 10; 132(suppl_3). Loring LZ, Hanna HP, Pellegrini PC. .
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    16. Epidemiology and definition of inappropriate sinus tachycardia. J Interv Card Electrophysiol. 2016 Jun; 46(1):29-32. Pellegrini CN, Scheinman MM. PMID: 26310298.
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    17. Bradycardia: sinus and AV node dysfunction. Herzschrittmacherther Elektrophysiol. 2015 Sep; 26(3):175-91. Pellegrini CN, Scheinman MM. PMID: 26264482.
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    18. Abstract 224: No Difference in Complications or Mortality by Implanted Cardioverter Defibrillator Type in Veterans Enrolled in The Outcomes Among Veterans with Implantable Devices (OVID) Registry. Circulation Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. 2015 May 1; 8(suppl_2). Schneider SP, Pellegrini PC, Heidenreich HP, Keung KE, Massie MB, Aleong AR, Peterson PP, Varosy VP. .
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    19. How the Other Half Beats – Arrhythmias in Women: Diagnosis and Management, edited by Yong-Mei Cha, Margaret Lloyd, and Ulrika Birgersdotter-Green, Mayo Clinic Scientific Press, ISBN: 978-0-19-932197-1, 296 pages, $85.45. Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology. 2015 Feb 1; 38(2):289-290. Pellegrini PC. .
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    20. His overdrive pacing during supraventricular tachycardia: a novel maneuver for distinguishing atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia from atrioventricular reciprocating tachycardia. Heart Rhythm. 2014 Aug; 11(8):1327-35. Singh DK, Viswanathan MN, Tanel RE, Lee RJ, Lee BK, Marcus GM, Olgin JE, Han F, Vedantham V, Tseng ZH, Pellegrini C, Kawamura M, Gerstenfeld EP, Badhwar N, Scheinman M. PMID: 24793458.
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    21. Prevalence of guideline-directed medical therapy among patients receiving cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator implantation in the National Cardiovascular Data Registry during the years 2006 to 2008. Am J Cardiol. 2014 Jun 15; 113(12):2052-6. Schneider PM, Pellegrini CN, Wang Y, Fein AS, Reynolds MR, Curtis JP, Masoudi FA, Varosy PD. PMID: 24793671.
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    22. Depression and outcome among veterans with implantable cardioverter defibrillators with or without cardiac resynchronization therapy capability. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2014 Aug; 37(8):994-1001. Shalaby AA, Brumberg GE, Pointer L, Bekelman DB, Rumsfeld JS, Yang Y, Pellegrini CN, Heidenreich PA, Keung E, Massie BM, Varosy PD. PMID: 24520992.
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    23. Can AV node ablation help save AV conduction? Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2012 Jul; 35(7):785-6. Pellegrini CN. PMID: 22519423.
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    24. Dual-chamber implantable cardioverter-defibrillator selection is associated with increased complication rates and mortality among patients enrolled in the NCDR implantable cardioverter-defibrillator registry. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2011 Aug 30; 58(10):1007-13. Dewland TA, Pellegrini CN, Wang Y, Marcus GM, Keung E, Varosy PD. PMID: 21867834.
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    25. Idiopathic epicardial ventricular tachycardia with origin remote from vascular structures. J Electrocardiol. 2011 Nov-Dec; 44(6):792-5. Pellegrini CN, Scheinman MM, Badhwar N. PMID: 21419422.
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    26. Clinical management of ventricular tachycardia. Curr Probl Cardiol. 2010 Sep; 35(9):453-504. Pellegrini CN, Scheinman MM. PMID: 20887902.
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    27. History of Heart Failure and Mortality among Veterans With Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators. Journal of Cardiac Failure. 2010 Aug 1; 16(8):s95-s96. Varosy VP, Pellegrini PC, Yang YY, Keung KE, Heidenreich HP, Rumsfeld RJ, Massie MB. .
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    28. Clinical Subtype of Atrial Fibrillation at the Time of Implantation and Subsequent Mortality among Veterans With Implantable Defibrillators. Journal of Cardiac Failure. 2010 Aug 1; 16(8):s58. Aleong AR, Sauer SW, Pellegrini PC, Yang YY, Keung KE, Heidenreich HP, Rumsfeld RJ, Massie MB, Varosy VP. .
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    29. Statin use is associated with lower risk of atrial fibrillation in women with coronary disease: the HERS trial. Heart. 2009 May; 95(9):704-8. Pellegrini CN, Vittinghoff E, Lin F, Hulley SB, Marcus GM. PMID: 19176561.
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    30. Abstract 4127: Dual Chamber ICD Selection is Associated with Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities and Increased Complication Rates Among Patients Enrolled in the NCDR ICD Registry. Circulation. 2008 Oct 28; 118(suppl_18). Dewland DT, Pellegrini PC, Wang WY, Marcus MG, Varosy VP. .
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    31. Impact of advanced age on survival in patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators. Europace. 2008 Nov; 10(11):1296-301. Pellegrini CN, Lee K, Olgin JE, Turakhia MP, Tseng ZH, Lee R, Badhwar N, Lee B, Varosy PD. PMID: 18818212.
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    32. Episodic ventricular pacing with intact atrioventricular nodal function in a DDDR device: what is the rhythm and how can it be prevented? Heart Rhythm. 2008 Jun; 5(6):897-8. Pellegrini CN, Yeh RW, Olgin J, Lee BK. PMID: 18534376.
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