Associate Professor of Medicine Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology
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[MUSIC PLAYING] My name is Roderick Tung and I'm the director of the cardiac electrophysiology program at University of Chicago. I actually had a personal arrhythmia myself when I was in college. So for me, arrhythmia really is a true matter of the heart, pun intended. And I ultimately had an ablation procedure when I was 21 years old and was cured from my condition. So that is partly why it inspired the passion of being able to treat these sort of arrhythmias.
Our main goals at Universal Chicago are really to provide personalized care for patients. And I think in this changing world, it's hard to be able to feel like an individual and have a unique, personalized level of care at a major academic institution or university.
On the clinical front, we're always looking to innovate. And it's very common for us to see patients that have not had satisfactory treatment from the community or other institutions and they come here as a redo or a second attempt. So we're constantly looking for ways to innovate the field by looking for new creative, outside-of-the-box approaches to be able to tackle the most difficult conditions.
Our philosophy of care is primarily a team-based approach. So when you come University of Chicago, you're going to meet more than one of us and everyone's going to know your name. It's going to be a household name to our team. And we have three nurse practitioners, one nurse, one physician assistant, and seven attending physicians that are on faculty that are all arrhythmia specialists.
And our philosophy is that you've got a group taking care of you. And then I would say the second mission and philosophy is to really deliver personalized care. And that's to feel that it's easy to navigate within these difficult health systems at university settings. And we will recognize you, being able to greet you and figure out how to navigate you through your whole plan of care and tailor it to what exactly you need.
The most rewarding aspect of the job is the fact that we can be a part of someone's life, be able to meet someone, have them entrust you with their condition-- sometimes they're referred from all across the country-- and to know that this is the destination that will hopefully be able to provide a solution. And when we can do that with a procedure, with counseling, with wherever is needed. And sometimes it's the most innovative procedure that we need. And maybe it's been done at very few places in the world and it works. And everyone leaves with a smile on their face. That's what the true award is.
Roderick Tung, MD, is an internationally renowned cardiologist and specialist in cardiac electrophysiology. Dr. Tung is an expert in the management of heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias), with a particular focus on advanced therapies for atrial fibrillation and ventricular arrhythmias. He specializes in arrhythmia management through catheter ablation — a procedure that targets and cauterizes abnormal tissue to eliminate heart rhythm irregularities. Dr. Tung is also one of a few electrophysiologists in the world who routinely performs epicardial mapping and ablation.
In addition to Dr. Tung's clinical work, he is dedicated to researching and investigating new and innovative ways to treat and manage arrhythmias. He currently serves as the principal investigator for several prospective randomized ventricular tachycardia ablation clinical trials focusing on the role of robotic navigation, high-density multielectrode mapping, and early intervention to improve patient survival. Dr. Tung's work has been published in numerous respected, peer-reviewed journals, including Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Heart Rhythm, Circulation: Arrhythmia Electrophysiology and Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology.
Dr. Tung gives lectures nationally and internationally to speak on his research and specialty interests, including advances in catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia and non-arrhythmic ablation for treating cardiovascular disease.
- Northwestern University
- Harvard Medical School
- Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Fellowship: Beth-Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Memberships & Medical Societies
- American Heart Association
- American College of Cardiology
- Heart Rhythm Society
- Aetna POS
- Aetna HMO
- Aetna PPO
- BCBS Blue Precision HMO
- BCBS HMO (HMOI)
- BCBS PPO
- Cigna HMO
- Cigna POS
- Cigna PPO
- Coventry Health Plan PPO
- Great West PPO
- Multiplan PPO
- PHCS PPO
- United Choice / Choice Plus
- United Options (PPO)
- United Select (HMO & EPO)
- United W500 Emergent Wrap
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The heart’s electrical system regulates all four chambers of the heart to maintain a steady rhythm. A normal resting heart rate is between 60 and 100 beats a minute, but some people experience a fluttering in the chest, a racing heartbeat or a slow heartbeat.Watch Video Watch Video With Transcript