Miguel Valderrábano, MD, FACC

Professor of Cardiology, Institute for Academic Medicine
Associate Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College

Research Lab


Dr. Valderrábano came to Houston from Los Angeles where he was director of the Implanted Devices Clinic at the UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center and assistant professor of medicine at UCLA Medical Center.

Dr. Valderrábano received his medical degree from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) School of Medicine in Madrid, Spain, and internal medicine training at UCLA. He completed his cardiology and electrophysiology training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was chief cardiology fellow. He then joined the faculty at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Description of Research

Dr. Valderrábano’s research and clinical interests focus on finding new and more effective treatments for atrial fibrillation, including epicardial mapping and ablation. His research has been funded by grants from the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Areas Of Expertise

Atrial fibrillation Epicardial mapping Ablation
Education & Training

, Cedar-Sinai Medical Center and UCLA SCOR Group
, Cedars Sinai Medical Center
, UCLA - West Los Angeles VA Medical Center
, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid

Clinical neurocardiology defining the value of neuroscience-based cardiovascular therapeutics
Shivkumar, K, Ajijola, OA, Anand, I, Armour, JA, Chen, PS, Esler, M, De Ferrari, GM, Fishbein, MC, Goldberger, JJ, Harper, RM, Joyner, MJ, Khalsa, SS, Kumar, R, Lane, R, Mahajan, A, Po, S, Schwartz, PJ, Somers, VK, Valderrabano, M, Vaseghi, M & Zipes, DP 2016, Journal of Physiology, vol 594, no. 14, pp. 3911-3954. DOI:

Retrograde coronary venous ethanol infusion for ablation of refractory ventricular tachycardia
Kreidieh, B, Rodríguez-Mañero, M, Schurmann, PA, Ibarra-Cortez, SH, Dave, AS & Valderrábano, M 2016, Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, vol 9, no. 7. DOI:

Clinical Implications of Leaks Following Left Atrial Appendage Ligation with the LARIAT Device
Gianni, C, Di Biase, L, Trivedi, C, Mohanty, S, Gökoglan, Y, Günes, MF, Bai, R, Al-Ahmad, A, Burkhardt, JD, Horton, RP, Krumerman, AK, Palma, EC, Valderrábano, M, Gibson, D, Price, MJ & Natale, A 2016, JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions, vol 9, no. 10, pp. 1051-1057. DOI:

Monomorphic ventricular tachycardia in patients with Brugada syndrome: A multicenter retrospective study
Rodríguez-Mañero, M, Sacher, F, Asmundis, CD, Maury, P, Lambiase, PD, Sarkozy, A, Probst, V, Gandjbakhch, E, Castro-Hevia, J, Saenen, J, Fukushima Kusano, K, Rollin, A, Arbelo, E, Valderrábano, M, Arias, MA, Mosquera-Pérez, I, Schilling, R, Chierchia, GB, García-Bolao, I, García-Seara, J, Hernandez-Ojeda, J, Kamakura, T, Martínez-Sande, L, González-Juanatey, JR, Haïssaguerre, M, Brugada, J & Brugada, P 2016, Heart Rhythm, vol 13, no. 3, pp. 669-682. DOI:

Vagal stimulation to suppress alternans: Are we saving lives or simply masking surrogate markers?
Rodríguez-Mañero, M & Valderrábano, M 2016, Heart Rhythm, vol 13, no. 3, pp. 729-730. DOI:

Ligament and vein of Marshall: A therapeutic opportunity in atrial fibrillation
Rodríguez-Mañero, M, Schurmann, P & Valderrábano, M 2016, Heart Rhythm, vol 13, no. 2, pp. 593-601. DOI:

The cost effectiveness of LAA exclusion
Kreidieh, B, Rodríguez-Mañero, M, Ibarra-Cortez, SH, Schurmann, P & Valderrábano, M 2016, Journal of Atrial Fibrillation, vol 8, no. 5, pp. 37-42.

Strategies for phrenic nerve preservation during ablation of inappropriate sinus tachycardia
Ibarra-Cortez, SH, Rodríguez-Mañero, M, Kreidieh, B, Schurmann, P, Dave, AS & Valderrábano, M 2016, Heart Rhythm. DOI:

Bleeding Outcomes after Left Atrial Appendage Closure Compared with Long-Term Warfarin A Pooled, Patient-Level Analysis of the WATCHMAN Randomized Trial Experience
Price, MJ, Reddy, VY, Valderrábano, M, Halperin, JL, Gibson, DN, Gordon, N, Huber, KC & Holmes, DR 2015, JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions, vol 8, no. 15, pp. 1925-1932. DOI:

Left Atrial Appendage Remodeling after Lariat Left Atrial Appendage Ligation
Kreidieh, B, Rojas, F, Schurmann, P, Dave, AS, Kashani, A, Rodriguez-Manero, M & Valderrabano, M 2015, Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, vol 8, no. 6, pp. 1351-1358. DOI:

Combination of Hansen Robotic system with cryocatheter in a challenging parahisian accessory pathway ablation
Rodríguez-Mañero, M, Schurmann, P & Valderrábano, M 2015, Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal, vol 15, no. 6, pp. 303-304. DOI:

Malignant left atrial appendage morphology and embolization risk in atrial fibrillation
Kreidieh, B & Valderrábano, M 2015, HeartRhythm Case Reports, vol 1, no. 6, pp. 406-410. DOI:

Prevalence and implications of subclinical coronary artery disease in patients with atrial fibrillation
Chaikriangkrai, K, Valderrabano, M, Bala, SK, Alchalabi, S, Graviss, EA, Nabi, F, Mahmarian, J & Chang, SM 2015, American Journal of Cardiology, vol 116, no. 8, pp. 1219-1223. DOI:

Pulmonary vein isolation using the visually guided laser balloon: Results of the U.S. feasibility study
Dukkipati, SR, Woollett, I, McElderry, HT, Böhmer, MC, Doshi, SK, Gerstenfeld, EP, Horton, R, DAvila, A, Haines, DE, Valderrabano, M, Mangrum, JM, Ruskin, JN, Natale, A & Reddy, VY 2015, Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, vol 26, no. 9, pp. 944-949. DOI:

Ethanol for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias
Schurmann, P, Peñalver, J & Valderrábano, M 2015, Current Opinion in Cardiology, vol 30, no. 4, pp. 333-343. DOI:

Incidence, Risk factors, prognosis, and electrophysiological mechanisms of atrial arrhythmias after lung transplantation
Chaikriangkrai, K, Jyothula, S, Jhun, HY, Chang, SM, Graviss, EA, Shuraih, M, Rami, TG, Dave, AS & Valderrábano, M 2015, JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology, vol 1, no. 4, pp. 296-305. DOI:

Atrioventricular junction ablation in atrial fibrillation: Choosing the right patient and pacing device
Akerström, F, Rodríguez-Mañero, M, Pachón, M, Puchol, A, Fernández-López, XA, Martínez-Sande, L, Valderrábano, M & Arias, MA 2015, Journal of Atrial Fibrillation, vol 8, no. 2, pp. 31-38.

Detection of LA and LAA Thrombus by CMR in Patients Referred for Pulmonary Vein Isolation
Kitkungvan, D, Nabi, F, Ghosn, MG, Dave, AS, Quinones, M, Zoghbi, WA, Valderrabano, M & Shah, DJ 2015, JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. DOI:

Left Atrial Appendage Closure as an Alternative to Warfarin for Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation: A Patient-Level Meta-Analysis
Holmes, DR, Doshi, SK, Kar, S, Price, MJ, Sanchez, JM, Sievert, H, Valderrabano, M & Reddy, VY 2015, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol 65, no. 24, 21282, pp. 2614-2623. DOI:

Subclinical coronary artery disease in patients with atrial fibrillation: prevalence and clinical implications.
Kongiat Chaikriangkrai, Bala S Khaleel, S Alchalabi, EA Graviss, Nabi, F & Chang, S-M 2015, American Heart Association (AHA): Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 2015 Scientific Sessions, San Francisco, United States, 5/7/15 - 5/9/15, .