Miguel Valderrábano, MD, FACC

Lois and Carl Davis Centennial Chair I, DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center
Professor of Cardiology, Academic Institute
Full Member, Research Institute
Program Director, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship, Department of Cardiology
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

Research Fellowship, Cedar-Sinai Medical Center and UCLA SCOR Group
Clinical Fellowship, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Internship, UCLA - West Los Angeles VA Medical Center
MD, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Characterization of Atrial Substrate to Predict the Success of Pulmonary Vein Isolation: The Prospective, Multicenter MASH-AF II (Multipolar Atrial Substrate High Density Mapping in Atrial Fibrillation) Study
Bergonti, M, Spera, FR, Ferrero, TG, Nsahlai, M, Bonomi, A, Tijskens, M, Boris, W, Saenen, J, Huybrechts, W, Miljoen, H, González-Juanatey, JR, Martínez-Sande, JL, Vandaele, L, Wittock, A, Heidbuchel, H, Valderrábano, M, Rodríguez-Mañero, M & Sarkozy, A 2023, , Journal of the American Heart Association, vol. 12, no. 1, e027795. https://doi.org/10.1161/JAHA.122.027795

Retrograde Coronary Venous Ethanol Infusion for Ablation of Refractory Left Ventricular Summit Arrhythmias
Flautt, T & Valderrábano, M 2023, , Cardiac Electrophysiology Clinics, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 63-74. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ccep.2022.10.003

Acute and Long-Term Scar Characterization of Venous Ethanol Ablation in the Left Ventricular Summit
Fuentes Rojas, SC, Malahfji, M, Tavares, L, Patel, A, Schurmann, PA, Dave, AS, Tapias, C, Rodríguez, D, Sáenz, LC, Korolev, S, Papiashvili, G, Peichl, P, Kautzner, J, Blaszyk, K, Malaczynska-Rajpold, K, Chen, T, Santangeli, P, Shah, DJ & Valderrábano, M 2023, , JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 28-39. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jacep.2022.08.035

Successful ablation of ventricular tachycardia in a patient with Chagas disease using ethanol ablation in the coronary venous system: A case report
Flautt, T & Valderrábano, M 2023, , HeartRhythm Case Reports, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 109-112. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hrcr.2022.11.011

Chemical Ablation of Ventricular Tachycardia Using Coronary Arterial and Venous Systems
Flautt, T & Valderrábano, M 2022, , Cardiac Electrophysiology Clinics, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 743-756. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ccep.2022.08.002

Substrate Ablation by Multivein, Multiballoon Coronary Venous Ethanol for Refractory Ventricular Tachycardia in Structural Heart Disease
Valderrábano, M, Fuentes Rojas, SC, Lador, A, Patel, A, Schurmann, PA, Tapias, C, Rodríguez, D, Carlos Sáenz, L, Malahjfi, M, Shah, DJ, Mathuria, N & Dave, AS 2022, , Circulation, vol. 146, no. 22, pp. 1644-1656. https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.122.060882

Substrate Ablation by Multivein, Multiballoon Coronary Venous Ethanol for Refractory Ventricular Tachycardia in Structural Heart Disease
Valderrábano, M, Fuentes Rojas, SC, Lador, A, Patel, A, Schurmann, PA, Tapias, C, Rodríguez, D, Carlos Sáenz, L, Malahjfi, M, Shah, DJ, Mathuria, N & Dave, AS 2022, , Circulation, vol. 146, no. 22, pp. 1644-1656. https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.122.060882

Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion Without Fluoroscopy: Optimization by 4D Intracardiac Echocardiography
Flautt, T, Da-Wariboko, A, Lador, A, Patel, A, Guevara, M & Valderrábano, M 2022, , JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions, vol. 15, no. 15, pp. 1592-1594. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcin.2022.05.008

Advanced Techniques for Ethanol Ablation of Left Ventricular Summit Region Arrhythmias
Patel, A, Nsahlai, M, Flautt, T, Da-Warikobo, A, Lador, A, Tapias, C, Rodríguez, D, Carlos Sáenz, L, Schurmann, PA, Dave, A & Valderrábano, M 2022, , Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, vol. 15, no. 8, pp. 519-529. https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCEP.122.011017

Paroxysmal Heart Block After Orthotopic Heart Transplant: Evidence of Intrinsic Cardiac Nerve Activity
Flautt, T, Lador, A & Valderrábano, M 2022, , JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology, vol. 8, no. 6, pp. 802-803. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jacep.2022.02.006

Non-invasive localization of premature ventricular focus: A prospective multicenter study
Chrispin, J, Mazur, A, Winterfield, J, Nazeri, A, Valderrabano, M & Tandri, H 2022, , Journal of Electrocardiology, vol. 72, pp. 6-12. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jelectrocard.2022.02.007

Periprocedural Pericardial Effusion Complicating Transcatheter Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion: A Report from the NCDR LAAO Registry
Price, MJ, Valderrabano, M, Zimmerman, S, Friedman, DJ, Kar, S, Curtis, JP, Masoudi, FA & Freeman, JV 2022, , Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. E011718. https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCINTERVENTIONS.121.011718

Thermally responsive hydrogel for atrial fibrillation related stroke prevention
Hendrickson, T, Lupo, C, Bauza, G, Tavares, L, Ingram, S, Wang, S, Moreno, M, Tasciotti, E, Valderrabano, M & Taraballi, F 2022, , Materials Today Bio, vol. 14, 100240. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mtbio.2022.100240

Simultaneous repair of left atrial appendage perforation and appendage closure by transatrial deployment of a septal occluder device: Preclinical and clinical validation
Da-Wariboko, A, Lin, HC & Valderrábano, M 2022, , Heart Rhythm, vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 1022-1030. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hrthm.2022.01.010

Near-infrared sensitive nanoparticle-mediated photothermal ablation of ventricular myocardium
Mathuria, N, Royal, ALR, Enterría-Rosales, J, Carcamo-Bahena, Y, Terracciano, R, Dave, A, Valderrabano, M & Filgueira, CS 2022, , Heart Rhythm, vol. 19, no. 9, pp. 1550-1556. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hrthm.2022.05.006

What to do when everything fails…Is alcohol the answer?
Valderrábano, M 2023, , HeartRhythm Case Reports, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 6-7. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hrcr.2022.11.002

The Future of Antiarrhythmic Drug Therapy: Will Drugs Be Entirely Replaced by Procedures?
Valderrábano, M 2022, , Methodist DeBakey cardiovascular journal, vol. 18, no. 5, pp. 58-63. https://doi.org/10.14797/mdcvj.1185

PET-Driven, Voltage-Guided Atrial Endomyocardial Biopsy Clinches the Diagnosis of Cardiac Sarcoidosis
Flautt, T, Lador, A, Da-Wariboko, A, Schwartz, M & Valderrábano, M 2021, , JACC: Case Reports, vol. 3, no. 16, pp. 1764-1768. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaccas.2021.08.021

Recent clinical trials in atrial fibrillation
Flautt, T & Valderrábano, M 2021, , Current Opinion in Cardiology, vol. 36, no. 6, pp. 798-802. https://doi.org/10.1097/HCO.0000000000000914

Predictors of Device-Related Thrombus Following Percutaneous Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion
Simard, T, Jung, RG, Lehenbauer, K, Piayda, K, Pracon, R, Jackson, GG, Flores-Umanzor, E, Faroux, L, Korsholm, K, Chun, JKR, Chen, S, Maarse, M, Montrella, K, Chaker, Z, Spoon, JN, Pastormerlo, LE, Meincke, F, Sawant, AC, Moldovan, CM, Qintar, M, Aktas, MK, Branca, L, Radinovic, A, Ram, P, El-Zein, RS, Flautt, T, Ding, WY, Sayegh, B, Benito-González, T, Lee, OH, Badejoko, SO, Paitazoglou, C, Karim, N, Zaghloul, AM, Agrawal, H, Kaplan, RM, Alli, O, Ahmed, A, Suradi, HS, Knight, BP, Alla, VM, Panaich, SS, Wong, T, Bergmann, MW, Chothia, R, Kim, JS, Pérez de Prado, A, Bazaz, R, Gupta, D, Valderrabano, M, Sanchez, CE, El Chami, MF, Mazzone, P, Adamo, M, Ling, F, Wang, DD, ONeill, W, Wojakowski, W, Pershad, A, Berti, S, Spoon, D, Kawsara, A, Jabbour, G, Boersma, LVA, Schmidt, B, Nielsen-Kudsk, JE, Rodés-Cabau, J, Freixa, X, Ellis, CR, Fauchier, L, Demkow, M, Sievert, H, Main, ML, Hibbert, B, Holmes, DR & Alkhouli, M 2021, , Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 78, no. 4, pp. 297-313. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jacc.2021.04.098