null Atul Verma, MD

Scientist, RI-MUHC, Montreal General Hospital site

Cardiovascular Health Across the Lifespan Program

Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University



arrhythmias • atrial fibrillation • ventricular tachycardia • catheter ablation • novel pacing techniques • clinical trials • translational research

Research Focus

I am a cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist (specialist in heart rhythm disturbances). My research focuses on heart rhythm disturbances called arrhythmias. In particular, I have an interest in interventional solutions for treating arrhythmias, such as pacemaker or defibrillator implantation, or catheter ablation. I am currently involved in several clinical trials on new techniques and technologies for catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. I also work in a translational lab where we evaluate new ablation technologies such as pulsed field ablation, ultra-low temperature cryoablation, and needle ablation.

Selected Publications

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  • Andrade JG, Wells GA, Deyell MW, Bennett M, Essebag V, Champagne J, Roux JF, Yung D, Skanes A, Khaykin Y, Morillo C, Jolly U, Novak P, Lockwood E, Amit G, Angaran P, Sapp J, Wardell S, Lauck S, Macle L, Verma A; EARLY-AF Investigators. Cryoablation or Drug Therapy for Initial Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation. N Engl J Med. 2021 Jan 28;384(4):305-315. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa2029980. Epub 2020 Nov 16. PMID: 33197159.

  • Verma A, Jiang CY, Betts TR, Chen J, Deisenhofer I, Mantovan R, Macle L, Morillo CA, Haverkamp W, Weerasooriya R, Albenque JP, Nardi S, Menardi E, Novak P, Sanders P; STAR AF II Investigators. Approaches to catheter ablation for persistent atrial fibrillation. N Engl J Med. 2015 May 7;372(19):1812-22. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1408288. PMID: 25946280.

  • Ha ACT, Verma S, Mazer CD, Quan A, Yanagawa B, Latter DA, Yau TM, Jacques F, Brown CD, Singal RK, Yamashita MH, Saha T, Teoh KH, Lam BK, Deyell MW, Wilson M, Hibino M, Cheung CC, Kosmopoulos A, Garg V, Brodutch S, Teoh H, Zuo F, Thorpe KE, Jüni P, Bhatt DL, Verma A; SEARCH AF CardioLink-1 Investigators. Effect of Continuous Electrocardiogram Monitoring on Detection of Undiagnosed Atrial Fibrillation After Hospitalization for Cardiac Surgery: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 Aug 2;4(8):e2121867. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.21867. PMID: 34448866.

  • Verma A, Asivatham SJ, Deneke T, Castellvi Q, Neal RE 2nd. Primer on Pulsed Electrical Field Ablation: Understanding the Benefits and Limitations. Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol. 2021 Sep;14(9):e010086. doi: 10.1161/CIRCEP.121.010086. Epub 2021 Sep 20. PMID: 34538095.

  • Verma A, Boersma L, Haines DE, Natale A, Marchlinski FE, Sanders P, Calkins H, Packer DL, Hummel J, Onal B, Rosen S, Kuck KH, Hindricks G, Wilsmore B. First-in-Human Experience and Acute Procedural Outcomes Using a Novel Pulsed Field Ablation System: The PULSED AF Pilot Trial. Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol. 2022 Jan;15(1):e010168. doi: 10.1161/CIRCEP.121.010168. Epub 2021 Dec 29. PMID: 34964367.