Location

Rochester, Minnesota

Contact

Mcleod.Christopher@mayo.edu

Summary

Christopher J. McLeod, M.B., Ch.B., Ph.D., has two primary research interests, both in the fundamental direction of exploring ventricular arrhythmias. One central theme is investigation of ventricular arrhythmias and their association with sudden cardiac death in adults with congenital heart disease. In addition, Dr. McLeod is involved in several basic science investigations of novel techniques to map and eliminate ventricular arrhythmias, including ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation.

Focus areas

  • Sudden cardiac death risk stratification for adults with congenital heart disease
  • Development of ablation strategies for adults with congenital heart disease
  • Development of novel mapping systems for ventricular ablation
  • Basic characterization of ventricular repolarization

Significance to patient care

The most common cause of death for adults with congenital heart disease is ventricular arrhythmias, but risk stratification for this group of patients is rudimentary. Dr. McLeod's research contributes to our understanding of the disease-specific risk factors.

In addition, treatment of ventricular arrhythmias for congenital heart disease channelopathies, nonischemic heart disease and even ischemic heart disease typically requires a combination of anti-arrhythmic medication and ablation. Dr. McLeod works to develop tools to characterize ventricular repolarization, given its role in development of arrhythmias.

Risk stratification and treatment tools are key to improving quality of life and survival for adults with congenital heart disease and for all patients with ventricular arrhythmias.

Professional highlights

  • Trainee abstract award, American Heart Association scientific sessions, 2002
  • International research trainee award, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH), 2003
  • New investigator award, American Heart Association Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences, 2004
  • NIH Fellows Award for Research Excellence, National Institutes of Health, 2004
  • Journal reviewer, Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology; Heart Rhythm; Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology; Pacing and Cardiac Electrophysiology

Recent Publications

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Professional Details

Academic Rank

  1. Assistant Professor of Medicine

Education

  1. Fellow - Electrophysiology Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  2. Fellow - Cardiovascular Diseases Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. Resident - Internal Medicine Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  4. Visiting Research Fellow - Cardiovascular Division International Research Trainee Award National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health
  5. Post Doctoral Fellowship - Research Fellow - Molecular & Cellular Cardiology Hatter Institute for Cardiology Research, University of Cape Town
  6. Resident - Senior House Officer - Internal Medicine Canturbury Health - Ashburn Hospital
  7. Resident - Senior House Officer - Cardiology Groote Schuur Hospital
  8. Resident - Senior House Officer in Internal Medicine Kingston Hospital and West Middlesex Hospital
  9. Resident - Emergency Internal Medicine Groote Schuur Hospital
  10. Internship - Surgery and Internal Medicine Edendale Hospital
  11. MB ChB University of Cape Town
  12. PhD University of Cape Town / National Institutes of Health
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