Dr. Ishu Rao is a Board Certified Cardiac Electrophysiologist based in Ventura, California where he practices at the Community Memorial Hospital of Ventura (CMH) and serves as the institution’s Director of EP Services.
Dr. Rao completed medical school at Jefferson Medical College (Philadelphia, PA), Internal Medicine residency at the Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX), Cardiology Fellowship training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (Torrance, CA), and EP training at the Hospital of the Good Samaritan (Los Angeles, CA). He is Board Certified in Cardiology and Electrophysiology.
Dr. Rao is adept at performing all manner of Electrophysiology procedures, including ablations for Atrial Fibrillation (AF), Atrial Flutter, SVT, and VT. He has long been regarded an expert in device implantation and management as well, and is the region’s only physician who regularly performs lead extraction procedures. Additionally, he performed the first Watchman left atrial appendage occlusion device implantation (for stroke prevention) in Ventura County.
His mastery in all aspects of EP has made him a sought after speaker and educator for industry and professional societies alike. He has spoken on AF management and ablation, device implantation techniques, Sudden Cardiac Arrest, and many other topics. Fellows in training, patient groups, and the Heart Rhythm Society have all benefited from his teaching skill and expertise. He has served as a hands-on proctor for Pacemaker and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy implant courses, as well as a simulator trainer for both the Guidant and St. Jude Medical Corporations. In the summer of 2012, he served as an invited proctor to teach Electrophysiologists in India advanced techniques in AF ablation. Dr. Rao adeptly blends a sophisticated skillset and an effective teaching style to provide unique educational experiences to physicians, trainees, and patients.
Now well into his second decade of private practice, Dr. Rao continues to lead the region in delivering state of the art, contemporary EP care to the patients of the Central California coast. His diverse Electrophysiology practice boasts volumes comparable to operators at large institutions across the United States.
Dr. Rao welcomes your referrals for patients in need of Electrophysiology care.