Minang (Mintu) P. Turakhia, MD MAS

Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology,
Palo Alto VA Health Care System

Instructor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)


  • Cardiac Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Service
    300 Pasteur Dr., H2146
    Stanford, CA 94305
    (650) 723-7111
    e-mail: mintu/at/stanford/dot/edu



  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiology
Minang Turakhia


Medical School:

  • University of California, San Francisco (2000)


  • Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard University (2003)


  • Cardiology, University of California, San Francisco (2006)
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology, University of California, San Francisco (2006)

Graduate Education:

  • Masters of Advanced Studies, Clinical Research (2008)


Clinical Interests:

  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Sudden, Cardiac Death
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Catheter Ablation
  • Implantable Defibrillators
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Ventricular Tachycardia



Dr. Mintu Turakhia a board-certified internist, cardiologist, and cardiac electrophysiologist and an Instructor at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He directs the Cardiac Electrophysiology program at the Palo Alto VA Health Care System and an Associate Investigator at the Center for Health Care Evaluation (CHCE). As an undergraduate, he studied computer science and molecular biology at the University of California Berkeley (1996). He received his MD at the University of California San Francisco (2000) and completed his Internal Medicine residency at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston (2003). He returned to UCSF to for advanced fellowship training in Cardiovascular Medicine (2006) and Cardiac Electrophysiology (2008), while also completing a two-year Master's program in Biostatistics and Clinical Research (2008). As a fellow, he received the American College of Cardiology Merck Foundation Postdoctoral Research Award (2006) and was a finalist for the Laennec Society Young Clinician Award (2006).

Dr. Turakhia's research program aims to improve the treatment of heart rhythm disorders by understanding system- and patient-level variation of arrhythmia treatment in Veterans and their relationship to outcomes. In 2009, he received a VA HSR&D Level II 5-year Career Development Award for a project entitled, "Optimizing Care of Atrial Fibrillation and Flutter in Veterans." He has subsequently received an American Heart Association (AHA) 4-year National Scientist Development Grant (2009) and a 2-year AHA Western States Clinical Research Program Award (deferred).

Dr. Turakhia has over 25 peer-reviewed publications. He is co- chairperson of the 2010 HSR&D CDA annual meeting and a member of the Heart Rhythm Society Clinical Research and Training Committee, AHA Electrocardiography and Arrhythmia Committee, and AHA Young Clinician and Investigators Committee. He is the Associate Web Editor for Archives of Internal Medicine and Associate Editor for the Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology.

Selected Publications:

Journal Articles

  1. Plattner O, Xiong J, Sessler DI, Schmied H, Christensen R, Turakhia M, Dechert M, Clough D: Rapid core-to-peripheral tissue heat transfer during cutaneous cooling. Anesth Analg 1996; 82:925-930.
  2. Plattner O, Ikeda T, Sessler DI, Christensen R, Turakhia M: Postanesthetic vasoconstriction slows postanesthetic peripheral-to-core transfer of cutaneous heat, thereby isolating the core thermal compartment. Anesth Analg 1996; 85(4):899-906, 1996.
  3. Kim JS, Ikeda T, Sessler DI, Turakhia M, Jeffrey R: Epidural anesthesia reduces the gain and maximum intensity of shivering. Anesthesiology 1998; 88:851-857.
  4. Ikeda T, Sessler DI, Tayefeh F, Negishi C, Turakhia M, Marder D, Biorksten AR, Larson, MD: Meperidine and alfentanil do not reduce the gain or maximum intensity of shivering. Anesthesiology 1998; 88:858-865.
  5. Ikeda T, Kim JS, Sessler DI, Negishi C, Turakhia M, Jeffrey R: Isoflurane alters shivering patterns and reduces maximum shivering intensity. Anesthesiology 1998; 88:866-873.
  6. Gibson CM, Gibson WJ, Murphy SA, Marble SJ, McCabe CH, Turakhia M, Kirtane A, Karha JK, Giugliano RP, Antman EM, Braunwald E, for the TIMI Study Group: The Association of the Fibonacci Cascade with the Distribution of Coronary Artery Lesions Responsible for ST Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction. Am J Cardiol 2003; 92:595-597.
  7. Karmpaliotis D, Turakhia M, Kirtane AJ, Murphy SA, Kosmidou I, Morrow DA, Giugliano RP, Cannon CP, Antman EM, Braunwald E, Gibson CM, for the TIMI Study Group: Sequential Risk Stratification Using TIMI Risk Score and TIMI Flow Grade Among Patients Treated with Fibrinolytic Therapy for ST-Segment Elevation Acute Myocardial Infarction. Am J Cardiol 2004; 94:1113-1117.
  8. Turakhia M, Karmpaliotis D, Murphy SA, Pinto T, Antman EM, Giugliano RP, Cannon CP, Braunwald E, Gibson CM, for the TIMI Study Group: High platelet count in ST segment elevation myocardial infarction is associated with persistent thrombus after fibrinolytic therapy. Am J Cardiol 2004; 94:1406-1410.
  9. Turakhia M, Varosy P, Lee K, Tseng ZH, Lee R, Badhwar N, Scheinman M, Lee BK, Olgin JE: Impact of Renal Function on Survival in Patients with Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators. Pacing and Clin Electrophys 2007; 30(3):377-385.
  10. Turakhia M, Tseng ZH. Sudden Cardiac Death, Current Probl Cardiology 2007; 32(9):501-546.
  11. Turakhia M, Kim AM, Lee BK: Use of magnetic catheter navigation for ablation of focal tachycardias. EP Lab Dig 2007; October.
  12. Doroodchi H, Casebeer L, Abdolrasulnia M, Foster JA, Crumly J, Foster E, Sagar K, Turakhia M, Skelding K: Primary Care Physicians’ Practice Patterns and Barriers to Management of Patients at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease. BMC Family Practice 2008; 9(42).
  13. Turakhia M, Schiller NB, Whooley MA: Increased left ventricular mass independently predicts sudden cardiac death in patients with stable coronary disease and normal ejection fraction. Am J Cardiol 2008; 102(9):1131-1135.
  14. Pellegrini CN, Lee K, Olgin JE, Turakhia M, Tseng ZH, Lee R, Badhwar N, Scheinman M, Lee BK, Varosy P: Impact of Advanced Age on Survival in Patients with Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators. Europace 2008 Nov;10(11):1296-301.
  15. Turakhia M, Grubb BG, Gregoratos G: The Irritable Heart. J Hosp Med 2008; 3(5):423-429.
  16. Kim AM, Turakhia M, Lu JT, Badhwar N, Lee BK, Scheinman M, Marcus GM, Tseng ZH, Olgin JE: Impact of Remote Magnetic Catheter Navigation on Ablation Procedure and Fluoroscopy Time. Pacing and Clin Electrophys 2008 Nov;31(11):1399-40.
  17. Turakhia M, Prasad M, Olgin JE, Badhwar N, Tseng ZH, Lee RJ, Marcus GM, Lee BK: Rates and Severity of Perforation from Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Leads: A Four-Year Study. J Interv Card Electrophysiol. 2009 Jan;24(1):47-52.
  18. Davis BA, Hoffmayer K, Turakhia M, Goldschlager N: Polymorphic VT? J Hosp Med. 2009 Feb;4(2):140-141.
  19. Turakhia M, Scheinman M, Badhwar M: Featured Arrhythmia: Wolf-Parkinson-White syndrome: where is the pathway? Indian Pacing Electrophysiol J. 2009; 9(2):130-133.
  20. Turakhia M, McManus D, Whooley M, Schiller NB: Increase in End-Systolic Volume with Exercise Independently Predicts Mortality: Data from the Heart & Soul Study. Eur Heart J (online, ahead of print).
  21. Johnson CJ, Turakhia M: Electrocardiography Derangement Due to Polypharmacy. Submitted.
  22. Perez MV, Al-Ahmad A, Wang PJ, Turakhia M: Inappropriate Pacing in a Patient with Managed Ventricular Pacing  Mode: What is the cause? Submitted
  23. Gupta A, Karliner L, Feldman M, Tice J, Turakhia M: Use of Microvolt T-Wave Alternans in Patients at Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death: A Systematic Review of the Literature. In Preparation.
  24. Turakhia M, Yong P, Saxon L, DeMarco T: Relationship of Pre-Implant End-Systolic Volume to Outcomes after Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy. In Preparation.
  25. 25.  Turakhia M, Frayne SM, Phibbs C, Le S, Schmidt S, Heidenreich P: Predictors of Facility-Level Variation of INR Time in Therapeutic Range: A National VA Study. In Preparation

Invited articles

  1. Turakhia M: Insulin resistance and atherosclerosis: piecing together the mystery of the metabolic syndrome. Cardiology Report July, 2005
  2. Turakhia M, Wang PJ: ICD "Prophylaxis" in the Elderly: Call for a Randomized Trial? Heart Rhythm. 2009; 6(8):1144-1145
  3. Turakhia M: Sudden Cardiac Death and Implantable Defibrillators. Am Fam Phys (in press)

Book chapters

4.     Nguyen T, Turakhia M, Tien PH, Wang L, Gibson CM: Chapter 12: Management of ST Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction, Practical Handbook of Advanced Interventional Cardiology, 2/ed (2003), 680 pp., Futura Publishing. ISBN 1405117311.
5.     Reynolds MR, Turakhia M, Pinto DS, Josephson ME. Chapter 11: Sudden Cardiac Death. Hurst’s Manual of the Heart, 12/ed (2009), 784 pp., McGraw-Hill Publishers. ISBN 9780071592987. 6.     Perez MV, Hsia H, Zei PC, Turakhia MP, Wang PJ, Al-Ahmad M. Automatic Threshold Measuring Algorithms. Pacemakers and Implantable Defibrillators: An Expert’s Manual. In press (2010).
6.     Perez MV, Hsia H, Zei PC, Turakhia MP, Wang PJ, Al-Ahmad M. Automatic Threshold Measuring Algorithms. Pacemakers and Implantable Defibrillators: An Expert’s Manual. In press (2010).

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