From Football Field to Electrophysiology Lab, Teamwork Key to Success

Cardio-Afib-Ho-Parvi-GreensponJefferson cardiologist Reggie Ho, MD, knows a lot about teamwork.

Dr. Ho specializes in cardiac electrophysiology treating patients with heart rhythm disorders such as atrial fibrillation. The physician works as a key team member with the cardiac electrophysiology team at Jefferson continually advancing patient care.

He was also a key member of the 1988 national champion Notre Dame football team. The kicker, he was influential in many of the teams wins that year, including a game early in the season in which he kicked four field goals including the game winner. That feat that earned him an honored place in the storied football programs’ history.

Looking back, Dr. Ho recently told the Philadelphia Daily News, “We all won the game together.”

Similarly, at Jefferson, he is part of a team of physicians, nurses, therapists and other health professionals who treat patients with a range of heart rhythm disorders. Treatment can range from life-style changes or medication to pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) to normalize patients’ heart rhythm.

Dr. Ho works closely with Arnold Greenspon, MD, director of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratory, and four other physicians in the EP Lab.

Jefferson is one of the first hospitals in the U.S. to offer advanced ICDs that allow physicians to monitor a patient’s condition remotely over the Internet, reducing unnecessary hospital visits.

Our expertise in dealing with implanted cardiac device malfunctions or complications – a critically important specialty for patients who have implanted devices-is also recognized nationally. Moreover, Jefferson is one of only a handful of centers in the U.S. with experience in the laser extraction procedure, a non-surgical method for removing infected or malfunctioning pacemaker or ICD leads.

As Notre Dame tries for another national championship Monday night Dr. Ho knows that a key to winning a championship, just like great patient care, is teamwork.

And he says, “I’ll be glued to my TV.”

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