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RWJUH and New Brunswick Cardiology Group Electrophysiologist Named to Robotic Ablation Expert Club

August 5, 2013
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) electrophysiologist Subhashini Gowda, MD, FACC, recently was named to the Stereotaxis ‘Expert Club,’ recognizing the top robotic ablation experts throughout the United States.
 
There are only 15 electrophysiologists from the United States on this prestigious list.  Gowda is an expert in the use of the Stereotaxis Remote Navigation System, which delivers a flexible, robotically delivered catheter to destroy small areas of heart tissue responsible for arrhythmias.
 
Gowda, who is part of the New Brunswick Cardiology Group, has been an electrophysiologist at RWJUH for more than eight years.  She has performed several hundred ablations using various mapping systems, including more than 200 procedures on the robotic ablation system.
 
Stereotaxis’ advanced computer-controlled technology allows physicians to treat common and complex cardiac arrhythmias with a great degree of safety, precision, and efficiency. The physician uses sophisticated software to draw a highly detailed 3-D map of the diseased cardiac tissue and drive powerful magnets positioned near the patient. Following the map, the magnets lead a soft catheter gently through the patient’s cardiac anatomy by guiding the catheter’s magnetic tip.  As a result, the patient is exposed to up to 60 percent less damaging X-ray radiation. There’s also a 10 times less chance of major complications such as perforation of the heart.
   
“This is one of many cutting-edge technologies available at a comprehensive cardiac center like Robert Wood Johnson,” said Gowda.  “We have been able to make tremendous advances, achieving unparalleled levels of success and safety for our patients.”
 
More than five million people in the United States currently suffer from abnormal heart rhythms, known as arrhythmias or irregular heartbeats. Atrial fibrillation is one of the most common arrhythmias, affecting about 2.6 million people in the United States.  People with this condition are five to seven times more likely to have a stroke, and also may suffer from permanent damage to the heart, such as congestive heart failure and dilated heart chambers. A growing number of complex cardiac interventional procedures are driving the need for new technology that enables physicians to confidently treat areas of the heart previously unreachable or potentially unsafe with manual techniques.
 

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 965-bed academic medical center with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville, NJ.  Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, joint replacement, and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (www.bmsch.org). 

As the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. A Level 1 Trauma Center and the first Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.

RWJUH has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report seven times and has been selected by the publication as a high performing hospital in numerous specialties.  The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report three times. In addition, RWJUH was named among the best places to work in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine and received the Equity Care of Award as Top Hospital for Healthcare Diversity and Inclusion from the American Hospital Association.

Both the New Brunswick and Somerset campuses have earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence and “Most Wired” designation by Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine. The Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services have designated the New Brunswick Campus as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Somerset Campus as a Primary Stroke Center.

The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH New Brunswick among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers and designated the Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJ Somerset as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center.  The Joint Surgery Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and total hip replacement surgery.