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Cynthia Tracy Cynthia Tracy
Associate Director, Division of Cardiology; Director, Electrophysiology
Professor of Medicine

Office Phone: 202-741-2233
Email: Email
Department: Medicine

Education

  • BA, Hiram College, 1974
  • MD, Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, 1979

Biography

Dr. Tracy joined the faculty of the George Washington University in 2004. She has been an active member of the Washington, D.C. Cardiology community, moving to GW after many years at Georgetown University. She is active in the Heart Rhythm Society, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. She has helped develop the state of the art cardiac electrophysiology laboratory at the George Washington University Hospital and has lead the Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology training program which has graduated multiple highly trained and skilled electrophysiologists She is active in humanitarian efforts and has led teams to Honduras to deliver advances cardiac care to indigent patients.

Training

Residency:
  • Georgetown University, 1979-82
Cardiology Fellowship:
  • Georgetown University, 1982-84

Board Ceritfication

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Expertise

  • Cardiac arrhythmia management
  • Catheter ablation
  • Cardiac implantable electrical device therapy
  • Syncope
  • General cardiology

Research

Dr. Tracy is involved in National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored and other atrial fibrillation investigations. She has been deeply involved in the development of cardiology practice guidelines and other documents used by the cardiology community worldwide. Her work in Honduras has inspired ongoing research and publication. 

Presentations:

  • Moderator “Important Technical Innovations for Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation” American Heart Association Annual Scientific Sessions, New Orleans, LA., November 15, 2016
  • Invited speaker “Compelling science within the Arrhythmias and Electrophysiology track” American Heart Association Annual Scientific Sessions, New Orleans, LA., November 16, 2016 
  • Invited Speaker “EP options in Atrial Fibrillation” ACC 2016 Mid-Atlantic Capital Cardiology Symposium (MACCS), Washington, D.C. November 19, 2016
  • Co Moderator “Heart Rhythm Disorders: Today and Tomorrow” American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Sessions, Washington, D.C., March 17, 2017
  • Invited Speaker “Cardiology Brigade to Honduras: The Role of Medical Centers in Promoting Global Health” Heart Rhythm Society Annual Scientific Sessions, Chicago, Illinois, May 10, 2017
  • Session Chair “The Do’s and Don’ts: Impact on HF Outcomes” Heart Rhythm Society Annual Scientific Sessions, Chicago, Illinois, May 11, 2017
  • Invited Speaker EP in 2020 and Beyond “Ablation in the Future” Heart Rhythm Society Annual Scientific Sessions, Chicago, Illinois, May 11, 2017
  • Invited Speaker “Charitable Missions in Latin America” Heart Rhythm Society Annual Scientific Sessions, Chicago, Illinois, May 12, 2017

Community Service

  • Care of indigent patients in a third world country

Leadership/National Membership:

  • CoChair EP Advanced Training Life Long Learning Statement. American College of Cardiology
  • Heart Rhythm Society 2017-2018 Scientific Sessions Program Committee Member

Division

  • Cardiology

Publications

View publications by this faculty member.

Pedro Covas, MD, Rachel Voke, MD, Dorys Chavez, MD, Marco Mercader, MD and Cynthia Tracy, MD., Peripartum- Discovered Congenital Complete Heart Block in Honduras., American College of Cardiology 2019, ACC 2019, 2019 Mar

McCaffrey JA, Alzahrani T, Datta T, Solomon AJ, Mercader M, Mazhari R, Nagy C, Reiner JS, Tracy CM., Outcomes of Acute Conduction Abnormalities Following Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation With a Balloon Expandable Valve and Predictors of Delayed Conduction System Abnormalities in Follow-up., American Journal of Cardiology, 2019 Jun, 123, 1845-1852

January CT, Wann LS, Calkins H, Field ME, Chen LY, Furie KL, Cigarroa JE, Heidenreich PA, Cleveland JC Jr, Murray KT, Ellinor PT, Shea JB, Ezekowitz MD, Tracy CM, Yancy CW., 2019 AHA/ACC/HRS Focused Update of the 2014 AHA/ACC/HRS Guideline for the Management of Patients With Atrial Fibrillation: A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines and the Heart Rhythm Society., Heart Rhythm, 2019 Jan, Heart Rhythm. 2019 Jan 28. pii: S1547-5271(

Tracy CM, Crossley GH, Bunch TJ, Chow GV, Leiserowitz A, Indik JH, Kusumoto F, Mendes LA, Munger TM, Murali S, Patton KK, Russo AM, Scheinman M, Schoenhard, 2017 ACC/HRS lifelong learning statement for clinical cardiac electrophysiology specialists: A report of the ACC Competency Management Committee, Heart Rhythm, 2018 Feb, Heart Rhythm. 2018 Feb;15(2):e17-e34.

James McCaffrey, Talal Alzahrani, Marco Mercader, Allen Solomon, Cynthia Tracy, MD., Rate versus rhythm control in patients with atrial fibrillation and normal to mild left atrial enlargement: Insights from the AFFIRM Trial., European Society of Cardiology 2018., Europe, 2018 Aug,

Maziar Rahmani, MD, PhD, Ivan Peña, MD, Bianca Ummat, MD, Dorys A Chavez, MD, Pablo Toro, MD, Marcial Villeda, MD, Cynthia Tracy, MD, FACC, Marco Mercader, MD, FACC, FHRS. Chagas Heart Disease: A Comparison of Clinical and Intraoperative Pacing Parameters.American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions 2017. Washington DC.

Tracy CM. Pacemaker after transcatheter aortic valve replacement: unexpected, but not infrequent outcome. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014 Jul 15;64(2):141-3

Tracy C, Boushahri A. Managing arrhythmias in the intensive care unit. Crit Care Clin. 2014 Jul;30(3):365-90

January CT, Wann LS, Alpert JS, Calkins H, Cleveland JC Jr, Cigarroa JE, Conti JB, Ellinor PT, Ezekowitz MD, Field ME, Murray KT, Sacco RL, Stevenson WG, Tchou PJ, Tracy CM, Yancy CW. 2014 AHA/ACC/HRS Guideline for the Management of Patients With Atrial Fibrillation: A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines and the Heart Rhythm Society. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014 Mar 28.

Priori SG, Wilde AA, Horie M, Cho Y, Behr ER, Berul C, Blom N, Brugada J, Chiang CE, Huikuri H, Kannankeril P, Krahn A, Leenhardt A, Moss A, Schwartz PJ, Shimizu W, Tomaselli G, Tracy C. HRS/EHRA/APHRS expert consensus statement on the diagnosis and management of patients with inherited primary arrhythmia syndromes: document endorsed by HRS, EHRA, and APHRS in May 2013 and by ACCF, AHA, PACES, and AEPC in June 2013. Heart Rhythm. 2013 Dec;10(12):1932-63.

Anderson JL, Halperin JL, Albert NM, Bozkurt B, Brindis RG, Curtis LH, DeMets D, Guyton RA, Hochman JS, Kovacs RJ, Ohman EM, Pressler SJ, Sellke FW, Shen WK, Wann LS, Curtis AB, Ellenbogen KA, Estes NA 3rd, Ezekowitz MD, Jackman WM, January CT, Lowe JE, Page RL, Slotwiner DJ, Stevenson WG, Tracy CM, Fuster V, Rydén LE, Cannom DS, Crijns HJ, Curtis AB, Ellenbogen KA, Le Heuzey JY, Kay GN, Olsson SB, Prystowsky EN, Tamargo JL, Wann S Management of patients with atrial fibrillation (compilation of 2006 ACCF/AHA/ESC and 2011 ACCF/AHA/HRS recommendations): a report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2013 May 7;61(18):1935-44

O'Gara PT, Kushner FG, Ascheim DD, Casey DE Jr, Chung MK, de Lemos JA, Ettinger SM, Fang JC, Fesmire FM, Franklin BA, Granger CB, Krumholz HM, Linderbaum JA, Morrow DA, Newby LK, Ornato JP, Ou N, Radford MJ, Tamis-Holland JE, Tommaso CL, Tracy CM, Woo YJ, Zhao DX, Anderson JL, Jacobs AK, Halperin JL, Albert NM, Brindis RG, Creager MA, DeMets D, Guyton RA, Hochman JS, Kovacs RJ, Kushner FG, Ohman EM, Stevenson WG, Yancy CW. 2013 ACCF/AHA guideline for the management of ST-elevation myocardial infarction: a report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2013 Jan 29;61(4):e78-140.

Tracy CM, Epstein AE, Darbar D, Dimarco JP, Dunbar SB, Estes NA 3rd, Ferguson TB Jr, Hammill SC, Karasik PE, Link MS, Marine JE, Schoenfeld MH, Shanker AJ, Silka MJ, Stevenson LW, Stevenson WG, Varosy PD. 2012 ACCF/AHA/HRS Focused Update of the 2008 Guidelines for Device-Based Therapy of Cardiac Rhythm Abnormalities: A Report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines. Heart Rhythm. 2012 Oct;9(10):1737-53 AND IN J Am Coll Cardiol. 2012 Oct 2;60(14):1297-313. AND IN Circulation. 2012 Oct 2;126(14):1784-800.

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

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