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Best Heart Care in San Diego

Leading the way to better heart care

Scripps Clinic cardiologist Douglas Gibson, MD, and a patient shake hands while discussing heart care.

Dr. Douglas Gibson, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Scripps Clinic

Leading the way to better heart care

Scripps is nationally recognized as a heart care leader and consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals for cardiology and heart surgery, thanks in part to innovative care, an expansive scope of services and quality outcomes.


Some of Scripps cardiology “firsts” include:


  • One of the first coronary stents — was co-invented by Scripps Cardiologist Richard Schatz, MD
  • First in San Diego to utilize catheter ablation to cure arrhythmias
  • First in San Diego to use approved cryoablation (cold) technology to cure atrial fibrillation
  • First in the United States to implant a dual-chamber defibrillator
  • First noninvasive peripheral vascular lab in the US
  • First in the nation to use minimally invasive tools to remove plaque from coronary arteries
  • First in Southern California to surgically correct Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a condition that causes extremely rapid heart rates
  • First in Southern California to perform open heart surgery to cure arrhythmias
  • First in California to utilize lab integrated monitor system
  • One of the first in California to utilize robotic catheter system for cardiac ablation procedures