Jim W. Cheung, M.D.

Cardiology
Cardiac Arrhythmia
Jim Cheung

As a cardiac electrophysiologist, I feel that it is a privilege to practice at the forefront of innovative medicine. Advancements in our understanding of heart rhythm disorders have translated into new therapies that improve the quality and duration of the lives of our patients every day. At an academic institution that strives for excellence, I hope to deliver outstanding care to my patients and to make significant contributions to the field of cardiac electrophysiology by engaging in important research.

 

Jim Cheung, MD, FACC, FHRS is Director of the Cornell Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Program and Assistant Professor of Medicine. He graduated summa cum laude in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University in 1995 and went on to receive his medical degree at Harvard Medical School in 1999. He completed his internship and residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Cheung performed his fellowship training in cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology at Cornell University Medical Center.

Before joining the faculty at Cornell in 2009, Dr. Cheung was assistant professor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an attending cardiac electrophysiologist at Long Island Jewish Medical Center where he was the Director of Cardiovascular Research.

He has published numerous original papers and review articles on catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation, outcomes of patients with device-detected atrial fibrillation, mechanisms of inherited ventricular arrhythmias, syncope and patterns of implantable cardioverter defibrillator malfunction. He was a 2011 Weill Cornell Medical College Department of Medicine Investigators Research Award Finalist.

Dr. Cheung is currently conducting research on areas including: 1) atrial fibrillation pathophysiology and ablation outcomes, 2) implantable cardiac device detection of AF, and 3) inherited arrhythmia disorders.  He is co-principal investigator of the multicenter, investigator-initiated SENSE trial (ClinicalTrials.gov ID NCT02186704) investigating AF detection using a novel ICD lead. His clinical interests include catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation, catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia and PVCs using remote magnetic navigation technology, and cardiac resynchronization therapy.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society. He serves on the Ethics Oversight Committee of the Heart Rhythm Society and as the HRS Alternate Delegate to the American Medical Association. He has served as faculty speaker and moderator at the American College of Cardiology and Heart Rhythm Society scientific sessions.

His teaching honors include: the Harvard Medical School Class of 2001 Teaching Award for mentorship of medical students, the Massachusetts General Hospital Internal Medicine Resident Teaching Award in 2002 and the NSLIJ Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008. He is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.

Insurances

Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please feel free to contact this physician or this physician's practice as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

  • AETNA [HMO]
  • AETNA [PPO]
  • AETNA [Medicare]
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Affinity Essential
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Blue Priority Network
  • CIGNA [HMO]
  • CIGNA
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI [CBP]
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [POS]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [HMO]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Net (PHS) [PPO]
  • Health Net (PHS) [HMO]
  • Health Net (PHS) [POS]
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup [CHP]
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup
  • Health Republic
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare [Medicare]
  • Medicare
  • Neighborhood Health Providers [Medicaid]
  • Oscar
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty HMO]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty PPO]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom HMO]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom PPO]
  • POMCO
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Empire [PPO]
  • United Empire [HMO]
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care [POS]
  • United Health Care [PPO]
  • United Health Care [HMO]
  • United Health Care [EPO]
  • United Health Care
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [Medicare]
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [HMO]

Publications

Original, peer-reviewed articles

Cheung JW, Meli AC, Xie W, Mittal S, Reiken S, Wronska A, Xu L, Steinberg JS, Markowitz SM, Iwai S, Lacampagne A, Lerman BB, Marks AR. Short-coupled polymorphic ventricular tachycardia at rest linked to a novel ryanodine receptor (RyR2) mutation: Leaky RyR2 channels under non-stress conditions. Int J Cardiol 2014; 180C: 228 - 236.

Spotnitz MD, Markowitz SM, Liu CF, Thomas G, Ip JE, Liez J, Lerman BB, Cheung JW.  Mechanism and clinical significance of adenosine-induced dormant accessory pathway conduction following catheter ablation.  Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol 2014; 7: 1136 – 45.

Gonzalez MD, Keating RJ, Markowitz SM, Liu CF, Thomas G, Ip JE, Lerman BB, Cheung JW.  Newly detected atrial high rate episodes predict long-term mortality outcomes in patients with permanent pacemakers.  Heart Rhythm 2014 Aug 15 epub

Lerman BB, Ip JE, Shah BK, Thomas G, Liu CF, Ciacco EJ, Wit AL, Cheung JW, Markowitz SM. Mechanism-specific effects of adenosine on ventricular tachycardia.  J Cardiovasc Electrophys 2014 Aug 6 epub

Markowitz SM, Weinsaft JW, Waldman L, Petashnick M, Liu CF, Cheung JW, Thomas G, Ip JE and Lerman BB.  Reappraisal of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in idiopathic outflow tract arrhythmias.  J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol 2014; 25; 1328 - 35.

Cheung JW, Ip JE, Yarlagadda RK, Liu CF, Thomas G, Xu L, Wilkes D, Markowitz SM, Lerman BB.  Adenosine-insensitive right ventricular tachycardia: Novel variant of idiopathic outflow tract tachycardia.  Heart Rhythm 2014; 11: 1770 – 8.

Liu CF, Cheung JW, Thomas G, Ip JE, Markowitz SM, Lerman BB.  Ubiquitous myocardial extensions into the pulmonary artery demonstrated by integrated intracardiac echocardiography and electroanatomic mapping: Changing the paradigm of right ventricular outflow tract arrhythmias. Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol 2014; 7: 691 - 700.

Siddiqi FK, Paz YE, Olesnicky L, Bokhari S, Cheung JW.  Correlation of inflammation due to cardiac sarcoidosis by PET-CT imaging and endocardial voltage mapping in a patient with recurrent ventricular tachycardia.  Europace. 2014; 16: 907.

Ip JE, Liu CF, Thomas G, Cheung JW, Markowitz SM, Lerman BB.  Unifying Mechanism of Sustained Idiopathic Atrial and Ventricular Annular Tachycardia.  Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol.  2014; 7: 436 – 44.

Cheung JW, Lin FS, Ip JE, Bender SR, Siddiqi FK, Liu CF, Thomas G, Markowitz SM, and Lerman BB.  Adenosine-induced pulmonary vein ectopy as a predictor of recurrent atrial fibrillation following pulmonary vein isolation.  Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol 2013; 6: 1066-73.

Rene AG, Sastry A, Horowitz JM, Cheung J, Liu CF, Thomas G, Ip JE, Lerman BB, Markowitz SM.  Recovery of atrioventricular conduction after permanent pacemaker implantation following cardiac valvular surgery.  J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol.  2013; 24; 1383 - 7.

Ip JE, Seidman CE, Liu CF, Cheung JW, Thomas G, Markowitz SM, Lerman BB.  Conundrum of sudden cardiac death: making sense of missense.  Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol 2013; 6: e58-63

Cheung JW, Al-Kazaz M, Thomas G, Liu CF, Ip JE, Bender SR, Siddiqi FK, Markowitz SM, Lerman BB.  Mechanisms, predictors and trends of electrical failure of Riata leads.  Heart Rhythm 2013; 10: 1453-9.

Ip JE, Cheung JW, Chung JH, Liu CF, Thomas G, Markowitz SM, Lerman BB.  Adenosine-induced atrial fibrillation: insights into mechanism.  Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol 2013; 6: e34-7.

Ip JE, Markowitz SM, Cheung JW, Liu CF, Thomas G, Lessner SJ, Lee JM and Lerman BB.  Method for differentiation left superior pulmonary vein exit conduction from pseudo-exit conduction.  PACE 2013; 36: 299-308.

Kanagasundram AN, Baduashvili A, Liu CF, Cheung JW, Thomas G, Ip JE, Young SD, Lerman BB, and Markowitz SM.  A novel criterion for conduction block after catheter ablation of right atrial tachycardia after mitral surgery.  Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol 2013; 6: 39-47.

Cheung JW, Tobin-Hess A, Patel A, Slotwiner DJ and Goldner BG.  Trends in Fidelis lead survival: Transition from an exponential to a linear pattern of lead failure over time. Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol 2012; 5: 906-12.

Cheung JW, Ip JE, Chung JH, Lee JM, Lessner SJ, Markowitz SM, Liu CF, Thomas G, Lee JM, Lessner SJ and Lerman BB. Differential effects of adenosine on dissociated pulmonary vein ectopy following pulmonary vein isolation: Implications for arrhythmogenesis. Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol 2012; 5: 659-66.

Ip JE, Lerman BB, Cheung JW. Deglutition-Induced Atrial Tachyardia: Direct Visualization by Intracardiac Echocardiography. Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol 2012; 5: e36-37.

Cheung JW, Chung JH, Ip JE, Markowitz SM, Liu CF, Thomas G and Lerman BB. Time Course of Adenosine-Induced Pulmonary Vein Reconnection: Implications for Mechanism of Dormant Conduction. PACE 2012; 35: 556-63.

Ip JE, Markowitz SM, Liu CF, Cheung JW, Thomas G, Lerman BB. Differentiating Pacemaker-Mediated Tachycardia from Tachycardia due to Atrial Tracking: Utility of V-A-A-V vs. V-A-V Response After PVARP Extension. Heart Rhythm 2011; 8: 1185-91.

Ip JE, Cheung JW, Park D, Hellawell JL, Stein KM, Iwai S, Liu CF, Lerman BB, Markowitz SM. Temporal Associations Between Thoracic Volume Overload and Malignant Ventricular Arrhythmias: A Study of Intrathoracic Impedance. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol 2011; 22: 293.

Vavasis C, Slotwiner DJ, Goldner BG, and Cheung JW. Recurrent polymorphic ventricular tachycardia during sleep due to managed ventricular pacing. PACE 2010; 33: 641-4.

Susi B, Manetta F, Scheinerman SJ, Slotwiner DJ, Goldner BG, and Cheung JW. Multiple levels of conduction block on surface electrocardiography in a patient after surgical left atrial ablation of atrial fibrillation. Tex Heart Inst J 2009; 36: 78.

Cheung JW, Keating RJ, Stein KM, Markowitz SM, Iwai S, Lerman BB, and Mittal S. Newly Detected Atrial Fibrillation Following Dual Chamber Pacemaker Implantation. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2006, 17: 1323-1328.

Iwai S, Cantillon DJ, Kim RJ, Markowitz SM, Mittal S, Stein KM, Shah BK, Yarlagadda RK, Cheung JW, Tan VR and Lerman BB. Right and Left Ventricular Outflow Tract Tachycardias: Evidence for a Common Electrophysiologic Mechanism. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2006; 17: 1 – 7.

Cheung JW, Iwai S, Lerman BB, Mittal S. Shock-induced Ventricular Oversensing due to Seal Plug Damage: a Potential Mechanism of Inappropriate Device Therapies in Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators. Heart Rhythm. 2005; 12: 1371-5.

Yarlagadda, RY, Iwai S, Stein KM, Markowitz SM, Shah BK, Cheung JW, Tan, V, Lerman BB, and Mittal S. Reversal of cardiomyopathy in patients with repetitive monomorphic ventricular ectopy originating from the right ventricular outflow tract. Circulation. 2005, 112: 1092-1097.

Cheung JW, Stein KM, Markowitz SM, Iwai S, Guttigoli AB, Shah BK, Yarlagadda RK,Lerman BB, Mittal S. Significance of adenosine-induced atrioventricular block in patients with unexplained syncope . Heart Rhythm. 2004; 1: 664-668.

Cheung JW and Lerman, BB. CVT-510: a selective adenosine A1 antagonist. Cardiovasc Drug Rev. 2003. 21: 277-92.

Carroll, A, Gilbert, D, Liu, X, Cheung, J, Michnowicz, J, Wagner, G, Ellenberger, T, and T.K. Blackwell. SKN-1 Domain folding and basic region monomer stabilization upon DNA binding. Genes & Development. 1997. 11: 2227-2238.

 

Invited reviews and book chapters

Panda NP and Cheung JW.  Complications from Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation: Impact from Current and Emerging Technologies.  Curr Treat Options Cardio Med. 2014 16.344.

Bender SR and Cheung JW.  A Tale of Two Tachycardias.  Cardiac Electrophysiology Clinics 2012; 4: 637-40.

Cheung JW and Lerman, BB.  CVT-510: a selective adenosine A1 antagonist.  Cardiovasc Drug Rev.  2003.  21: 277-92.

Cheung, J., Arany, Z. and McGovern, B. Atrial Fibrillation. MGH Primer of Outpatient Medicine. New York: Lippincott, Inc. 2002.

 

Published Abstracts

Pu DK, Weinsaft JW, Lin FS, Chanin JM, Ip JE, Markowitz SM, Liu CF, Thomas G, Lerman BB, Cheung JW.  Left ventricular enlargement detected by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging predicts atrial fibrillation recurrence following pulmonary vein isolation. Circulation 2014; 130: A18840.

Spotnitz MD, Markowitz SM, Liu CF, Thomas G, Ip JE, Liez J, Lerman BB and Cheung JW.  Adenosine can umask dormant conduction following catheter ablation of accessory pathways.  Heart Rhythm 2014; 11: S32.

Al-Aref S, Ip JE, Markowitz SM, Liu CF, Thomas G, Liez J, Spotnitz MD, Weinsaft JW, Lerman BB and Cheung JW.  Clinical characteristics and electrocardiographic patterns of arrhythmias arising from left ventricular papillary muscles: Differentiation from idiopathic left fascicular arrhythmias.  Heart Rhythm 2014; 11: S308.                                                                                    

Liu CF, Fan R, Markowitz SM, Ip JE, Cheung JW, Thomas G, and Lerman BB.  Prospective assessment of right phrenic nerve proximity by pacing stimulation from left atrium.  Heart Rhythm 2014; 11: S515.

Gonzalez MD, Keating RJ, Markowitz SM, Liu CF, Thomas G, Ip JE, Lerman BB and Cheung JW.  Newly detected atrial high rate episodes in pacemaker patients are associated with increased mortality over long term follow-up.  Circulation 2013; 128: A13660

Cheung JW, Meli AC, Xie W, Mittal S, Reiken S, Wronska A, Steinberg JS, Xu L, Markowitz SM, Iwai S, Lerman BB and Marks AR.  Familial short-coupled torsades de pointes linked to a novel ryanodine receptor (RyR2) mutation.  Heart Rhythm 2013, 10: S250.

 Al-Kazaz M, Bender S, Thomas G, Liu CF, Ip JE, Siddiqi F, Liez J, Spotnitz M, Markowitz SM, Lerman BB and Cheung JW. Predictors and trends of Riata electrical lead failure over time.  Heart Rhythm 2013; 10; S69.

Ip JE, Liu CF, Thomas G, Cheung JW, Markowitz SM and Lerman BB.  Idiopathic peri-annular ventricular and atrial tachycardias share a common mechanism.  Heart Rhythm 2013; 10: S135.

Cheung JW, Lin FS, Ip JE, Chung JH, Lee JM, Lessner SJ, Markowitz SM, Liu CF, Thomas G and Lerman BB . Significance of adenosine-induced dormant conduction following pulmonary vein isolation for recurrence of atrial fibrillation. Heart Rhythm 2012; 9; S469.

Cheung JW, Chung JH, Ip JE, Markowitz SM, Liu CF, Thomas G, and Lerman BB. Differential effects of adenosine on dissociated pulmonary vein potentials following pulmonary vein isolation. Heart Rhythm 2011; 8:S446.

Cheung JW, Chung JH, Ip JE, Markowitz SM, Liu CF, Thomas G, and Lerman BB. Mechanism and location of adenosine-induced pulmonary vein-left atrial reconnection following pulmonary vein isolation. J Am Coll Cardiol 2011; 57: E30

Cheung JW, Tobin-Hess A, Wang M, Slotwiner DJ, and Goldner BG. Axillary venous access is associated with a significantly higher rate of Fidelis implantable cardioverter-defibrillator lead fracture. Heart Rhythm 2010; 7: S21.

Liu CF, Cheung J, Patel A, Lin AC, Markowitz SM, Thomas G, and Lerman BB. Correlation of voltage to echo mapping of the pulmonic valve: evidence for myocardial extensions beyond the valve. Heart Rhythm 2010; 7: S345.

Wang M, Balog J, Gajer R, Slotwiner DJ, Goldner BG and Cheung JW. Incidence and significance of newly detected atrial high rate episodes in patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators. Circulation 2008; 118: S680.

Wang M, Slotwiner DJ, Goldner BG and Cheung JW. Predictors of mortality in patients after biventricular implantable cardioverter-defibrillator placement. Heart Rhythm 2008; 5: S382.

Ahmed S, Nemat H, Matta M, Heidarian S, Cheung JW, Wolf-Klein G. A homebound elderly woman with refractory orthostatic hypotension. J Am Geriatr Soc 2008; 56: S114.

Keating RJ, Cheung JW, Stein KM, Markowitz SM, Iwai S, Shah BK, Tan VR, Dhruvakumar S, Dobesh DP, Nemirovsky D, Lerman BL, and Mittal S. De novo atrial fibrillation in patients with dual chamber pacemakers. Circulation 2006; 114: II-691

Mirchandani S, Stein KM, Markowitz SM, Iwai S, Shah BK, Cheung JW, Tan VR, Dhruvakumar S, Dobesh DP, Nemirovsky D, Lerman BL and Mittal S. Early mortality despite prophylactic ICD implantation in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy. Circulation 2006; 114: II-559.

Mirchandani S, Stein KM, Markowitz SM, Iwai S, Shah BK, Cheung JW, Tan VR, Dhruvakumar S, Dobesh DP, Nemirovsky D, Lerman BL and Mittal S. Defibrillator leads: Is smaller necessarily better? Circulation 2006; 114: II-397.

Natural history of hemodialysis patients receiving an implantable cardioverter defibrillator for secondary prevention. Dobesh DP, Stein KM, Mittal S, Iwai S, Shah BK, Cheung JW, Tan V, Nemirovsky D, Shruvakumar S, Lerman BB, Markowitz SM. J Am Coll Cardiol 2006; 47 (4): 15A.

Kim RJ, Iwai S, Markowitz SM, Mittal S, Stein KM, Shah BK, Cheung JW, Tan V, Dobesh DP, Dhruvakumar S, Nemirovsky D and Lerman BB. Do all phenotypic forms of outflow tract arrhythmias have a similar mechanism? J Am Coll Cardiol 2006; 47 (4): 5A.

Kim RJ, Iwai S, Markowitz SM, Mittal S, Stein KM, Shah BK, Yarlagadda RK, Cheung JW, Tan VR, Lerman BB. Idiopathic sustained and repetitive monomorphic ventricular outflow tract tachycardias share electropharmacologic properties despite clinical differences. Circulation 2005; 112: II-327.

Morin DP, Markowitz SM, Mittal S, Shah BK, Cheung JW, Tan V, Dobesh DP, Dhruvakumar S, Nemirovsky D, Lerman BB, and Stein KM. Effect of bundle branch block on microvolt T-wave alternans. J Am Coll Cardiol 2006; 47 (4): 6A.

Iwai S, Badhwar N, Stambler BS, Shah BK, Markowitz SM, Stein KM, Mittal S, Yarlagadda RK, Tan VR, Cheung JW, Keung E, Lee RJ, Olgin JE, Scheinman MM and Lerman BB. Para-Hisian atrial tachycardia: Distinct entity or subset of annular atrial tachycardia? Circulation 2005; 112: II-747..

Shah BK, Iwai S, Markowitz SM, Stein KM, Mittal S, Yarlagadda, RY, Cheung JW, Tan, V, and Lerman BB. Is there a preferential site for the origin of annular atrial tachycardia? Heart Rhythm 2005; 2: S52.

Yarlagadda, RY, Iwai S, Cheung JW, Mittal S, Markowitz SM, Stein KM, Shah BK, Tan V, and Lerman BB. Adenosine-insensitive right ventricular outflow tract tachycardia: Forme fruste of arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia? J Am Coll Cardiol 2005; 45 (3): 18A.

Shah BK, Iwai S, Markowitz SM, Stein KM, Mittal S, Yarlagadda, RY, Cheung JW, Tan, V, and Lerman BB. Response to Adenosine Differentiates Atrial and Ventricular Tachycardias by Mechanism. . J Am Coll Cardiol 2005; 45 (3): 116A.

 Cheung JW, Stein KM, Markowitz SM, Iwai S, Guttigoli AB, Shah BK, Yarlagadda RK, Lerman BB. Does Adenosine-Induced Prolonged Atrioventricular Block Predict Recurrent Events in Patients with Unexplained Syncope? Heart Rhythm 2004; 1: 822. 

Honors and Awards

2011 Weill Cornell Medical College Department of Medicine Investigators Research Award Finalist

North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System Outstanding Teacher Award- 6/2008

Massachusetts General Hospital Internal Medicine Resident Teaching Award- 6/2002

Harvard Medical School Class of 2001 Resident Award for Excellence in Teaching 6/2001

Harvard Medical School Ebert Community Service Award- 6/1998

John Harvard Scholarship - 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995

1991 Westinghouse Science Talent Search Finalist, Ninth in Nation

Valedictorian, The Bronx High School of Science- 6/1991