Benjamin J. Scherlag, PhD



Professor
Department of Internal Medicine
OU College of Medicine

"My initial career objective was to teach high school biology. While taking my course work for a master's degree, I fortuitously landed a research technician job with one of the foremost basic research scientists in cardiac electrophysiology and decided to get my Ph.D. degree in order to pursue an academic career in cardiac physiology."

Dr. Scherlag has earned the distinction of being named a George Lynn Cross Research Professor and Helen Webster Professor of Cardiac Arrhythmias for his dedication to medicine and research.

He was the first person to consistently record atrial ventricular bundle ("His bundle") potentials, which served as one of the cornerstones of present day clinical electrophysiology. Because of his early discoveries and contribution to the field, Dr. Scherlag is considered the Father of Electrophysiology.

Education

  • Doctorate degree earned at State University of New York
  • Post-doctorate fellowship completed at Columbia University in New York

Research Interests

  • Mechanisms underlying irregular heart rhythms

Memberships

  • American Physiology Society
  • American Heart Association
  • American College of Cardiology (Fellow)
  • Heart Rhythm Society (Founding Member)