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Robert F. Rea, M.D.

  1. Cardiac Electrophysiologist
  2. Cardiologist
  3. Internist


  1. Rochester, Minnesota



Dr. Robert Rea is a board-certified Cardiac Electrophysiologist. He attended undergraduate at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN and medical school at George Washington University in Washington, DC. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the Maricopa County Hospital in Phoenix, AZ, followed by two years spent with the U.S. Public Health Service on the Zuni Indian Reservation in New Mexico, and then completed a fellowship in General Cardiology at Penn State University Hershey Medical Center, and then Electrophysiology and Cardiovascular Physiology fellowships at Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA. Prior to joining Mayo Clinic in 1994, he was faculty at the University of Iowa in the Cardiology/Cardiac Electrophysiology section. His research training was in autonomic physiology and in the two years of that fellowship he spent several months in Gothenburg, Sweden working with Dr. Gunnar Wallin who pioneered the technique of sympathetic nerve recordings in humans. His current interests include cardiac arrhythmias, pacemaker and defibrillator implantation and explantation, and autonomic physiology.

  • Cardiac electrophysiology
  • Autonomic nervous system cardiovascular effects
  • Investigational pacing/defibrillation
  • Advanced device therapy including venoplasty and snares for Pacemaker, ICD, and CRT placement; leadless pacemakers; subcutaneous defibrillators
  1. 1987
    Research Fellowship - Cardiovascular PhysiologyMedical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University
  2. 1985
    Fellow - ElectrophysiologyMedical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University
  3. 1984
    Fellow - CardiologyMilton S. Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania State University
  4. 1981
    ResidentMaricopa County General Hospital
  5. 1978
    MDGeorge Washington University
  6. 1973
    BAVanderbilt University


  1. 1987
    Cardiovascular DiseasesAmerican Board of Internal Medicine
  2. 1981
    Internal MedicineAmerican Board of Internal Medicine

Awards and honors

  1. 2006
    Excellence Through Teamwork AwardMayo Clinic
  2. 1983
    Citation for Excellence in the Provision of Internal Medicine ServicesUnited States Public Health Service
  3. 1973
    B.A. Magna Cum LaudeVanderbilt University
  4. 1973
    MemberPhi Beta Kappa Honor Society

Professional memberships

  1. 1997
    18th Annual Scientific Session, Heart Rhythm Society (formerly NASPE)
  2. 1997
    18th Annual Scientific Session, Heart Rhythm Society (formerly NASPE)
  3. 1996
    17th Annual Scientific Session, Heart Rhythm Society (formerly NASPE)
  4. 1996
    17th Annual Scientific Session, Heart Rhythm Society (formerly NASPE)
  5. 1996 - present
    Minnesota Medical Association
  6. 1996 - present
    Cardiac Electrophysiology Society
  7. 1995 - present
    Heart Rhythm Society (formerly NASPE)
  8. 1993 - present
    American Physiological Society
  9. 1993 - present
    American Physiological Society
  10. 1991 - present
    Central Society for Clinical Research
  11. 1990
    American College of Cardiology
  12. 1990 - present
    American College of Cardiology
  13. 1989 - 1992
    Research Committee, University of Iowa
  14. 1988 - 1998
    American Federation for Clinical Research
  15. 1988 - 1993
    Housestaff Evaluation Committee, University of Iowa
  16. 1987
    Scientific Council, American Heart Association
  17. 1987
    Circulation Council, American Heart Association
  18. 1987
    High Blood Pressure Council, American Heart Association
  19. 1982
    American College of Physicians
  20. 1980 - 1981
    Housestaff, Maricopa County General Hospital