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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
    Abstract Reviewer18th Annual Scientific Session, Heart Rhythm Society (formerly NASPE)
  2. 1997
    Member18th Annual Scientific Session, Heart Rhythm Society (formerly NASPE)
  3. 1996
    Abstract Reviewer17th Annual Scientific Session, Heart Rhythm Society (formerly NASPE)
  4. 1996
    Member17th Annual Scientific Session, Heart Rhythm Society (formerly NASPE)
  5. 1996 - present
    MemberMinnesota Medical Association
  6. 1996 - present
    MemberCardiac Electrophysiology Society
  7. 1995 - present
    MemberHeart Rhythm Society (formerly NASPE)
  8. 1993 - present
    FellowAmerican Physiological Society
  9. 1993 - present
    MemberAmerican Physiological Society
  10. 1991 - present
    MemberCentral Society for Clinical Research
  11. 1990
    FellowAmerican College of Cardiology
  12. 1990 - present
    MemberAmerican College of Cardiology
  13. 1989 - 1992
    MemberResearch Committee, University of Iowa
  14. 1988 - 1998
    MemberAmerican Federation for Clinical Research
  15. 1988 - 1993
    MemberHousestaff Evaluation Committee, University of Iowa
  16. 1987
    MemberScientific Council, American Heart Association
  17. 1987
    MemberCirculation Council, American Heart Association
  18. 1987
    MemberHigh Blood Pressure Council, American Heart Association
  19. 1982
    MemberAmerican College of Physicians
  20. 1980 - 1981
    PresidentHousestaff, Maricopa County General Hospital