Dr. Suraj Kapa

Director, Augmented and Virtual Reality Innovation

Mayo Clinic

Suraj Kapa, M.D., is a consultant in the Division of Heart Rhythm Services, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Kapa serves as director of the Augmented and Virtual Reality innovations group. He is also the medical director for marketing and communications in Cardiovascular Medicine as well as CV divisional conferences. He joined the staff of Mayo Clinic in 2013 and holds the academic rank of assistant professor of medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

Dr. Kapa earned his B.A. at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, and his M.D. at New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey. He completed an internal medicine residency and internship at Mayo Clinic. He continued his training at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he completed a fellowship in cardiovascular disease and a fellowship in clinical cardiac electrophysiology.

Dr. Kapa has extensive experience in mathematical modeling and quantum mechanics, which he has used in computer simulation modeling of cardiac activation. He dedicates a lot of time in the large animal translational lab for cardiac ablation to develop new catheter, sensing and mapping technologies, and he has been engaged in the development of medical virtual reality systems. Recent work includes development of new carbon-based biomaterials for biomedical applications.

Dr. Kapa’s research focuses on translational innovation as well as elucidating basic mechanisms underlying electrophysiological diseases. These efforts include the development of new technologies or techniques for autonomic modulation, mapping of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, and creation of novel devices that can be used for cardiac monitoring and prevention and treatment of electrophysiological disease. He also engages in clinical research to evaluate quality metrics and optimal approaches to currently available methods of electrophysiological treatments, including cardiac device implantation (defibrillators, pacemakers, resynchronization devices) and ablation. His research is funded by the National Institute on Aging; Biosense Webster, Inc.; and Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics, among others.

Dr. Kapa is frequently invited to give presentations on his research both nationally and internationally, and he has authored numerous journal articles, book chapters, abstracts and other written publications. He serves as section editor of Circulation A&E and on the scientific advisory boards for Boston Scientific, Abbott and several startup companies. He also holds reviewer responsibilities for prominent scientific publications.

In addition to his clinical and research activities, Dr. Kapa serves as a mentor to medical students, internal medicine residents, cardiology fellows and electrophysiology fellows.

Dr. Kapa is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Heart Association; the American College of Cardiology, where he serves on the Best Practices and Quality Improvement Subcommittee; and the Heart Rhythm Society, where he serves on the Scientific and Clinical Documents Committee.

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