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Physician Assistant

Alyson Walsh

Physician Assistant

Alyson Walsh

  • Education
  • Experience
  • Certifications
  • Achievements
  • Licensure
  • Interests

University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL
5/1999 – 8/2001
Physician Assistant Program Master of Health Science, Cum laude

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
8/1994 – 5/1998
Bachelor of Science, Cum laude
Specialization: Dietetics

Cardiology Physician Assistant, Jupiter, FL
4/2013 – present
Responsibilities: Inpatient care involves evaluating and treating acute cardiac problems. Outpatient care
includes managing acute and chronic cardiac problems and performing stress tests. Patient education is
provided at every visit. Time management is crucial in this role. Proficient with EHR

Chief Cardiac Electrophysiology Physician Assistant
10/2001 – 5/06; 1/09 – 3/13
Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
Supervising Physicians: William Stevenson, MD Laurence Epstein, MD Michael Sweeeney, MD Usha Tedrow, MD Bruce Koplan, MD, Christine Albert MD; Roy John MD; Greg Michaud MD

Responsibilities: inpatient care, outpatient care, and procedures. Inpatient assessed consults, post procedure care including device interrogations, wound care, EKG/CXR interpretations, & patient education. Admitted/managed non-acute patients on independent PA service. Outpatient care: assessed new arrhythmias and treatment strategies (medication v. ablation). Procedural experience: Tilt table tests, 1• assist w/ pacemaker & ICD implants/ extractions, femoral access, intra-cardiac catheter placement, diagnostic EP studies and RF catheter ablations. Administrative duties: managing the PA group including hiring. training, scheduling and trouble-shooting departmental issues.

Cardiac Electrophysiology Physician Assistant
6/2006 – 9/2007
Cardiac Disease Specialists, Atlanta, GA
Supervising Physicians: Thomas Deering, MD Dan Dan, MD Charan Kantipudi, MD

Responsibilities: inpatient care – included independent daily rounds, admissions, discharges and consultations. Outpatient care- assisted in the clinical setting evaluating new patients and assessing follow up patients in the supervising MDs clinics. Managed and operated an independent PA clinic which involved device interrogations, post implant wound checks, post ablation follow up and anti arrhythmic drug monitoring. Monitored tilt table tests and T -wave altemaos tests.

Cardiac Electrophysiology Physician Assistant
10/2007- 12/2008
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
Supervising MD: Mark Josephson MD, William Maisel MD, Peter Zimetbaum MD

Responsibilities: Outpatient care with assessment of new consults and follow-up patients, arrhythmia medical management vs. ablation, device management including interrogation and trouble-shooting, patient education, patient enrollment into clinical trials.

Urgent Care Physician Assistant
9/2004 – 5/09 (per diem)
Harvard Vanguard, Somerville, MA

Responsibilities: assessing patients with semi-urgent medical problems. Worked independently with patients, completed full history and physical exam and ordered diagnostic tests. After testing was completed, tbe patient was diagnosed and given recommendations. Also performed minor procedures including l&D, suturing, splinting.

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants 2001
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants in Surgery 2001
NCCPA Recertification 2007, 2012
Florida Professional Licensure of Physician Assistants
Basic Life Support
Advanced Cardiac Life Support

American Academy of Physician Assistants
Heart Rhythm Society

Nominated & Inducted into the Fellowship of the Heart Rhythm Society (FHRS) 2013

Heart Rhythm Society Faculty Speaker 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012

Heart Rhythm Society Faculty Chair 2009

Heart Rhythm Society Allied Professional Ambassador

Heart Rhythm Society: Membership Committee, EP Curriculum Working Group

Heart Rhythm Society: Allied Professional Leadership Committee

Heart Rhythm Society: AP Education Committee, CME Compliance Sub-Committee

AAPA Annual Conference Moderator 2009

Atrial Fibrillation Symposium Faculty Speaker – AP Session 2007

NASPExAM: Cardiac Electrophysiology 2004, Cardiac Pacing 2005

Gula, Ames, Epstein et al. “Central Venous Occlusion is Not an Obstacle to Device Upgrade with the Assistance of Laser Extraction ” PACE Vol. 28 7/05

Eckart, Ames, Epstein et al. “Pulmonary Arterial Embolization of Pacemaker Lead Electrode Tip” Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology 29(7),784–787. 7/06

Ames A, Stevenson W, “Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation” Circulation 2006 113: 1633

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants 2001

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants in Surgery 2001

NCCPA Recertification 2007, 2012

Florida Professional Licensure of Physician Assistants

Basic Life Support

Advanced Cardiac Life Support

Gator Football, Running, Golf, Yoga, Snowboarding, & Travel

References upon request

Cardiac Arrhythmia Services

We are sometimes referred to as the electricians of the heart. We treat all types of heart rhythm disorders: hearts that beat slowly, quickly or erratically. We evaluate patients with palpitations to help diagnose the etiology of palpitations and then cure the underlying problem. In addition to palpitations, shortness of breath, fatigue, anxiety, dizziness (syncope) are some other manifestations of arrhythmia.

Common arrhythmias that we deal with are atrial fibrillation, supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) and ventricular tachycardia (VT). We usually try medication to treat arrhythmias but when medications are insufficient we may recommend an ablation procedure.

There are different types of ablation but they all aim at eliminating the source of the arrhythmia. Our practice is at the forefront of technology and we use the newest techniques and equipment available to provide the safest and most effective therapy to our patients. We implant and manage all types of pacemakers and defibrillators. We have one of the largest and most efficient remote monitoring programs in the state of Florida. Remote monitoring allows us to watch over and treat our patients in between their office visits. At Cardiac Arrhythmia Services we have 3 cardiac electrophysiologists, 2 physician assistants, 2 remote monitoring technicians, 3 nurses and a staff of 19 people who all work together on daily basis to ensure that our patients get the best care possible.

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