Department of Arrhythmology and Electrophysiology @ Policlinico San Donato

The Arrhythmology and Electrophysiology Unit is one of the centers of excellence in the international scene for the treatment of all types of cardiac arrhythmias.
Carlo Pappone, the head physician, and his team are considered pioneers in the treatment of atrial fibrillation and supraventricular arrhythmias.
It is precisely the treatment of supraventricular arrhythmias that constitutes the strong point of this group as demonstrated by the many publications in international journals of high scientific caliber and supported by the large population of patients already undergoing interventional procedures of transcatheter ablation.

Our excellence in numbers


Cardiac ablations


Epicardial Ablations for patients with Brugada syndrome





Notable advanced technological equipment

  • 3 state of the art cardiac catheterization laboratories.
  • 1 Stereotaxis Niobe II robotic navigation system
  • 1 hybrid room for combined interventional-surgical procedures
  • All labs equipped with state of the art computerized 3D navigation system
  • Rotational angiography in all cath labs
  • ECCMO system backup for procedures in hemodynamically unstable patients
  • Full audio-video setup in all laboratories for remote teaching
  • 30 seats meeting room fully connected to the cath labs for onsite teaching courses

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Meet our team

Head physician

Carlo Pappone

Carlo Pappone

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Policlinico San Donato

The Policlinico San Donato Research Hospital is the largest and most renowned Italian center specialized in the field of cardiovascular treatments. The hospital is accredited by the Italian National Health Service (SSN) and is home to the Degree Course in Medicine and Surgery, in collaboration with the Università degli Studi di Milano.

Founded in 1969 and extending over 50,000 square meters in the south-eastern part of Milan, the multi-specialty healthcare institution is a leader in Italy and among best centers in Europe as for the amount as well as for the complexity of performed cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology procedures in children (>1,000 procedures per year) and adult patients (>1,000 surgical interventions and 6,000 interventional cardiology procedures). The San Donato’s Arrhythmology and Electrophysiology Unit delivers one of the highest numbers of cardiac ablations in the world (>1,400 per year). San Donato has a research center aimed at studying of the heart and blood vessels in adults and children and searching of new prevention and treatment methods that has been recognized by the Italian Ministry of Health as a Scientific Institute for Research, Hospitalization and Health Care (IRCCS).

San Donato is a pioneer of international cooperation and a founder of charity missions for the treatment of children with congenital heart diseases that are run in collaboration with the association “Bambini Cardiopatici nel Mondo”. Thanks to this project more than 3,000 children all over the world have received their treatment.

Since 2019, Policlinico San Donato has become home to the National Institute for Obesity Cure (INCO), a national reference center with a multidisciplinary approach for the diagnosis and treatment of obesity. Thanks to the INCO, dietary, psycho-behavioral and surgical treatments are carried out together with the most innovative video-assisted laparoscopic and mini-invasive techniques.