- ABMS Certification:
- Internal Medicine; Cardiovascular Disease; Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
- Clinical Practice:
- Heart Rhythm Disorders
- Assistant Professor
Cardiologist Nishaki Mehta, MD, FACC specializes in electrophysiology, which includes treating abnormal heart rhythms using devices like pacemakers and defibrillators. She is particularly interested in complex ablation, a procedure that corrects faulty electrical signals in the heart, and implantation of complex devices and management.
Born in Mumbai, Dr. Mehta received her medical degree from Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College and was selected as an international exchange student in her final year. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship and internship at University of Massachusetts, she continued her residency training at George Washington University and completed a cardiovascular fellowship at The Ohio State University. Dr. Mehta then pursued cardiac electrophysiology training at Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard Medical School.
Now board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in internal medicine, cardiology and clinical cardiac electrophysiology, Dr. Mehta is committed to improving patient outcomes by addressing the whole person. Weight loss has been shown to directly impact a successful ablation outcome, so she works with patients to make diet and exercise changes to improve their procedure success rates. Dr. Mehta’s research interests include determining how significant an impact diet can have on atrial fibrillation outcomes. In addition, she is leading another study that looks at ways to reduce bleeding and scarring after pacemaker defibrillator surgery.
Dr. Mehta holds a dual faculty appointment at the UVA School of Medicine and UVA Department of Biomedical Engineering, where she is actively involved in mentoring students. Cardiac electrophysiology is a field driven by technology, and Dr. Mehta is an innovator driven by a passion to improve patient care in safe, effective and affordable ways. Her collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2018 earned the Medical Device Innovation Competition’s top prize.
Dr. Mehta has produced more than 35 peer-reviewed manuscripts and more than 50 abstracts for international conferences. She is an active reviewer for several cardiology journals. She has won several awards, including the Cardiology Woman in Training Award for Excellence by the American Heart Association. She also was recently nominated for the prestigious Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology Fellowship for 2019.
To improve cardiovascular health awareness and education in communities with limited access to healthcare, Dr. Mehta, along with her friend and colleague, cardiologist Sula Mazimba, MD, founded FBI4Health (Faith-Based Initiatives for Health). This intervention program provides cardiac screenings, blood glucose screenings and health education to patients in a church setting to make them more comfortable. These efforts were recently featured in the EP Lab.
Dr. Mehta has traveled the world. She speaks four languages and is learning Spanish. Her love of food, especially spicy food, music and cultures stems from her travel experience.
- Seth G S Medical College and KEM Hospital
- George Washington University
- Ohio State University; Brigham and Women's Hospital