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Elizabeth Vickers Saarel, M.D., A.B.

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  • English

Clinical Details

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(801) 213-7608 Eccles Primary Children’s Outpatient Services Building
81 N Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84113
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Bio

Elizabeth “Tess” Vickers Saarel, MD, is a member of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Director of Electrophysiology at Primary Children´s Hospital. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology, and she is certified by the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners in Electrophysiology, the highest level of certification available for pediatric electrophysiologists. She sees patients with all forms of congenital heart disease from infancy through adulthood at Primary Children’s Hospital, Primary Children's Riverton Hospital and at an outreach clinic in Pocatello ID. Dr. Saarel's research interests are focused on heart rhythm disorders and the prevetion of sudden death in children, athletes, and adults with congenital heart disease.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Pediatrics - Associate Professor (Clinical)
Academic Divisions Pediatric Cardiology
Board Certification American Board of Pediatrics (Sub: Ped Cardiology)
International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners (Physician/EP)
National Board of Medical Examiners

Academic Profile

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Pediatrics - Associate Professor (Clinical)
Academic Divisions Pediatric Cardiology
Board Certification American Board of Pediatrics (Sub: Ped Cardiology)
International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners (Physician/EP)
National Board of Medical Examiners

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
Williams Building
Pediatric Administration
295 Chipeta Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Academic Bio

Elizabeth “Tess” Vickers Saarel, M.D. is the Director for Electrophysiology in the Division of Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics. In this capacity she oversees the management of children and adolescents and adult patients with congenital heart disease at Primary Children’s Medical Center, the University of Utah and other Intermountain Healthcare facilities. Dr. Saarel is active in the education of medical students, residents and fellows training at these medical facilities and at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

Dr. Saarel’s research interests include the diagnosis and treatment, the prevention of sudden cardiac death, and quality improvement in the care of children, adolescents and adults with congenital heart disease with cardiac arrhythmias. She has co-authored 15 peer-reviewed scientific publications, over 30 scientific abstracts, review articles and book chapters including a chapter in Clinical Cardiac Pacing and Defibrillation. She has been the primary investigator for both current and post grant funding.

Dr. Saarel completed her undergraduate education at Princeton University, where she graduated Cum Laude. She received her M.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine, where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society and received American Heart Association and Korenman Merit scholarships. Dr. Saarel also received an O’Malley Prize in the History of Medicine at UCLA. After completing postgraduate training in Pediatrics at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital of Case Western University she practiced general pediatrics for five years and served as an Instructor in Pediatrics at New York Medical College. She then returned for in-depth training in cardiology and electrophysiology at the University of Michigan Medical Center and University of Michigan School of Medicine in Ann Arbor. As a Fellow in Cardiology she received several awards including the Amgen Fellow Award for Clinical Research.

Dr. Saarel was faculty member at the University of Michigan School of Medicine (Pediatric Cardiology), The Cleveland Clinic (Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiology) and Case Western University School of Medicine (Electrophysiology) before joining the University of Utah School of Medicine in 2005. In Utah, Dr. Saarel has remained active in the clinical care of patients, including cardiac ablation and cardiac device implantation in children, adolescents and adult patients with congenital heart disease, in addition to her research and educational endeavors. She was promoted from Assistant to Associate Professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine in 2009.

Dr. Saarel is active in multiple regional, national and international medical societies. She is currently is a member of the Pediatric and Adult Congenital Electrophysiology Society, a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a member of American College of Cardiology Working Group in Quality Improvement, a member of the Heart Rhythm Society, a member of the American Heart Association, and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She serves on several committees at the University of Utah and Primary Children’s Medical Center.

Education

Education History

Type School Degree
Certification University of Utah David Eccles School of Business
Leadership Development for Healthcare Professionals, Healthcare Business Administration
Certificate
Post Graduate Training Intermountain Healthcare
Health Care Delivery Improvement / Quality Improvement
Certificate
Post Graduate Training American Association of Medical Colleges
Professional Development
Certificate
Post Graduate Training University of Utah and Intermountain Primary Children's Medical Center
Clinical and Translational Research
Certificate
Fellowship University of Michigan
Pediatric Cardiology
Fellow
Residency Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
Pediatrics
Resident
Internship Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
Pediatrics
Intern
Professional Medical University of California - Los Angeles
Medicine
M.D.
Undergraduate Princeton University
Biology Major, History of Science Minor
B.A.

Publications

Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Collins KK, Schaffer MS, Liberman L, Saarel E, Knecht M, Tanel RE, Bradley D, Dubin AM, Paul T, Salerno J, Bar-Cohen Y, Sreeram N, Sanatani S, Law IH, Blaufox A, Batra A, Moltedo JM, van Hare GF, Reed J, Ro PS, Kugler J, Anderson C, Triedman JK (2013). Fascicular and nonfascicular left ventricular tachycardias in the young: an international multicenter study. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol, 24(6), 640-8.
  2. Kamp AN, Von Bergen NH, Henrikson CA, Makhoul M, Saarel EV, Lapage MJ, Russell MW, Strieper M, Yu S, Dick M, Day SM, Bradley DJ (2013). Implanted defibrillators in young hypertrophic cardiomyopathy patients: a multicenter study. Pediatr Cardiol, 34(7), 1620-7.
  3. Seslar SP, Kugler J, Batra AS, Collins KK, Crosson J, Dubin AM, Etheridge S, Kanter R, Papez A, Radbill AE, Serwer GA, Tanel RE, Tsao S, Webster G, Saarel EV (2013). The Multicenter Pediatric and Adult Congenital EP Quality (MAP-IT) Initiative-rationale and design: report from the pediatric and congenital electrophysiology society's MAP-IT taskforce. Congenit Heart Dis, 8(5), 381-92.
  4. Lampert R, Olshansky B, Heidbuchel H, Lawless C, Saarel E, Ackerman M, Calkins H, Estes NA, Link MS, Maron BJ, Marcus F, Scheinman M, Wilkoff BL, Zipes DP, Berul CI, Cheng A, Law I, Loomis M, Barth C, Brandt C, Dziura J, Li F, Cannom D (2013). Safety of sports for athletes with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators: results of a prospective, multinational registry. Circulation, 127(20), 2021-30.
  5. Das S, Law IH, Von Bergen NH, Bradley DJ, Dick M 2nd, Etheridge SP, Saarel EV, Frias PA, Strieper MJ, Fischbach PS (2012). Cryoablation therapy for atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia in children: a multicenter experience of efficacy. Pediatr Cardiol, 33(7), 1147-53.
  6. Ouyang P, Saarel E, Bai Y, Luo C, Lv Q, Xu Y, Wang F, Fan C, Younoszai A, Chen Q, Tu X, Wang QK (2011). A de novo mutation in NKX2.5 associated with atrial septal defects, ventricular noncompaction, syncope and sudden death. Clin Chim Acta, 412(1-2), 170-5.
  7. Von Bergen NH, Atkins DL, Dick M 2nd, Bradley DJ, Etheridge SP, Saarel EV, Fischbach PS, Balaji S, Sreeram N, Evans WN, Law IH (2011). Multicenter study of the effectiveness of implantable cardioverter defibrillators in children and young adults with heart disease. Pediatr Cardiol, 32(4), 399-405.
  8. Hoffman JL, Mack GK, Minich LL, Benedict SL, Heywood M, Stoddard GJ, Saarel EV (2011). Failure to impact prevalence of arterial ischemic stroke in pediatric cardiac patients over three decades. Congenit Heart Dis, 6(3), 211-8.
  9. Etheridge SP, Bowles NE, Arrington CB, Pilcher T, Rope A, Wilde AA, Alders M, Saarel EV, Tavernier R, Timothy KW, Tristani-Firouzi M (2011). Somatic mosaicism contributes to phenotypic variation in Timothy syndrome. Am J Med Genet A, 155(10), 2578-83.
  10. Tate J, Stinstra J, Pilcher T, Poursaid A, Saarel E, Macleod R (2011). Measuring defibrillator surface potentials for simulation verification. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc, 2011, 239-42.
  11. Everitt MD, Verma A, Saarel EV (09/01/2011). The wearable external cardiac defibrillator for cancer patients at risk for sudden cardiac death. Community Oncology, 8(9), 400-3.
  12. Everitt MD, Saarel EV (2010). Use of the wearable external cardiac defibrillator in children. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol, 33(6), 742-6.
  13. Daccarett M, Segerson NM, Bradley DJ, Etheridge SP, Freedman RA, Saarel EV (2010). Bipolar lumenless lead performance in children and adults with congenital heart disease. Congenit Heart Dis, 5(2), 149-56.
  14. Jou CJ, Etheridge SP, Minich L, Saarel EV, Lambert LM, Kouretas PC, Holubkov R, Hawkins JA (2010). Long-term Outcome and Risk of Heart Block After Surgical Treatment of Subaortic Stenosis. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg, 1(1), 15-19.
  15. Petko C, Bradley DJ, Tristani-Firouzi M, Cohen MI, Sanatani S, Saarel EV, Albaro CA, Etheridge SP (2008). Congenital long QT syndrome in children identified by family screening. Am J Cardiol, 101(12), 1756-8.
  16. Law IH, Von Bergen NH, Gingerich JC, Saarel EV, Fischbach PS, Dick M 2nd (2006). Transcatheter cryothermal ablation of junctional ectopic tachycardia in the normal heart. Heart Rhythm, 3(8), 903-907.
  17. Aiyagari R, Saarel EV, Etheridge SP, Bradley DJ, Dick M 2nd, Fischbach PS (2005). Radiofrequency ablation for supraventricular tachycardia in children < or =15 kg is safe and effective. Pediatr Cardiol, 26(5), 622-6.

Book Chapter

  1. Baranowski B, Saarel E, Chung MK (2011). Imaging of Implantable Devices. In Ellenbogen KA, Kay GN, Lau CP, Wilkoff BL (Ed.), Clinical Cardiac Pacing, Defibrillation, and Resynchronization Therapy (4th, 1, pp. Chapter 27). Philadelphia: Saunders, Elsevier.
  2. Lakkireddy D, Saarel E, Chung MK (2011). Imaging in Pacing and Defibrillation. In Ellenbogen KA, Kay GN, Lau CP, Wilkoff BL (Ed.), Clinical Cardiac Pacing, Defibrillation, and Resynchronization Therapy (3rd Edition, Volume 1, pp. 931-966). Philadelphia: Saunders, Elsevier.
  3. Saarel EV, Gomez C (2006). Fetal Arrhythmias. In Macdonald Dick II (Ed.), Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology in the Young (1st Edition, Volume 1, pp. 241-256). Kluver: Kluver Academic Publishers.

Editorial

  1. Saarel EV, Etheridge SP (2014). Congenital long QT syndrome: the race to refine risk. Heart Rhythm, 11(1), 83-4.

Abstract

  1. Saarel EV, Pilcher T, Gamboa D, Etheridge S (2014). Sports for Young Patients with Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators: Refining the Risk [Abstract]. J Am Coll Cardiol, 63(12_S), A128.
  2. Badhwar N, Saarel EV, Dorostkar PC, Mehta D, Morady F, Stevenson WG, Josephson ME, Tchou PJ, Scheinman MM (2013). Diagnostic Maneuvers In Patients With Concealed Nodofascicular, (nodoventricular) Tachycardia [Abstract]. Heart Rhythm, 10(5S), 29.
  3. Wilson, K, Etheridge SP, Pilcher TA, Garnreiter J, Saarel EV (2013). Is MRI Safe in Pediatric Patients with Pacemakers and Epicardial Leads: Long-Term Follow-Up Data [Abstract]. J Am Coll Cardiol, 61(10), A113.
  4. Saarel EV, Pilcher TA, Etheridge SP (2013). Safety of Sports for Pediatric and Congenital ICD and Pacemaker Patients [Abstract]. Heart Rhythm, 10(5S), 211.
  5. Garnreiter JM, Whitaker P, Pilcher TA, Etheridge SP, Saarel EV (2013). Six-Year Experience with a Lumenless Pacing Lead in Pediatrics and Congenital Heart Disease [Abstract]. J Am Coll Cardiol, 61(10), A129.
  6. Lampert R, Olshansky B, Heidbuchel H, Lawless C, Saarel E, Ackerman M, Calkins K, Estes M, Link M, Maron B, Marcus F, Scheinman M, Wilkoff B, Zipes D, Berul C, Cheng A, Law I, Loomis M, Barth C, Brandt C, Dziura J, Li F, Cannom D (09/01/2012). Safety of Sports for Patients With ICDs: Results of a Prospective Multinational Registry [Abstract]. Heart Rhythm, 9(9), 1577.
  7. Pilcher TA, Tate JD, Stinstra JS, Saarel EV, Poursaid AE, Puchalski MD, MacLeod RS (05/06/2011). Effect of Spinal Fixation Rods and Abandoned Epicardial Patches on Defibrillation Thresholds Predicted from Computational Simulation [Abstract]. Heart Rhythm, 8(5), S326.
  8. Kamp AN, Von Bergen NH, Henrickson CA, Makhoul M, Strieper M, Saarel EV, LaPage MJ, Serwer G, Dick MD, Day SM, Bradley DJ (05/05/2011). Results of a Multicenter Retrospective Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Cohort of Pediatric and Young Adult Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Patients [Abstract]. Heart Rhythm, 8(5), S98.
  9. Tate JD, Stinstra JS, Pilcher TA, Poursaid AE, Saarel EV, MacLeod RS (05/06/2011). Simulating Defibrillation: Verification using Defribrillation Thresholds and Surface Recordings [Abstract]. Heart Rhythm, 8(5), S396.
  10. Saarel EV, Pilcher T, Etheridge SP (05/14/2010). Bipartite Coronary Sinus Diverticulum And Unique Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome [Abstract]. Heart Rhythm, 7(5S), S318.
  11. Von Bergen NH, Dick 2nd M, Bradley DJ, Atkins DL, Etheridge SP, Saarel E, Papez A, Serwer GA, Law IH (05/11/2007). Effectiveness of ICDs by Indication in Children and Young Adults with Congenital Heart Disease [Abstract]. Heart Rhythm, 4(5), S256.
  12. Badhwar N, Saarel EV, Kanj M, Germano JJ, Dresing T, Tchou PJ, Josephson ME, Scheinman MM (05/10/2007). Successful site of ablation for patients with concealed nodofascicular tachycardia [Abstract]. Heart Rhythm, 4(5), S75.

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