Brian Olshansky, MD

Brian Olshansky, MD, Professor Emeritus

Cardiology Iowa City, IA

Clinical Electrophysiologist

Office Address

  • 200 Hawkins Dr
    Iowa City, IA 52242
    Phone: (319) 356-2344
    Fax: (319) 384-6247

Brian Olshansky, MD, Professor Emeritus

Cardiology Iowa City, IA

Clinical Electrophysiologist


  • Brian Olshansky, MD, FACC, FAHA, FHRS, a board certified clinical cardiac EP, is a tenured Professor Emeritus of Medicine at University of Iowa. Dr. Olshansky graduated from Carleton, completed his MD at University of Arizona, residency training in Internal Medicine at Bellevue/NYU, Cardiology Fellowship training at University of Iowa, and EP training at University of Alabama-Birmingham. He has been a faculty member at the University of Alabama, Case Western Reserve University and Loyola University before returning to The University of Iowa and has directed EP laboratories and training programs at Loyola University Medical Center and University of Iowa. Dr. Olshansky has expertise in the evaluation and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias using state-of-the-art techniques including: device implantation (pacemakers and defibrillators) and catheter ablation techniques, including treatment of atrial fibrillation and VT. He has expertise in issues regarding autonomic control of the heart. He is recognized for his work regarding the assessment of arrhythmia mechanisms, multicenter randomized clinical trials, treatment of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, and the management of syncope. Dr. Olshansky is known for his diversity of interests ranging from the technological and mechanistic aspects of cardiac electrophysiology to holistic issues regarding medical care and the doctor-patient relationship. Dr. Olshansky’s research has focused on the treatment for and mechanism of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias but his research interests are extensive. He has been involved in numerous clinical trials and has published over 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts (a total of over 400 manuscripts, including non-peer-reviewed manuscripts, reviews, e-publications, slide series and editorials), over 200 abstracts, 45 chapters and three books: Syncope-Diagnosis and Management (and a second edition) and Arrhythmia Essentials.

Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • Cardiology: Cardiac Electrophysiology

Education & Training

  • University of Iowa Hospitals and ClinicsUniversity of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  • University of Arizona College of MedicineUniversity of Arizona College of Medicine
  • Carleton College

Certifications & Licensure

  • IL State Medical LicenseIL State Medical License1988 - 2014
  • IA State Medical LicenseIA State Medical License1981 - 2016
  • American Board of Internal MedicineInternal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal MedicineClinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • American Board of Internal MedicineCardiovascular Disease

    Awards, Honors, & Recognition

    • Regional Top DoctorCastle Connolly, 2014
    • Patients’ Choice Award2012
    • CMS Meaningful Use Stage 1 CertificationEpicCare Ambulatory EMR, Epic Systems Corporation, 2011

    Clinical Trials

    Publications & Presentations



    Hospital Affiliations

    Insurance Accepted

    • Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • BCBS Blue Card PPO
    • BCBS California CaliforniaCare HMO
    • BCBS California PPO
    • BCBS Texas BlueChoice
    • CIGNA Open Access
    • First Health PPO
    • Great West PPO
    • Health Net California Large Group PPO
    • Health Net HMO - Employer Group
    • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
    • Multiplan PHCS PPO
    • Multiplan PHCS PPO - Kaiser
    • Multiplan PPO
    • Pacificare HMO
    • United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS
    • United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO
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