Brian Olshansky, MD

Brian Olshansky, MD, Professor Emeritus

Cardiology Iowa City, IA

Clinical Electrophysiologist

Office Address

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


  • 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.

Dr. Olshansky's Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • Cardiology: Cardiac Electrophysiology

Dr. Olshansky's Faculty Appointments & Work History

  • DirectorUIHC
    ACGME-approved Fellowship Training Program
  • Staff PhysicianUniversity of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
    Iowa City, IA
  • Staff PhysicianMercy Medical Center
    Mason City, IA
  • ElectrophysiologistMercy Medical Center
    Mason City, IA
  • Staff PhysicianMercy North Hospital
    Mason City, IA
  • Staff PhysicianClinic Mercy Hospital North
    Mason City, IA
  • Staff PhysicianAdvanced CardioVascular Consultants
    Rock Island, IL
  • Staff PhysicianGreat River Medical Center
    Burlington, IA
  • Staff PhysicianMercy Hospital
    Mason City, IA
  • PhysicianCardiology Outreach Clinic
    Rock Island, IL
  • FacilitatorThe University of Iowa
    FCP3, Foundations of Clinical Practice - Patient-Centered Learning
  • PhysicianMercy Hospital
    Clinton, IA
  • Consulting Medical StaffMercy Medical Center
    Clinton, IA
  • FacilitatorUIHC
    Patient Centered Learning Course, first year medical students
  • InstructorCardiovascular Section of Introduction to the Clinical Disciplines
    Instructor, Foundations of Clinical Practice III (2001-2002); Instructor, Foundations of Clinical Practice IV (2001-2002)
  • InstructorThe University of Iowa
    Instructor, PCL III Course For Medical Students (2001-2005); Instructor, FCP IV – Clinician Mentor Orientation - Workshops on EKG/Rhythms (2006)
  • DirectorUniversity of Iowa College of Medicine
    Iowa City, IA
    Director (2000-2007); Director, Fellow Training Program (2000-2007)
  • PhysicianUniversity of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
    Iowa City, IA
  • Professor Emeritus of MedicineUniversity of Iowa College of Medicine
    Iowa City, IA
    Professor of Medicine (2000-2001); Professor of Medicine (2001-2002); Professor Emeritus of Medicine (2012-present)
  • Staff PhysicianWest Suburban Hospital
    Oak Park, IL
  • Staff PhysicianGood Samaritan Hospital
    Downers Grove, IL
  • DirectorLoyola Univ. Medical Center
    Maywood, IL
    Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology (1994-2000); Director, Fellows Training Program (1994-2000)
  • DirectorLoyola University Medical Center
    Maywood, IL
  • Staff PhysicianAlexian Brothers Medical Center
    Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Staff PhysicianMacNeal Hospital
    Berwyn, IL
  • Visiting ProfessorDalian University Medical Center
    Dalian, China
  • Staff PhysicianHinsdale Hospital
    Hinsdale, IL
  • Staff PhysicianLoyola University Medical Center
    Maywood, IL
  • Staff PhysicianHines Veterans Administration Hospital
    Hines, IL
  • PhysicianLoyola University Medical Center
    Maywood, IL
  • Professor of MedicineLoyola Univ. Medical Center
    Maywood, IL
    Assistant Professor of Medicine (1988-1991); Director, Clinical Research, Cardiology (1990-1993); Associate Professor of Medicine (1991-1996); Professor of Medicine (1996-2000)
  • PhysicianUniversity Hospitals Cleveland
    Cleveland, OH
  • Assistant Professor of MedicineUniv. Hospitals of Cleveland
    Cleveland, OH
  • Associate in CardiologyUniversity of Iowa College of Medicine
    Iowa City, IA
  • Assistant Professor of MedicineUniv. of Alabama Hospitals
    Birmingham, AL
    Associate in Medicine (1984-1985); Assistant Professor of Medicine (1985-1986)
  • Emergency Room PhysicianBellevue/New York University Hospitals
    New York City, NY
    Jane Lamb Medical Center/Mercy Hospital (Clinton, IA), Allen Memorial Hospital, (Waterloo, IA), Fort Madison Hospital (Fort Madison, IA)
  • Teaching AssistantNew York University Hospitals
    New York, NY
  • Research FellowMontefiore Hospital
    New York, NY
  • Pulmonary Research TechnicianTucson Veterans Administration
    Tucson, AZ

Dr. Olshansky's Education & Medical Training

  • University of Iowa Hospitals and ClinicsUniversity of Iowa Hospitals and ClinicsFellowship, Cardiovascular Disease
  • U of AZ Coll of MedUniversity of Arizona College of MedicineMedical School
  • Carleton CollegeCarleton CollegeOther Training, A.B.

Dr. Olshansky's Certifications & Licensure

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

Dr. Olshansky's Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Patients’ Choice Award2012
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid ServicesMeaningful Use Stage 1 CertificationCenters for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 2011
  • JACCElite Reviewer AwardJACC, 2011, 2012
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Dr. Olshansky's Publications & Presentations

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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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