My interest in medicine began at a very early age. I decided to pursue cardiology after my father died from complications from atrial fibrillation. I chose to study heart disease in depth, which has allowed me to extend advanced training and understanding to cure arrhythmias. I truly enjoy my interaction with patients and the immense pleasure I derive from helping them heal.

A Thorough Background of Experience

"I spent a great deal of my training performing basic research in the mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmia. Increasing my knowledge about a particular patient's condition enables me to provide an effective treatment. I have carried my dedication to research over to my practice of cardiology." 

Continuing to Gain Knowledge and Understanding

"Education has always been an important part of my life. Because cardiology is constantly advancing, it provides the opportunity to continue to learn and develop better ways to help people overcome illness."

Dr. Charles Athill, Cardiac Electrophysiology

Dr. Charles Athill, Cardiac Electrophysiology
San Diego Cardiac Center

Education and Training: 

  • Electrophysiology Fellowship: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; UCLA School of Medicine
  • Clinical Cardiology Fellowship: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; UCLA School of Medicine; Harvard University
  • Internal Medicine Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Medical Doctorate: Harvard Medical School
  • Bachelor of Arts, Molecular Biology: Princeton University

Board Certifications:

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Professional Positions:

  • Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Sharp Memorial Hospital
  • Chief of Cardiology, Sharp Memorial Hospital

Research Experience:

National Institutes of Health Postgraduate; Research Fellowship, UCLA; Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Massachusetts General


  • Association of Black Cardiologists
  • American College of Cardiology
  • San Diego County Medical Society
  • California Medical Association
  • American Heart Association


  • NIH Postgraduate Fellowship Award
  • Merwin Foundation Scholarship Award, Harvard Medical School
  • Magna Cum Laude, Princeton University

Presentation and Publication Subjects:

  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Intra-atrial Reentry
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia Ablation
  • Ventricular Arrhythmias
  • Biventricular Pacing

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