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." 

San Diego Magazine Top Doctor Awards

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. Athill in the Media

Advanced Treatment Options for Atrial Fibrillation

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Atrial Fibrillation: Minimally Invasive Treatments

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Dr. Charles Athill's Facebook live interview discussing treatment of atrial fibrillation: My Heart Can’t Wait.

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KFMB Pulse Field Ablation Interview with Dr. Athill on a new revolutionary procedure to treat atrial fibrillation. Our hospital was the first on the West Coast to enroll patients in this national clinical trial:

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Dr. Charles Athill's Facebook live interview discussing treatment of atrial fibrillation: My Heart Can’t Wait.

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The Sharp Experience Story asks a physician/surgeon once a year to highlight a patient with a particular medical problem who has a planned surgical procedure. Brandon is a patient of Dr. Athill who has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with resulting atrial fibrillation:

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Facebook Live interview with one of Dr. Athill's patient, Michael, who had catheter ablation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation:

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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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