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Peter Nalos, MD

About Peter

Dr. Nalos specializes in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Pacemaker and Automatic Defibrillator implantation as well as cardiovascular consultations. Dr. Nalos first earned his BS and MD from University of Washington and thereafter pursued his Internal Medicine residency at University of California, San Diego Hospital. On completion of his residency, Cedars-Sinai Cardiology Fellowship program accepted him as a Cardiology fellow, where he excelled to become chief fellow in both Cardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiology. He holds board certification in Cardiovascular Disease, and Internal Medicine. Dr. Nalos established the first electrophysiology practice in Bakersfield 30 years ago.

As a pioneer of electrophysiology in Bakersfield, Dr. Nalos was the Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology Labs at several local hospitals for many years and was an assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA. He continues to serve more than 6,000 pacemaker and implantable defibrillator patients in Kern County. From his various clinical research trials and publications, Dr. Nalos brings subject-matter expertise in electrophysiology, pacemaker and Implantable defibrillators. As one of the only few electrophysiologists in Kern, he betters the lives of the Kern community. He has received a training fellowship in electrophysiology at the Heart Rhythm Society.

Aside from his clinical dedication, Dr. Nalos and his wife travel to Ethiopia each year to engage in philanthropy efforts— they have set up 50 schools in four countries to provide education and social services to about 3000 rural children in Africa. At Central Cardiology Medical Center (CCMC), he is not only pivotal in advancing the Electrophysiology and Pacemaker program, but Dr. Nalos also brings humility and humanity to the collegial environment.

Current Status:

  • Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratory, Bakersfield Memorial Hospital
Affiliations Phi Beta Kappa, 1976, Phi Lambda Upsilon (Chemistry), 1976, Magna Cum Laude, 1976, Honors Degrees in Chemistry and Biology, 1976, DAR Scholarship, 1980-81, Alpha Omega Alpha, 1981, Graduation with Honors (top 10%), 1981, American Heart Journal Review Panel, 1986, American College of Physicians, Associate Member, American College of Cardiology, Associate Member, North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology, Member, American College of Cardiology, Fellow, American College of Physicians, Fellow
  • Board Certification
  • Diplomate of National Board of Medical Examiners 1982
  • Diplomate of American Board of Internal Medicine 1984
  • Diplomate of American Board of Cardiovascular Diseases 1987
  • Diplomate of Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology 1992
  • College
  • Bachelor of Science, Chemistry and Biology University of Washington
    Seattle, WA
  • Fellowship
  • Cardiology Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Chief Cardiology Fellow 1985
  • Chief Electrophysiology Fellow 1987
  • NASPE Traveling Fellow (2 months), Dept. of Cardiovascular Surgery, Bernard Goldman, M.D. Director Toronto General Hospital
  • Internship
  • Medicine, Helen M. Ranney, M.D., Chairman University Hospital
    San Diego, CA
  • Medical School
  • Doctor of Medicine University of Washington
    Seattle, WA
  • Residency
  • Medicine, Helen M. Ranney, M.D., Chairman University Hospital
    San Diego, CA
Medical Interests Publications
  • Nalos PC, Deng Z, Rosenthal ME, Oseran DS, Mandel WJ, Peter CT: Hemodynamic influences on sinus node recovery time: Effects of autonomic blockade. J Amer. College Cardiology 1986;7: 1079-86.
  • Nalos PC, Gang ES, Mandel WJ, Ladenheim ML, Lass Y, Peter CT: The signal-averaged electrocardiogram as a screening test for inducibility of sustained ventricular tachycardia induction in high risk patients: A prospective study. J Amer. College Cardiology 1987;9:539-48.
  • Nalos PC, Gang ES, Fishbein M, Kass RM, Peter CT, Mandel WJ: Life-threatening postoperative pulmonary complications in patients with previous amiodarone pulmonary toxicity undergoing cardiothoracic surgery. J Thoracic and Cardiovasc Surg. 1987;93:904-12.
  • Rubin SA, Nalos PC, Solingen S, Whiting J, Gang ES: Electrical safety during electrophysiology testing. PACE (In Press).
  • Nalos PC, Gang ES, Mandel WJ, Myers MR, Oseran DS, Peter CT: The utility of the signal-averaged electrocardiogram in patients presenting with sustained ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation while on an antiarrhythmic drug. Am Heart J 1988;115:108-113.
  • Gang ES, Peter T, Nalos PC, Meeseman M, Karagueuzian HS, Mandel WJ, Oseran DS, Myers MR. Subthreshold atrial pacing in patients with a left sided accessory pathway: an effective new method for terminating reciprocating tachycardia. J Am College Cardiology 1988;11:515-21.
  • Myers M, Peter T, Weiss D, Nalos P, Gang ES, Oseran DS, Mandel WJ. Benefit and risks of long term amiodarone therapy for sustained ventricular tachycardia / fibrillation: Minimum of three year follow up in 145 patients. Am Heart J 1990;119:8-14.
  • Nalos PC, Ismail Y, Pappas JM, Nyitray W, DonMichael TA. Intravenous amiodarone for short-term treatment of refractory ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation. Am Heart J 1991;122:1629.
  • Nalos PC, Pappas JM, Nyitray W, Ishimori T, DonMichael TA. Prospective Community Evaluation of the Signal-Averaged Electrocardiogram in Predicting Malignant Ventricular Arrhythmias: Beneficial Outcome with Electrophysiology Guided Therapy. Clin Cardiology 14, 1991; 963-970.
  • Evans SJL, Myers M, Zaher C, Simonson J, Nalos P, Vaughn C, Oseran D, Gang E, Peter T, Mandel W: High dose oral amiodarone loading: Electrophysiologic effects and clinical tolerance. J Am College Cardiology 19:169-173, 1992.