David G. Benditt, MD, FACC, FRCPC, FHRS

Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division

David G. Benditt

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Office Address:
Variety Club Research Center
401 East River Parkway
2nd Floor
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware Street SE
MMC 508 Mayo
8508A (Campus Delivery Code)
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division


Medical School, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Residency, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Fellowship, Duke University Medical School, Durham, NC


Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Dr. David Benditt received his undergraduate education in electrical engineering and his M.D. from the University of Manitoba. After completing fellowships in general cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, Dr. Benditt joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota Cardiovascular Division, where he established the Cardiac Arrhythmia Center (CAC). The CAC’s mission supports basic and clinical research on the causes, diagnoses, and treatments of cardiac arrhythmias, syncope (fainting disorders), and sudden cardiac death. Internationally renowned since the 1980s, the CAC offers full-spectrum medical management, device therapy (including pacemakers, implantable defibrillators, and cardiac resynchronization therapy), and both minimally-invasive and surgical ablation treatment. Currently, Dr. Benditt serves as a co-director for the Cardiac Arrhythmia Center and is a medical consultant for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

In 1976 Dr. Benditt and colleagues published a seminal article, “Analysis of secondary pauses following termination of rapid atrial pacing in man” (Circulation 1976;54:436-441). Dr. Benditt’s research and clinical interests continued to encompass all areas of cardiac electrophysiology diagnosis and treatment, including the introduction and development of rate-responsive pacing, physiological pacing, and transvenous defibrillation.

Dr. Benditt pioneered the addition of tilt-table testing to clinical practice, and in 1989 published “Upright body tilt for evaluation of patients with recurrent, unexplained syncope” (Pacing Clin Electrophysiol 1989;12:117-124) with colleagues. In 2007, the Heart Rhythm Society awarded Dr. Benditt a Pioneer in Pacing and Electrophysiology Award.

“Dr. Benditt’s pioneering work in syncope highlights a career devoted to improving patient care.” Stephen C. Hammill, M.D. (2007)

Today, Dr. Benditt’s principal research interests involve the evaluation of syncope and related autonomic disturbances. His clinical practice serves all adult cardiac electrophysiology patients, including those with syncope and arrhythmias. 

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Doctors in America® (2011-2012, 2013)
  • Pioneer in Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology, Heart Rhythm Society (2007)
  • Clinical Excellence Award, Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota (2010)

Professional Associations

  • Former President, Heart Rhythm Society
  • Former President, Minnesota Heart Association 


Research Summary/Interests

Care Philosophy

Dr. Benditt works with many companies to provide the newest drugs and devices for treating arrhythmia and fainting spells. He collaborates with each patient's family physician.



University of Minnesota Physicians Heart at Fairview

Board Certifications

  • Cardiology
  • Cardiac Pacing

Clinical Interests

Arrhythmia; Cardiac electrophysiology; Defibrillator therapy; Heart rhythm disturbances; Pacemaker implementation; Subcutaneous cardiac monitoring; Syncope and autonomic dysfunction

Hospital Privileges

Fairview Lakes Medical Center; University of Minnesota Health Maple Grove Clinics; Fairview Ridges Hospital; Fairview Southdale Hospital; University of Minnesota Medical Center