Welcome. Thanks for being here.
My name is John Mandrola.
I am a cardiac electrophysiologist. That’s a long name for a cardiologist who specializes in heart rhythm disorders.
I grew up in Connecticut, but went to look at residency programs in the Midwest after watching the movie Hoosiers. Of course, I settled on Indiana. We live in Kentucky now. Kentucky isn’t very prestigious to talk about at medical meetings, but it is a great place to live, doctor and ride a bike.
I am a husband of 22 years. My wife is a doctor too. We met in residency at a Veteran’s hospital in Indiana. She is a hospice and palliative care specialist. We talk a lot. That helps me.
I am a father of two children: one in a master’s degree program and the other high school. Recently, I became a grandfather. We all like each other–which is nice. The grandfather thing is especially terrific.
I have been a lifelong exerciser. The last decade I have been a bike racer. I am pretty fast, but not that fast.
I am a vigorous advocate for making smart lifestyle choices as the primary means for achieving health. The notion that preventing disease is better than treating it is too often forgotten.
I believe that success–in most anything–comes from mastering the obvious. This is especially true in practicing medicine.
I strongly believe in the connection between the physical heart and the spiritual heart. In other words, being good-hearted is heart-healthy.
My guidance counselor in high school said that I wasn’t smart enough to be a doctor. This motivated me. During training, it was a physical slog to learn all the necessary medical facts, but like training for bike racing was (and is), the journey itself was great fun.
If given the choice, even in our present healthcare climate, I would definitely choose medicine again. How much easier would it be with the internet, Google, iPhones, and Social Media to help? (I certainly wouldn’t need as many nickels…for the copy machine in the medical library.)
My favorite part about medicine is learning new stuff nearly every day. And that learning helps me help others.
I love doctoring. Every day is an adventure.