Left Atrial Appendage Program

If you have atrial fibrillation, Vanderbilt University Medical Center can reduce your risk of stroke by closing your heart’s left atrial appendage. Thanks to advanced technology, many of our patients no longer need blood thinners.

Conditions We Treat

  • Anticoagulation
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Atrial flutter
  • Atrial tachycardia
  • Previous stroke

Left Atrial Appendage Care Team

Left Atrial Appendage: Why Choose Vanderbilt

  • Recognized care: Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute is among the best heart programs in the nation and the top-ranked program in Tennessee, according to U.S. News & World Report. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is ranked the No. 1 adult hospital in Tennessee.
  • Depth of experience: We are one of the busiest hospitals in the U.S. for left atrial appendage (LAA) closure. Our experience means quality care for you.
  • Expert doctors: With special expertise in atrial fibrillation and LAA closure, our electrophysiologists have had extensive training in treating heart rhythm disorders. They have published research on innovative LAA closure techniques, and they train other cardiologists in this highly specialized field. Our team is uniquely qualified to provide the care you need.
  • Clinical trials: We are among the nation’s top sites enrolling patients in clinical trials of LAA closure techniques. Vanderbilt patients have access to promising new treatments before they are widely available.
  • Excellent outcomes: Thanks to our skilled team and innovative technologies, most of our patients enjoy a lower risk of stroke and no longer need blood thinners. Most procedures are minimally invasive and take about 30 minutes. Patients have little if any pain and usually go home the next day.

Tests, Treatments and Services

  • Amulet™ LAA occluder
  • AtriClip® LAA Exclusion System
  • LARIAT procedure
  • WATCHMAN device
  • WATCHMAN FLX™ device


Vanderbilt Heart at Maury Regional Medical Center
1220 Trotwood Ave., Suite 401
Columbia, TN 38401
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Vanderbilt Heart
Medical Center East
1215 21st Ave S., 5th Floor
Nashville, TN 37232
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Vanderbilt Heart One Hundred Oaks
719 Thompson Lane, Suite 22100 
Nashville, TN 37204
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For Referring Physicians

To refer a patient to the Left Atrial Appendage Program, call (615) 343-9188 and ask for Left Atrial Appendage Coordinator Dawn Sabin or Chris Ellis, MD, FACC.