Karen June Beckman, MD
Disclosures: Nothing to disclose - 05/11/2020
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Beckman, Karen June, MD


Professor of Medicine

Chair, Institutional Review Board



EDUCATION/TRAINING  (Begin with baccalaureate or other initial professional education, such as nursing, and include postdoctoral training.)



(if applicable)



Northwestern University – Chicago, IL




Northwestern University – Chicago, IL




University of Cincinnati -- Cincinnati, OH



Internal Medicine

University of Illinois -- Chicago, IL




Baylor College of Medicine – Houston, TX



Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology


  1. Personal Statement


I have been a clinical cardiac electrophysiologist for over 30 years.  I have been a member of the Institutional Board for almost 30 years (and Chair for almost 20 years).


  1. Positions and Honors.


Positions and Employment

1986-1987                       Instructor in Medicine, University of Illinois, Chicago

1987-1990                       Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Illinois, Chicago

1988-1990                       Director, Cardiac Ambulatory Care Center, University of Illinois, Chicago

1989-1990                       Director, Electrophysiology and Electrocardiography, University of Illinois, Chicago

1990-1995                       Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City

1995-2001                       Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City

2001-present                            Professor of Medicine, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City


Other Experience and Professional Memberships

Chair, Institutional Review Board, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center 2000-present

Fellow, American College of Cardiology

Member, Heart Rhythm Society (formerly North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology)

Member, American Heart Association

Member, Applied Research Ethics National Association

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Director at OUHSC



1974-1980                            Honors Program in Medical Education, Northwestern University

1984-1985                       Chief Cardiology Fellow, University of Illinois at Chicago

1985-1986                            Albert S. Hyman Fellow, North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology


  1. Selected peer-reviewed publications (in chronological order):


1.              Beckman KJ, Lin HT, Krafcheck J, Wyndham CRC: Classic and concealed entrainment in typical and atypical atrial flutter.  PACE 1986;9:826-835.

2.              Beckman KJ, Velasco CE, Krafcheck J, Lin HT, Magro S, Wyndham CRC: Significant variability in the mode of induction of ventricular tachycardia.  Am Heart Journal 1988;116:718-726.

3.              McCollam PL, Bauman JL, Beckman KJ, Hariman RJ: A simple method of monitoring antiarrhythmic drugs during acute and chronic therapy.  Am J Cardiol 1989;63:1273-1275.

4.              Beckman KJ, Gallastegui JL, Bauman JL, Hariman RJ: The predictive value of electrophysiologic studies in untreated patients with the Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.  J Am Coll Cardiol 1990;15:640-647.

5.                    Beckman KJ, Bauman JL, Pimental PA, Garrard C, Hariman RJ: Arsenic induced torsade de pointes.  Critical Care Medicine 1991;19:290-292.

6.              Beckman KJ, Parker RB, Bauman JL, Javaid JI, Hariman RJ: The hemodynamic and electrophysiologic actions of cocaine.  Effects of sodium bicarbonate as an antidote.  Circulation 1991;83:1799-1807.


7.              Nakagawa H, Beckman KJ, McClelland JH, Wang X, Lazzara R, Arruda M, Santoro I, Hazlitt HA, Abdalla I, Singh A, Gossinger H, Sweidan R, Hirao K, Widman L, Jackman W: Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation of Idiopathic Left Ventricular Tachycardia Guided by a Purkinje Potential.  Circulation 1993; 88:2607-2617.

8.              McClelland JH, Wang X, Beckman KJ, Haxlitt HA, Prior M, Nakagawa H, Lazzara R, Jackman W: Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation of Right Atriofascicular (Mahalm) Accessory Pathways Guided by Accessory Pathway Activation Potentials.  Circulation 1994;89:2655-2666.

9.              Lin JC, Beckman KJ, Hariman RJ, Bharati S, Lev M, Wang X: Microwave ablation of the atrioventricular junction in open chest dogs.  Bioelectromagnetics 1995;16:97-105.

10.          Hirao K, Otomo K, Wang X, Beckman KJ, McClelland JH, Widman L, Gonzalez M, Arruda M, Lazzara R, Jackman WM:  Para-Hisian Pacing.  A new method for differentiating retrograde conduction over an accessory AV pathway from conduction over the AVE node.  Circulation 1996;94:1027-1035.

11.          Stambler BS, Beckman KJ, Kadish AH, Camm JA, Ellenbogen KA, Perry KT, Vanderlugf JT: Acute hemodynamic effects of intravenous Ibutilide in patients with or without reduced left ventricular function.  Am J Cardiol 1997; 80:458-463.

12.          Sivaram CA, Beckman KJ.  Images in clinical medicine.  Amiodarone-induced skin discoloration. New Eng J Med 1997; 337:1813.

13.          Rao A, Reynolds DW, Beckman KJ.  Unexpectedly High Defibrillation Thresholds in an Active Can Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator System. PACE 2001; 24: 1168-1169.

14.                Hasdemir C, Shah N, Rao A, Acosta H, Matsudaira K, Neas BR, Reynolds DW, Po S, Lazzara R, Beckman KJ.  Analysis of Troponin I Levels After Spontaneous Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Shocks. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol 2002: 13; 1-7.

15.                Sun Y, Arruda M, Otomo K, Beckman K, Nakagawa H, Calame J, Po S, Spector P, Lustgarten D, Herring L, Lazzara R, Jackman W.  Coronary Sinus-Ventricular Accessory Connections Producing Posteroseptal and Left Posterior Accessory Pathways:  Incidence and Electrophysiological Identification.  Circulation  2003; 106: 1362-7.

16.          Nakagawa H, Aoyama H, Beckman KJ, Po SS, Wu R, Lockwood D, Spector P, Calame JD, Lustgarten LD, Herring L, Hasdemir C, Singh D, Lazzara R, Jackman WM.  Relation Between Pulmonary Vein Firing and Extent of Left Atrial-Pulmonary Vein connection in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation. Circulation 2004; 109: 1523-9.

17.      Hasdemir C, Gurgun C, Yavuzgil O, Yuksel A, Beckman KJ.  Giant right atrial diverticulum

         associated with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.  J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol 2006 17(4):443.

18.      Nakagawa H, Antz M, Wong T, Schmidt B, Ernst S, Ouyang F, Vogtmann T, Wu R, Yokoyama K

          Lockwood D, Po SS, Beckman KJ, Davies DW, Kuck KH, Jackman WM.  Initial experience using a

          forward directed, high-intensity focused ultrasound balloon catheter for pulmonary vein antrum

          isolation in patients with atrial fibrillation.  J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol 2007;18(2):136-144.

19.      Patterson E, Jackman WM, Beckman KJ, Lazzara R, Lockwood D, Scherlag BJ, Wu R, Po S.

         Spontaneous pulmonary vein firing in man: relationship to tachycardia-pause early

          afterdepolarizations and triggered arrhythmia in canine pulmonary veins in vitro.  J Cardiovasc

          Electrophysiol 2007;18(10):1067-75.

20.      Patel MR, Dehmer GJ, Hirshfeld JW, Smith PK, Spertus JA, Masoudi FA, Brindis RG, Beckman KJ,

        Chamber CE, Perguson TS, Grover G, Holmes DR, Klein LW, Limacher M, Mack MJ, Malenka DJ,

                Park MH, Ragosta M, Ritchie JL, Rose GA, Rosenberg AB, Shemin RJ, Weintraub WS, Wolk MJ,

               Allen JM, Douglas PS, Hendel RC, Peterson ED. CCF/SCAI/STS/AATS/AHA/ASNC 2009

              Appropriateness Criteria for Coronary Revascularization:  a report of the American College of

               Cardiology Foundation Appropriatness Criteria Task Force, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography

               and Interventions, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, American Association for Thoracic Surgery,

               American Heart Association, and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. 2009.

21.     Lockwood D, Nakagawa H, Peyton MD, Edgerton JR, Scherlag BJ, Sivaram CA, Po SS, Beckman

         KJ, Abedin M, Jackman WM. Linear left atrial lesions in minimally invasive surgical ablation of

         persistent atrial fibrillation: Techniques for assessing conduction block across surgical lesions. Heart

         Rhythm 2009; 6: S50-S63

22.     Wayangankar SA, Dasari TW, Lozano PM, and Beckman KJ.  A Case of Critical Aortic Stenosis

    Masquerading as Acute Coronary Syndrome. Cardiology Research and Practice 2010.

23. Pakala A,  Dasari TW, Beckman KJ. Brugada Pattern Mimicking Acute Coronary Syndrome in a Febrile State. J Oklahoma State Medical 105; 275-8, 2012. 21683023

     24. Stavrakis S. Jackman WM. Nakagawa H. Sun Y. Xu Q. Beckman KJ. Lockwood D. Scherlag   

     BJ. Lazzara R. Po SS. Risk of coronary artery injury with radiofrequency current ablation and

     cryoablation of epicardial posteroseptal accessory pathways within the coronary venous system.

     Circulation: Arrhythmias and Electrophysiology 7 (1); 113-9, 2014. 24365648

25.  Marchlinski FE,  Haffajee CI,. Beshai JF, Dickfeld TML D, Gonzalez MD, , Hsia HH, Schuger CD, 

     Beckman KJ, Bogun FM, Pollak SJ, Bhandari AK. Long term success of irrigated radiofrequency

     catheter ablation of sustained ventricular tachycardia (VT): The multicenter post-approval

     THERMOCOOL® VT trial.  J Amer Coll of Cardiology 67(6):674-83, 2016. 26868693