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Telemedicine Electrophysiology

What is Tele-EP?

Telemedicine is the ability to provide interactive health care using modern video technology. It allows patients to visit with their health care providers and receive immediate care. For many Veterans, telemedicine saves the patient time and aggravation driving into Houston from outlying areas.

Electrophysiology (EP) is a branch of cardiology that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm disorders.

The Tele-EP program allows Veterans to have a virtual visit with a Cardiac Electrophysiology Physician from CBOC. This allows Veterans to connect with the physician, regardless of their distance or social conditions.

The goals of the Tele-EP program are:

  • Stay connected to Veterans
  • Provide Veterans with the highest quality medical care
  • Continue to develop initiatives to improve education and medical care to Veterans

Who Can Use the Tele-EP Program?

All Veterans with cardiac arrhythmia, including those with cardiac devices, who live in rural areas can use the Tele-EP Program at one of our Outpatient Clinics  to visit with an Electrophysiologist. If you are interested in using the Tele-EP Program, ask your Primary Care Physician for a visit.

The Tele-EP Program is available in our Outpatient Clinics in:

  • Galveston
  • Texas City
  • Lufkin
  • Conroe
  • Tomball (coming soon)
  • Katy (coming soon)
  • Richmond (coming soon)
  • Lake Jackson (coming soon)
  • Beaumont (coming soon)


Our Tele-EP Program team, from left to right: Paul Schurmann, M.D.; Irakli Giorgberidze, M.D.; Bita Farhadpour, BSc; Hamid Afshar, M.D.; Elvie Castiglione, RN; Jean UY, APRN; Tracy Ferrando, PA; and  Jeanette York, MSA

Contact Us:

Telephone: 713-794-8806



Contact Info


  • Building 100

Contact Number(s)

  • 713-794-8806

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.