About "Dr. Nick"

About ECG Academy

ECG Academy was created by Dr. Nicholas Tullo, a cardiac electrophysiologist with a passion for teaching. Dr. Tullo has been reading ECGs since he was a medical student on a cardiology elective in 1979. Sitting for hours with piles of ECGs to read, he began to appreciate the nuances and the art of interpreting this extremely common medical examination. Virtually everyone in the healthcare field has to be familiar with the electrocardiogram, and Dr. Tullo has been teaching physicians and nurses how to read them for decades. With the aid of digital recording and editing, he is now able to take his relaxed style of teaching complex ECG concepts simply and capture it in this series of video tutorials known as ECG Academy.

Dr. Nick Tullo

Nicholas Tullo, MD

Nicholas G. Tullo, MD, FACC, FHRS, CCDS

Dr. Tullo specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, and he has a special interest in syncope (fainting) and the evaluation of patients with autonomic disorders. He is a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society and is board-certified in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiovascular Diseases, and Internal Medicine. He is also a Certified Cardiac Device Specialist. He founded the New Jersey Center for Fainting, and serves as medical advisor for the Dysautonomia Information Network and also for STARS-US.ORG, an international foundation that provides support to patients with syncope.

Dr. Tullo started the Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacemaker Service at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ, and served as its director from 1991 to 2003. During that time, he was Associate Professor of Medicine at Seton Hall University School of Graduate Medical Education in South Orange, NJ, and assistant director of the cardiology fellowship program at St. Joseph's. He spent many years educating medical students, interns, residents, fellows, and even attending physicians in the complex field of cardiac arrhythmias. Dr. Tullo served as director of clinical research for the cardiology division and was involved in many multicenter research studies. His articles have been published in numerous professional journals. He was also elected councilman for the NJ Chapter of the American College of Cardiology.

In 2003, Dr. Tullo moved to Tennessee to join the Chattanooga Heart Institute, but he and his family moved back to New Jersey in 2006. He currently practices with Consultants in Cardiology in West Orange, NJ, and cares for patients at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ. He was appointed Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine by the Rutger's University School of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Tullo regularly gives "arrhythmia workshop" lectures to physicians, nurses, and technicians at St. Barnabas.

In October of 2011 Dr. Tullo was named National Spokesperson for a public awareness campaign called "Take Fainting To Heart," sponsored by Medtronic, Inc. and STARS.ORG. He is pleased to provide advice and support for this very worthwhile campaign. Dr. Tullo has received the "Excellence In Caring" award from St. Barnabas. In 2012 he was voted "TOP DOC" in New Jersey, with this honor written up in New Jersey Monthly Magazine. In 2013 he completed a physician-initiated clinical research project involving implantable cardiac monitors (ICM), studying the optimal implant depth in a series of patients undergoing ICM insertion. He presented his research findings in 2014 at the Heart Rhythm Society Annual Scientific Session in San Francisco, CA. He was also on the faculty at HRS, and spoke on the yield of diagnostic testing in patients with syncope.

On February 24, 2014, Dr. Tullo was the first physician in the Northeastern U.S. to implant the new miniaturized, insertable cardiac monitor, the Medtronic Reveal LINQ, at St. Barnabas Medical Center. Dr. Tullo is honored to help start a new chapter in cardiac monitoring. In May of 2014 he was selected by the faculty, resident physicians, and medical students at St. Barnabas Medical Center to receive the prestigious Harvey E. Nussbaum Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. In June, 2015 he received special recognition from the hospital administration as part of a Saint Barnabas campaign called, "I Love My Doctor." In July, 2015 Dr. Tullo was the first in New Jersey to implant Medtronic's MRI-compatible single-chamber permanent pacemaker, the Advisa SR. He continues to be involved in research projects, most recently to study the use of a new drug ivabradine in the treatment of patients with the Postural Tachycardia Syndrome.

Dr. Tullo's hobbies include audio/video production, website design (like this one), and computer graphics/animation. He also played lead guitar in a rock band known as "Crash Cart."

Dr. Tullo in the news

Nov 2020

Interview: Atrial Fibrillation Therapies

Dr. Tullo presents an overview of treatment strategies for patients with Atrial Fibrillation. He reviews "Rate Control" versus "Rhythm Control" and discusses medical (anti-arrhythmic) therapy, pacemakers, and catheter ablation in AF patients.

MAY 2020

Interview Regarding Syncope (Fainting)

Dr. Tullo was interviewed by Trudie Lobban, CEO of STARS.ORG and the Arrhythmia Alliance/AF Association, an international patient advocacy group. The interview was regarding syncope, or fainting. Dr. Tullo presents an overview of fainting and talks about common and uncommon causes of this common symptom, including vasovagal syncope, arrhythmias, lifestyle strategies for patients with fainting, and even unusual causes for syncope such as arrhythmias that can lead to Sudden Cardiac Death.