Andrea Natale, M.D., Executive Medical Director of Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David’s Medical Center, Receives Prestigious Patient Advocate Award

AUSTIN, TEXAS—On August 4, 2017, Andrea Natale, M.D., F.H.R.S., F.A.C.C., F.E.S.C., cardiac electrophysiologist and executive medical director of the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David’s Medical Center, was honored with the 2017 Eric N. Prystowsky Advocate for Patients Award during the 2017 Get In Rhythm. Stay In Rhythm.™ Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference in Dallas, Texas.

The award recognizes a clinician who has demonstrated outstanding service to and contributions for the benefit of Atrial Fibrillation (A Fib) patients and their families. Most importantly, patients nominate and vote for the physician whom they consider the best advocate for their cause. Dr. Natale was the first recipient of this award after it was renamed in honor of Dr. Prystowsky last year.

“This award is a testament to Dr. Natale’s excellence in patient care, as well as his commitment to promoting electrophysiology research centered solely on the interests of the patients,” Don Wilkerson, chief executive officer of St. David’s Medical Center, said. “It underscores the longstanding impact he has on the lives of patients from around the world.”

The 2017 Get In Rhythm. Stay In Rhythm. Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference is hosted by, a patient-to-patient resource designed to provide information about A Fib.

Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute

Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute (TCAI) at St. David’s Medical Center is one of the world’s preeminent centers dedicated to the latest treatment advances for correcting abnormal heart rhythms such as Atrial Fibrillation (A Fib). The center is led by Executive Medical Director Andrea Natale, M.D., a world-renowned expert in the field. Natale is at the forefront of advancing treatment for A Fib, leading numerous clinical trials and participating in the development of new technologies and procedures. TCAI is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2014.

St. David’s Medical Center

St. David’s Medical Center is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized in 2014 with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Founded in 1924, St. David’s Medical Center is a full-service medical center offering comprehensive medical care at three locations—St. David’s Medical Center, Heart Hospital of Austin and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital.

Located in central Austin, St. David’s Medical Center includes a 350-bed acute care hospital and a 64-bed rehabilitation hospital providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care. It is home to the internationally renowned Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute and St. David’s Neuroscience & Spine Institute. The hospital provides a complete range of women’s services, including its acclaimed maternity unit, maternal-fetal medicine, a high-risk maternal and neonatal transport team, the region’s largest and most sophisticated Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and The Breast Center; complex surgical services; a comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Center; and a 24-hour emergency department.

St. David’s Medical Center was recently ranked among the top hospitals in the nation by earning a five-star rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s (CMS) new Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating system, and it was named among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics from 2010 to 2017. Truven also named St. David’s Medical Center to the list of 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in 2013, 2015 and 2016. The hospital earned a national distinction for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group from 2012 to 2017, and it received the 2017 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades for the sixth consecutive year, as well as Healthgrades’ 2017 America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award™ for the third consecutive year.