Faculty, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Miguel A. Leal, MD

  • Cardiovascular Medicine
Miguel A. Leal, MD


Dr. Miguel Leal is an Associate Professor (CHS track) in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine within the Department of Medicine. His passion for medical education and mentorship led him to serve as Program Director of both the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program and the Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Program from 2016 to 2021. He also served as director of Electrophysiology at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans (VA) Hospital from 2011 to 2014, and the University of Wisconsin Device Clinic
& Lead Management Program from 2014 to 2018.

Throughout the academic year, he presents lectures and seminars to medical students, residents, fellows, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, paramedics and population health students on a variety of cardiovascular topics. He currently serves as a member of the American Heart Association (AHA) Council on Clinical Cardiology - Electrocardiography and
Arrhythmias Committee and has contributed as co-author of several clinical
practice guidelines issued by the American Heart Association (AHA), the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS). Dr. Leal also serves as a reviewer for multiple medical journals and high-impact publications, including Heart Rhythm, Hear Rhythm Case Reports, Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology and Annals of Internal Medicine. 

Dr. Leal has received several awards recognizing the excellence of his work in all academic areas (clinical care, education and research), including the UW Health Patient Experience Physician Champion Award, the UW Department of Medicine Evans-Glassroth Teaching Award, the Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship Program Teaching Award, the University of Wisconsin Physician Assistant Program Lecturer of the Year Award, the UW Housestaff
Association Excellence Award and the Dr. Benjamin and Marian Schuster Award (established for the purpose of advancing the study of Cardiology and Physiology).

Dr. Leal is board-certified in both Cardiovascular Medicine and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. His clinical interests include cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs, such as pacemakers and defibrillators), cardiac resynchronization therapy, lead management, laser-assisted lead extraction, leadless cardiac pacing and novel technologies in the field of
cardiac pacing and defibrillation.

Dr. Leal’s research interests include CIEDs, lead management and leadless cardiac pacing. He is actively involved in the development of novel cardiac electronic devices, including work as principal investigator in national and international studies focused on the development of new pacing and defibrillator technologies.

Languages spoken
  • English
University affiliation
  • Department of Medicine

Practice locations

  • UW Health at The American Center - Cardiovascular Medicine
    • 4602 Eastpark Blvd. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 263-1530
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  • UW Health Specialty Clinic - Portage - Cardiovascular Medicine
    • 2977 County Hwy CX / Portage, WI
    • (608) 745-3399
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Education & credentials

Board certifications
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
Medical School
  • Federal University of Ceara, Fortaleza, Brazil

Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI, 2007-2010

Cardiac Electrophysiology, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI, 2010-2011

  • Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL


Additional conditions and treatments
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Cardiac Resynchronization Device
  • Catheter Ablation
  • Electrophysiology
  • Electrophysiology Study
  • Heart Block
  • Heart Pacemaker
  • Holter Monitor
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
  • Laser Lead Extraction
  • Loop Recorder Implantation
  • Pulmonary Vein Isolation
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia Ablation
  • Syncope (Fainting)
  • Tilt Table Test
  • Ventricular Tachycardia Ablation