Dr. Nicholas Tullo has been caring for patients with fainting or syncope since 1982. As a Cardiac Electrophysiologist, he specializes in the treatment of arrhythmias (heart rhythm disorders), and he maintains his expertise in the evaluation and management of patients with a variety of autonomic disorders. He is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and clinical cardiac electrophysiology.
Dr. Tullo is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science and received a B.S. degree in 1978 from Fordham University. He attended medical school at the State University of New York – Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, and completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Cornell University – North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY. He spent two years at Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport, CT as a fellow in Cardiovascular Disease, and then completed his training in Cardiac Electrophysiology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx and at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, NJ.
Dr. Tullo practiced Electrophysiology at Newark Beth Israel and at the General Hospital Center at Passaic from 1988 to 1991. He was then chosen to start a new Electrophysiology program at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ. He acted as Director of the Cardiac Arrhythmia and Pacemaker Service at St. Joseph's from 1991 to 2003. During that time, he was also an Associate Professor of Medicine at Seton Hall University School of Graduate Medical Education in South Orange, NJ. He was assistant director of the cardiology fellowship program at St. Joseph's as well. He spent many years educating medical students, interns, residents, fellows, and even attending physicians in the complex field of cardiac arrhythmias. He served as director of clinical research for the cardiology division and chairman of the CPR committee at St. Joseph's. He also served as councilman for the NJ Chapter of the American College of Cardiology during that time.
In 2003, Dr. Tullo moved to Tennessee to join the Chattanooga Heart Institute. He had a thriving electrophysiology practice at Erlanger Medical Center, a large teaching hospital in Chattanooga. Much to the disappointment of his patients, Dr. Tullo and his family realized that their roots were in the Northeast, and they moved back to New Jersey in July, 2006. He joined Consultants in Cardiology in West Orange, NJ as their arrhythmia and fainting specialist. His expertise has enhanced and expanded their specialty services, and his calm, thoughtful, professional manner has been well received by the patients. He oversees the pacemaker and implantable defibrillator program there, and he provides expert care in the treatment of heart rhythm problems and fainting.
In October of 2011 Dr. Tullo was named as National Spokesperson for a public awareness campaign called "Take Fainting To Heart," sponsored by Medtronic, Inc. and an international patient advocacy group known as STARS.ORG. He was asked to be on the Board of Trustees of STARS.ORG and is pleased to provide support for this very worthwhile non-profit organization. He also serves as Medical Advisor to the Dysautonomia Information Network.
Dr. Tullo has been involved in many multicenter research studies, and his articles have been published in numerous professional journals. He regularly gives lectures to physicians, nurses, and technicians at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingson, NJ, where he now practices. He 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 May of 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. He is currently heading a task force to create a clinical pathway for patients with syncope at St. Barnabas Medical Center. 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.
On February 24, 2014, Dr. Tullo was the FIRST electrophysiologist 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.
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."