Physicians

Huy Phan, MD PhD FACC FHRS

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Originally from Da Nang city (Đà Nẵng) Vietnam, Dr. Phan spent his early years in Tucson where he graduated summa cum laude with honors from the University of Arizona with a BS degree in Molecular & Cell Biology.  He completed the combined MD/PhD degree at the University of Texas–Houston Medical School and the MD Anderson Cancer Center.  His PhD’s focus was in Molecular Genetics. Dr. Phan then returned to Tucson for his residency at the University of Arizona–Medical Center and served a year as Chief Resident in the Department of Internal Medicine. With passion for heart diseases, Dr. Phan further pursued his fellowship training in General CardiologyCardiac Electrophysiology at the University of California–San Diego and is board-certified in both specialties.  He is also board-certified in Adult Echocardiography.  Dr. Phan has served patients in the East Valley area since 2012.

Dr. Phan has expertise in medical treatment and ablation procedures for various cardiac arrhythmias.  For Atrial Fibrillation, Dr. Phan is skilled in various techniques of ablation including: Radiofrequency (RF) ablation, Laser (Cardiofocus/HeartLight) ablation, and CRYO-ablation. Dr. Phan employs cutting edge new technologies in 3-D mapping and ablation to improve outcomes and patient’s safety. 

Dr. Phan is the first Cardiac Electrophysiologist in the state of Arizona who has eliminated the use of X-ray fluoroscopy in radiofrequency ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, and supraventricular tachycardia (SVT).

In patients with atrial fibrillation who are at high risk for stroke but cannot tolerate blood thinner due to bleeding or side effects, Dr. Phan can implant WATCHMAN device (Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion device) to prevent strokes in these patients if qualified.

In addition, Dr. Phan also implants and manages many types of heart devices such as loop recorders, pacemakers, defibrillators, and bi-ventricular pacemakers or defibrillators (also known as cardiac re-synchronization therapy devices). 

Furthermore, Dr. Phan has been actively involved in scientific research and been a principal investigator/co-investigator in multiple ongoing clinical trials including PREEMPT-HF, WAVECREST-2, NODE-303, and HEALDr. Phan presented at many national and international conferences. Dr. Phan is a Fellow of the Heart & Rhythm Society (FHRS) and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC).

Dr. Phan speaks fluent English and Vietnamese. He lives in Chandler with his wife Tammy who had taught special-ed children at Chandler Unified School District.  They enjoy traveling, hiking, gardening, and singing karaoke in their free time.


Erica Brackin, MSN C-FNP

Erica Brackin joined Valley Heart Rhythm Specialists in June 2019.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Arizona in 2007.  After graduation, Erica worked for 7 years in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care at Banner Heart hospital. She then earned her Master of Science degree in Nursing as a Nurse Practitioner in 2013.  Erica has more than 10 years experience in the field of Cardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiology.  She is board certified with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.  She is also a member of the Heart and Rhythm Society as well as the American College of Cardiology.

Erica is passionate about cardiovascular diseases, especially rhythm abnormalities.  She is eager to help patients keeping their hearts healthy.  Erica is excited to be part of Dr. Phan’s team and is looking forward to provide excellent patient’s care.

Erica was born in Pennsylvania but has been in Arizona for more than 30 years (so yes, she considers herself a native!). She currently lives in Ahwatukee with her husband, two children and two dogs. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling, and running.