University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Miguel Leal, MD, FACC, FHRS



MADISON, WI 53792-0001

(608) 265-4188


  • Federal University of Ceara, School of Medicine, Fortaleza, Brazil – MD
  • Weiss Memorial Hospital, University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, Illinois – Residency in Internal Medicine
  • Weiss Memorial Hospital, University of Chicago Hospitals – Chief Medical Resident
  • University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, Wisconsin – Fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine
  • University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, Wisconsin – Fellowship in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Professional Activities

Dr. Miguel Leal is a faculty member 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 and Lead Management Program from 2014 to 2018.

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, Heart 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 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.

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Leal’s 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.

Research Interests

View Dr. Miguel Leal's publications on NCBI My Bibliography.

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.