Dr. Jonathan Tobis, Jonathan Tobisgrew up in Long Island, New York and graduated from Amherst College. He received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and then moved to the West Coast where he did his fellowship in cardiology at the University of California, Irvine. In 1995 Dr. Tobis started working at UCLA in their interventional cardiology program. He is now the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at UCLA, as well as the Director of the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship. Dr. Tobis has been involved in the catheter-based closure of PFO since 2001. He is one of the principal investigators for the PREMIUM Trial, studying the effect of PFO closure with the Amplatzer device in debilitating migraine headaches.
As Dr. Tobis says, the dramatic effect of PFO closure on migraine headaches has been one of the most remarkable beneficial treatments that he has seen in his 30 years of clinical practice. He is enthusiastic about producing the necessary scientific studies that will convince neurologists and the FDA that this is the right thing to do.
Dr. Tobis is married to Nancy Greep, M.D. an endocrinologist. They have two children, Scott who is a urology surgical resident at the University of Rochester, and Matthew who is 18 years old and just starting college. Dr. Tobis is an avid skier and tennis player. In the summertime, the family takes a yearly backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada wilderness where there are no beepers or cell phones to interfere with interacting with nature.