Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David's Medical Center
Dr. Andrea Natale
Executive Medical Director
Andrea Natale, MD, FACC, FHRS, FESC
Executive Medical Director - Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David's Medical Center
Education: Medical School: Universita’ degliStudi di Firenze, School of Medicine and Surgery, Firenze, Italy Residency: University of Florence Italy Cardiology Training: University of Western Ontario London, Ontario, Canada Electrophysiology Fellowship: University of Western Ontario London, Ontario, Canada; University of Wisconsin, Sinai Samaritan Medical Center Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Biography: Dr. Andrea Natale graduated summa cum laude in Medicine and Surgery and is board certified in Cardiovascular Diseases and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. He is the Executive Medical Director of the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas, the National Medical Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology for HCA Healthcare. He is also the Chair of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Operations Council.
A dedicated researcher and a pioneer, Dr. Natale focuses on innovative advances in the treatment of atrial fibrillation. He pioneered a circumferential ultrasound vein-ablation system to correct atrial fibrillation and performed the procedure on the world’s first patients. He was the first electrophysiologist in the USA to perform percutaneous epicardial radiofrequency ablation, which is a treatment for people who fail conventional ablation. He also developed some of the current catheter-based cure strategies for rhythm disorders, such as the ablation of the posterior wall or isolation of the left atrial appendage, coronary sinus and superior vena cava for atrial fibrillation, homogenization of the scar for ventricular tachycardia, or ablation of the Purkinje system for ventricular fibrillation. He has advanced the field of cardiac electrophysiology with new techniques to improve long term results of electrophysiology procedures, such as high power short duration ablation augmented by the use of half-normal saline irrigation creating better and faster transmural lesions or the closure of persistent peri-device leaks with radiofrequency energy, vascular plugs, or coils in patients with incomplete left atrial appendage closure.
He has been and continues to be involved in many first-in-human trials to test investigational devices, such as ablation catheters with contact force sensing technology, three-dimensional intracardiac echocardiography ultrasound probes, and novel left atrial appendage closure devices. He also performed the first pre-clinical and clinical studies to develop and perfect ablation catheters utilizing a novel, groundbreaking ablation energy source known as irreversible electroporation. He has also performed the first cases in the USA.
Dr. Natale holds patents on several life-saving medical devices, including a device used to treat atrial fibrillation. Dr. Natale’s major research interests include Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, mechanisms of defibrillation, signal-averaging, ablation treatment of supraventricular arrhythmias, the effects of thrombosis on platelet aggregation, and TxA2 metabolites production in patients with unstable angina and post-myocardial infarction.
Dr. Natale has held faculty positions at a variety of prestigious universities, including Duke University, Stanford University and the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin.
He has been an invited speaker at hundreds of symposia and conferences around the world, and has authored numerous published articles on pacing and electrophysiology in high-impact peer-reviewed journals in addition to serving on the editorial boards of several major medical journals. After a successful experience as Editor-in-Chief of JICE, he is now the Editor-in Chief of the Journal of Atrial Fibrillation and Electrophysiology (JAFIB-EP).PubMED indexed and the only online open access journal run by physicians for physicians with no charge for publication, JAFIB confirms Dr. Natale’s dedication to teaching and sharing his expertise.
In his stellar career, he has received many accolades, among which the Cleveland Clinic Innovator of the Year for several years in a row, the Frist Humanitarian Award in 2012, the 2017 Eric N. Prystowsky Advocate for Patients Award and more recently the prestigious Star of Texas that honors one individual each year for their outstanding contribution to healthcare in the state of Texas and nationally.
He is very passionate about teaching the future generation of cardiac electrophysiologists. Among the many national and international courses and meetings of which he is director, he is particularly proud of creating and expanding worldwide EPLive, a cutting edge, intensive meeting targeting practicing electrophysiologist as well as fellows in training and consists of four sections: AF ablation, VT ablation, Devices and new technologies. A panel of recognized experts provide commentary and discussion during both live and recorded cases.
EP Live was first successfully held in Austin, Texas in 2012, and subsequently held in Milan, Italy; Dubai, UAE; Bogota’, Colombia; Bengaluru, India. New EPLive meetings are being planned in other locations to respond to the demand of EP specialists around the world.
Biography: Dr. Al-Ahmad has participated in research and publication in the area of cardiac electrophysiology both as a primary or co-author of significant numbers of scientific articles as well as co-editor of several books in the field of Electrophysiology.
Biography: The heart of Dr. Di Biase’s mission is improving patients care and he believes that it is possible through dedicated clinical practice associated to cutting-edge clinical research. His research is focused on cardiology and electrophysiology with a specific emphasis on catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation and ventricular arrhythmias performed either manually or with robotic catheter navigation as well as on heart failure especially treated with cardiac resynchronization therapy devices.
Biography: Dr. Dhanunjaya R Lakkireddy, Executive Medical Director of the Kansas City Heart Rhythm Institute at HCA Midwest in Overland Park, Kansas. He is an adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Lakkireddy has published over three hundred peer reviewed papers and abstracts in various national and international meetings and journals. Dr. Lakkireddy’s clinical practice is focused on Arrhythmia Management, Atrial fibrillation ablation, Supraventricular Tachycardia, Ventricular Arrhythmia Ablation, Stereotaxis Magnetic Navigation System, and Pacemaker/ implantable cardioverter defibrillator/cardiac resynchronization therapy/ leadless pacemakers/Lead Extraction. Dr. Lakkireddy’s specialties include Cardiology, Alternative/Complementary Med, Arrhythmia Management, Cardiac Electrophysiology, and Cardiovascular Research.
He has done extensive research on oral anticoagulation and systemic thromboembolization. He published seminal papers on uninterrupted oral anticoagulation and cardiac arrhythmia procedures. He is internationally known for his expertise in the left atrial appendage closure devices. His work on the connection between myocarditis and premature ventricular contractions and non-ischemic cardiomyopathy has gained significant recognition in the scientific circles.
Loma Linda University, Medical Center Loma Linda, CA
Dr. Jalaj Garg
Jalaj Garg MD, FACC, FESC
- Loma Linda University, Medical Center
Education: Medical School: Medical School: J.S.S Medical College, Mysore, India Residency: Westchester Medical Center, New York Medical College, NY Cardiology Training: Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, PA Electrophysiology Fellowship: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
Biography: Dr. Razminia has been working in the field of electrophysiology since 2003. He is currently the director of cardiac electrophysiology at Amita St. Joseph Medical Center in Elgin, Illinois. He performed his first completely fluoroless catheter ablation in July of 2010. He honed the fluoroless technique over time and he has performed over 3000 consecutive fluoroless catheter ablation since December 2010.
Dr. Razminia is the co-editor of two books named “Fluoroscopy Reduction Techniques for Catheter Ablation of Cardiac Arrhythmia” published in May 2019 and “Intracardiac Echocardiography, A Handbook for Electrophysiologists” published in December 2021.
Education: Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine Residency: Georgetown University Hospital Cardiology Training: University of Michigan Health System Electrophysiology Fellowship: University of Michigan Health System
Biography: Dr. Daniel Alyesh is a cardiac electrophysiologist with South Denver Cardiology who focuses on complex ablation. His areas of interest are ventricular arrhythmias, fluoroless ablation, and intracardiac echocardiography.
Dr. Alyesh studied chemistry at the University of California, San Diego and graduated with the highest distinction. He attended medical school at Georgetown University, during which time he was a Hammerman and J.T. Tai Scholar. He then completed his residency in internal medicine at Georgetown University Hospital, where he served as Chief Resident and received the Allen Goody and J.I. Cherner awards for peer mentorship, scholarship, and clinical research. He underwent specialty training in both cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology at the University of Michigan and served as a Chief Fellow. Previously, he has been assistant professor at George Washington School of Medicine, and Instructor at the University of Michigan Medical School.
Throughout his career, he has authored numerous peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and book chapters, with his work appearing in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the European Heart Journal, Circulation: Quality and Outcomes, and the American Journal of Medicine, Heart Rhythm Journal, Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology amongst many others.
Dr. Alyesh has served in leadership positions for the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and Heart Rhythm Society (HRS). He was a guest editor for the ACC’s Cardiosmart atrial fibrillation section. He is a correspondent and host for programming for Heart Rhythm TV, the media outlet for the Heart Rhythm Society.
Education: Medical School: Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (M.D.) Residency: Rush University Medical Center Cardiology Training: Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center Electrophysiology Fellowship: Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Biography: Oliver D’Silva is a graduate of Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. He underwent internal medicine residency at Rush University Medical Center and completed cardiology and electrophysiology fellowships at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. He is currently on staff at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where he serves as teaching faculty for the clinical cardiac electrophysiology fellowship training program.
Swedish Hospital, Northshore University Health System Chicago, IL
Dr. Hany Demo
Hany Demo, MD, FACC, FHRS
- Swedish Hospital, Northshore University Health System
Education: Medical School: Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine, Egypt Residency: University of Illinois Chicago, Mercy Hospital and Medical Center Cardiology Training: Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital Electrophysiology Fellowship: Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital
Biography: Dr. Hany Demo is a board-certified electrophysiologist and the director of the cardiac electrophysiology at Swedish Hospital part of North Shore University Health System in Chicago IL. Dr. Demo has keen interest in fluoroscopy reduction techniques in the EP lab. He is known nationally for his expertise in the use of intracardiac echo to minimize and eliminate fluoroscopy in the EP lab. He has performed more than 1400 fluoroless catheter ablation procedures since 2014. He authored and co-authored many peer-reviewed articles and book chapters about intracardiac echocardiography and fluoroless ablation.
Education: Medical School: University of Kentucky School of Medicine Residency: Northwestern University Cardiology Training: Northwestern University Electrophysiology Fellowship: Northwestern University
Biography: Dr. Sri Sundaram did his Cardiology and EP training at Northwestern University and is currently in private practice in Denver. He was HRS’s Clinical Young Investigator of the Year in 2005 and HRS’s Humanitarian of the Year in 2020. Dr. Sundaram’s primary interest is the treatment of Atrial Fibrillation, including the newest ablation technology. He has performed approximately 3000 atrial fibrillation ablations and since 2016 has performed all his ablations without fluoroscopy. Dr. Sundaram currently serves as the chair of Cardiac Electrophysiology for Centura Health and is national Co-Chair of Cardiac Electrophysiology for Common Spirit Health.
Education: Medical School: Albert Szent-Györgyi Medical University Residency: Albert Szent-Györgyi Medical University Cardiology Training: Royal Perth Hospital Electrophysiology Fellowship: Rotterdam, Thoraxcentre, The Netherlands
Biography: Dr. TamásSzili-Török is an Associate Professor and Clinical Head of the Department of Cardiac Electrophysiology at the Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, with an extensive list of credentials in cardiac electrophysiology and robotic cardiac intervention. He completed his PhD at the Erasmus MC and after a few years in Budapest, returned to Rotterdam in 2007. He has been living and working there since. In Hungary he led the cardiac electrophysiology laboratory at the Gottsegen György Hungarian Institute of Cardiology in Budapest and started a busy pediatric electrophysiology program including cardiac ablations and device implantations. In 2007 returned to his Dutch alma mater and continued to work at the Department of Cardiac Electrophysiology at the prestigious Thoraxcentre. He has authored over 250 peer reviewed publications and co-funded the Society for Cardiac Robotic Navigation. As a pioneer in robotic cardiac intervention, dr. Szili-Torok is a researcher, educator, key opinion leader and frequent guest speaker in his field.
Biography: Dr. Weiss is a Cardiac Electrophysiologist at Banner University of Arizona Medical Center Phoenix (BUMCP). After 14 years with Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, he moved to Phoenix in September 2019 to take the role of Assistant Professor at University of Arizona College of Medicine, Director of Ventricular Arrhythmia Management and Robotics, and Director of the EP Lab at BUMCP. He has longstanding interest in the use and evaluation of technology in medicine, particularly in the area of robotics. In clinical practice, he has performed over 1300 robotic ablation procedures for both atrial and ventricular arrhythmias and has mentored providers in robotic ablation worldwide. He has advised many medical technology companies and worked with healthcare investors as a consultant. He is a founding board member and current President of the Society for Cardiac Robotic Navigation (SCRN, www.scrn-a.com) and is the Steering Committee Chairman of the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) EP Early Feasibility Study (EFS) Initiative. He continues to participate in an active clinical practice with focus on complex ablation and is an investigator in several ongoing clinical research projects. He lives in Scottsdale, AZ with his wife, daughters and dogs and can be found on trails or bikes when not at work.
Biography: James R Edgerton, MD, FACS, FACC, FHRS is an Adjunct Professor of Surgery with the cardiothoracic surgery division at Washington University in St Louis working mainly in clinical research. He also serves as Senior Clinical Scientist at Baylor, Scott and White Health in Dallas, Texas. He completed a general surgery residency at University of Florida, Gainesville Florida and a cardiothoracic residency at Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina. He is board certified in both general and cardiothoracic surgery. He is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and the American Association of Thoracic Surgery (AATS) and a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons, American College of Cardiology, and the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS). He holds and has held leadership positions in HRS, STS, AATS, and the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery. He serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Atrial Fibrillation and Journal of the Heart Surgery Forum. Additionally, he is a reviewer for seven tier one peer reviewed journals. He is a sought-after lecturer speaking at multiple international scientific meetings and has demonstrated surgical technique, operating on five different continents.
He continues to impact the field through research, involvement in various guidelines statements, and educational lecturing internationally. His research interests lie in the fields of cardiac arrhythmias and quality assurance.
Biography: Hi everyone, my name is Armin (R-mean) Kiankhooy (Key-On-Koo-E). I am a practicing Cardiothoracic surgeon at St. Helena Hospital in St. Helena, Napa Valley, CA. My professional passion is the surgical treatment of arrhythmia, specifically atrial fibrillation. I am a hybrid ablation zealot and am in constant pursuit of the most effective while least invasive approach to treat patients with advanced atrial fibrillation. In addition to providing patient care, I feel compelled to engage and educate my surgical colleagues about the most current state of atrial fibrillation treatment with a new Podcast that I host entitled All Things Afib! I am honored to be part of the editorial board of JAFIB&EP and look forward to working with you soon!
I started my career as a cardiovascular technician and soon undertook the project of learning electrophysiology. As I gained the ability to discern waveforms and grasp the basic principles, I became intrigued. Along my journey, I began to recognize patterns, interpret pacing maneuvers, and gain proficiency. The more I understood, the more I was able to contribute and be an asset during the procedure—an extra set of eyes to prevent complications, a patient advocate, with the ability to engage with the physician on diagnosis and treatment strategies.
Thanks to Dr. Scott Pham who continued to question and challenge me, I became RCES, CEPS, and CCDS certified. With my self-made study materials, I joined Wes Todd to coauthor “EP Exam Review” which has become a staple for many attempting the IBHRE.
Next, I joined Abbott in Arizona to learn a whole new aspect of electrophysiology while continuing to write my educational material. In 2021, I launched EP Essentials LLC along with Dr. Paul Haas and Scot Felton with a complete online EP program and the “Understanding EP: A Comprehensive Guide” textbook set.
CRM Educator/Instructor/Content Creator - Academy of Medical Education
The University of Arizona: Bachelor of Science in Microbiology
Kim O’Donogue is a Cardiac Rhythm Device Technician/Field Support Specialist in Phoenix, AZ. She has over ten years in the CRM/EP space having supported cardiac lead extraction procedures for years before moving over to the CRM/EP implant space. Kim is passionate about CRM devices and device management and has a special interest in device education. She regularly trains new device technicians, AHPs, and Fellows, as well as industry representatives.
Biography: Jason Andrade, M.D., FRCPC, FHRS, is a Cardiac Electrophysiologist at Vancouver General Hospital in Canada, with joint appointment at the Montreal Heart Institute. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and an Assistant Professor at the Université de Montréal.
Dr. Andrade is the Director of Electrophysiology and Director of the Atrial Fibrillation Clinic at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH). He is co-chair of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) Atrial Fibrillation Guidelines committee, chair of the Canadian Heart Rhythm Society (CHRS) Device Committee, and medical chair for Heart Rhythm Disease for the Cardiovascular Disease Network in the province of British Columbia.
Dr. Andrade has authored over 200 scientific publications, predominantly in the domain of atrial fibrillation. His publications can be found in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), The Lancet, and Heart Rhythm. In addition, he is also the author of several textbooks, book chapters, and medical apps.
Biography: “Cardiologist at Hospital Clínic of Barcelona. Coordinator of the Cardiac Genetic Diseases and Sudden Arrhythmic Death Unit (member of the European Reference Network for rare, low prevalence and complex diseases of the heart – ERN GUARD-Heart”). Cardiovascular Institute Coordinator for Quality and Safety. Member of the Rare Diseases Unit (representing the Cardiovascular Institute). Associate professor of the Universitat de Barcelona and recognized researcher of the Institutd’ Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS).
Member of several Committees of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) and the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS, United States). Writing committee member of 2019 ESC guidelines for Supraventricular Arrhythmias and the 2020 ESC guidelines for Atrial Fibrillation. Committee member for several large-scale European Registries to gather data on atrial fibrillation and guideline implementation in these registries. Member of the Working Group on Atrial Fibrillation of the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM). Passionate about improving quality of care and providing better value for patients through measuring appropriate patient-centred outcomes. Part of the RightCare and LEAN management taskforces and collaborating with novel purchasing initiatives based on value within the Cardiovascular Institute. Contributing to several peer mentoring-coaching initiatives.”
Biography: Professor of Cardiology. Director of EP lab at the Yeditepe University Hospital. Clinical interest areas are invasive electrophysiology and catheter ablation therapies. Special interest areas are ablation of atrial fibrillation and cardioneuroablation. He has more than 130 international scientific publications in arrhythmia field. Associate Editor in JECG and Section Editor in JICE.
Biography: Dr. BAI started working as a Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist since 2000. He was trained at the National Heart Center in Singapore, University of Insubria and University of Pavia in Italy, Cleveland Clinic and Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute in the USA. Before joining Banner, Dr. BAI practiced at Beijing Anzhen Hospital and held a faculty position at the Capital Medical University, Beijing, China. Dr. BAI is an expert in both catheter ablation and device implantation. Meanwhile, he utilizes both his clinical background and research experience to undertake advanced clinical and translational studies. Dr. BAI is the author or co-author of over 18 book chapters and authored and co-authored over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals and over 100 abstracts. He is also peer reviewer for a number of journals and frequently invited to lecture at national and international scientific meetings or seminars.
Biography: He completed a PhD degree from Umea University, Sweden, with his thesis in coronary artery disease. His work in this field was published in high impact international peer-reviewed journals and the work was presented in prestigious, world-distinguished cardiology meetings.
He also completed a taught master’s degree in cardiology from Trinity College Dublin, with a thesis about electrical cardiac remodeling in early stages of hypertension. In addition, he has a post-graduate degree from UCD in healthcare management. His basic MB, BCH degree from Cairo University.
In 2016, he achieved his certified-training programmer in invasive electrophysiology and devices management in Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada.
- Vancouver General Hospital and BC Children's Hospital
Education: Trained in Pediatrics, Cardiology, Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Electrophysiology Medical School: Calcutta Medical College, India, Residency: Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India. Cardiology Training: Completion of Certificate of Training, United Kingdom, South West Deanery. Electrophysiology Fellowship: University of British Columbia.
Biography: My work includes the two unique and fascinating fields of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Adult Congenital Heart Disease. I have a special interest in complex arrhythmia management, especially ablation in patients with complex congenital heart disease. I am also dedicated to improving outcomes of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and working with school districts and collaborators internationally ( www.heartsofbc.com). I enjoy learning from my teachers and colleagues and doing research activities to help our patients. I have been the principal and co-investigator in several national and international research projects and feel that success with improvement in outcomes can only happen when we are inclusive such that the most vulnerable person on this planet can enjoy the benefits of our work, so I am volunteering to be a part of the JAFIB-EP Editorial Board.
Biography: Minglong Chen, vice-director of the division of cardiology, the first affiliated hospital of Nanjing Medical University. Chair of the affiliated hospital of Xuzhou Medical University, Class A distinguished professor of Nanjing Medical University. He is the vice chairman of the Chinese Medical Association Electrophysiology and Pacing Branch, the member of the Standing Committee of the Cardiology Professional Committee of the Chinese Medical Doctor Association, and chairman of Pacing Electrophysiology of Jiangsu Province. He has won the first prize of the “Jiangsu Province Science and Technology Award”, the second prize of the Ministry of Education Science and Technology Award, and the second prize of the Chinese Medical Association Science and Technology Award.
Kansas City Heart Rhythm Institute Overland Park, KS
Dr. Douglas Darden
Director of the Sports Cardiology Clinic
Douglas Darden, MD
Director of the Sports Cardiology Clinic. - Kansas City Heart Rhythm Institute
Douglas Darden MD
– Kansas City Heart Rhythm Institute of HCA Midwest Health
Education: Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School, Residency: University of Texas Southwestern Hospitals, Cardiology Training: University of San Diego Health System, Electrophysiology Fellowship: University of San Diego Health System,
Dr. Darden earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed his Internal Medicine residency training at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, TX. He went on to complete a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), where he was awarded the Zipser Family Award for clinical excellence, humanitarianism, and teaching. He then completed additional subspecialty training in cardiac electrophysiology at UCSD. Throughout his medical training, he served as medical director for a leading organization in telemedicine care in internal medicine for hospitals across Texas.
Dr. Darden is skilled in medical management and catheter ablation treatment of atrial fibrillation, supraventricular tachycardia, premature ventricular contractions (PVCs), and ventricular tachycardia with specialization in minimal to no use of fluoroscopy. He also has an clinical interests in device implantation with special focus in conduction system pacing and lead extraction. He additionally has a passion for the management of arrhythmias in athletes and recreational exercisers. Exercise has been a lifelong priority for Dr. Darden. He aims to understand the desire of his patients to maintain or regain their activity level and works with them to reach their goals, regardless of baseline levels. His goal is not to restrict patients, but to help them excel.
Dr. Darden has a passion for clinical electrophysiology research. He firmly believes that participating in clinical research not only allows contributions to the field, but also makes him a better clinician through the necessary critical review of literature that guides medical practice. His research has resulted in book chapters and numerous publications in top cardiology journals, including the Journal of American College of Cardiology, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Cardiology, Heart Rhythm Journal, and Circulation. He served on the editorial board as a fellow for Circulation Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology. He has been awarded the UCSD Schulman Award for Excellence in Research multiple times and was a finalist for the Western Atrial Fibrillation Symposium Research Award.
Centre for Heart and Vascular Diseases, (CVHZ) Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel Vrije Universiteit Brussel Brussels, Belgium
Dr. Carlo de Asmundit
Carlo de Asmundit, MD, PhD
- Centre for Heart and Vascular Diseases, (CVHZ) Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel
Education: Medical School: University Vita-Salute San Raffaele Cardiology Training: Post-graduation School of Cardiology “II Scuola di Specializzazione in Cardiologia”. UniversitàdegliStudi di Milano. Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Mangiagalli e Regina Elena Fondazione IRCCS” Milan Italy Electrophysiology Fellowship: UZ Brussel, VUB, Brussels (Belgium) Doctoral School (PhD): Cardiovascular Physiopathology Istituto di Medicina Cardiovascolare Universitàdegli Studi di Milano. Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Mangiagalli e Regina Elena Fondazione IRCCS”
Biography: Areas of excellence: besides offering the highest level of treatment of all types of cardiac rhythm disturbances the HRMC distinguishes itself in particular areas of expertise. Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathies, such as the notorious Brugada Syndrome, are an important and controversial area of scientific discussion in inherited arrhythmogenic disorders. These pathologies often have a genetic basis and can lead to sudden cardiac death. The HRMC has developed a dedicated unit for the investigation and treatment of these arrhythmias. Since the latter are multifactorial, a multidisciplinary approach has been adopted. Importantly, this brought about an interesting ongoing cooperation with the Department of Genetics of the UZ Brussel- VUB. The latter has not only helped to shed light in this developing field but has also produced interesting and important scientific publications. Another important area of expertise at HRMC is in interventional and surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation. In recent years, the HRMC has helped develop multiple ablation techniques to tackle this condition. In particular, our center is renowned for the cryo-balloon ablation technique. The HRMC is considered one of the 3 leading centres in the World for this technique. Our center adopted this technology in its early phases and published an unparalleled number of peer-reviewed articles on the topic. In addition, at HRMC physicians have access to all the available and most sophisticated mapping technologies, such as the CARTO, ENSITE and Rhythmia systems that are particularly useful in the treatment of complex atrial arrhythmias or ventricular tachycardia. Of particular interest is the unique collaboration the HRMC has established with the cardiac surgery department. This has led to the most successful hybrid (surgical together and percutaneous ablation) program for the cure of rhythm disturbances.
Persistent atrial fibrillation, complex atrial arrhythmias, Brugada Syndrome substrate and epicardial ventricular tachycardias are treated routinely by this approach at our center. Importantly, the HRMC is the only centre worldwide that offers a hybrid epicardial treatment of inappropriate sinus tachycardia in patients suffering from this syndrome who failed all other therapeutic options. Other areas of interest are lead extraction of pacemaker and defibrillators wires. This procedure requires a high degree of expertise to avoid serious complications, and at our center we have perfected the practice. Finally, we recently started a leadless pacemaker implantation program.
Professor de Asmundis has been and is in the Board of a lot of Scientific Societies. Professor de Asmundis reviewer of several scientific journals including Circulation, European Heart Journal, Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology, Heart Rhythm. Professor de Asmundis has published more than 300 original articles in international.
Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute Nashville, TN
Dr. Christopher Ellis
Christopher R. Ellis, MD, FACC, FHRS
- Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute
Education: Medical School: University of Rochester Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center Cardiology Training: Vanderbilt University Medical Center Electrophysiology Fellowship: University of Michigan
Biography: Christopher R. Ellis, MD, FACC, FHRS completed medical school at University of Rochester, NY in 2000 and Medicine-Pediatrics residency and Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2008. He then completed Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship at University of Michigan and joined Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute in July 2009. He is currently Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the LAA Closure Program.
Dr. Ellis early academic work in cardiac rhythm devices (CRM) includes transvenous lead management including laser lead extraction techniques, prevention of CIED (pacemaker or defibrillator) infection, ICD lead failure mechanisms and transcatheter pacing. His contributions include identification of Riata ICD failure mechanisms leading to class I FDA recall, novel approaches to high-risk laser lead extraction cases using a hybrid approach, reduction in CRM or CIED device infections through the use of anti-microbial envelopes (TYRX, TYRX-A and ENVELOPE clinical trial National PI), and contribution to advancement of MICRA transcatheter pacing. Additionally, he completed the first randomized prospective evaluation of Ultra-conservative ICD programming in the LVAD population (AHA consensus statement on ICD management in LVAD recipients).
His current academic focus within Atrial Fibrillation (AF) has turned to the role of the Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) in AF related stroke, and treatment options to reduce dependence on oral anti-coagulation for stroke risk reduction. With a broad experience performing over > 1000 LAAC cases, Dr. Ellis has helped advance LAA therapy as the top worldwide implanter for the Amulet IDE trial, executive committee guidance for LARIAT and the AMAZE trial, top enrolling physician for the AMAZE trial, and as principle investigator for numerous physician initiated prospective clinical trials. He published the first series of Watchman LAAC following incomplete surgical LAA ligation in 2018, and his independent evaluation of the angiographic efficacy of the Atriclip system placed by thoracoscopic approach set the basis for the prospective Atriclip stroke trial. Recent work has identified that small LAAC peri-device leaks (PDL 1-5mm) are associated with increased risk of stroke and progression over time, as well as evaluating DRT mechanism and prevention strategies. He is currently involved in early feasibility study of the CONFORMAL LAA device, and actively enrolling in CATALYST and CHAMPION trials.
Biography: Dr. Forleo received his Medical Degree at the University of Florence and completed his Residency at the Catholic University of Sacred Heart in Rome.
After the clinical fellowship, he obtained in 2006 the PhD at the Tor Vergata University of Rome. In 2009 He has been appointed Adjunctive Professor at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” and currently is Adjunctive Professor at the University of Milan.
In 2020 he obtained the national board certificate for “Associate Professor”.
Dr. Forleo served as staff cardiologist at the University Hospital of Tor Vergata of Rome where he was head of the Cardiac Electrophysiology from 2007 to 2016. Currently, He is section Head of Electrophysiology and Cardiac Pacing at the University Hospital “Luigi Sacco” in Milan.
He serves on the editorial boards of some medical journals and is reviewer for several international Journals.
He is the author of 150 peer review articles (H-index: 26). His major area of research is related to cardiac pacing and electrophysiology.
Dr. Forleo participated as Investigator, Member of Steering Committee and Chairman/Co-chairman in several national and international studies.
Currently, He is the General Secretary of the Italian association of cardiac pacing and electrophysiology (AIAC).
University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center Memphis, TN
Dr. Rajesh Kabra
Rajesh Kabra, MD, FHRS, FACC
- University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center
Education: Medical School: All India Institute of Medical Sciences Residency: St Francis Hospital, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Cardiology Training: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Electrophysiology Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School,
Biography: Professor Chu-Pak Lau is Honorary Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine, Queen Mary Hospital, The University of Hong Kong. He graduated in The University of Hong Kong in 1981 and received cardiology training in St. George’s Hospital Medical School, Department of Cardiological Sciences, London, U.K. His main research interest is on cardiac arrhythmias and implantable device therapy. He has published over 500 international papers, 28 chapters in cardiology textbooks on cardiac arrhythmias. He edited an international textbook on cardiac arrhythmia entitled ”Clinical Cardiac Pacing, Defibrillation and Resynchronization Therapy”. Professor Lau is Past Presidents of Hong Kong College of Cardiology, World Society of Arrhythmia, and Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society.
National Heart Center Al Ghoubra, Sultanate of Oman
Dr. Ghaliah Al Mohani
Ghaliah Al Mohani, MD, EP Msc, PHD, CEPS (IBHRE/EP), FESC, FHRS
Consultant Cardiologist/Interventional Electrophysiologist - National Heart Center
Education: Medical School: Sanaà Faculty of medicine and Health Science Residency: Sanaà Faculty of medicine and Health Science Cardiology Training: Sacred Heart Hospital Electrophysiology Fellowship: in Milan, Centrocardiologico Monzino
Biography: Sr. Consultant Cardiologist/ interventional Electrophysiologist at National heart center. Board member of ethical committee, Royal Hospital and Cardiology Fellowship Program
Twenty years’ experience in general Cardiology and 12 years expert in arrhythmias and interventional electrophysiology with all advanced complex procedures, including atrial fibrillation and ventricular arrhythmias, with different energies. Expert in cardiac device implantation (PM, ICD, CRTD, reveal) with the related interrogation and management of heart failure.
Special interest in developing EP in our countries with improving management of atrial fibrillation.
Post graduate qualifications board certified in general cardiology, subspecialized in electrophysiology and arrhythmias with Msc, and PHD in heart failure, from Italy (Milan) with huge work experience in addition to internationally board certified in EP (IBHRE)
Fellow of Heart Rhythm Society and European Society of Cardiology. Board of trustee member of the world society of arrhythmia. Course director of Muscat arrhythmia symposium and Winner of Cuore Sabina prize from Italy in 2013. Invited faculty in several international conferences.
Biography: I am interested in joining the editorial board of JAFIB & EP. I am confident that my years of involvement in EP research, highly prolific publication record, and most importantly my passion and dedication for research make me a very suitable candidate for the above position.
As the director of research at Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute, I have been actively involved in translational as well as clinical research. Our collaborative works with multiple national and international medical centers has resulted in numerous publications not only involving the clinical aspects of cardiac arrhythmia but also in the field of genetics, biomarkers, cognitive impairment and behavioral disorders and life-style changes to improve cardiovascular health. There are more than 200 publications with me as the coauthor and 30+ articles as the primary author in high-impact peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, I critically review at least 15-20 papers from different journals every month.
Of note, I am fully aware of the time demand of this position and confident that I will be able to handle this responsibility seamlessly. Furthermore, my familiarity with the manuscript preparation, review and editing process would be an asset to the group.
St. Bernard's Heart & Vascular Center Jonesboro, AR
Dr. Devi G. Nair
Devi G. Nair, MD, FACC, FHRS
- St. Bernard's Heart & Vascular Center
Education: Medical School: Medical College Trivandrum, University of Kerala, India Residency: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, St. Luke’s Roosevelt Campus, NY. Cardiology Training: Case Western Reserve University, Metro Health Campus–Electrophysiology Fellowship: Case Western Reserve University, Metro Health Campus–
Biography: DEVI G. NAIR, M.D., FACC, FHRS is the Director of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Division at St. Bernard’s Heart & Vascular Center, Jonesboro, Arkansas. Her clinical practice focuses on heart rhythm disorders including atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, heart failure and the treatments for these disorders including Cardiac Ablation, Device therapy, and left atrial appendage occlusion therapy.
Dr. Nair’s research interests include the evaluation of fluoroscopy reduction techniques and stroke reduction strategies in atrial fibrillation. She also has a major focus on the quality of life and healthcare outcomes. Dr. Nair is actively involved in the teaching of residents and fellows and has received several awards for teaching excellence including the Golden teaching excellence award by the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences. Dr. Nair has won the People’s Choice award for the best cardiologist in Jonesboro for the last 6 years in a row.
Dr. Nair has served as the Chair and Vice-Chair for the Heart Rhythm Society Membership Subcommittee in 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 respectively. She serves as the physician chair for the annual St. Bernard’s Health and Fitness expo that brings health screening, community education and preparticipation physicals for athletes, providing these services free of cost to thousands of people residing in Northeast Arkansas. She is on the governing board of the Arkansas chapter of the American College of Cardiology. In addition to her clinical and research practices, she is well published and actively participates in multiple clinical trials in cardiac electrophysiology as Principal Investigator. She has also served the role of National PI and on the Steering Committee for multiple National and International Clinical Trials.
Biography: Since the nineties, I have been a great friend of our Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Natale.
I am a Post-Graduation Professor at the University of São Paulo (USP). We have worked extensively in clinical and invasive electrophysiology and artificial cardiac pacing for 42 years. Along with my brother, Prof. Enrique Pachón, I am the director of the Electrophysiology Service at São Paulo Heart Hospital.
I am honored to serve on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Atrial Fibrillation, and we will work to justify the trust placed on our name. We have worked extensively on a new conception of the pathophysiology of atrial fibrillation that has been shown to be highly consistent across thousands of ablations. In parallel, this new conception has given rise to Cardioneuroablation, a technique for vagal denervation by catheter RF ablation of great value in several clinical conditions and even in the AF ablation.
We will always be at the disposal of this renowned Journal to work and collaborate for its constant growth and success.
Education: Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine Residency: Cornell – NY Hospital Cardiology Training: Harvard Medical School – Boston Children’s Hospital Electrophysiology Fellowship: : Harvard Medical School – Boston Children’s Hospital
Biography: Robert H. Pass is Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital. He is Co-Director of the Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Heart Center, and Director of Pediatric Electrophysiology at the Mount Sinai Health System. Dr. Pass’s area of clinical focus is catheter-based therapy including ablation of arrhythmias, medical management of arrhythmias, pacemaker and ICD insertion and care, interventional cardiology procedures for children and adults with CHD including valvuloplasty, ASD PFO closure, stents and transcatheter valves as well as general pediatric and adult congenital cardiology. He received his medical degree from Boston University and was a student in the accelerated 6 year combined BA/MD program graduating in 1991. He performed his residency in pediatrics at NY Hospital – Cornell University and pediatric cardiology fellowship as well as separate fellowships in pediatric interventional cardiology and pediatric cardiac electrophysiology at Boston Children’s Hospital – Harvard University. Following this, Dr. Pass worked at NY Presbyterian – Columbia and Cornell for over 10 years where he was the Director of Pediatric Electrophysiology. He then moved onto the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore – Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he was Associate Chief of Pediatric Cardiology as well as the Director of the Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory as well as Pediatric Cardiac Electrophysiology. Dr. Pass is well known in the US as a master clinician in the field of pediatric and congenital electrophysiology and there are over 10 pediatric electrophysiologists in the US who ‘got their start’ under his tutelage. He is a master teacher and has mentored many cardiology trainees over the past 20+ years. He is the author of nearly 100 original articles in the fields of pediatric cardiology, mostly in pediatric electrophysiology and interventional cardiology and is an Associate Editor of the Journal PACE as well as Associate Editor of the Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology. He is often invited to speak at international meetings on the topic of pediatric electrophysiology. In addition to his clinical work, he is also well known throughout the field of pediatric cardiovascular medicine as he is the host of a weekly podcast on this topic called Pediheart: Pediatric Cardiology Today which is available for free on iTunes, Spotify and Stitcher and listened to throughout the world with nearly 600,000 downloads.
Kansas City Heart Rhythm Institute Overland Park, KS
Dr. Krishna Pothineni
Dr. Krishna Pothineni, MBBS
Electrophysiologist - Kansas City Heart Rhythm Institute
Medical School: Gandhi Medical College, Secunderabad, Telangana, India
Resident in Internal Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR
Fellow in Cardiovascular Diseases, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR
Fellow in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR
Fellow in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Biography: Dr. Krishna Pothineni is a board-certified electrophysiologist with the Kansas City Heart Rhythm Institute of HA Midwest Health. Dr. Pothineni is affiliated with the HCA Midwest Health network of hospitals located throughout the Kansas City, Mo. and Overland Park, Kan. metropolitan areas. Dr. Pothineni earned his medical degree from Gandhi Medical College. He completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and went on to complete fellowship training in cardiovascular disease. He also completed an additional fellowship training in clinical cardiac electrophysiology at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been very active in academic medicine with over 110 peer-reviewed publications. He holds active memberships with the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, the Heart Rhythm Society, among others.
Education: Medical School: Semmelweis University (Budapest, Hungary) General Surgery: Mount Sinai West, New York, NY Surgical Critical Care: University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI (Board certified) Cardiothoracic Surgery: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Biography: Antonio Raviele was Chief of the Cardiology Division and Chief of the Cardiovascular Department of the Ospedaledell’Angelo of Mestre – Venice, Italy. He is now retired and works as cardiologist and arrhythmologist in his private office in Mestre-Venice, Italy.
He was the first to implant of transvenous defibrillator in Italy. Dr. Raviele has always played key roles within many of the most important cardiology associations and societies – such as ECAS, ESC and HRS – while also providing fundamental contributions as member of several task forces on related topics. He authored more than 200 peer-review publications on many aspects of cardiac arrhythmias, and was the editor of several books on arrhythmology. Besides, he’s a reviewer and member of the Editorial Board of some among the most renowned field journals, such as the JACC, EHJ, HR, JCE, Europace, PACE, JICE, JAF, JCM, GIC, etc.
Dr.Raviele is also the President of ALFA– Alliance to Fight Atrial fibrillation – and President of the Scientific Committee of FIGHT AF! the awareness campaign against atrial fibrillation that very successfully debuted in 2011 – (to a highly gratifying success).
American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and Medical Center Beirut - Lebanon
Dr. Marwan Refaat
Marwan Refaat, MD, FACC, FAHA, FHRS, FESC, FRCP
- American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and Medical Center
Education: Medical School: American University of Beirut, Faculty of Medicine, Beirut, Lebanon Residency: Harvard Medical School Cardiology Training: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Electrophysiology Fellowship: University of California-San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco CA
Biography: Dr. Refaat has six American board certifications in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology, Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology, and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. He is a clinician, researcher and educator. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology (JCE) , a guest editor of the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) and Associate Editorial Team Lead of ACC.org Arrhythmias and Clinical EP. Dr. Refaat serves on the editorial board for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) and is a member of the JACC: Heart Failure International Advisory Board. He was an Associate Editor of Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology (PACE) in 2018 and 2019. Dr. Refaat is the Chairman of the Lebanese Society of Cardiology Electrophysiology Working Group. Dr. Refaat has more than 180 publications in peer-reviewed journals and his cardiovascular research work has been funded by many intramural and extramural grants. Dr. Refaat is a grant reviewer of many European Union countries. Dr. Refaat has received many local and international awards including the International College Distinguished Scholar Award, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society membership, Penrose Award (American University of Beirut’s highest scholastic honor), Research Awards (from the American College of Physicians, Massachusetts Medical Society, American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology), Massachusetts General Hospital Housestaff Clinical Research Award, University of Pittsburgh Department of Medicine Best Research Award (for 2 consecutive years), University of Pittsburgh’s Ziady Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Care of the Cardiac Patient, Massachusetts Institute of Technology ASO Science and Technology Young Professional Achievement Award, Heart Rhythm Society Young Investigator Award Finalist, American Heart Association Paul Dudley White International Scholar Award, Heart Rhythm Society Kenneth Rosen Fellowship Award in Cardiac Pacing &Electrophysiology and the Abdul Hameed Shoman Arab Researchers Award. Dr. Refaat has mentored many postdoctoral fellows, medical students and graduate students at the American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. In addition, many of Dr. Refaat’s trainees have been accepted for professional development at top institutions and received research awards/grants while working under his supervision.
Professor (Emeritus) of Medicine and Special Lecturer
Columbia University New York NY
Dr. James A. Reiffel
Professor (Emeritus) of Medicine and Special Lecturer
James A. Reiffel, M.D.
Professor (Emeritus) of Medicine and Special Lecturer - Columbia University
Education: Medical School: College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University, N.Y.C., N.Y. Residency: The Presbyterian Hospital, N.Y., N.Y Cardiology Training: The Presbyterian Hospital, N.Y., N.Y.
Biography: Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Special Lecturer, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons; and, Attending Physician [Emeritus] at Presbyterian Hospital in New York City; Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Section of Electrophysiology.
Dr. Reiffel has been actively involved in teaching, research, and clinical practice for over 4 decades. He has regularly instructed medical students, postgraduate house staff, fellows, and other faculty, and he has had an active practice in consultative clinical cardiology and cardiac arrhythmic disorders. During his career, Dr. Reiffel has served as Director of the Clinical Electrophysiology Laboratory and training program for electrophysiology fellows at the Columbia University-New York Presbyterian Medical Center and as Director of the Electrocardiography Laboratory at the same institution. Outside of Columbia, Dr. Reiffel has taught regionally, nationally, and internationally — having given over 1000 invited presentations at most major medical institutions in the country and at several lay programs as well and has been a guest on several regional and national medical and TV news programs and webcasts. He has received numerous honors for the quality of his teaching. He has also served on the editorial board of several medical journals and actively does peer-review for many more.
Dr. Reiffel has also served in advisory capacities re: the FDA and multiple pharmaceutical and medical device companies and has been on the planning committee for the Cardiac Safety Research Consortium. Regarding cardiac arrhythmias,
Dr. Reiffel has been involved in developmental/research studies of electrophysiological techniques, antiarrhythmic pharmaceuticals and devices, new anticoagulants, and multiple major multicenter trials. He has lectured on these subjects and has also published and lectured on interpretation of clinical trial data and on improving patient understanding of their medications. Additionally, Dr. Reiffel has served as an arrhythmia consultant to the veterinary staff at SaveTheChimps.org.
Present research interests include the optimum management of patients with atrial fibrillation and flutter, development of new antiarrhythmic and antithrombotic pharmaceuticals, and the use of cardiac devices for arrhythmia detection. Dr. Reiffel is a member of the Steering Committee for both the CABANA trial and the ORBIT AF Registries, is the Principle Investigator (PI) for the recently completed REVEAL AF trial, and co-PI for the recently reported HARMONY trial. Dr. Reiffel is also on the Steering Committee of the HEARTLINE trial, which will begin the enrollment of over 150,000 subjects in February 2020. Currently, Dr. Reiffel also serves on the Board of Directors of the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, FL.
In concert with the above, Dr. Reiffel has been first author, senior author, or co-author of approximately 500 medical publications. In addition to the above, Dr. Reiffel has published one golf book (RELOAD—the Rules for Mulligan Golf) and two children’s books (illustrated by his four grandchildren: My Goose Got Loose, and Once Upon an Antigmule) and has contributed chapters to the golf book: Playing Without Pain—Medical Advice to golfers Over 50.
Advancing medical science; educating patients, lay persons, and other educators themselves; and improving the lives of others has been a greatly rewarding career for the past half century.
Education: Medical School: Upstate Medical Center – SUNY Health Science Center Residency: Medical College of PA, Philadelphia Cardiology Training: Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center, Camden Electrophysiology Fellowship: Cooper University Medical Center, Camden
Biography: Dr. Russo is Professor of Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Academic Chief, Division of Cardiology, Director of Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia Services and Director of the CCEP Fellowship Program at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, N.J. She is a past-President of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), member of the HRS Executive Committee, and member of the HRS Board of Trustees. She is also a current member of the American Heart Association (AHA) Get-With-the-Guidelines Atrial Fibrillation Systems of Care Advisory Group and Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine Cardiovascular Board. She previously served on or chaired multiple HRS, ACC, or AHA committees, subcommittees or work groups. In addition, she has served as co-chair or member on several guideline, consensus document or AUC writing groups. Dr. Russo has authored or co-authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, abstracts and book chapters. Her areas of particular interest include implantable cardioverter defibrillators, totally subcutaneous devices, atrial fibrillation, sex differences in arrhythmias and the role of digital health in arrhythmia management.
Center for Atrial Fibrillation. Hospital Pro-Cardiaco Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Dr. Eduardo Saad
Eduardo Saad, MD, PhD, FESC, FHRS
- Center for Atrial Fibrillation. Hospital Pro-Cardiaco
Education: Medical School: Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Residency: Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Cardiology Training: Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Electrophysiology Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic
Education: Medical School: Catholic University in Rome (Italy) Residency: Catholic University in Rome (Italy) Cardiology Training: Electrophysiology Fellowship: Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute, Stanford University and University of Pennsylvania
Biography: The research of Dr. Santangeli focuses on ablation strategies and techniques for complex arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia, particularly in patients with structural heart disease and advanced heart failure.
Biography: Dr. Jayaprakash Shenthar is the Professor of Cardiology, chief of the electrophysiology program in Bangalore, India. The EP training program is India’s largest, performing > 750 implants and > 800 EP procedures annually. He has mentored more than 30 fellows from India and abroad. He has been a proctor for CRT, complex ablations including epicardial VT ablations, leadless pacemakers, and lead extractions. He has conducted several live EP workshops and training programs, including EP Live for the first time in India in the year 2018. He is passionate about teaching and clinical research. His area of interest is complex atrial and ventricular arrhythmia ablations, lead extraction, and conduction system pacing. He also performs pediatric device implants and ablations. He has several research paper publications and is a peer reviewer for many journals.
Education: Medical School: Tirunelveli Medical College, Madurai Kamaraj University Residency: Kilpauk Medical College Cardiology Training: West LA VA Medical Center/OVMC/UCLA Electrophysiology Fellowship: UCSD Medical Center
Biography: Dr. Uma Srivatsa is physician scientist who serves as the Director of Arrhythmia Services at University of California, Davis, CA. She is the founding program director for Clinical electrophysiology training program at UC Davis. Completing her training in Cardiology from UCLA/ VA medical center and cardiac electrophysiology from UCSD, her field of specialization is interventional cardiac electrophysiology. She leads the Arrhythmia services at UC Davis, where state of the art clinical care is provided to the Greater Sacramento region and surrounding counties. Her team focuses on clinical outcomes research in collaboration with machine learning groups from Data science lab and Department of Computer science. She serves in the editorial board for several journals and is a peer reviewer for clinical journals as well as scientific sessions, including AHA, ACC and HRS. Her research has been supported by Shalu and Hersh Saluja grant. She has been appointed as writing task force member in ABIM board in 2020. She serves as a board member in California Health collaborative, a non profit organization that promotes health of underserved residents of California. She also leads team of medical personnel in medical mission trips serve the the underprivileged patients at SSSIHMS, Bengaluru, India.
Biography: Dr. Tamirisa is a Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiologist with Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute. She finished her training in Internal Medicine including Chief Residency at St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO. She completed General Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology, and Cardiac MRI fellowships at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is the recipient of the Health Care Heroes Award, in NorthWest Ohio for her community work in closing gaps in healthcare delivery. She is the current Chair of HRSDEI Council and HRS Digital Committee member with a special interest in healthcare disparities, digital divide, and management of arrhythmias in Pregnancy. She has published articles in these areas. She has a large following on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. She is an anchor for the “Women in EP Mentorship” series for HRSTV and a podcast host for a special Practice Made Perfect series supported by ACC in recognition of Women’s History Month, 2022.
University of Milan, Via Festa del Perdono, 7- Milan, Italy
Dr. Claudio Tondo
Prof. Claudio Tondo MD, PhD FESC, FHRS
- University of Milan, Via Festa del Perdono,
Education: Medical School: University of Milano, School of Medicine, Residency: University of Milano, School of Medicine, Cardiology Training: University of Milano, School of Medicine, Electrophysiology Fellowship: Università degli Studi di Milano,
Biography: Prof. Claudio Tondo MD, PhD FESC, FHRS is Professor of Cardiology at The Department of Biomedical, Surgical and Dental Sciences at University of Milano, Italy, and Director of the Heart Department of Clinical Electrophisiology and Cardiac Pacing at Centro CardiologicoMonzino (CCM), IRCCS, Milan, Italy.
A world recognized leader in the field of electrophysiology, Prof. Claudio Tondo is a dedicated clinician and researcher. He has been an invited lecturer at more than 400 symposiums and conferences around the world and is the author or co-author of 280 published articles.
In 2016 he has been the co-author of the International Guidelines (HRS/EHRA/ECAS) for the treatment of atrial fibrillation, Chairman of the session “Indications for catheter ablation and surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation”; moreover, during the last years he has been National Coordinator of important International trials.
Prof. Tondo and his team focus on innovative advances in the treatment of atrial fibrillation through the most advanced technologies such as robotic devices and specialized ablation catheters. He runs an international referral site for rhythm disorders; moreover, using advanced techniques and new technologies, his team is able to offer early detection of and treatment for a vast spectrum of conditions relating to cardiac arrhythmia.
He is a regular member of:
Heart Rhythm Society
Italian Association of Arrhythmia and Cardiac Pacing
European Survey on Atrial Fibrillation
European Society of Cardiology
Prof. Tondo and his staff also support and maintain fundamental research programs as well as clinical research programs focused on heart rhythm disorders (atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, etc…). The research topics include cardiac arrhythmias, LAA closure and ventricular tachycardia.
He is Member of the Editorial Board of European Journal of Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, The Journal of Innovations in Cardiac Rhythm Management, Pace and Clinical Electrophysiology (PACE), Journal of Interventional Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, Journal of Cardiovascolar Electrophysiology
From 2012 he is Visiting Professor at the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute-ST. David’s Medical Centre, Austin, (TX) USA
From 2017 he is Member of the Public Defence of PhD Thesis at Vrije Universiteit of Brussel -Belgium
From 2018 he is Reviewer for the Vici Programme Grant Application at the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research
Southlake Regional Health Care Centre Newmarket, Ontario
Dr. Atul Verma
Director of Arrhythmia Services
Atul Verma, MD FRCPC FHRS
Director of Arrhythmia Services - Southlake Regional Health Care Centre
Education: Medical School: University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Residency: University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Cardiology Training: University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Electrophysiology Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio
Biography: Dr. Atul Verma is a staff cardiac electrophysiologist and Director of Arrhythmia Services at Southlake Regional Health Care Centre in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. He is an Associate Professor with the University of Toronto and Adjunct Professor with McGill University. Specific interests include ablation of atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia especially new techniques and technologies.
Dr. Verma has served as Chair or writing member of a number of national and international guideline committees including the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Atrial Fibrillation Guidelines Committee and the HRS Consensus Statement on Catheter Ablation of AF. He has also led many clinical trials in cardiac ablation.
Dr. Verma completed his medical school and cardiology residency at the University of Toronto and then specialized in cardiac electrophysiology at the Cleveland Clinic. He has published over 280 peer-reviewed articles and H Index of more than 70 in many journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Lancet, Circulation, JACC, European Heart Journal, and others.