2017 Award Winners

The Heart Rhythm Society is proud to recognize these exemplary individuals for their unique contributions.

Explore the criteria for each award and scholarship category.  


Recognition Award Winners


Distinguished Scientist (Basic)
  • Mark E. Anderson, MD, FHRS

    Mark E. Anderson, MD, FHRS is recognized for his clinical expertise, research creativity and productivity, mentorship, and leadership in American academic medicine. He was an undergraduate at Macalester College, obtained his MD and PhD degrees at the University of Minnesota, and trained in Medicine and Cardiology at Stanford. It was at Stanford that he started to work on CaMKII under the mentorship of Howard Schulman, a distinguished neuroscientist: Mark’s special insight was the idea that Schulman’s results suggesting a role for electrical signaling in CaMKII activation in neurons might also apply in the heart. His first faculty appointment was at Vanderbilt, where he rose to direct the Arrhythmia Service and the cardiology fellowship program. After 10 years at Vanderbilt, he moved to Iowa to become Chief of Cardiology and then Chair of Medicine, and in 2015 was appointed the William Osler Chair of the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Anderson is a remarkably versatile, visionary, and productive investigator whose fundamental work has been consistently guided by translational goals. His work has defined the role of CaMKII in arrhythmias and heart failure, and is now extending our understanding of CaMKII signaling in other pathology such as sick sinus syndrome, injury due to ischemia-reperfusion, oxidant stress-related disease, diabetes, and asthma. His studies have been published in the highest impact journals, have been confirmed by other investigators worldwide, and have informed collaborative and independent efforts to develop a new class of drugs for treating cardiovascular and other diseases. In his off-time, Mark, his wife Sarah, and his daughters Evelyn, Caroline, and Elizabeth enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and cooking.


Distinguished Scientist Award (Clinical)
  • Barry J. Maron, MD

    Barry J. Maron, MD’s name is synonymous with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). He has published more than 700 peer reviewed studies related largely to various aspects of this disease. His 40-year research career and work has provided an understanding of the natural history and clinical course of HCM, transforming HCM from a disease with grim prognosis to a contemporary and treatable condition compatible with normal or extended life expectancy for most patients, and with low mortality of 0.5% per year. Most important in this paradigm change has been his initiative for the primary prevention of sudden death through expansion of risk stratification markers that more precisely identify high risk patients and ultimately, application of the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator to young HCM patients for protection from sudden death. Dr. Maron is recognized as a patient advocate having written a book describing all aspects of the disease designed specifically for the HCM patient population (now in its third edition) and was also responsible for the Guidant Affair that led to more open communications and relationships between industry and the cardiology community in the best interests of the HCM patient population. Finally, Dr. Maron’s 35-year Sudden Death in Young Athletes Registry has defined the causes, incidence and epidemiology of death in 3,000 trained athletes. This work has generated recommendations for improved screening of U.S. high school and college athletes that can lead to more effective detection of potentially lethal cardiovascular diseases, including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.


Distinguished Teacher Award
  • Francis Marchlinski, MD, FHRS

    Francis Marchlinski, MD, FHRS is the Richard T. and Angela Clark President’s Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the Director of Electrophysiology, University of Pennsylvania Health Care System, and the Director of the Electrophysiology Laboratory at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Marchlinski is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. He completed his postdoctoral internal medicine residency and cardiology/electrophysiology fellowship training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. For over thirty years Dr. Marchlinski has remained at the cutting edge of cardiac rhythm management. He has authored or co-authored over 350 original scientific articles and over 150 book chapters/reviews/editorials on a variety of topics in cardiac electrophysiology. His EP team at Penn has worked to successfully improve localizing and ablation techniques for the treatment of both atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia and optimize device therapy for treating heart failure and preventing sudden cardiac death. Dr. Marchlinski has served on the International Heart Rhythm Society Committee to establish guidelines for the treatment of atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia using catheter ablation techniques. He has been the recipient of the Luigi Mastroianni Clinical Innovator Award, the Venice Arrhythmia Distinguished Scientist Award and the ACTS Distinguished Investigator Award – Career Achievement –Translation from Early Clinical Use to Applicability for Widespread Clinical Practice. Dr. Marchlinski is on the editorial board of Circulation, Arrhythmias and Electrophysiology, American Journal of Cardiology, HeartRhythm, Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology, and JACC- Electrophysiology, and is the Arrhythmia Section Editor for Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Marchlinski has organized and directed multiple fellowship training courses, regional and International EP symposia and has received numerous teaching awards at the University of Pennsylvania.


Distinguished Allied Professional Award
  • Elizabeth “Betty” Ching, RN
    Betty Ching

    Elizabeth “Betty” Ching, RN played a pivotal part in pioneering the role of the nurse in the field of pacing and device follow-up. She touched the lives of thousands of patients and hundreds of cardiac device specialists, including nurses technicians, scientists, fellows and physicians. She left an indelible imprint on each one of us through her commitment to excellence in nursing practice and the training of subsequent generations. Her nursing career started in 1967 as a pediatric nurse but she eventually found her passion in electrophysiology. She became one of the most well respected nurses in the field. Betty was the Nurse Manager of the device clinic at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and had over 30 years of experience in pacing and electrophysiology. Her ideas and clinical practice model served as the foundation for many of us practicing worldwide. Betty’s contributions to our subspecialty cannot be measured. She dedicated her career to improving patient care and to educating all of us. Anyone who was committed to enhancing their knowledge and skills could spend time with Betty and see a significant improvement in both as a result. She was a resource to all and if no one knew the answer to a technical device issue, we could just ask Betty. If you did a family tree of all the Allied Professionals involved in HRS, most of us can trace our roots back to Betty. As a member of HRS since 1986, and a Fellow of HRS in 2005, she promoted advocacy for Allied Professionals. She served on NASPE’s Council of Associated Professionals as Chair in 1999, on the HRS Board of Trustees as an elected officer and on multiple HRS and CAP committees throughout the years. She was diligent in a collaborative development with industry to improve patient care and technology. She was our colleague, our friend and our resource. She will long be remembered as the “Florence Nightingale” of pacing.


Pioneer in Cardiac Pacing and EP 
  • Arthur J. Moss, MD
    Arthur Moss

    Arthur J. Moss, MD’s contributions to the field of cardiac pacing have had a tremendous impact on patients and his peers. He has published an amazing number of articles (n=692) in peer reviewed journals including 170 that relate to cardiac pacing and/or defibrillation by implanted devices. Early in his career, In 1959, he was the “cardiologist” involved in the recording and interpretation of the ECGs involving the first mammalian astronaut monkey Baker, and in 1960 with the first human astronaut. In 1962 he was first author on publication of the first three successful cases of closed-chest cardiac message and defibrillation. In 1963 he introduced ventricular pacing at the University of Rochester, one of the early centers in the U.S. initiating this therapy. In 1966 he introduced the effective use of intravenous edrophonium for treatment of supraventricular tachycardia, and this became the treatment of choice until adenosine was introduced ten years later. In 1968 he introduced transvenous atrial pacing by placing a pacing electrode in the left oblique coronary vein of Marshall, and this was followed by more than 50 successful left atrial pacing cases. In 1971 he introduced the first treatment for Long QT Syndrome with a left-sided cervicothoracic sympathetic ganglionectomy. This became the treatment of choice for LQTS for several years until beta-blockers were introduced. He initiated the establishment of the International LQTS of which he is the director. The LQTS Registry now involves over 2,000 LQTS patients, and it has led to numerous publications about this syndrome including some of the first genetic studies. Since then, he has made major contributions that have had an enormous impact to increase the survival of patients with heart failure due to his organizing and overseeing the MADIT Trials. In 1992, he initiated the first randomized trial with the ICD (MADIT-I), followed by four subsequent successful MADIT trials involving the ICD and CRT-D devices. I know of no other physician or scientist who has had a greater impact on the field of pacing and electrophysiology. He is incredibly deserving of this award.



Abstract Award Winners


Eric N. Prystowsky Fellows Clinical Research Award

Christian H. Heeger, MD


Eric N. Prystowsky Early Career Researcher Award

Ki-Woon Kang, MD


Fellow with the Highest-Scoring Abstract

Akira Fujii, MD


Highest Scoring Abstract in the Category Allied Professional

Benjamin Helm, MS


Lectureship Award Winners


Douglas P. Zipes Lectureship Award

Alfred L. George, MD


Eric N. Prystowsky Lectureship Award 

Fred Morady, MD


Founders’ Lectureship Award

George J. Klein, MD


President’s Award 

Shu Zhang, MD, FHRS


Publication Awards


HeartRhythm Journal Outstanding Publication Awards for Young Electrophysiologists

Clinical Research — Tomos E. Walters, MBBS, PhD

Basic Research — David W. Hunter, BSEE


Joan and Douglas P. Zipes Publication of the Year Award

Meital Ben-Ari, MSc
Ofer Binah, PhD


Research Fellowships


The Kenneth M. Rosen Fellowship in Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology

Najim Lahrouchi, MD

Clinical Research Award in Honor of Mark Josephson and Hein Wellens

Weijia Wang, MD

The Heart Rhythm Society Fellowship in Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology 

Susumu Tao, MD, PhD


Young Investigator Awards


Basic Research Winner

Markus B. Sikkel, MBBS, PhD
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

Clinical Research Winner

Zak Loring, MD, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

Honorable Mentions:

Wenchin Tsai, MD
Daniel S. Matasic, BS
Andreu Porta-Sanchez, MD
Marwan Refaat, MD, FHRS


Heart Rhythm Society Travel Scholarships


Allied Professionals (in memory of Elizabeth “Betty” Ching, RN)

Andrew Gaffney, MS
Celine Gallagher, BSN
Deirdre Higdon, MSN, APRN
Tiffany Sarduy, MS
Jennifer Thompson, MS, APRN

Genetic Counselors 

Samantha L. Freeze, MS
Chloe Reuter, MS


David F. Briceno, MD
Andrew P. Landstrom, MD, PhD
Osama T. Niazi, DO
Mark J. Shen, MD


Alejandro Liberos, PhD
Miguel Rodrigo, PhD


The Heart Rhythm Society’s Travel Scholarships are supported in part by Invitae and the individual donations


Deepak Bhakti, MD, FHRS, CCDS, Peng-Sheng Chen, MD, FHRS, Nathan Engstrom, BS, Aileen Ferrick, RN, PhD, ACNP, FHRS, Carol Gilbert, BSN, MB, MBA, FHRS, CCDS, CEPS, Robin Leahy, RN, BSN, FHRS, CCDS


Allied Professionals Travel Scholarships Donations in honor of Betty Ching, RN

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Medtronic 2017

Traci Buescher, RN, CEPS, Christine Chiu-Man, MS, FHRS, CCDS, CEPS, Mary DePaul, Lynne Foreman, RN, BSN, FHRS, Dulce Obias-Manno, BSN, FHRS, CCDS, CEPS, Linda Ottoboni, RN, CNS, PhD(c), FHRS, CCDS, Laurel Racenet, MSN, ANP, FHRS, CCDS, CEPS, Jill Repoley, MSN, NP, FHRS, CCDS, CEPS, Andrea Russo, MD, FHRS, Susan Song, BSN, FHRS, CCDS, Michelle Tobin, PhD, Bruce Wilkoff, MD, FHRS, CCDS, Erica Zado, PA-C, FHRS


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