Program Committee

The Heart Rhythm 2018 Program Committee works diligently to bring together a program that includes internationally known experts and the latest advances in research and technology in arrhythmia management.

Program Chair

Andrea M. Russo, MD, FHRS
Cooper University Hospital
Camden, NJ

Abstract Chair

Christine M. Albert MD, MPH
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, MA

Allied Professionals

Cory M. Tschabrunn, PhD, CEPS (Team Leader)
University of Pennsylvania 
Philadelphia, PA

Judy R. Walling, BSN, MSN, FNP-BC
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC 

Vanessa M. Kalis, DNP, ACNP, RN
Coastal Cardiology of Orange County
Ladera Ranch, CA 

Sarah A. Worsnick, PAC, FHRS, CEPS, CCDS 
Geisinger Heart Institute
Wilkes-Barre, PA 


Basic/Translational Science

Patrick T. Ellinor, MDPhD (Team Leader)
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

Mario Delmar, MD, PhD, FHRS
New York University
New York City, NY

Bjorn C. Knollmann, MD, PHD
Vanderbilt Univ School of Medicine, Medicine and Pharmacology
Nashville, TN

Jeffrey E. Saffitz, MD, PhD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, MA

Patrick Boyle, BS, PhD 
John Hopkins Univeristy
Baltimore, MD


Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Devices

Dhanujaya R. Lakkireddy, MD, FHRS (Team Leader)
University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, KS

Daniel P. Morin, MD, MPH, FHRS
Ochsner Clinic
New Orleans, LA

Andrew E. Epstein, MD
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Jeffrey S. Healey, MD, FHRS
Hamilton Health Sciences 
Ontario, Canada

Elena Arbelo, MD, PhD, MSc
Hospital Clinic De Barcelona - Cardiology Department - Cardiovascular Institute 
Barcelona, Spain


Catheter Ablation

Prashanthan Sanders, MBBS, PhD, FHRS (Team Leader)
Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders (CHRD)
Tusmore, SA Australia

Gregory Michaud, MD, FHRS
Vanderbilt University Medical School 
Nashville, TN

Mark D. O'Neill, MD, BCh, BAO, DPhil, FHRS
St. Thomas Hospital
London, United Kingdom

William H. Sauer, MD, FHRS
University of Colorado
Denver, CA

Luigi Di Biase, MD, FHRS 
Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Montefiore Hospital
Bronx, New York


Clinical Electrophysiology

Eric J. Rashba, MD, FHRS (Team Leader)
SUNY - Stony Brook Health Science Center
Stony Brook, NY

Isabelle Deisenhofer, MD
German Heart Center
Munich, Germany

Cynthia Tracy, MD 
George Washington University
Washington, DC

Yong-Mei Cha, MD, FHRS 
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Junaid Zarman, BMBCh, MA, MRCP 
Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Stanford University & Imperial College London
Palo Alto, CA


Heart Failure

Judith A. Mackall, MD, FHRS (Team Leader)
University Hospitals Case Medical Center 
Cleveland, OH

JoAnn Lindenfield, MD
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN  

Jagmeet P. Singh, MD, FHRS
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

Valentina Kutyifa, MD, FHRS 
University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, NY


Pediatric & Adult Congenital Heart Disease 

Susan P. Etheridge, MD, FHRS, CEPS (Team Leader)
Salt Lake City, UT

Mitchell Cohen, MD
Phoenix Children's Hospital
Phoenix, AZ

Peter Aziz, MD 
Cleveland Clinic Foundation 
Cleveland, OH


Policy, Payment, & Practice

David J. Slotwiner, MD, FHRS (Team Leader)
North Shore - Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Cardiac Electrophysiology Lab
Pelham, NY

Kimberly Selzman, MD, MPH, FHRS
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

Thomas Deering, MD, FHRS
Piedmont Heart Institute
Atlanta, GA


Young Investigator Sub-Committee

Isabelle Deschenes, PhD - Chair
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH

Antonis A. Armoundas, PhD
MA General Hospital
Charlestown, MA

Omer Berenfeld, PhD, FHRS
University of Michigan 
Ann Arbor, MI

Saroja Bharati, MD
Advocate Children's Hospital
Oak Lawn, IL

Koonlawee Nademanee, MD, FHRS
Pacific Rim EP Research Institute Center
Beverly Hills, CA

Kumaraswamy Nanthakumar, MD
Toronto General Hospital
Toronto, ON

Dierk Thomas, MD, FHRS
University of Heidelberg
Heidelberg, Germany


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