Opening Plenary

Guy Raz

Heart Rhythm 2019 Opening Plenary Speaker
Guy Raz, Heart Rhythm 2019 Opening Plenary Speaker

Storyteller, journalist, podcaster, and radio personality extraordinaire, Guy Raz maintains 14+ million global listeners and remains the only person to have three shows simultaneously in Apple’s top 20 podcasts. Raz has grown his loyal following through his unique ability to explore, discover, and illuminate the unexpected across a variety of show formats.

Raz is a graduate of Brandeis University and received his Master's degree in history from Cambridge University in the UK. At age 25, he became the youngest overseas-based bureau chief for NPR, first in Berlin, then London and the Pentagon. He also served as CNN’s correspondent in Jerusalem from 2004 - 2006. In 2008, at age 33, Raz spent a year as a Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University, where he studied classical history.

Raz will apply the anecdotes and clear-eyed lessons on rejections, perseverance, optimism, flexibility, failure, and empathy to Heart Rhythm 2019’s Opening Plenary. Through interview-style conversations with a small group of HRS leaders from the past, present, and future, they will explore the stories of our field’s visionaries.

Every technological advancement and every challenge overcome has a story behind it and a set of characters who played critical roles. Scientific Sessions has been a key component in many of these stories — there’s no better venue where these stories should be told. What will transpire in these Opening Plenary conversations will surely inspire a new generation of heart rhythm professionals, ensuring continued improvements in patient care, advancing research and education, and promoting optimal healthcare policies and standards.

Please join your colleagues during the Heart Rhythm 2019 Opening Plenary as we celebrate the past and forge new pathways to the future.

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