2021 Western A-Fib Symposium Faculty Roster

For your reference, all faculty and planners are listed below with their contact information, as it is received and authorized for release. Each of these specialists were asked to sign a disclosure noting any potential conflicts of interest related to financial relationships with a commercial interest(s) – defined as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling. or distributing healthcare goods or services consumed by, or used on patients. All disclosures received are noted below with each faculty member and planner.
(An asterisk denotes program planners)

Following is a list of faculty, moderators, planners, and section chairs, to-date:

Ahmad Abdul-Karim, MD

Ahmad Abdul-Karim, MD

Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratories
St. Joseph Medical Center
Dupage Medical Group, Chicago, IL
No relevant financial relationships

Nazem Akoum, MD (*)

Nazem Akoum, MD (*)

Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Washington

No relevant financial relationships
Christine Albert, MD, MPH

Christine Albert, MD, MPH

Chair, Department of Cardiology
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
[email protected]
Consultant & grantee – Roche Diagnostic
Consultant & grantee – Abbott, St. Jude Medical

Amin Al-Ahmad, MD

Amin Al-Ahmad, MD

Physician – Electrophysiology
Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia

Consultant – Boston Scientific
Consultant, speaker – Biosense-Webster
Consultant, speaker – Abbott
Consultant – Cardiva

Sana M. Al-Khatib, MD

Sana M. Al-Khatib, MD

Professor of Medicine
Duke University
[email protected]
Grantee – Boston Scientific
Grantee & Speaker – Abbott
Consultant, Grantee & Speaker – Medtronic

Jason Andrade, MD

Jason Andrade, MD

Grantee, honoraria recipient – Medtronic
Grantee – Baylis
Honoraria recipient – Biosense
Tina Baykaner, MD, MPH

Tina Baykaner, MD, MPH

Electrophysiologist
Stanford University

No relevant financial relationships
Carina Blomstrom-Lundquist, MD

Carina Blomstrom-Lundquist, MD

Senior Consultant, Professor
Uppsala University
Speaker – MSD
Consultant & Advisory Committee Member, Speaker – Bayer, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Sanofi

Johannes Brachmann, MD

Johannes Brachmann, MD

Chief of Cardiology
Klinkikum Coburg

Studies – Abbott
Studies & Advisor – Medtronic
Michael Bristow, MD, PhD

Michael Bristow, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Cariology, University of Colorado AMC
President & CEO – Arca Biopharma
T. Jared Bunch, MD

T. Jared Bunch, MD

Section Chief, Heart Rhythm Disorders, Division of Cardiology, University of Utah School of Medicine

Grantee – Altathera
Grantee – Bioehringer Ingelheim
Grantee – Boston Scientific
Hugh Calkins, MD

Hugh Calkins, MD

Professor of Medicine, Director of Electrophysiology
John Hopkins Medical Institutions

Consultant, honoraria recipient – Medtronic
Consultant, honoraria recipient – AtriCure
Consultant, honoraria recipient – Biosense
Grantee – Boston Scientific
Consultant – Abbott
David J. Callans, MD

David J. Callans, MD

Professor of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Consultant – Biosense Webster
Consultant & Speaker – Boston Scientific, Medtronic
Speaker – Abbott
Mihail G. Chelu, MD

Mihail G. Chelu, MD

Associate Professor
Baylor College of Medicine
Grantee – Abbott
Grantee – Impulse Dynamics
Alexandru I. Costea, MD

Alexandru I. Costea, MD

Professor of Medicine, Electrophysiology
University of Cincinnati
[email protected]
Consultant – Biotronik
Consultant – Biosense Webster

Lilas Dagher, MD

Lilas Dagher, MD

Research Fellow
Tulane University School of Medicine
[email protected]  
No relevant financial relationships

Ralph J. Damiano, Jr., MD

Ralph J. Damiano, Jr., MD

Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Washington University

Grantee – Speaker – AtriCure
Consultant – Medtronic

 

Emile Daoud, MD

Emile Daoud, MD

Chief, Cardiac Electrophysiology
The Ohio State University
Equity holder – S4 Medical
Advisory Board Member – Biosense Webster
Advisory Board Member – Biotronik

 

John D. Day, MD

John D. Day, MD

Medical Director, Intermountain Healthcare Heart Rhythm Services
Intermountain Healthcare

Consultant – speaker – Abbott
Consultant – speaker – MediLynx
Consultant – Boston Scientific
Thomas F. Deering, MD, MBA, FHRS, FACC, FACP

Thomas F. Deering, MD, MBA, FHRS, FACC, FACP

Chair, Cardiac Centers of Excellence
Piedmont Heart Institute
[email protected]
Scientific Advisory Committee – Abbott
Unpaid Researcher – Abbott, Biotronik, Boston Scientific, Medtronic

David D. De Lurgio, MD, FACC, FHRS

David D. De Lurgio, MD, FACC, FHRS

Professor of Medicine
Director of EP Labs
Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital

Consultant – Boston Scientific, Medtroni
Consultant & Speaker – Atricure
Thomas Deneke, MD

Thomas Deneke, MD

Director Clinic for Interventional EP
Heart Center Rhon-Klinikum Bad Neustadt

Advisor – Imricor, InHeart
Expert panelist – Biotronik

Rahul N. Doshi, MD

Rahul N. Doshi, MD

Pillar Chief Complex Arrhythmia Management
HonorHealth

Clinical Training, Steering Committee Research Trials – Boston Scientific
Mattias Duytschaever, MD, PhD

Mattias Duytschaever, MD, PhD

No relevant financial relationships

Mikhael El-Chami, MD

Mikhael El-Chami, MD

EP Director, Emory University Hospital Midtown
Emory University
[email protected]
Consultant – Medtronic
Consultant –  Boston Scientific
Consultant –  Biotronik

Zayd Eldadah, MD, PhD

Zayd Eldadah, MD, PhD

Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology
MedStar Health
[email protected]
Consultant – Abbott
Consultant – Cardiva

Uzodinma C. Emerenini, MD

Uzodinma C. Emerenini, MD

Cardiac Electrophysiology
Tulane University

No relevant financial relationships

 

Gregory Feld, MD

Gregory Feld, MD

Director Cardiac Electrophysiology Program
Professor of Medicine, University of California San Diego
[email protected]
Consultant, equity holder – Acutus Medical, Inc.
Consultant – Medwaves, Inc.
Consultant – Vector Medical
Consultant, equity holder – Lucia Health Guidelines
Consultant – Altathera Pharmaceuticals

Roger A. Freedman, MD

Roger A. Freedman, MD

Professor of Medicine
University of Utah
Consultant – Abbott Medical
Consultant, educator – Cook Medical
Consultant – Merit Medical
Edward P. Gerstenfeld, MD

Edward P. Gerstenfeld, MD

Chief of EP, Professor of Medicine

Advisory Board Member – Biosense Webster, Farapulse
Speaker – Medtronic

Hamid Ghanbari, MD, MPH

Hamid Ghanbari, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor
University of MichiganConsultant – Preventice, VerifyGrantee – Toyota

Rakesh Gopinathannair, MD, MA, FHRS

Rakesh Gopinathannair, MD, MA, FHRS

Cardia EP Lab Director
Kansas City Heart Rhythm Institute, HCA Healthcare

Consultant – Abbot, Biotronik, Boston Scientific, Zoll Medical
Speaker – Pfizer

Dhiraj Gupta, FRCP

Dhiraj Gupta, FRCP

Consultant Cardiologist
Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital

Grantee – Biosense Webster, Boston Scientific
M. Edip Gurol, MD

M. Edip Gurol, MD

Director, High Hemorrhage Risk Stroke Prevention
Massachusetts General Hospital

Grantee – Boston Scientific
Grantee – Pfizer
Grantee – AVID
David Haines, MD

David Haines, MD

Director, Heart Rhythm Center
Beaumont Hospital

Consultant & Stock Holder – Affera
Speaker – Biosense Webster
Consultant – Boston Scientific, Integer
Consultant, Steering Committee Member & Grantee – Medtronic
Janet K. Han, MD

Janet K. Han, MD

Associate Professor, Cardiac EP
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System / UCLA

Speaker – Abbott, Medtronic
Mellanie True Hills, CSP

Mellanie True Hills, CSP

Founder & CEO, StopAfib.org
(Advocacy organization for those living with atrial fibrillation)
[email protected]
Owner – StopAfib.org
Owner – True Hills, Inc.

Gerhard Hindricks, Prof. Dr.

Gerhard Hindricks, Prof. Dr.

Director & Head of Electrophysiology
Heart Center Leipzig
No relevant financial relationships
Jonathan Hsu, MD, MAS

Jonathan Hsu, MD, MAS

Associate Professor, UC San Diego

Honoraria recipient – Medtronic, Boston Scientific, Abbott, Biotronik, Biosense-Webster, Zoll Medical, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer
Grantee – Biotronik, Biosense-Webster
Equity interest – Acutus Medical, Vektor Medical

Elaine M. Hylek, MD, MPH

Elaine M. Hylek, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
[email protected]
Consultant, grantee – BMS/Pfizer, Janssen, Medtronic
Consultant, speaker – Boehringer Ingelheim
Grantee – Abbott

Mark Ibrahim, MD, FACC

Mark Ibrahim, MD, FACC

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Radiology Co-Director, Advanced Cardiac Imaging Fellowship Program
University of Utah
Grantee – Coronary CT angiogram
Medical Technology Software – 3D – blockages

Pierre Jais, MD

Pierre Jais, MD

Professor Cardiology
Univ Bordeaux
[email protected]
Equity holder – Affera
Equity holder, speaker – Farapulse

Eugene Kholmovski, PhD

Eugene Kholmovski, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Radiology & Imaging Sciences, University of Utah

Consultant – MRI Interventions, Inc.Consultant & Ownership Interest – Marrek, Inc.
Bradley P. Knight, MD

Bradley P. Knight, MD

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Consultant, speaker, fellowship support – Abbott, Biosense-Webster, Biotronik, Boston Scientific, Medtronic
Andrew Krahn, MD

Andrew Krahn, MD

Chief of Cardiology
University of British Columbia

No relevant financial relationships

 

Karl-Heinz Kuck

Karl-Heinz Kuck

Head of LANS Cardio
Lanserhof

Grantee & personal fees – Biotronik, Biosense Webster, Impulse Dynamics
Dhanunjaya “DJ” Lakkireddy, MD, FACC, FHRS

Dhanunjaya “DJ” Lakkireddy, MD, FACC, FHRS

Executive Medical Director
Kansas City Heart Rhythm Institute
[email protected]
No relevant financial relationships.

Randall J. Lee, MD

Randall J. Lee, MD

Professor of Medicine
University of California San Francisco

Medical Director, part time – AtriCure
Consultant – CardiaCare, Milestone Pharmaceutical
Equity Holder & advisor – Adona, LifeSignals

 Chan Ho Lim, BS

Chan Ho Lim, BS

Applications Developer, Tulane University (TRIAD)
[email protected]
No relevant financial relationships

Trudie C. A. Lobban, MBE, FRCP, Edin

Trudie C. A. Lobban, MBE, FRCP, Edin

Founder & CEO, Arrhythmia Alliance, AF Association, STARS (Syncope Trust)

No relevant financial relationships
Christian Mahnkopf, MD

Christian Mahnkopf, MD

Deputy Chief of Cardiology
Director, Cardiac MRI
Klinikum Coburg

No relevant financial relationships

John Mandrola, MD

John Mandrola, MD

Cardiac Electrophysiologist
Baptist Health Louisville
No relevant financial relationships.

Moussa Mansour, MD

Moussa Mansour, MD

Director, AFib Program
Massachusetts General Hospital
Consultant and grantee  – Biosense-Webster, Abbott, Boston Scientific, Medtronic
Equity holder – Affera, EPD Solutions, NewPace Ltd.

Francis Marchlinski, MD

Francis Marchlinski, MD

Director Electrophysiology & EP Lab
University of Pennsylvania

Speaker – Biotronik, Boston Scientific
Speaker & Consultant – Biosense Webster
Advisory Board Member – Abbott / St. Jude
Advisory Board Member & Speaker – Medtronic
Nassir F. Marrouche, MD (*)

Nassir F. Marrouche, MD (*)

Director of EP Department,
Tulane University

Consultant – Preventice Services
Consultant, grantee – Biosense Webster
Grantee – Abbott, Boston Scientific, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Siemens Healthineers

Christopher McGann, MD

Christopher McGann, MD

Co-Executive Medical Director & Director Advance Imaging
Swedish Heart & Vascular
No relevant financial relationships 

David McManus, MD, ScM

David McManus, MD, ScM

Chair of Medicine
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Grantee – Apple, Bristol Myers Squibb / Pfizer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Flexcon
Consultant – Bristol Myers Squibb / Pfizer, Heart Rhythm Society, Flexcon, Avandia (Boston Biomedical) Associates

Gregory F. Michaud, MD

Gregory F. Michaud, MD

Section Chief, Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Consultant & Speaker – Biosense Webster, Boston Scientific
Speaker – Abbott, Biotronik, Medtronic

Suneet Mittal, MD

Suneet Mittal, MD

Director, EP
Valley Hospital

Consultant – Boston Scientific
Consultant – Medtronic
Lluis Mont, MD, PhD, Prof.

Lluis Mont, MD, PhD, Prof.

Head of Arrhythmia Section, Cardiovascular Clinical Institute
Hospital Clinic de Barcelona
[email protected]
Lecturer, consultant, advisory board – Abbott Medical, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Biosense-Webster
Advisory board – Medlumics

Sanjiv M. Narayan, MD, PhD

Sanjiv M. Narayan, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)
Stanford University Medical Center

Consultant – Abbott
Royalty recipient – Uptodate
Consultant – ACC
Grantee – NIH
Patent relationship – UCSD
Andrea Natale, MD, FACC, FHRS, FESC

Andrea Natale, MD, FACC, FHRS, FESC

Executive Medical Director, Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia
Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia at St. David’s Medical Center
[email protected]
Consultant, speaker – Biosense-Webster
Consultant, speaker –  Boston Scientific
Consultant, speaker –  Abbott
Consultant, speaker – Medtronic
Consultant – Biotronik

Leenhapong Navaravong, MD

Leenhapong Navaravong, MD

Cardiac Electrophysiologist, University of Utah Health
Grantee –  Abbott
Grantee –  Biosense-Webster
Grantee – Boston Scientific
Grantee – Medtronic

Saman Nazarian, MD, PhD

Saman Nazarian, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Consultant, grantee – Circle Software
Grantee – Siemens
Grantee – ImriCor
Grantee – Biosense-Webster
Consultant, grantee – CardioSolv
Douglas L. Packer, MD

Douglas L. Packer, MD

Consultant, Mayo Clinic
Consultant – Biotronik, MediaSphere Medical
Grantee – Abbott, Biosense Webster, Boston Scientific/EPT, CardioInsight, CardioFocus, Enosense, German Heart Foundation, Hansen Medical, Medtronic, NIH, Robertson Foundation, St. Jude Medical, Siemens, Termedical
Royalty Recipient – via licenses to Mayo Clinic & St. Jude Medical
Joint Equity w/Mayo Clinic – External Beam Ablation Medical Devices
Royalty Recipient – Wiley & Sons, Oxford, St. Jude Medical
(Unpaid Consultant – Abbott, AtriFix, Biosense Webster, Boston Scientific, CardioFocus, Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, St. Jude Medical, Siemens, SigNum Preemptive Healthcare, Spectrum Dynamics, Thermedical)
Rod Passman, MD, MSCE

Rod Passman, MD, MSCE

Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University
No relevant financial relationships
David Peritz, MD

David Peritz, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Dartmouth Hitchcock

No relevant financial relationships
Nicholas S. Peters

Nicholas S. Peters

Professor of Cardiology
Imperial College London

No relevant financial relationships
Jeanne E. Poole, MD

Jeanne E. Poole, MD

Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Section Head Electrophysiology
University of Washington Physicians
[email protected]
Grantee – AtriCure
Grantee –  Kestra, Inc.
Grantee –  Biotronik

Eric N. Prystowsky, MD

Eric N. Prystowsky, MD

Director, Cardiac Arrhythmia Service
Ascension Medical Group
Consultant – Biotelemetry
Consultant – Medtronic
Alexies Ramirez, MD, FHRS

Alexies Ramirez, MD, FHRS

Health First Medical Group

No relevant financial relationships

Vivek Reddy, MD

Vivek Reddy, MD

Director, Electrophysiology
Mount Sinai Hospital
[email protected]
Consultant – Abbott, Biosense-Webster, Biotronik, Boston Scientific, Cardiofocus, Cardionomic, CardioNXT/AFTx, EBR, Fire1, Impulse Dynamics, Medlumics, Medtronic, Philips, Pulse Biosciences, Thermedical
Consultant & equity holder – Ablacon, Acutus, Affera, Apama Medical, Aquaheart, Atacor, Autonomix, Axon Therapeutics, Backbeat, BioSig, Cardiac Implants, CardiaCare, Circa Scientific, Corvia Medical, Dinova-Hangzhou Nuomao Medtech, East End Medical, EPD, Epix Therapeutics, EpiEP, Eximo, Farapulse, HRT, Intershunt, Javelin, Kardium, Keystone Heart, LuxMed, Middlepeak, Nuvera, Sirona Medical, ValCare
Equity holder – Manual Surgical Sciences, Newpace, Surecor, Vizaramed

Andrea M. Russo, MD

Andrea M. Russo, MD

Director, EP & Arrhythmia Services,
Director CCEP Fellowship
Cooper University Hospital
Frank Sachse, PhD

Frank Sachse, PhD

Associate Professor, University of Utah

No relevant financial relationships
Walid Saliba, MD

Walid Saliba, MD

Director, Atrial Fibrillation Center
Cleveland Clinic

Advisory Board – Boston Scientific
Advisory Board – Biosense Webster
Rohan Samson, MD

Rohan Samson, MD

Assistant Professor
Associate Program Director
Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship
Tulane University
No relevant financial relationships

Prashanthan Sanders, MBBS, PhD

Prashanthan Sanders, MBBS, PhD

Director of Clinical Electrophysiology
University of Adelaide
Advisory Board Member – PacemateGrantee – Microport
Advisory Board Member, Grantee & Consultant – Abbott, Boston Scientific, Medtronic
Edward J. Schloss, MD, FHRS

Edward J. Schloss, MD, FHRS

Division Chief, Cardiac Electrophysiology
The Christ Hospital
Stockholder – AliveCor
Consultant & researcher – Boston Scientific, Medtronic
Melvin Sheinman, MD

Melvin Sheinman, MD

Professor of Medicine
University of California San Francisco

Speaker – Abbott, Biosense Webster, Biotronik

Philipp Sommer, MD

Philipp Sommer, MD

Director Clinic for EP
Herz – und Diabeteszentrum NRW
Advisory Board, Abbott
Advisory Board – Biosense Webster
Advisory Board – Boston Scientific
Advisory Board – Medtronic
James D. Thomas, MD, FASE, FACC, FESC

James D. Thomas, MD, FASE, FACC, FESC

Director, Center for Heart Valve Disease
Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University
[email protected]
Consultant – Edwards
Consultant – Abbott
Consultant – GE
Consultant, spouse employment – Caption Health

Natalia Trayanova, PhD, FHRS, FAHA

Natalia Trayanova, PhD, FHRS, FAHA

Professor, Johns Hopkins University

No relevant financial relationships
Roderick Tung, MD

Roderick Tung, MD

Professor of Medicine & Director of Cardiac EP & EP Lag
University of Chicago
No relevant financial relationships 

Mintu Turakhia, MD

Mintu Turakhia, MD

Associate Professor
Stanford University
Consultant – Medtronic, Abbott, iRhythm, Novartis, Biotronic, Sanofi, Pfizer, Myokardia, Johnson & Johnson, Milestone Pharmaceuticals
Grantee –  Janssen, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol Myers Squibb, American Heart Association, SentreHeart, Apple, Bayer
Consultant & Grantee – 
Cardiva Medical

Gaston R. Vergara, MD

Gaston R. Vergara, MD

Cardiac Electrophysiologist
Heart Center of Nevada

No relevant financial relationships

Elaine Y. Wan, MD

Elaine Y. Wan, MD

Assistant Professor, Columbia University
[email protected]
Consultant – Boston Scientific
Consultant – Medtronic
Grantee – NIH

Bassam Wanna, MD

Bassam Wanna, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, CCEP
Tulane University

No relevant financial relationships
Oussama M. Wazni, MD (*)

Oussama M. Wazni, MD (*)

Section Head, EP
Cleveland Clinic
[email protected]
Consultant – Boston Scientific
Consultant – Biosense-Webster
Speaker – Medtronic

David J. Wilber, MD

David J. Wilber, MD

Professor of Medicine, Director Clinical Electrophysiology
Loyola University Medical Center
Consultant & grantee – Atricure,
Grantee – Boston Scientific
Speaker – Medtronic
Consultant, advisory board member, grantee – Biosense Webster
Brent D. Wilson, MD, PhD

Brent D. Wilson, MD, PhD

Director, Cardiovascular Center, Section Chief, General Cardiology/Imaging
[email protected]
No relevant financial relationships

Christina J. Wurster, MBA

Christina J. Wurster, MBA

Chief Strategy Officer
Heart Rhythm Society

No relevant financial relationships

All relevant financial relationships of faculty and planners were resolved prior to the symposium.

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES:

  • To share the latest and currently developing knowledge of the critical issues around atrial fibrillation and related systems involvement including, but not limited to stroke prevention, GI and gastroenterology involvement, and post-ablation bleeding.
  • To facilitate a focus on new, global technologies, recent research findings, and new procedures available for improved patient care.
  • To support the development and use of cost-effective procedures and treatments including but not limited to anti-fibrotic drugs, new EP techniques, and other pharmacologic agents.
  • To stimulate consensus building on treatment choices for recurrent arrhythmias pre and post -ablation, mobile health applications, ablation techniques, mapping and other current and developing technologies and interventions.
  • To provide a forum for global information sharing and integration of all concepts in the fields working on atrial fibrillation.