2019 WAF FACULTY

This year’s distinguished faculty of physicians and researchers hail from several countries and renowned biomedical centers. They are a think tank of leading minds, researchers and clinicians within the Atrial Fibrillation Medical Field.

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

Christine Albert, MD, MPH

Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Amin Al-Ahmad

Amin Al-Ahmad

Feras Bader, MD, MS, FACC

Associate Professor of Medicine
Vice Chairman, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
Director, Section of Heart Failure and Treatment, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Michael R. Bristow, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Cardiology University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus

Lisa Anne Cannon-Albright, PhD

Professor, Genetic Epidemiology Program, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine

Mihail Chelu, MD, PhD, FHRS

Mihail Chelu, MD, PhD, FHRS

University of Utah

Ralph J. Damiano, Jr., MD

Evarts A. Graham Professor of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine
Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Co-Chair, Heart & Vascular Center

John Day, MD

Electrophysiologist, Intermountain Medical Center

Thomas Deneke, MD, PhD

Director, Clinic for Invasive Electrophysiology, Heart Center Bad Neustadt

Rahul N. Doshi, MD, FACC, FHRS

Director EP, USC School of Medicine, Keck USC Medical Center, LAC—USC Medical Center
Program Director, CCEP, Keck USC School of Medicine
Professor of Clinical Medicine

M. Edip Gurol, MD, MSc

Vascular Neurologist, Associate Director of Vascular Lab, Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Bengt Herweg, MD

Bengt Herweg, MD

Director, Electrophysiology & Arrhythmia Services

Jonathan Hsu, MD, MAS

Associate Professor, University of California, San Diego

Elaine M. Hylek, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
Director, Thrombosis & Antiocoagulation Service, Boston Medical Center

Mark Ibrahim, MD, FACC

Mark Ibrahim, MD, FACC

Assistant Professor, University of Utah School of Medicine
Associate Program Director, Advanced Cardiac Imaging Fellowship Program

Wael A. Jaber, MD

Staff Cardiologist, Professor of Medicine & Director of Nuclear Cardiology & Imaging Core Lab, Cleveland Clinic

Stacey A. Johnson, MD

Stacey A. Johnson, MD

University of Utah School of Medicine
UUH Thrombosis Service Medical Director & Internal Medicine Hospitalist, University of Utah Health

Bradley P. Knight

Bradley P. Knight

Director

Mohamed Rafa Labedi, MD, FACC, FHRS

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Southern Illinois University

Christian Mahnkopf, Dr. med.

Executive Senior Physician, Deputy Chief Physician, Medical Director Cardiac MRi, Coburg Germany

Francis E. Marchlinski, MD

Francis E. Marchlinski, MD

Richard T. & Angela Clark President’s Distinguished Professor
Director of Electrophysiology Laboratory, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Director of Electrophysiology, University of Pennsylvania Health System

Nassir F. Marrouche, MD

Nassir F. Marrouche, MD

CME Course Director
Founder, Global Heart Research & Education Foundation

Thomas McGarry, MD, PhD, FHRS

Thomas McGarry, MD, PhD, FHRS

Staff Physician, George E. Wahlen VA Medical Center;
Associate Professor, University of Utah

Suneet Mittal, MD

Suneet Mittal, MD

Director, Electrophysiology, The Valley Health System, Ridgewood, NJ

Devi Gopinath Nair, MD, FACC, FHRS

Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology, St. Bernard’s Medical Center & White River Medical Center

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Sanjiv M. Narayan, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine), Stanford University Medical Center

Leenhapong Navaravong, MD

Leenhapong Navaravong, MD

Cardiac Electrophysiologist, Unity Point Clinic

Andrea Natale, MD, FHRS, FACC, FESC

Andrea Natale, MD, FHRS, FACC, FESC

Executive Medical Director, Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David’s Medical Center

Douglas L. Packer, MD

Professor of Medicine, Department of Cardiovascular Diseases, Division of Cardiac Electrophysiology, Mayo Clinic Rochester

Jonathan P. Piccini, MD, MHS, FACC, FAHA, FHRS

Jonathan P. Piccini, MD, MHS, FACC, FAHA, FHRS

Associate Professor of Medicine, Director Duke Center for Atrial Fibrillation, Duke University Medical
Center

Eric N. Prystowsky, MD

Director, Cardiac Arrhythmia Service, St. Vincent Hospital

Alexies Ramirez, MD

Alexies Ramirez, MD

Cardiac Electrophysiologist, Health First Medical Group

Ravi Ranjan, MD, PhD, FHRS

Ravi Ranjan, MD, PhD, FHRS

University of Utah Cardiovascular Medicine Division Associate Professor, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Kamran Rizvi, MD

Kamran Rizvi, MD

Medical Director, DP, Medical City Health

Walad Saliba, MD

Director, Atrial Fibrillation Center, Cleveland Clinic
Director, EP Labs, Cleveland Clinic

Melvin Scheinman

Professor of Medicine & Chief Genetic Arrhythmia Unit, University of California, San Francisco

Edward J. Schloss, MD

Medical Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology, The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati Ohio

Benjamin A. Steinberg, MD, MHS, FACC, FHRS

Benjamin A. Steinberg, MD, MHS, FACC, FHRS

Assistant Professor, Cardiac Electrophysiology, University of Utah Health, Cardiovascular Medicine Division

Krishna M. Sundar, MD

Krishna M. Sundar, MD

Clinical Professor, Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Medical Director, Sleep Wake Center, University of Utah

Khaldoun G. Tarakji, MD, MPH

Khaldoun G. Tarakji, MD, MPH

Director, Electrophysiology Outpatient Department & Cardiac Remote Monitoring
Director, Heart & Vascular Institute Center for Digital Health
Section of Cardiac Electrophysiology, Heart & Vascular Institute Cleveland Clinic

Atul Verma, MD, FRCPC, FHRS

Atul Verma, MD, FRCPC, FHRS

Director, Heart Rhythm Program, Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket, Canada
Associate Professor, University of Toronto
Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

Oussama Wazni

Oussama Wazni

Section Head Cardiac EP, Cleveland Clinic

Bassam Wanna, MD

Bassam Wanna, MD

LVRMC an HCA hospital, CCEP

Darryl Wells, MD, MBA, FHRS

Darryl Wells, MD, MBA, FHRS

Medical Director of EP, Swedish Medical Center

Brent Wilson, MD, PhD

Brent Wilson, MD, PhD

Section Chief, General Cardiology/Imaging
Director, Cardiovascular Center
Director, Cardiology Clinical Services
Director, Advanced Cardiac Imaging Fellowship Program

Lin Yenn-Jiang

Director of Cardiology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan
Professor of Faculty of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei Taiwan

Nazem Akoum, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Medicine & Director of the Atrial Fibrillation Program, University of
Washington School of Medicine

Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia Service, Harborview Medical Center

Alex Babkin

Alex Babkin

Johannes Brachmann, Prof. Dr

Johannes Brachmann, Prof. Dr.

Chief Medical Officer, Chief of Cardiology, Klinikum Coburg GmbH, Coburg, Germany

T. Jared Bunch, MD

Medical Director, Hearth Rhythm Service, Intermountain Healthcare
Director of Hearth Rhythm Research, Intermountain Healthcare

David J. Callans, MD

Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Associate Director of Electrophysiology, University of Pennsylvania Health System

Phillip Cuculich, MD

Phillip Cuculich, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine

Emile Daoud, MD

Section Chief, Cardiac Electrophysiology
Professor, Internal Medicine
Ross Heart Hospital Wexner Medical Center
Ohio State University

Thomas F. Deering, MD, MBA

Mark E. Silverman, M.D Educational Chair
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Medical College of Georgia
Chief Quality Officer, Piedmont Heart Institute
Chief, Arrhythmia Center, Piedmont Heart Institute

Ed DiBella, PhD

Ed DiBella, PhD

Professor, University of Utah

Michael Ezekowitz

Michael Ezekowitz

Professor of Medicine, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University Attending Cardiologist Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital

David E. Haines, MD

Professor, Cardiovascular Medicine, Oakland U William Beaumont School of Medicine
Director, Heart Rhythm Center, Beaumont Health

Johannes Brachmann, Prof. Dr

Gerhard Hindricks, Prof. Dr.

Director & Head of Electrophysiology, Heart Center Leipzig

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Stefan H. Hohnloser, MD, FACC, FHRS, FESC

Director, Clinical Electrophysiology, J W Goethe University, Department of Cardiology, Division
Clinical Electrophysiology

Mellanie True Hills, CSP

Mellanie True Hills, CSP

CEO & Founder, StopAfib.org
Author, A Woman’s Guide to Saving Her Own Life

Pierre Jais, MD

Pierre Jais, MD

Professor of Cardiology, Universite de Bordeaux

Charles Jazra, MD

Charles Jazra, MD

Private Practice, Cardiology
Saint Joseph’s Hospital Bawchrieh, Lebanon

Eugene G. Kholmovski, PhD

Eugene G. Kholmovski, PhD

Associate Professor, Research, University of Utah

Dhanunjaya (DJ) Lakkireddy, MD

Executive Medical Director, Kansas City Heart Rhythm Institute, HCA Health Midwest

W. Alexander Leber, Prof. Dr.

Director, Isar Heart Center, Munich Germany

Moussa Mansour, MD

Moussa Mansour, MD

Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
Director, Atrial Fibrillation Program, Massachusetts General Hospital
Jeremy Ruskin & Dan Starks Endowed Chair in Cardiology

John Mandrola

John Mandrola

Baptist Health Louisville

Debbie McCall, BS, MBA

Debbie McCall, BS, MBA

Co-owner, RTP Consulting

Christopher J. McGann, MD

Christopher J. McGann, MD

Director Cardiac Imaging, Co-Executive Medical Director, Swedish Heart and Vascular

Gregory F. Michaud, MD

Gregory F. Michaud, MD

Director, Arrhythmia Section, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt School of Medicine

Alan Morris, MS

Alan Morris, MS

Software Developer, Image Processing Researcher, CARMA Center, University of Utah

Jose Nativi-Nicolau, MD

Jose Nativi-Nicolau, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine & Transplant Cardiologist, University of Utah Health

Saman Nazarian, MD, PhD, FHRS

Saman Nazarian, MD, PhD, FHRS

Associate Professor of Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Mario Njeim, MD

Cardiologist & Cardia Electrophysiologist, Hotel-Dieu de France Hospital, Beirut, Lebanon
Lecturer, Saint Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon
Co-Chair, Electrophysiology Work Group, Lebanese Society of Cardiology

Milton Packer, MD

Milton Packer, MD

Baylor University Medical Center

Jeanne E. Poole, MD, FHRS

Jeanne E. Poole, MD, FHRS

Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Section Head Electrophysiology, University of Washington

Antonio Raviele, MD, FEHRA, FESC, FHRS

Antonio Raviele, MD, FEHRA, FESC, FHRS

Cardiology & Arrhythmologist
Former Director of the Cardiovascular Department Dell’Angelo Hospital, Venice-Mestre, Italy
President of ALFA – Alliance to Fight Atrial Fibrillation
President of the International Congress VeniceArrhthmias

Steve Rechenmacher, MD

Steve Rechenmacher, MD

Cardiac Electrophysiology, The Vancouver Clinic

Andrew Russman, DO

Head, Cleveland Clinic Stroke Program

Andrea M. Russo, MD

Andrea M. Russo, MD

Professor of Medicine, Copper Medical School of Rowan University
Director, Electrophysiology & Arrhythmia Services, Copper University Hospital
Director, CCEP Fellowship

Prash Sanders

Prash Sanders

Boris Schmidt, Dr

Department Head, Cardioanagiologisches Centrum Bethanien – Agaplesion Markus Hospital, Frankfurt, Germany

Christian Sohns, MD

Christian Sohns, MD

Deputy Director
Clinic for Electrophysiology
Ruhr University Bochum
Bad Oeynhausen, Germany

Vikas Sharma

Vikas Sharma

Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Utah
Surgical lead for the arrhythmia surgery & adult congenital heart disease program

Kalyanam Shivkuamar, MD, PhD

Kalyanam Shivkuamar, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine & Radiology
Director, UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center & EP Programs
Director & Chief, UCLA Interventional CV Programs
Director Adult Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories, RR UCLA Medical Center
UCLA Health System

Mintu Turakhia, MD

Mintu Turakhia, MD

Associate Professor & Director, Center for Digital Health, Stanford University
Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology, VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Gaston R. Vergara

Gaston R. Vergara

Reza Wakili, MD

Reza Wakili, MD

Head of Arrhythmia Service and Electrophysiology Section, Clinic of Cardiology; Professor of Medicine
and Cardiac Electrophysiology, University of Duisburg-Essen, University Hospital Essen, Westgerman
Heart and Vascular Center Essen, Essen, Germany

Travis Scott Wall, MD

Associate Chief of Medicine, Salt Lake City VA Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Utah

David J Wilber, MD

David J Wilber, MD

Director, Clinical EP, Loyola University Medical Center

Takanori Yamaguchi, MD

Professor, Cardiovascular Medicine, Saga University, Saga Japan