Meet the Experts

40th Annual
Scientific Sessions

May 8-11, 2019

Moscone Center
San Francisco, CA


Heart Rhythm Society Leadership

Heart Rhythm Society leadership will be available for media interviews during Scientific Sessions. Please contact Megan Fricke or Allison Wedekind to schedule an interview.

Thomas F. Deering, MD, FHRS

Thomas F. Deering, MD, FHRS is the President of Heart Rhythm Society. Dr. Deering is Chief of the Arrhythmia Center at the Piedmont Heart Institute in Atlanta, where he is also Chairman of the Executive Council and the Clinical Centers for Excellence. He has participated in a number of arrhythmia research trials and serves as a reviewer for several major cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology journals. He has served as a speaker and moderator at national and international cardiology meetings.

He has been broadly involved in HRS, most notably as an abstract reviewer for Scientific Sessions for over 20 years and Chair of the Membership Committee. Dr. Deering earned his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and did his fellowship training at Boston University Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center.

George Van Hare MD, FHRS, CCDS, CEPS
Immediate Past President

George F. Van Hare, MD, FHRS, CCDS, CEPS is the Immediate Past President of the Heart Rhythm Society. He is the Louis Larrick Ward Professor of Pediatrics, as well as the Director of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at Washington University School of Medicine and St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Van Hare is a pediatric electrophysiologist and is a past-president of the Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiology Society. He is a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society and the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Hare is a member of the Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiology section, a member of the International Society on Adult Congenital Heart Disease and a member of the American Heart Association and the Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young. He serves as the Pediatric Chair of the Physician Electrophysiology examination given by the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners, and serves on the Board Exam Committee for the new ABIM Subspecialty Examination in Adult Congenital Heart Disease.

Dr. Van Hare’s research has been in the development of ablation methods in children and in patients who have survived surgery for congenital heart disease, with a strong focus on organizing multi-center pediatric studies. He led the NIH-funded pediatric ablation study, PAPCA (Prospective Assessment after Pediatric Cardiac Ablation). He is an author of more than 125 peer-reviewed studies and many reviews and book chapters, and is Associate Editor of the textbook Pediatric Cardiovascular Medicine.

Dr. Van Hare attended medical school at the University of Connecticut, and completed his residency in pediatrics at Case Western Reserve. He completed a fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of California San Francisco, where he also completed a clinical fellowship in adult electrophysiology.

Andrea M. Russo, MD, FHRS

Dr. Russo is Director of the Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia Services at Cooper University Hospital and Professor of Medicine in the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. She has served on numerous HRS committees and task forces, including the Scientific Sessions Program Committee, and is a member of the HeartRhythm Journal editorial board. She is a member of the HRS/EHRA/APHRS/SOLAECE Expert Consensus Statement on Optimal Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Programming and Testing.

Dr. Russo received her medical degree from Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York. She did her residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and her fellowship training at the Robert Woods Johnson Medical School Cooper Hospital.

Christine M. Albert, MD, MPH
First Vice-President

Dr. Albert is the Director of the Center for Arrhythmia Prevention at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She received her MD from Harvard Medical School and MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Cardiac Electrophysiology training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She currently holds joint appointments as a clinical cardiac electrophysiologist and epidemiologist within the Divisions of Cardiovascular and Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Albert is currently the Principal Investigator on two NIH-sponsored R01s, and her research focuses on epidemiology, risk stratification, and prevention of sudden cardiac death and atrial fibrillation in large prospective cohort designs and in multi-center clinical studies, most notably seminal contributions regarding the contribution of diet, lifestyle, and genetics to the burden of heart rhythm disorders. Dr. Albert also serves on the editorial board of HeartRhythm.

James H. Youngblood

James H. Youngblood
Chief Executive Officer

James H. Youngblood currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Heart Rhythm Society. His role requires the strategic leadership of the organization, as well as oversight of the Society’s numerous initiatives and services, including membership and member services, educational programs and services, advocacy, strategic alliances, and organizational infrastructure issues.

Prior to joined the Heart Rhythm Society, Mr. Youngblood was the Executive Vice President of Science Operations for the American Heart Association (AHA). In this position, he oversaw the AHA’s Science Division, which consisted of all of the AHA’s meetings, including the annual Scientific Sessions and Exhibits, an international meeting with approximately 35,000 attendees, all other AHA meetings as well as the AHA’s journals, scientific councils, research programs, and membership.

He began his career at the AHA as a Manager, Training Organizational Development, and moved through various meetings management positions during his career there.

Mr. Youngblood has served in numerous volunteer positions, including Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Professional Convention Management Association, and a Trustee of the PCMA Foundation Board. He was presented PCMA’s Distinguished Service Award. He has also served on various other meetings industry boards, including the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the American Society of Association Executives Meetings and Expositions Council, and currently serves on the ASAE Foundation Board. Mr. Youngblood holds a B.A. in Economics/Society and an M.A. in Humanities from the University of Arkansas.