University of Calgary

Heart Rhythm Society names new president

UToday HomeMay 17, 2012

Anne Gillis. Photo by Bruce PerraultDr. Anne Gillis, an internationally recognized clinician and heart specialist, has been named president of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS). Photo by Bruce PerraultProfessor of medicine and medical director of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Program at the university’s Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta, Dr. Anne Gillis was named president of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) during the 33rd Annual Scientific Sessions held in Boston last week.

Announced during the Presidents’ Reception on May 11, Gillis now serves as the 34th president of HRS and the second international president preceded by Bernard S. Goldman, MD (1982-1983).

“I’m honoured and privileged to serve the Heart Rhythm Society this year and follow in the footsteps of many extraordinary leaders in our field,” says Gillis. “As the second international president of the Society, I not only look forward to placing emphasis on international collaboration and expanding global membership, but also increasing our opportunities in areas of research and guideline development to further advance the quality of care of our patients.”

Gillis, who joined the Faculty of Medicine in 1986, is an internationally recognized clinician and heart specialist who has published many studies contributing to the world’s understanding of mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias and the development of new treatments. Her current research interests focus on mechanisms of arrhythmogenesis in experimental models and the use of implantable device therapy for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. Her research has been supported by Alberta Innovates Health Solutions, the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

During her term, she plans to continue to stress the importance of the collaboration between physicians and allied health professions to build on the Society’s unique patient-centered approach. She also plans to work to strengthen the Society’s Sudden Cardiac Arrest awareness campaign internationally, launch a new U.S. public awareness campaign around device therapy and implement new efforts in research, education and patient advocacy.

The Heart Rhythm Society is the international leader in science, education and advocacy for cardiac arrhythmia professionals and patients, and the primary information resource on heart rhythm disorders. Its mission is to improve the care of patients by promoting research, education and optimal health care policies and standards. Incorporated in 1979 and based in Washington, D.C., it has a membership of more than 5,600 heart rhythm professionals in more than 70 countries around the world.