Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Sibley Heart Center announced that three of its pediatric cardiologists have been selected to lead national cardiology organizations.
Peter Fischbach, M.D., Chief Academic Officer, Children’s Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Sibley Heart Center and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, was recently elected Vice President of the Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiology Society (PACES).
PACES is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the care of children and young adults with cardiac rhythm disturbances. The group was established to foster high-quality collaborative research and exchange of ideas on arrhythmia topics affecting infants and children. With the improved outcomes of children with congenital heart disease, the organization has expanded its scope to provide research on patients with congenital heart disease as they transition to adulthood.
Fischbach will serve a two-year term as vice president, and an additional two-year term as president of the organization, starting in 2011.
William T. Mahle, M.D., Medical Director, Heart Transplant Program, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Sibley Heart Center and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, was recently elected Vice President of the Pediatric Heart Transplant Study Group (PHTS).
The PHTS is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the science and treatment of children during listing for and following heart transplantation. The group established and maintains an international database for heart transplantation and uses the database to encourage and stimulate research in pediatric heart transplantation and the promotion of new therapeutic strategies. PHTS has 36 member institutions in North America and Europe, with more than 3,400 listed patients and more than 2,400 transplanted patients in the database.
Mahle will serve a two-year term as vice president and an additional two-year term as president of the organization.
Robert Vincent, M.D., Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories and Medical Director, Heart Transplant Program, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Sibley Heart Center; Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, was recently elected President of the Georgia Chapter of the American College of Cardiology and Governor of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). His term will begin in 2010.
The ACC and its state chapters work to promote high standards in the practice of cardiovascular medicine and surgery and to maximize the quality of cardiovascular care received by people in Georgia and throughout the United States and Canada. The Georgia Chapter also advises local and state governmental and professional organizations, as well as citizens, concerning issues related to cardiovascular disease and the practice of cardiovascular medicine and surgery. The organization, through its membership, strives to maintain the highest standards in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease.
“I am incredibly proud of the accomplishments of these physicians,” said Robert M. Campbell, M.D., Chief of Cardiac Services at the Children’s Sibley Heart Center. “Key leadership roles in three cardiac societies in the U.S. are currently held by physicians from Children’s.”