Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Grand Rounds

The Epidemic of Atrial Fibrillation and Catheter Ablation

Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Thursday, February 20, 2014

8:00 AM: Forchheimer Medical Science Building 3rd Floor Lecture Hall

Speaker & Info

Luigi Di Biase, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (Cardiology)
Senior Researcher
Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute

Repeated at 12:15 pm, Cherkasky Auditorium, Montefiore Medical Center.

Improving patient care is the heart of Dr. Luigi Di Biase's mission. He believes that this is possible through dedicated clinical practice associated to cutting-edge clinical research. Dr. Di Biase's research focuses on cardiology and electrophysiology with specific emphasis on catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation and ventricular arrhythmias performed either manually or with robotic catheter navigation. Additionally, his research focuses on heart failure, particularly cases treated with cardiac resynchronization therapy devices.

Dr. Di Biase, MD, PhD, FACC, FHRS, is a 2000 graduate (summa cum laude) of the medical school and a 2004 graduate (summa cum laude) of the cardiology residency program at the University of Bari, Bari, Italy. In 2006, Dr. Di Biase completed a Second-Level Master Degree in Electrophysiology and Pacing (summa cum laude) at the University of Insubria, Varese, Italy.

In 2007, Dr. Di Biase received a grant from the Italian National Society of Cardiology to pursue a research fellowship under the supervision of Dr. Andrea Natale at the Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio. The following year, he accepted a position in cardiac electrophysiology at the University of Texas Medical School Branch in Galveston, Texas, where he continued to focus on his research projects at St. David's Medical Center under the leadership of Dr. Natale.

Dr. Di Biase was appointed Assistant Professor in 2007 at the University of Foggia, Italy, where he completed the PhD program in cardiovascular physiopathology in November 2010.

In 2009, Dr. Di Biase was appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was promoted to Adjunct Associate Professor in 2012, the same year he joined Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center. He currently serves as the Senior Researcher at the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute and Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (Cardiology) at Einstein/Montefiore.

Dr. Di Biase is the author of about 160 publications in indexed journals, about 200 abstracts, and twelve electrophysiology book chapters. He has presented at numerous national and international conferences as an invited speaker.

Dr. Di Biase has received many awards, including the Italian Society of Cardiology Award, a grant for a fellowship in Cardiac Electrophysiology at the Cleveland Clinic, the ACC 08 (57th Annual Scientific Session) Best Poster Award Competition, the ESC 2008 State of the Art Featured Research award, the 2008 best international publication as first author for a manuscript published on a Journal with high impact factor from the Italian Society Cardiology (SIC), the 2009 and 2010 SIC Young Investigator Awards, and the 2011 Best Paper Award from CardioRhythm. He is a member of the Italian Federation of Cardiology and Electrophysiology (FIC-AIAC), the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA), the American College of Cardiology (ACC), the American Heart Association (AHA), and a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society (FHRS).

Objectives - after attending this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the rationale and the guidelines for the treatment of atrial fibrillation
  2. Understand the rationale for catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation
  3. To understand the role of catheter-based therapies as an alternative to traditional pharmacological treatment for the treatment of atrial fibrillation

Accreditation: Albert Einstein College of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 credit towards the AMA P

Host: Division of Cardiology (Department of Medicine)

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