Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

March 2, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Event Location: 
College of Medicine – Tucson
Event Location Other: 
UA COM Rm. 5403 & Banner - UMC South Conf. Rm. 3303

TOPIC: "Sudden Death Due to Cardiac Arrhythmias: a Case of 'Frayed Nerves'"
SPEAKER: Richard Verrier, PhD, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in the Cardiovascular Medicine Division at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He received his doctorate from the University of Virginia and completed his postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan. The focus of his research has been on the physiologic and pathophysiologic factors responsible for sudden cardiac death. His background is unique as he has worked closely and published extensively with two luminaries in cardiology, Dr. Bernard Lown, who developed DC cardioversion and pioneered the coronary care unit, and Dr. Mark Josephson, an authority in clinical cardiac electrophysiology.

The hallmark of his investigations has been a bench-to-bedside approach resulting in more than 220 peer-reviewed articles and 11 issued U.S. patents on novel ECG-based techniques for sudden death risk stratification. Among the most significant developments, together with Dr. Bruce Nearing, an expert in biomedical signal processing, has been in applying novel techniques to the phenomenon of T-wave alternans (TWA). Their widely-cited article in Science in 1991 helped to stimulate interest and launch numerous clinical studies of TWA for assessing risk for life-threatening arrhythmias. Dr. Verrier is lead author of a consensus guideline on TWA that was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology in 2011.  He is a member of numerous editorial boards and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and of the Heart Rhythm Society.  

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Department of Medicine Grand Rounds
The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

All faculty, CME Planning Committee members, and CME office reviewers have disclosed that they have no financial relationships with commercial interests that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this CME activity.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Diagnose a variety of internal medicine illnesses
  2. Understand more clearly advances in therapy
  3. Become truly professional physicians