Course Information

The California Heart Rhythm Symposium 2017

UCLA Luskin Conference Center
Los Angeles, California

November 17, 2017 to November 18, 2017

*Please note that the course syllabus will be available online only to registered attendees.
A password link will be sent prior to the course.

Syllabus for Conference Registrants

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The California Heart Rhythm Symposium aims to bring together leaders in the field of cardiac arrhythmias and provides a forum for presentation and discussion of the latest advances in the field. The target audiences include practicing cardiac electrophysiologists, cardiologists, internists and allied health professionals. 

The meeting will highlight how the understanding of basic mechanisms and new advances is translated into clinical practice. Furthermore, the program will explore how clinical problems have created new avenues for research and therapeutics. 

The content of this educational activity was determined by rigorous assessment of program feedback from prior California Heart Rhythm symposia, expert faculty assessment and new medical knowledge in the field. 


Registration is closed. No on-site registration will be accepted.

By Mail

Send the completed enrollment form to:

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Office of Continuing Medical Education
UCLA Heart Rhythm Symposium
10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1060
Los Angeles, CA 90024-6512


Fax the enrollment form with charge card information and your authorizing signature to (310) 794-2624.

By Phone

Use your MasterCard, VISA, American Express or Discover card. Call (310) 794-2620.

Registration Fees

  • $150.00 - Physicians
  • $150.00 - Associated Professionals
  • $50.00 - Nurses, Techs, Residents, Fellows


Cancellations must be received in writing by Friday, October 20, 2017 and will be subject to a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be granted after that date. If, for any reason, the course must be cancelled, discontinued, or rescheduled by the Office of Continuing Medical Education, a full refund will be provided.

Course Directors

Noel G. Boyle, MD, PhD 

Gregory Feld, MD

Edward Gerstenfeld, MD

Kalyanam Shivkumar, MD, PhD

University of California Faculty

Olujimi Ajijola, MD, PhD, UCLA 
Jeffrey Ardell, PhD, UCLA
J. Andrew Armour, MD, PhD, UCLA
Malcolm Bersohn, MD, UCLA
Jason Bradfield, MD, UCLA
Eric Buch, MD, UCLA
Shelly Cote, NP, UCLA
Zenaida Feliciano, MD, UCLA
Alan Fogelman, MD, UCLA
Sam Fujimura, MD, UCLA
Jean Gima, NP, UCLA
Janet Han, MD, UCLA
Henry Hsia, MD, UCSF
Houman Khakpour, MD, UCLA
Yuliya Krokhaleva, MD, UCLA
Jonathan Hsu, MD, UCSD
Carlos Macias, MD, UCLA
Jeremy Moore, MD, UCLA
Jeffrey Olgin, MD, UCSF
Geraldine Pavez, NP, UCLA
Melvin Scheinman, MD, UCSF
Kevin Shannon, MD, UCLA
Julie Sorg, RN, MSN, UCLA
Johnese Spisso, MPA, UCLA
Uma Srivatsa, MD, UCD
John Tompkins, PhD, UCLA
Marmar Vaseghi, MD, PhD, UCLA

Invited Faculty

Maurits Allessie, PhD
Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Jared Bunch, MD
Intermountain Health System, Salt Lake City, UT

David Callans, MD
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Sumeet Chugh, MD
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Luigi Di Biase, MD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY

Kevin Donahue, MD
University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA

Rahul Doshi, MD
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Srinivas Dukkipati, MD
Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY

Kenneth Ellenbogen, MD
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Michael Gold, MD
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

David Haines, MD
Beaumont Health System, Royal Oak, MI

Bradley Knight, MD
Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

Dhanunjaya (DJ) Lakkireddy, MD
University of Kansas, Kansas City, MO

John Mandrola, MD
Louisville Cardiology Group, Louisville, KY

Frank Marchlinski, MD
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Nilesh Mathuria, MD
Texas Heart Institute, Houston, TX

Christian Meyer, MD
Hamburg University, Hamburg, Germany

Greg Michaud, MD
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Andrea Natale, MD
Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute, Austin, TX

Mark O’Neill, MD
Imperial College, London, UK

Kim Rajappan, MD
Oxford University, Oxford, UK

Melissa Robinson, MD
University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Magdi Saba, MD
St. George’s Hospital, University of London, UK

William Sauer, MD
University of Colorado, Denver, CO 

William Stevenson, MD
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Gordon Tomaselli, MD
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Roderick Tung, MD
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Friday, November 17, 2017

7:50 Welcome
Course Directors with Alan Fogelman, MD and Johnese Spisso, MPA
8:00 Case Presentations - Dilemmas in Atrial Fibrillation (AF)
Eric Buch, MD
8:15 Basic Physiology of AF
Maurits Allessie, PhD
8:30 Evolution in AF Treatments
Greg Michaud, MD
8:45 AF and Dementia - What Is the Connection?
Jared Bunch, MD
9:00 AF Ablation Guided by Basic Insights
Christian Meyer, MD
9:15 Current RF Ablation Strategies for AF
Andrea Natale, MD
9:30 Putting AF Ablation in Context
Jacob Koruth, MD
9:45 Discussion
10:00 Coffee Break / Exhibits
10:30 Personalized Models of AF for Ablation
Mark O'Neill, MD
10:45 Atrial Flutter and Atrial Fibrillation - What Is the Overlap?
Kim Rajappan, MD
11:00 Does LAA Isolation Have a Role in AF Ablation As Well As Stroke?
Dhanunjaya (DJ) Lakkireddy, MD
11:15 Management of AF in 2017 - Putting It All Together!
Bradley Knight, MD
11:30 Discussion
11:45 Buffet Lunch / Exhibits
1:00 Case Presentations - Dilemmas in Ventricular Tachycardia (VT)
Jason Bradfield, MD
1:15 The Evolution of VT Catheter Ablation
William Stevenson, MD
1:30 Ischemic VT Ablation
David Callans, MD
1:45 Non-Ischemic VT Ablation
Luigi Di Biase, MD
2:00 New Mapping Methods
Magdi Saba, MD
2:15 Beyond Catheter Ablation for VT
Marmar Vaseghi, MD, PhD
2:30 Discussion
2:45 Coffee Break / Exhibits
3:15 Case Presentations - More Case Dilemmas in VT
Roderick Tung, MD
3:30 Idiopathic VT and PVCs
Henry Hsia, MD
3:45 VT in ARVC / Brugada Syndrome
Melissa Robinson, MD
4:00 VT in Sarcoidosis
Wendy Tzou, MD
4:15 VT Ablation in VAD Patients
Nilesh Mathuria, MD
4:30 Discussion and Adjourn
6:00 Poster Session and Reception
Celebrating 15 Years of UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center with Faculty and Staff

Saturday, November 18, 2017

8:00 Case Presentations - His Bundle Pacing
Olujimi Ajijola, MD, PhD
8:15 Devices and Lead Management Update - Congenital Heart Disease Patients
Rahul Doshi, MD
8:40 State of the Art - Pacemakers
Kenneth Ellenbogen, MD
9:10 State of the Art - AF Management
Eric Buch, MD
9:35 State of the Art - VT Management
Frank Marchlinski, MD
10:00 Discussion
10:10 Coffee Break / Exhibits
10:40 EP - 1967-2017 - The First 50 Years!
Melvin Scheinman, MD
11:05 Why Basic Science Is Important to EP
Kevin Donahue, MD
11:30 AF and SCD – Global Perspectives
Sumeet Chugh, MD
11:55 Cardiac EP in the World of New Media
John Mandrola, MD
12:20 Discussion
12:30 Adjourn and Lunch

At the conclusion of this meeting, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the latest advances in the understanding of cardiac arrhythmias
  • Recognize how these advances are translated into new medical and interventional treatments
  • Apply these treatment advances to their clinical practices

The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The FDA has issued a concept paper which classifies commercial support of scientific and educational programs as promotional unless it can be affirmed that the program is "truly independent" and free of commercial influence. In addition to independence, the FDA requires that nonpromotional, commercially supported education be objective, balanced, and scientifically rigorous. The policy further states that all potential conflicts of interest of the CME staff and faculty be fully disclosed to the program's participants. In addition, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education policy mandates that the provider adequately manages all identified potential conflicts of interest prior to the program. We at UCLA fully endorse the letter and spirit of these concepts.


UCLA Luskin Conference Center
425 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(855) 522-8252

Surrounded by iconic UCLA landmarks, the Luskin Conference Center pulses with the energy of a vibrant campus community by day, while its hotel accommodations offer a comfortable place to recharge at night. Every day, new innovations are sparked right here at UCLA, and the Luskin Conference Center is at the heart of it all. With more than 25,000 square feet of versatile, thoughtfully-executed event space and 254 graciously appointed guest rooms—many of which offer inspiring views of lush, landscaped grounds and historic architecture—the center offers facilities that are simultaneously warm and welcoming, coolly functional and technologically impressive.

For more information, visit the hotel’s website at

Overnight Accommodations

We urge you to make reservations early. A limited block of rooms has been reserved at the Luskin Conference Center. Sleeping room rates start at $249 per night. 

To receive this special rate, you must make your reservation before the room block is filled or by the expiration date of October 17, 2017. Attendees are responsible for their own reservations. The standard hotel individual reservation cancellation policy will apply to the individual reservations, unless otherwise specified.

To reserve your room, please call the reservation number at (855) 522-8252. Please make sure to ask for the "UCLA Heart Rhythm" block.

Poster Submission

Fellows, please submit your abstract to Noel G. Boyle, MD ( before October 30, 2017. The registration fee is waived with an accepted poster presentation.