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ISCE Board of Directors
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Board of Directors 2020-2021

 

President

Jean-Philippe Couderc, PhD, MBA
University of Rochester

 

Dr. Couderc has dedicated his career to quantitative electrocardiography focusing on the development and application of novel techniques for the analysis of ventricular repolarization from the surface ECG in human and in various animal models for clinical trials. He is a founder and director of the Telemetric and Holter ECG Warehouse, a partnership between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the University of Rochester. The THEW serves as a platform for industry, academia and regulators to validate new methods for advancing the science and practice of conducting cardiac safety studies. He is the author or co-author of numerous publications in computational science and engineering, numerical analysis, and computer science applied to electrophysiological signals. Jean-Philippe is currently a member of the editorial boards of the Annals of Non-Invasive Electrocardiology and holds a Special Government Employee position at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research for the FDA. He has participated in a wide range of clinical trials as well as being principal investigator and a co-investigator in several federally-funded research grants. Jean-Philippe is a frequent lecturer at universities, laboratories, and industrial research centers in U.S and Europe involving industry and national agencies like the National Institutes of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency. He obtained his PhD degree with highest honors from the French National Institute of Applied Sciences in Lyon, France and was appointed Associate Professor of Medicine in the Cardiology Department of Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Jean-Philippe also has an MBA from University of Rochester’s Simon Business School. He is Assistant Director of the Heart Research Follow-up Program Laboratory, an international leader in the research of the long QT syndrome.

Vice-President

Fabio Badilini



Secretary

Claire Sommargren, RN, PhD
University of California San Francisco

 

Dr. Sommargren is Assistant Adjunct Professor in the ECG Monitoring Research Laboratory at the University of California San Francisco.  After working 25 years as a clinician in critical care and electrophysiology at the University of Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital, Yale-New Haven Hospital, and several community hospitals, she earned a PhD at the University of California San Francisco and has pursued a research and teaching career there since 2003.  Her research has focused on the application of ECG monitoring to understand patient characteristics and outcomes in a variety of settings, including the neurological critical care unit, the emergency department, and the pre-hospital arena.

Besides her activity on the Board of Directors of ISCE, Dr. Sommargren also serves as ISCE Publication Chair and Section Editor for the ISCE Symposium issue of the Journal of Electrocardiology. She is also a Fellow of the American Heart Association, and has served as the AHA Cardiovascular Nursing Council’s Communications Committee co-chair and national newsletter editor. She has participated in several AHA writing groups, including that for ECG monitoring standards for hospitalized patients.  In the past, Dr. Sommargren has served on the Boards of Directors of both the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Certification Corporation.  She also served for 10 years on the Board of Directors of Dominican Hospital in her hometown of Santa Cruz, California.

 

Treasurer

Robert L. Lux, Phd
University of Utah, CVRT

 

Robert Lux, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Following his graduate studies in Electrical Engineering at the University of Vermont, he moved to Utah where he was appointed to the faculty at the Cardiovascular Research and Training Institute, a laboratory that focused on clinical and experimental studies of cardiac electrophysiology. His research interests include electrocardiographic mapping, ECG lead systems, and development of cardiac electrophysiologic measurements for assessing heart disease and arrhythmogenic risk. Although “retired” he remains active on research grants at the University and continues to review grants and manuscripts for the NIH and medical journals.

He has been an active ISCE participant since the “2nd Engineering Foundation” meeting (parent meeting of ISCE) in 1976 and chaired the 2003 meeting at Snowbird, Utah. He is ISCE’s Immediate-Past President.

 

 

Annual Conference Co-Chair

Raymond Bond, PhD
Ulster University


Dr. Raymond Bond has research interests within the broad area of biomedical and health informatics, which is the application of digital technology in healthcare. This has involved decision support systems and the modelling, processing and visualisation of medical data to enhance clinical decision-making (mainly involving cardiology data such as the ECG). He also has research interests in decision making in cardiology (which include eye tracking and other psychophysiology metrics), simulation-based training for medicine, usability engineering methods to improve medical devices and also computer-based models for healthcare monitoring and interventions. Raymond also coordinates a UX-Lab which is an outlet for transferring usability engineering knowledge to the medical device industry. Raymond has been a grant holder on research projects funded by EPSRC, ESRC, AHRC, H2020, FP7, NHS, InvestNI, Innovate UK, InterTrade Ireland and the Royal Irish Academy. Raymond is also Chair of the 32nd British Computer Society Human Computer Interaction conference and the 2019 European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics. He has also been a scientific reviewer for the EPSRC and the EU H2020 research programmes, and is a member of the IEEE working group to formulate the standard on algorithmic bias. 

 


Annual Conference Chair

Pyotr G. Platonov, MD, PhD, FESC
Lund University
 

Dr. Platonov studied medicine in Pavlov Medical University (St. Petersburg, Russia) 1988-1994. PhD degree at Lund University (Sweden) 2001. Since 2002 has been working in Arrhythmia Clinic, Lund University Hospital (Sweden) as an electrophysiologist involved in both device surgery and catheter ablations. Since 2005 responsible for cardiogenetic service. Since 2014 Adjunct Professor of Cardiology. Research interests: electrocardiology and risk stratification in atrial fibrillation, acute ischemia and cardiogenetic diseases. 

Steering group member for the Nordic ARVC Registry. Member of the International Council on Electrocardiology, Board of Director member at the Computing in Cardiology and Board of Trustees member at the International Society for Holter and Noninvasive Electrocardiology (ISHNE). Scientific Secretary for the Swedish Society of Cardiology.

 

Publications Chair

Salah Shafiq Al-Zaiti, PhD, RN, FAHA
University of Pittsburgh

 

Dr. Al-Zaiti is an Associate Professor of Nursing, Emergency Medicine, and Cardiology at University of Pittsburgh. His research interests align at the intersection of cardiovascular sciences, biomedical modeling, and machine learning. Over the past 10 years, Dr. Al-Zaiti has contributed to the scientific investigation of more than dozen studies and has more than 100 scholarly publications. His current research at UPMC focuses on novel computational ECG markers of myocardial ischemia. Dr. Al-Zaiti currently serves as the principal investigator of an NHLBI-funded study to develop machine learning-based ECG methods that can detect biomarker evidence of non-ST elevation myocardial necrosis in patients with prehospital chest pain. On a parallel line of research, Dr. Al-Zaiti also aims to explore the role of ischemic preconditioning, apoptosis, and autophagy during acute myocardial injury.

Immediate Past President & ISE Liaison

Peter Macfarlane, DSc, FRSE
University of Glasgow

 

Professor Macfarlane is Emeritus Professor and Hon Senior Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow. He was one of the founding members of the Department of Medical Cardiology and was Professor in Medical Cardiology from 1991 – 1995 and Professor of Electrocardiology from 1995 – 2010.  His major interest throughout has been the application of computer techniques to ECG interpretation. The work of his team has been adopted commercially and the University of Glasgow ECG interpretation program developed in his laboratory is currently used worldwide. He is particularly interested in differences in ECG appearances due to age, gender and ethnicity. As a result, he has influenced international guidelines for the ECG definition of acute myocardial infarction. In addition, he has established an ECG Core Laboratory for handling ECGs recorded in national and international clinical trials and epidemiological studies.

Professor Macfarlane is a Fellow of many learned Societies.  He was also President of the Board of Computing in Cardiology from 2008-2014 and is currently Treasurer of the International Society of Electrocardiology.  In 2000, he was awarded a DSc on the basis of his contribution to research in his own field. He was also jointly awarded the 1998 Rijlant International Prize in Electrocardiology by the Belgian Royal Academy of Medicine.  He first attended the Engineering Conference in Banff in 1983 and then chaired both the 1990 and 1993 ISCE meetings, the latter due to the untimely ill health of Professor Jos Willems. In January 2014, he was awarded a CBE for Services to Healthcare.


Director

Dave Albert, MD
AliveCor

 

Dr. David E. Albert, MD is an Oklahoma native. He is a physician, inventor and serial entrepreneur who has developed medical and other life-saving technologies and products over the last 30 years, turning a number of those innovations into tech startups. Today, he is the Founder of AliveCor, Inc., and founder of InnovAlarm, and Lifetone Technology. His previous startups include Corazonix Corp (sold to Arrhythmia Research Technology and Data Critical (sold to GE). Dr. Albert left GE in 2004 as Chief Scientist of GE Cardiology. His latest invention, the Kardia Mobile, became a global sensation via a 4-minute YouTube Video in January 2011 around the Consumer Electronics Show and was featured on local media, ABC, CBS, CNN and Fox News among many other media outlets. Dr. Albert has 62 issued US patents. He has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific abstracts and publications principally in the Cardiology literature. Also, Dr. Albert has lectured at the Entrepreneurship programs at the MIT Sloan School and the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Albert graduated with Honors from Harvard College and from Duke University Medical School. Dr. Albert lives in Oklahoma City with his wife and family.



Director

Richard Gregg

Philips Healthcare

 

Richard Gregg is a Principal Scientist in the Advanced Algorithm Research Center at Philips Healthcare, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University and a MS of Electrical Engineering from Tufts University. Rich has over 25 years of product and algorithm development at Philips Healthcare starting in echocardiography and moving to product and algorithm
development in diagnostic electrocardiography. Rich is currently the R&D Project Leader for the Philips diagnostic ECG algorithm.

Rich has over 100 publications, including over 20 patents granted or pending. He has been a member of ISCE since 2000, and an active member of Computing in Cardiology as well. Rich is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Electrocardiology.


Director

Michele M. Pelter, RN, PhD
University of California San Francisco

 

Dr. Pelter is an Assistant Professor in the Department Physiological Nursing at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and Director of the ECG Monitoring Research Lab. Dr. Pelter began her nursing career in 1988 after graduating from the Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada with an Associate Degree in Nursing and began working as a cardiac nurse. In 1993, Dr. Pelter completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Nevada, Reno. With a desire to pursue her passion for electrocardiology, Dr. Pelter attended graduate school at UCSF, earning both her Master’s (1995) and PhD (2001) in nursing while working in the ECG Monitoring Research Lab. While at UCSF, Dr. Pelter participated in numerous federally funded research projects. In 2004, Dr. Pelter returned to the University of Nevada Reno and began an independent research career supported by funding from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Pelter’s program of research is focused on increasing the accuracy and utilization of ECG monitoring in hospitalized adults. Her research in ECG monitoring is focused on identifying myocardial ischemia among hospitalized patients with acute coronary syndrome (i.e., heart attack, unstable angina), arrhythmias and exploring alarm fatigue, a patient safety hazard caused by high numbers of false alarms. In addition, Dr. Pelter is exploring using the ECG to identify sleep disordered breathing (i.e., sleep apnea, Cheyen-Stokes respirations).

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the International Society of Computerized Electrocardiology, Dr. Pelter has been a member of the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing since 1995. In 2014, Dr. Pelter was appointed to the American Heart Association’s Electrocardiography and Arrhythmias Committee. In 2015, Dr. Pelter was appointed by the Society of Critical Care Medicine to serve as a member of the Physiologic Noise and Alert Fatigue Task Force. Dr. Pelter serves on the editorially board for the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. Dr. Pelter has published numerous research papers and book chapters focused on ECG monitoring. Since, 2001, Dr. Pelter has co-authored the ECG Puzzler, a feature published in the American Journal of Critical Care. Dr. Pelter is an accomplished educator and mentor. 

 

 Director
Cees Sweene

 

 

Director

Steve Szymkiewicz, MD, Ph.D.
ZOLL Medical Corporation


Dr. Szymkiewicz graduated BS cum laude in Health Sciences from Gannon University and MD from Hahnemann University both in 1982. Thereafter, he worked in Pennsylvania in primary care and other areas of medicine including the position of physician consultant until 1994. In that year, he also obtained an MS cum laude in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh for a thesis entitled “A Simulation of the Cardiac Electrophysiologic System”.

In 1994, Steve altered direction and joined Lifecor Inc in Pittsburgh as Director of Clinical Research. From 1999, he was Vice President of Medical Affairs in Lifecor which was then taken over by ZOLL. He has continued to fill that role through company changes and is currently with ZOLL Services, LLC in Pittsburgh.

Steve’s work is mainly devoted to the company’s continued development and manufacture of the world’s only wearable defibrillator. He is involved in clinical research planning and publication activities, as well as participating in the development of the next generation of wearable defibrillators.

He has authored or contributed to a multitude of published articles regarding the clinical use of wearable defibrillators, including safety and efficacy. Along with leading authorities on sudden cardiac death, he contributed to the design of the pivotal trial resulting in FDA approval of the ZOLL LifeVest.

He is a member of the American Heart Association, American Medical Association and the Heart Rhythm Society. He is also a Trustee of the International Society of Holter and Non-Invasive Electrocardiology.



Director

Brian Young
GE Healthcare

Brian Young is a Principal Engineer at GE Healthcare in the Diagnostic Cardiology division of the Clinical Care Solutions business. He has a BS in Biomedical engineering and MS in Electrical Engineer from Marquette University, He has over 35 years of experience in development of cardiovascular equipment, computerized ECG analysis, and ECG devices and has held both technical and management roles across different engineering teams.

Brian has dedicated over 30 years of his career to the field of electrocardiography, starting with Marquette Electronics before it was acquired by General Electric. He has authored or co-authored several peer-reviewed publications and has over a dozen patents pending or issued. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the AAMI ECG Committee, is a US National Expert on the ISO/IEC Joint Work Group 22, and is the Co-Chair of the US 62D Technical Advisory Group for Electromedical Equipment.


Director 

Jessica Zegre-Hemsey, Ph.D.
UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing


Dr. Jessica Zègre-Hemsey is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel Hill School of Nursing and holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the UNC School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Zègre-Hemsey is an emergency department nurse with a PhD in Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). At UCSF, Dr. Zègre-Hemsey was part of the ECG Monitoring Research Lab and participated in multiple federally funded research projects.

Dr. Zègre-Hemsey’s research focuses on the application of ECG monitoring to improve triage and identification of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and other time-sensitive cardiovascular conditions. She investigates 1) novel strategies in ECG and other non-invasive measures, and 2) implementation of evidence-based innovations into systems of care, both in prehospital and acute care settings. Dr. Zègre-Hemsey publishes her work widely and reviews for multiple journals, including the Journal of Electrocardiology.

In addition to the Board of Directors for the International Society of Computerized Electrocardiology, Dr. Zègre-Hemsey serves on the Advisory Group to the American Heart Association’s Mission:Lifeline Coronary Artery Disease Systems of Care committee. She has participated in several AHA writing groups, including that for prehospital ECG monitoring in emergency cardiac care. She is also an active member of the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing.

 

 

 

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