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Kannankeril elected VP for research of the Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiology Society

May. 29, 2019, 9:20 AM


by Christina Echegaray

Prince Kannankeril, MD, MSCI, professor of Pediatrics, has been elected to serve as vice president for research of the Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiology Society (PACES).

Prince Kannankeril, MD, MSCI

He will serve a three-year term, immediately followed by a transition to president of PACES for one year.

“It is an honor to be voted by my peers in pediatric electrophysiology to the Executive Committee of PACES,” Kannankeril said. “Collaborative research has always been at the core of the Society’s mission, and I look forward to working with our colleagues around the world dedicated to heart rhythm disorders in children and patients with congenital heart disease.”

PACES, a nonprofit organization, is an international group of physicians and allied professionals dedicated to improving the care of children and young adults with cardiac rhythm disturbances. The group’s primary mission is to foster high-quality collaborative research and exchange of ideas on arrhythmia topics that are particularly relevant to infants and children, or patients of any age with congenital heart disease. The society will, in addition, strive to represent its members on issues pertaining to education in pediatric electrophysiology and related health care policies.

In 2007, PACES awarded Kannankeril with the group’s inaugural Will Webster Prize, which recognizes an outstanding, original academic work in the field of pediatric electrophysiology.

Kannankeril earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He completed an internal medicine and pediatrics residency at University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics in Minneapolis. He completed a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago and a fellowship in cardiac electrophysiology at VUMC. He later earned a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation from Vanderbilt University.

Kannankeril joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2002. He has authored or co-authored 70 articles for scholarly journals, two dozen books and book chapters, editorials or invited review articles and completed more than 100 abstracts.

“Prince is possibly uniquely qualified to lead the research efforts of the pediatric electrophysiology community through the PACES organization. He brings an unusually broad base of experience and expertise in the basic science and genetics of cardiac electrophysiology, translational and clinical EP in young patients, and a rigorous background in research design and statistical methodology,” said Frank Fish, MD, director of Pediatric Electrophysiology.

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