May 25, 2007

Kannankeril lands pediatric electrophysiology society award

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Prince Kannankeril, M.D.

Kannankeril lands pediatric electrophysiology society award

Prince Kannankeril, M.D., assistant professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology, has received the inaugural Will Webster Prize in Pediatric Electrophysiology from the Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiology Society (PACES).

The prize was presented recently at the spring meeting of PACES during the Heart Rhythm Society meeting in Denver. The Will Webster Prize recognizes an outstanding, original academic work in the field of pediatric electrophysiology.

Prince was honored as the lead author of “Mice with the R176Q Cardiac Ryanodine Receptor Mutation Exhibit Catecholamine-Induced Ventricular Tachycardia and Cardiomyopathy,” which was published in a 2006 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

“This award merely confirms what we already knew here at Vanderbilt, which is that Dr. Kannankeril is rapidly emerging as one of the most thoughtfully perceptive and productive young investigators within the entire Pediatric Electrophysiology community,” said Frank Fish, M.D., director of Pediatric Electrophysiology in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology. “His breadth of work runs the gamut from clinical electrophysiology to studies of inherited arrhythmia syndromes and in vivo intracardiac electrophysiologic evaluation of mice, exemplifying that the concept of the clinician-scientist remains a viable and attainable goal.”

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's of Science in Clinical Investigation from Vanderbilt University.

Kannankeril joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2002.

He has authored or co-authored 20 articles for scholarly journals; a dozen books, book chapters, editorials or invited review articles and more than 30 abstracts.

"I know Prince both as an academic electrophysiologist and as a researcher interested in basic science and how to connect basic science to clinical medicine,” said Dan Roden, M.D., director of the Oates Institute for Experimental Therapeutics and assistant vice chancellor for Personalized Medicine. “In both roles, he excels, and I am delighted that PACES concurs with this opinion.”