Mark E. Josephson Abstract Competition & VT Innovation Award
As a tribute to the late pioneer, Dr. Mark E. Josephson, the VT Symposium organizers created the Annual Mark Josephson Innovations in VT Abstract Competition Award, which recognizes novel research in the diagnosis or treatment of ventricular arrhythmias.
Dr. Mark Josephson was a transformational figure in the field of cardiac electrophysiology and a pioneer in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. Dr. Josephson dedicated his career to improving the lives of patients suffering from arrhythmia disorders and to training subsequent generations of electrophysiologists. His book, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology: Techniques and Interpretations, is the definitive text on the subject. Born in New York City in 1943, Dr. Josephson graduated from Trinity College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York and his fellowship in cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He spent two years as a research associate at Staten Island Public Health Service Hospital, where many of his innovative ideas were first put into practice in collaboration with cardiologists there.
Dr. Josephson contributed both clinically and scientifically to the community of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, ascending the faculty ranks to become Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine in 1981. In 1992 he became the director of the Harvard-Thorndike Arrhythmia Institute and in 2001, Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
Throughout his career, Dr. Josephson was devoted to teaching and training the next generation of cardiac electrophysiologists. His nurturing of his fellows who became life-long friends, produced the second generation of clinical electrophysiologists that have made many important contributions of their own to the growth of clinical EP. They now have their own students entering the world of electrophysiology, with these generations ensuring the legacy of Dr. Josephson’s legacy will long-endure.