4th Annual Mark Josephson, Innovations in VT Abstract Competition
We are inviting current EP fellows to submit abstracts on some aspect of the diagnosis or treatment of ventricular arrhythmias. The abstracts will be judged by a panel comprised of the meeting organizers.
The authors of the three best abstracts will be invited to present their work during the Virtual VT2020 abstract competition session, with the winning abstract winner announced by the expert panel of judges at the session’s conclusion.
The author of the winning abstract will be awarded a prize of $1,000 and a plaque to commemorate the event.
Abstracts must represent novel work (not previously published or presented) and are limited to 2,000 characters; figures and/or tables may be included, but count for 500 characters each.
The submission deadline is September 17, 2020.
Past Award Winners
2019 Third Annual Mark E. Josephson VT Innovation Award
Soroosh Kiani, MD, MS
2018 Second Annual Mark E. Josephson VT Innovation Award
Assessment of Acute Ablation Lesion Necrosis in Scar and the Healing Process using Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Susumu Tao, MD, PhD
2017 First Annual Mark E. Josephson VT Innovation Award
Dessynchrony and Fibrosis Persist after PVC Cessation in a Swine Model of PVC-Induced Cardiomyopathy
Tomos Walters, MD
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 work conducted by fellows 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.