John D. Day, MD, FHRS serves on the Society's Board of Trustees and has been featured in more than 100 medical publications.
How long have you been a member of the Heart Rhythm Society?
How has membership in the Society been of value to you and your practice?
My life and career have been tremendously blessed by the great advancements made in cardiac electrophysiology. The Heart Rhythm Society has been of greatest value to me in that it has given me an opportunity to give back and significantly contribute to the field of heart rhythm disorders. Most of my volunteer time within the Heart Rhythm Society has been focused on helping to educate heart rhythm patients, caregivers, nurses, and physicians about the proper treatment of heart rhythm disorders. As I have given of myself to the Heart Rhythm Society, I have met many great individuals over the years who have served as mentors and role models to me as I have developed my career.
Why did you choose the field of electrophysiology?
Since my earliest childhood memories, I have always had the longing to be a physician. I'm not sure where this longing to become a physician came from, since no one in my family was a physician and I did not even personally know any physicians during my childhood. As a junior high school student my grandfather suffered a major heart attack. Based on my family history of heart disease as well as my deep fascination with the heart, I made the commitment as a young junior high school student to becoming a cardiologist.
It was not until I began my cardiology fellowship training that I chose the field of electrophysiology within cardiology. I was first attracted to cardiac electrophysiology because this was truly a field where we could literally save lives through life saving technologies such as implantable defibrillators (ICDs). Later, the ability to cure patients from other heart rhythm disorders such as SVT, WPW, atrial flutter, or atrial fibrillation with catheter ablation thoroughly captivated me and I have now dedicated my life to treating patients with heart rhythm disorders.
Please list a few of your most recent accomplishments.
One of my greatest career accomplishments has been bringing together a team of amazingly talented physicians and other professionals in developing a world class arrhythmia program at Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. We have developed one of the largest atrial fibrillation ablation programs in the world and have been very involved in the education of physicians throughout the world as well as developing new therapies for treating atrial fibrillation and other heart rhythm disorders. Through our partnership with the Heart Rhythm Society, we have developed the annual worldwide Virtual Atrial Fibrillation Symposium. I have also served as the Chair of Education within the Heart Rhythm Society and currently serve on the Heart Rhythm Society Board of Trustees. In addition, I have published more than 100 medical journal articles, abstracts, and book chapters on the treatment of heart rhythm disorders.
More About John D. Day, MD, FHRS
Dr. John Day graduated from medical school at Johns Hopkins University. He did his residency in internal medicine, cardiology fellowship and cardiac electrophysiology fellowship training at Stanford University. Following his fellowship training, he served on faculty as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah before transferring his practice to Intermountain Medical Center.
Dr. Day started the atrial fibrillation ablation program at Intermountain Medical Center and currently serves as the medical director of heart rhythm services at Intermountain Medical Center. His areas of clinical expertise include catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias as well as the implantation of pacemakers, ICDs, cardiac resynchronization devices, and left atrial appendage occlusion devices.
Dr. Day has published more than 100 medical journal articles, abstracts, and book chapters on heart rhythm disorders and gives many lectures and presentations throughout the world on the treatment of heart rhythm disorders. He has also served as the Chair of Education for the Heart Rhythm Society and currently serves on the Heart Rhythm Society Board of Trustees.