Update on Recent US Immigration Order

February 1, 2017

The Heart Rhythm Society prides itself on the diversity of our members. Our vision of ending death and suffering due to heart rhythm disorders requires us to be inclusive of all who share our mission. Our 5,800 total members include nearly 1,400 members from countries outside the United States. HRS welcomes physicians, allied professionals, educators, students, and researchers from every race, gender, economic status, and religious, political, and national background. It is our diversity that leads to the best science and care for patients around the world. Membership has no borders.

HRS hosts the largest gathering of heart rhythm professionals in the world at Heart Rhythm Scientific Sessions, where that diversity and the best science guide us in recognizing great breakthroughs, great faculty, and great attendees in their common pursuit of knowledge and innovation. This meeting provides an excellent opportunity to welcome guests from around the globe.

However, the recent Executive Order on Immigration from the President of the United States is in direct conflict with the spirit of collaboration that we have helped to foster in the field of heart rhythm care. We stand firmly against this policy and will continue to do everything we can to support our membership.

To demonstrate our support of those impacted by this Order, the Heart Rhythm Society is offering free membership, online education, and access to Scientific Sessions On Demand to health care professionals residing in countries impacted by the Order until their travel access to the United States is reinstated. We stand in solidarity with our friends in these countries and will assure they have access to all the knowledge, support, and education the Heart Rhythm Society has to offer.


Michael R. Gold, MD, PhD, FHRS

Michael Gold, MD, PhD, FHRS
Heart Rhythm Society

James H. Youngblood Signature

James H. Youngblood
Chief Executive Officer
Heart Rhythm Society