James H. Youngblood Excellence in Leadership Award | Heart Rhythm Society

James H. Youngblood Excellence in Leadership Award

The James H. Youngblood Excellence in Leadership Award recognizes a member of the Heart Rhythm Society who has demonstrated exemplary leadership through leading an initiative that has had community-wide impact. This award will aim to identify future leaders of the organization.

Congratulations to Michael V. Orlov, MD, PhD, the 2023 James H. Youngblood Excellence in Leadership Award Recipient!

2023 James H. Youngblood Excellence in Leadership Award Recipient - Michael V. Orlov, MD, PhDDr. Michael Orlov has an MD and PhD Degrees from the Moscow Medical and Dental Academy. Dr. Orlov has completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, Fellowships in Cardiovascular Diseases at the University of California Irvine and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Orlov is currently a staff electrophysiologist at the Steward St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center of Boston. He is the Fellowship Program Director in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology at the Steward St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center of Boston, Professor of Medicine at Tufts Medical School and Adjunct Professor at Boston University Medical School. Dr. Orlov practices as an electrophysiologist and cardiologist. His research interests have encompassed newest imaging modalities for catheter ablation of arrhythmias and new applications of implantable cardiac rhythm management devices.

More recently he has been focusing his efforts on conduction system pacing and new technologies and devices for this novel application. Dr. Orlov has been the Principal Investigator of several multicenter clinical trials; he has authored numerous publications, several monographs and book chapters in the field of Cardiac Electrophysiology, Pacing and Electrocardiography. He has been active in the humanitarian area providing specialized Cardiac Electrophysiology care on the African continent, other underserved areas and leading HRS efforts to deliver pacing equipment to conflict zones.

Considerations for This Award

The award is intended for a current member of the Heart Rhythm Society. Industry employees may nominate individuals, but the recipient cannot be currently employed by Industry.


Award Winners Receive

  • Complimentary registration to Heart Rhythm
  • $1,000 travel stipend to attend Heart Rhythm 
  • Hotel accommodations for the duration of Heart Rhythm 
  • Recognition on the HRS website
  • Presentation of award by HRS’ President at Heart Rhythm 
  • Commemorative plaque


Nominations are no longer being accepted for the 2023 award. To nominate a candidate for a future award, you will need to submit two letters of nomination to the Awards Subcommittee via awards@HRSonline.org.or fax at 202.464.3401.

  • Letters must include examples of the individual’s leadership contributions.
  • Letters must demonstrate how the nominee’s activities led to advancements for the HRS membership, community, and/or patients with heart rhythm disorders.

Questions should be directed to awards@HRSonline.org.

Heart Rhythm Society Statement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

HRS stakeholders share a common passion for accomplishing our mission to end death and suffering from heart rhythm disorders.

We believe our diverse backgrounds, experiences and interests are assets in reaching that goal, and we are committed to providing an inclusive environment in all our activities, where everyone feels valued, respected, and welcome.

We strive to have organizational leaders who represent all aspects of our diversity and who promote the diversity, equity, and inclusion that are essential to our success.