Reflecting on Heart Rhythm 2016, Looking Ahead to 2017

The last two months at the Society have been exceptional, as we have celebrated the success of this year’s Scientific Sessions. The outcome of this year's meeting was truly a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our members. The meeting attracted more than 12,000 total attendees, with 40% coming from outside of the U.S., which further showcases that the work you do truly has a global impact.

The most popular sessions at Heart Rhythm 2016 included:

  • The Opening Plenary featuring Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy, where we heard his unique insight on education, reimagined.HRS 2016
  • Late Breaking Clinical Trial (Session I) featuring the latest results in clinical research including the AFACT trial, VANISH trial, MPP IDE study, RESPOND-CRT trial, and more.
  • Inherited Heart Disease and Cardiac Arrhythmias: What's New in 2016?, which explored recent advances in genetic diagnosis, risk prediction, and management of genetically determined arrhythmias.


Our Communities of Practice initiative held six special sessions that were very well received. The Emerging Leader Community of Practice brought together fellows-in-training and early career EPs to learn the benefits of joining a professional community, and we held our first regional Community of Practice for physicians and allied professionals in the Florida region.

Beyond in-person networking and educational opportunities, we reached even more people through widespread digital engagement and news attention. We received the highest engagement we’ve ever seen on Twitter with 31 million impressions overall and 990,000 of those impressions resulting from HRS’s first live Twitter chat. The meeting also garnered more than 1,600 articles in national and trade media.


2016 HRSAt the conclusion of the meeting, we thanked John Day, MD, FHRS, for his dedication during the past year and welcomed Michael Gold, MD, PhD, FHRS, as the 38th president of the Society. Since he first presented a moderated poster at Heart Rhythm in 1991, Dr. Gold has been an exemplary HRS member and we look forward to the year ahead as we continue to implement our strategic plan. Together, with your commitment and engagement, and continuing to share your knowledge, experience, and time, we will see the accomplishment of our mission.




We are heading to Chicago next year for Heart Rhythm 2017 where we hope to continue to shareCommunities of Practice ideas, create solutions, improve care, and advance careers. I encourage you to review upcoming opportunities to start getting involved in next year's meeting:

  • Call for Joint Sessions Suggestions: The Society offers the opportunity of Joint Sessions to encourage involvement of the heart rhythm communities as co-participants. The deadline to complete a submission is Friday, July 29.
  • Call for Faculty Nominations: You now have the option to self-nominate for a specific talk or recommend a peer, or fellow, for a presentation at Heart Rhythm 2017. The deadline to complete a nomination is Friday, September 16.

I look forward to continuing our work together to end death and suffering due to heart rhythm disorders.



James H. Youngblood
Chief Executive Officer
Heart Rhythm Society