Designations

Find a Specialist Designations

All physicians listed on Find a Specialist have all been approved for Heart Rhythm Society membership but many have also received additional designations and certifications from the Society and the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners (IBHRE). These individuals will have the letters FHRS, CCDS and/or CEPS after their names. Please read below for further explanation of these designations.

Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society (FHRS)

The FHRS designation distinguishes qualified Heart Rhythm Society members among health care providers for their specialization in electrophysiology, clarifies the referral process and serves as a credential of quality care for patients, media and government. FHRS members are characterized by advanced training, certification and/or prominence in research.

To receive this designation, Society members must apply for FHRS status and be approved by the Society. Many FHRS members in the U.S. are certified in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. You can view a physician's certifications in the search results by clicking 'More Information' under his or her address listing.

IBHRE Certified Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS)

Physicians earning the CCDS have demonstrated a mastery of competency, knowledge and skills in cardiac pacing. They typically specialize in device therapy and implant pacemakers and ICDs.

The CCDS credential is earned by health care professionals who have successfully completed the Certification Examination for Competency in Cardiac Rhythm Device Therapy, and have met the certification requirements outlined by the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners (IBHRE). IBHRE exams are designed to evaluate the extent of a health care professional’s knowledge and clinical judgment in areas where an arrhythmia specialist should demonstrate a high level of competency.

IBHRE Certified Electrophysiology Specialist (CEPS)

Physicians earning the CEPS certification have demonstrated a mastery of competency, knowledge and skills in cardiac electrophysiology. They typically specialize in cardiac arrhythmias, ablation and electrophysiological studies.

The CEPS credential is earned by health care professionals who have successfully completed the Certification Examination for Competency in Cardiac Electrophysiology, and have met the certification requirements outlined by the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners (IBHRE). IBHRE exams are designed to evaluate the extent of a health care professional’s knowledge and clinical judgment in areas where an arrhythmia specialist should demonstrate a high level of competency.