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Luigi Di Biase, MD

Luigi DiBiase, MDLuigi Di Biase, MD, is Director of Arrhythmia Services, Section Head of Electrophysiology, and Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) at Einstein/Montefiore. In addition, he serves as Senior Researcher at the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David’s Medical Center, Austin, Texas.

Improving patient care is the heart of Dr. Di Biase’s mission. He believes that this is possible through dedicated clinical practice associated to cutting-edge clinical research. Dr. Di Biase’s research focuses on cardiology and electrophysiology with specific emphasis on catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation and ventricular arrhythmias performed either manually or with robotic catheter navigation. Additionally, his research focuses on heart failure, particularly cases treated with cardiac resynchronization therapy devices.

Dr. Di Biase, MD, PhD, FACC, FHRS, is a 2000 graduate (summa cum laude) of the medical school and a 2004 graduate (summa cum laude) of the cardiology residency program at the University of Bari, Bari, Italy. In 2006, he completed a second-level master degree in Electrophysiology and Pacing (summa cum laude) at the University of Insubria, Varese, Italy.
In 2007, Dr. Di Biase received a grant from the Italian National Society of Cardiology to pursue a research fellowship under the supervision of Dr. Andrea Natale at the Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio. The following year, he accepted a position in cardiac electrophysiology at the University of Texas Medical School Branch in Galveston, Texas, where he continued to focus on his research projects at St. David’s Medical Center under the leadership of Dr. Natale.

Dr. Di Biase was appointed Assistant Professor in 2007 at the University of Foggia, Italy, where he completed the PhD program in cardiovascular physiopathology in November 2010.

In 2009, Dr. Di Biase was appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was promoted to Adjunct Associate Professor in 2012, the same year he joined Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center with the title of Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (Cardiology).

In September 2014 Dr. Di Biase was appointed Section Head of Electrophysiology and Director of Arrhythmia Services at Einstein/Montefiore, while continuing to serve as Senior Researcher at the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David’s Medical Center.

Dr. Di Biase is the author of about 250 publications in indexed journals, about 280 abstracts, and 14 electrophysiology book chapters. He has presented at numerous national and international conferences as an invited speaker.

Dr. Di Biase is a recipient of many awards, including:

  • Italian Society of Cardiology Award
  • grant for a fellowship in Cardiac Electrophysiology at the Cleveland Clinic
  • ACC 08 (57th Annual Scientific Session) Best Poster Award Competition
  • ESC 2008 State of the Art Featured Research Award
  • 2008 best international publication as first author for a manuscript published in a journal with high impact factor from the Italian Society Cardiology (SIC)
  • 2009 and 2010 SIC Young Investigator Awards
  • 2011 Best Paper Award from CardioRhythm
  • 2013 Best Paper Award CardioRhythm
  • 2015 Best Abstract Award ESC

 

Dr. Di Biase is a member of the Italian Federation of Cardiology and Electrophysiology (FIC-AIAC), the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA), the American College of Cardiology (ACC), the American Heart Association (AHA), and a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society (FHRS), and the American College of Cardiology (FACC). He is also an honorary member of the Korean Society of Cardiology.

Dr. Di Biase serves as reviewer of major electrophysiology and cardiology journals, and as an editorial board member of Heart Rhythm Journal, Heart Rhythm Journal Case Report, Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology and Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine. He is Assistant Editor for Journal Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology (JICE) and Associate Section Editor forPacing and Clinical Electrophysiology (PACE).

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Mellanie True Hills, CSP

Founder of StopAfib.org, Award-winning Author, Survivor and Heart Health Expert, Patient Advocate
Mellanie True Hills, StopAfib.org

Mellanie True Hills, CSP

Following a brush with death in emergency heart surgery, and a subsequent close call with a stroke due to an irregular heartbeat, atrial fibrillation, Mellanie True Hills pledged to leave behind her high-tech executive life to use her second chance to help others avoid heart disease and stroke.

As a patient advocate and heart-health expert, she founded the non-profit American Foundation for Women’s Health and StopAfib.org, a patient advocacy organization that provides information and support for those living with atrial fibrillation (afib). She travels extensively, speaking out about heart disease, stroke, wellness, prevention, and patient advocacy, including at American Heart Association Go Red for Women events, hospital atrial fibrillation and women’s health events, and corporate and association events.

From partnering in Facing AFib featuring soap star Susan Lucci and the AF Stat coalition featuring NBA Hall-of-Famer Jerry West, to following Barry Manilow at the podium in front of members of Congress, atrial fibrillation and stroke awareness are real passions for Mellanie. Through StopAfib.org, the most visited heart arrhythmia site worldwide, she seeks to raise awareness of atrial fibrillation to decrease afib-related strokes and to improve quality of life for patients and their families by supporting and enhancing communication with their health-care providers. Successes include creating Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month and lobbying with other organizations to gain U.S. Senate designation of September as National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month. She brings the voice of the atrial fibrillation patient community to think tanks, health policy discussions in Washington, DC, and awareness-raising coalitions and partnerships worldwide.

Mellanie educates, inspires, and motivates audiences to make lasting changes in their lives to protect their health. She also guides patients and caregivers to become better health advocates and helps health-care providers understand what it is like to live with atrial fibrillation and how to better help their patients.

Always an agent of innovation, transformation, and change, Mellanie led the creation of one of the first corporate web sites, JCPenney.com, and one of the first corporate intranets. She was also a high-tech executive at Dell, an executive strategist at Cisco, a world-renowned Internet strategy consultant, a business journalist, and has spoken and consulted from Singapore to Rio de Janeiro and Johannesburg to New Delhi.

She is the author of the multiple award-winning book, A Woman’s Guide to Saving Her Own Life: The HEART Program for Health and Longevity, and two best-sellers, Intranet Business Strategies (© Wiley) and Intranet as Groupware (© Wiley).

She is a regular contributor on patient perspectives to medical publications and has been featured by hundreds of media around the globe, including CNBC Asia, Reuters, Newsweek, PBS, Fox, ABC, NBC, and CBS. She has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens, Heart-Healthy Living, MoreSuccess, USA Weekend, and the New York Times.

She is a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the North Texas Chapter of the National Speakers Association.

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