The Evolution of Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiology as a Subspecialty

Edward P. Walsh, Ian H. Law, George F. Van Hare

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Abstract

Over the past 50 years, pediatric and congenital electrophysiology has progressed from a rare subspecialty practiced at just a handful of centers to become an essential part of nearly every congenital heart program the world over. This paper traces the evolution of the subspecialty in North America by recognizing the individuals who dedicated their careers to this field and trained subsequent generations of practitioners, thereby establishing a legacy that insures continued progress in the treatment of arrhythmias for children and patients with congenital heart disease. Data were generated from a survey of the current membership of the Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiology Society and were supplemented by review of archived Society records. Maps depicting the locations for clinicians and training centers over time provide a graphic display of progress in this field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)776-783
Number of pages8
JournalPediatric Cardiology
Volume43
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2022

Keywords

  • Arrhythmias
  • Catheter ablation
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Electrophysiology
  • History
  • Pediatric

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