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Invited Speakers

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Emeritus Session Speaker
Linda D. Gillam, MD, MPH, MACC, FASE, FAHA, FESC

Linda D. Gillam, MD, MPH, MACC, FAHA, FASE

Dorothy and Lloyd Huck Chair, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine,

Medical Director Cardiovascular Service Line, 

Morristown Medical Center/Atlantic Health System

Hamden, CT

Dr. Gillam is the Dorothy and Lloyd Huck Chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine and Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Service Line for Atlantic Health System and Professor of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. She is a graduate of McGill University and Queen's University, Canada and Columbia University, NY. She completed cardiology fellowship training at the University of Toronto and Massachusetts General Hospital.


Dr. Gillam has published and lectured extensively in the fields of echocardiography, valvular heart disease and quality improvement. She is Senior Guest Editor for Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging, a guest editor for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography and is also a member of the editorial board of Circulation. She is editor of the textbook Advanced Echocardiographic Techniques and co-editor of Essential Echocardiography, a companion textbook to Braunwald’s Heart Disease. 


Dr. Gillam is Past-President of the American Society of Echocardiography and of the National Board of Echocardiography and a former member of both the Board of Trustees and Board of Governors of the American College of Cardiology, having had multiple other leadership roles in all three organizations as well as the American Heart Association.

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Nanette K Wenger Honorary Lecture
Silvia G. Priori, MD, PhD

Professor of Cardiology, Department of Molecular Medicine, University of Pavia, Italy
Director of the Molecular Cardiology Unit at the IRCCS ICS Maugeri, Pavia Italy
Professor and Director of Molecular Cardiology Laboratories at the Carlos III National Cardiovascular Research Institute (Madrid, Spain)

A native of Torino, Italy, Dr. Silvia G. Priori earned at the University of Milan her MD with a specialization in cardiology and her PhD in Cardiac Pathophysiology.

In 2001, she settled at the University of Pavia as an associate professor, where she initiated her academic career. Between 2008-2016 Prof Priori brought her expertise in the diagnosis and management of inherited arrhythmias and cardiomyopathies to the USA, where she worked as a Professor of Medicine and funded and directed the Cardiovascular Genetic Program at New York University (NYU), in New York City. In 2010, she initiated in her laboratories in Pavia the development of the first gene therapy strategy for an inherited arrhythmic disease. Between 2012 and 2014, four papers from her laboratory paved the way to applying gene therapy strategies to inherited arrhythmias. As of today, Dr. Priori is a Full Professor of Cardiology in the Department of Molecular Medicine and Director of the Fellowship in Cardiology Program at the University of Pavia.

Since 2017, she has been Director of the Molecular Cardiology laboratories at the Centro National de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III in Madrid.
Dr. Priori is the author or co-author of more than 500 original articles, which are published in high-ranking, peer-reviewed international journals. She has been nominated among ISI Thomson-Reuters Highly Cited Researchers worldwide since 2014.

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Dr. Priori has received many prestigious honors and awards from scientific societies worldwide, including the Distinguished Scientist Award of the Heart Rhythm Society, the Outstanding Research in Pediatric Cardiology award of the American Heart Association, the Harvey Lecture, the “Henry H Neufeld” Memorial Lecture of the Israel Society of Cardiology, Israel, “The Michel Mirowski” Award, San Francisco, USA, the Paul Wood - Cardiovascular Lecture Imperial College, London, RT Hall Lecture, “Inherited arrhythmias: from genes to genetic therapy”, Melbourne, Australia, Mark E Josephson Memorial Lecture at the International Symposium on Ventricular Arrhythmias- University of Pennsylvania and Mount Sinai Hospital, New York (October 2023).

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Presidential Lecture
Barry London, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine
Director, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Iowa City, Iowa

Dr. Barry London is Director of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and of the Abboud Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Iowa. His laboratory studies the molecular and genetic basis of arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death using animal models, families with inherited arrhythmia syndromes, and patient cohorts with heart failure.


Dr. London has held near continuous funding from the NIH through his career, including a Pioneer Award. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the Association of University Cardiologists, and the American Clinical and Climatological Association. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Heart Association from 2014 to 2022.

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Jeffrey T. Kuvin, MD, FACC

Lorinda and Vincent de Roulet Professor of Medicine

Chair, Department of Cardiology, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Chair, Department of Cardiology, North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center
Co-Director, Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital

Senior Vice President, Cardiology, Northwell Health

Manhasset, NY

Jeffrey Kuvin, MD is Northwell’s senior vice president of cardiology, co-director of the Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital of North Shore University Hospital, chair of cardiology at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and the Lorinda and Vincent de Roulet professor of medicine and chair of cardiology at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Dr. Kuvin is also co-executive director of Northwell’s newly established Cardiovascular Institute.

Dr. Kuvin was recruited to Northwell in 2020 after serving as section chief of cardiovascular medicine at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s Heart and Vascular Center and professor of medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Prior to Dartmouth, Dr. Kuvin spent the bulk of his career serving in progressive roles at Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, including associate chief medical officer for graduate medical education, associate chief of cardiology, and director of cardiovascular education and fellowship training.

Dr. Kuvin has held numerous leadership positions at the American College of Cardiology, including Chair of Annual Scientific Sessions, Chair of Life Long Learning, and Chair of the Fellow In-Training Examination. He is presently a member of the American College of Cardiology’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Kuvin is widely published and has lectured extensively on numerous topics in cardiovascular medicine and education. He has served as principal investigator on clinical studies and has received several research and education awards. He was admitted to the Geisel School of Medicine’s Academy of Master Educators and received a Career Award for Teaching Excellence at Tufts University. 

Dr. Kuvin holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Michigan and a medical degree from Emory University. He completed his residency and chief residency in internal medicine as well as his cardiology fellowship at Tufts Medical Center.

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Emeritus Session Speaker
Robert O. Bonow, MD, MS

Goldberg Distinguished Professor of Cardiology

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Chicago, IL

Robert O. Bonow, MD, MS is the Goldberg Distinguished Professor of Cardiology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has authored or co-authored over 650 papers in the medical literature and 120 book chapters. He is Editor-in-Chief of JAMA Cardiology and is one of the editors of Braunwald’s Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine.


Dr. Bonow is a past president of the American Heart Association, a Master of the American College of Cardiology and a Master of the American College of Physicians. He has served on the Board of Scientific Counselors and Board of Extramural Advisors of the NHLBI, the Board of Trustees of the American College of Cardiology, the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association, and the Subspecialty Board on Cardiovascular Disease of the American Board of Internal Medicine.


He is the recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award, Distinguished Achievement Award, Gold Heart Award, and James B. Herrick Award of the American Heart Association; the Distinguished Fellowship Award, Distinguished Service Award, and Distinguished Scientist Award of the American College of Cardiology; the Denolin Award of the European Society of Cardiology; and the John Phillips Memorial Award of the American College of Physicians.  

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George Burch Memorial Lecture
Kevin P. Campbell, PhD

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Professor and Chair, Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Roy J. Carver Biomedical Research Chair in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics Director, Senator Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Specialized Research Center University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine

Iowa City, Iowa

Dr. Kevin P. Campbell was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1952.  He began his scientific training at Manhattan College, where he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1973.  He went on to perform graduate work at the University of Rochester, earning his Ph.D. in biophysics in 1979. Subsequently, he completed three years of post-doctoral training with Dr. David H. MacLennan at the Banting and Best Department of Medical Research at the University of Toronto.  In 1981, Dr. Campbell joined The University of Iowa College of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in Physiology and Biophysics, and over the next eight years was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor, Professor, and in 1989 was named a University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor of Physiology and Biophysics.  In addition, he holds a joint appointment as a professor in the Department of Neurology. 


Dr. Campbell was appointed as an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 1989, and his appointment was renewed for the sixth time in 2019. In 1999, he was named a Roy J. Carver Biomedical Research Chair in Physiology and Biophysics and, in 2005 he was named Department Chair of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics.  He was also appointed as Director of the Senator Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Specialized Research Center at The University of Iowa which was recently renewed through 2025.


Dr. Campbell is internationally recognized for his fundamental contributions to muscular dystrophy research.  Throughout his career, he has engaged in creative and insightful basic science research focused on skeletal muscle function and has pioneered important new paradigms pertaining to neuromuscular disease.  Dr. Campbell’s early studies at The University of Iowa were focused on determining the structure and function of calcium channels in skeletal muscle, and for the past twenty years, he and his colleagues have actively investigated the molecular pathogenesis of muscular dystrophy.  His laboratory has used biochemical, genetic, and physiological techniques to identify and define mechanisms causing various forms of the disease.  Importantly, by employing patient cells and biopsy samples, and with the use of mouse models, Dr. Campbell’s translational research has provided new diagnostic tests for muscular dystrophy and has laid the foundation for the development of a variety of new treatment strategies for various forms of the disease.

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John D Rutherford, MB, ChB., FRACP

Vice President for Clinical Operations

Professor of Internal Medicine 

Jonsson-Rogers Chair in Cardiology

UT Southwestern Medical Center

Dallas, Texas

Dr. Rutherford was awarded a traveling Research Fellowship of the National Heart Foundation of New Zealand in 1976. He was a Research Fellow in Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston and joined the Harvard Faculty in 1978.He was appointed Co-Director of the Samuel A. Levine Cardiac Unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 1980. He returned to New Zealand as a Cardiologist at Green Lane Hospital in Auckland in 1981.

In 1985 he returned to Harvard Medical School as Co-Director of the Clinical Cardiology Service at the Brigham and Women’ Hospital. He won the George W. Thorn Award for Outstanding Contribution to Clinical Education 1988-89. He joined the faculty at UT Southwestern Medical Center as Professor of Medicine in 1993. He received the Distinguished Physician Award in recognition of outstanding individual contribution to Parkland Memorial Hospital in 1995. He was appointed Vice President of Clinical Operations, UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2001. He received the Gifted Educator Award of The American College of Cardiology 2011.

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