Greetings from the President

shu zhang

Dear fellow APHRS members and colleagues,

As the President of Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society (APHRS), I am privileged to ask you to join me and members to welcome year 2017. Together, I hope to guide the APHRS towards an exciting and fruitful future full of many opportunities and challenges; together, we expand our prestigious society for science and education; and together, we strive to improve patient care in Asia Pacific region. 

Since being founded in 2008, APHRS has served as a center of steering the leadership development in science and clinical practice in cardiac pacing and electrophysiology in Asia Pacific region; provided the premier forum through the annual APHRS scientific session for open and substantive exchanges in knowledge and information among professionals and laypersons having interest in heart rhythm; and established policies and programs to ensure the direction with respect to training and practice in adopting the era of medical innovations for better patient treatment. Today, APHRS is internationally recognized in parallel with other international societies including Heart Rhythm Society and European Heart Rhythm Association, and has our own members from more than 20 countries.

I feel so grateful to take the torch passed from the past APHRS Presidents Drs. Masayasu Hiraoka, Shih-Ann Chen and Young-Hoon Kim and the immediate past President Dr. Wee Siong Teo. I am committed to working with former APHRS presidents and all of APHRS members and persons concerning our society because the society cannot function without a high degree of your involvement and participation. I will take this opportunity to facilitate enrichment of our knowledge via scientific meetings, educational courses and our official Journal of Arrhythmia; promote research activities for innovation via collaborations between members and with investigators worldwide; and advocate further internationalization through more collaboration with sister societies.

The 2016 9th APHRS Scientific Session in Seoul was exceedingly successful under the leadership of Dr. Young-Hoon Kim. I'd like to remind you that the 2017 10th APHRS Scientific Session will be held in Japan, September 15-18, 2017. It will be a wonderful opportunity for us to learn and share scientific knowledge, research experiences, medical innovations and clinical findings in the field of heart rhythm. My cabinet members and I are looking forward to seeing you there.

I invite all current APHRS members and those with interest in heart rhythm to join us as we continue the development of our society and work together for advancing our own knowledge and improving patient care!

Thank you very much. 


Shu ZHANG, M.D., Ph.D.
President of the APHRS (2017)

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