Greetings from the President

 

wataru shimizu 2021

Dear Colleagues,

It is a great honor to be appointed president of APHRS board beginning January 2022, but it is also a great responsibility. 

Cardiac arrhythmia ranks with ischemic heart disease and heart failure as one of the three major areas of cardiovascular disease. For over 30 years, I have worked to enhance the presence in arrhythmia treatment, education, and research. I have also tried to build relationships with scientific societies in other areas of cardiovascular disease in Japan as well as the scientific societies in other countries. Through the efforts of past presidents, officers, and members of APHRS, we have achieved dramatic growth since our founding in 2008. The Asia-Pacific region is extremely diverse ethnically, economically, and in terms of medical and scientific development. For this reason, one of the important missions of APHRS is to educate our members and the other health care professionals in the region who are involved in the treatment of arrhythmia.

Currently, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been offering educational programs online. With the end of pandemic in sight, we look forward to promoting education by resuming in-person conferences and educational programs. At the same time, on the other hand, it is also significant to adopt online program underpinned our experience at the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to in-person educational programs. As the heart rhythm society for the Asia-Pacific region, APHRS also exists as a counterpart to societies in North America (HRS) and Europe (EHRA). An important part of our mission at APHRS is also to demonstrate and enhance our presence in the region. Toward this end, we need to work more closely than ever with HRS and EHRA, and other leading regional societies, as well as with the many national societies involved in APHRS. We need to work with other societies to advance registered research, document writings, and study groups that take advantage of characteristics of the Asia-Pacific region. Moreover, for the continual growth of our society, it is vital that we cultivate young physicians interested in arrhythmia, actively involve female physicians, and promote exhange between scientistis of basic medicine and clinicians. As we all know, ablation and device-based therapies require miltidisciplinary teams that include medical professionals from a variety of fields as well as physicians. Our important responsibility will be to provice a forum where professionals in a variety of disciplines can grow together by participating in our organization's activities while contributing expertise and technology from a variety of fields.

As the new president of APHRS, I will dedicate myself fully to tackling these many issues. I thank all the officers and members in advance for your support and encouragement. 

 

Wataru Shimizu, MD, FAPHRS
President of the APHRS (2022)

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