I was born in Jacksonville, FL where my father was a physician in the Navy but largely grew up in NJ (Cranford and Princeton) where I played hockey
for the Cranford Hockey Club and then Princeton Day School. I went to Williams College, majored in Chemistry and played hockey 3 years and participated in cross-country skiing senior year, and met my future wife Amy. After a 3500-mile bicycle ride from CA to NJ after college I attended Jefferson Medical School. My Duke connection began with Internal Medicine in 1984-87. My Duke Cardiology fellowship was highlighted by 2-years with Ray Ideker studying defibrillation, biphasic waveforms and computerized mapping. I was fortunate to serve as a Chief Resident at the Durham VA under Bill Yarger and Joe Greenfield concomitant with Paul Gurbel as the Duke CR. I finished Clinical EP at Duke then started the EP program at The University of Rochester Medical Center in 1992. I returned to Duke in 2009 to head up the EP section and join the DUCCS board.
Some recent highlights of my professional activities include: serving on the Executive Committee of each of the 5 MADIT Trials; Simon Dack Award for Outstanding Scholarship JACC; Associate Editor, JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology (2014-); Member of the Governance Committee of the Heart Rhythm Society; Chair of the Program Directors Subcommittee of the Fellowship Committee of Heart Rhythm Society.
My research interests include: Sudden death and ICD use, Inappropriate shocks and ICD Programming, Refinement of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) indications, Inherited arrhythmia conditions and sudden death and Atrial fibrillation.
Having been away from Duke reinforced the uniqueness of the DUCCS group and leaders especially Galen Wagner throughout its’ evolution. I have enjoyed participating as the DUCCS champion for the Ranolazine ICD Trial (RAID) with several of the DUCCS sites being leaders in trial enrollment.