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Dr. Ikeda is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Toho University Faculty of Medicine and Director of Cardiovascular Center at Toho University Medical Center in Tokyo, Japan. In addition to Trustee of JHRS, he is appointed as Vice President of the ISHNE, Trustee of the ISE, Trustee of the JCS, Vice President of the ISCP Japan, and Trustee of the CVSS Japan. His current interests include risk stratification for sudden cardiac death, antithrombotic therapy for atrial fibrillation, and management of arrhythmias using catheter ablation or implantable cardiac devises. He has published numerous peer-review articles over 200 including Lancet, Circulation, JACC, Heart Rhythm, and so on. He has edited several textbooks related to cardiovascular diseases and also serves on the editorial board in several academic journals. He has received multiple awards in the field of cardiac electrophysiology.

Katsuhiko Imai, MD, PhD

Dr. Imai is Director of Heart Center of National Hospital Organization Kure Medical Center and Chugoku Cancer Center. He is a board surgeon of cardiovascular surgery and also serves as Director of Department of Cardiovascular Surgery of his hospital.
Dr. Imai earned his medical degree from Hiroshima University School of Medicine. He have been involved in the ‘arrhythmia surgery’ including AF surgery, VT surgery, device therapy using CIED and lead extraction in Hiroshima University Hospital and serves as visiting professor of Hiroshima University.
At JHRS, Dr. Imai has served on numerous JHRS committees and task forces, including chair of health-care insurance committee and a member of CIED committee, and is a member of the Journal of Arrhythmia editorial board. And he also serves as a member of Japan Test Translation Committee of International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners.

Toshiyuki Ishikawa, MD, PhD, FHRS, FCS, FJCC

Professor of Cardiology, Yokohama City University Hospital.
His clinical interests focus on clinical arrhythmia, EP including catheter ablation and CEIDs therapy. He is an associate editor of Journal of Arrhythmia (official journal of JHRS and APHRS) and chairing CDR-IBHRE certification committee in JHRS. He is also member of IBHRE Board of a directors nd member of test writing committee.

Koichiro Kumagai

Dr. Kumagai is Director of Heart Rhythm Center at Fukuoka Sanno Hospital and Professor of International University of Health and Welfare. His major clinical interest is in mapping and catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation. He is a JHRS representative in the HRS/EHRA/ECAS/APHRS/SOLAECE expert consensus statement on catheter and surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation. He received his medical degree from Fukuoka University School of Medicine and completed cardiology training at Fukuoka University Hospital. He studied under Prof. Waldo as a research fellow at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. He has received Young Investigator Award from the American College of Cardiology in 1995.

Takashi Kurita

Dr. Kurita is Chief of the Electrophysiology Department of Cardiovascular Center in Kindai University, Osaka, Japan. His research interests have been focused on the management of life threatening ventricular tachy-arrhythmias. He is a chairman of 2018 JCS/JHRS Guideline for non-pharmacologic management of patients with cardiac arrhythmias.

Kengo Kusano

Dr. Kusano is the Director of Division of Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, Osaka, Japan. He is also the affiliate professor of Okayama and Kumamoto University. His medical interest is cardiac clinical electrophysiology (devices, catheter ablation, inherited arrhythmias and cardiac sarcoidosis) as well as regenerative medicine using gene and cell therapy. He has published over 250 papers and 300 abstracts in peer-reviewed journals. After receiving his medical degree from Okayama University Medical School, he completed his cardiology training at the National Cardiovascular Center. At JHRS, he has served in multiple committee including chair of the Medical Safety Committee. He has also delegated Japanese Ablation (J-AB) registry, Japanese Lead Extraction (J-LEX) registry and Japanese Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion (J-LAAO) registry.

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