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Wataru Shimizu, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Wataru Shimizu is Professor and Chairman of Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Nippon Medical School. He is also Visiting Professor of National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, Shiga University of Medical Science, Tokyo Medical College, and Saitama Medical College. His clinical interests focus on inherited arrhythmia syndromes such as long QT syndrome and Brugada syndrome etc., atrial fibrillation, radiofrequency catheter ablation, and device therapy. He is a President of JHRS. He is also a Managing Director of Japanese Circulation Society (JCS), Director of Japanese College of Cardiology (JCC), and 1st Vice President (President elect) of Asian-Pacific Heart Rhythm Society (APHRS).

Takashi Kurita
Vice President

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.

Haruhiko Abe

Dr. Abe is a Professor of Medicine, Department of Heart Rhythm Management, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan. His special interests of clinical and research areas are implantable cardiac device therapies and management of syncope. He is a board member and chair of implantable cardiac device committee in JHRS, and an executive board member of World Society of Arrhythmia (WSA). He is also a member of several practical guidelines in JCS, JHRS and Ministry in Japan.

Tetsushi Furukawa

Dr. Furukawa is Professor in Medical Research Institute, and Deputy Director/Vice President, Tokyo Medical and Dental University. His research interests focus on translational research of cardiac arrhythmias, especially precision medicine of atrial fibrillation.

Hitoshi Horigome

Dr. Horigome is Professor of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Tsukuba, and also Director of the Pediatric Education and Training Center at the Ibaraki Children’s Hospital. His clinical interests are focused on pediatric inherited arrhythmia syndromes such as long QT syndrome and fetal arrhythmias.


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 President-Elect of the ISHNE, Trustee of the ISE, Governor of the ISCP, Trustee of the JCS, Vice President of the JCVS, 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.

Yasuya Inden

Dr. Inden is Associate Professor in the Department of Cardiology, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine. He is the chief of the Nagoya University Arrhythmia Team and is involved in drug treatment, ablation, device therapy and research for refractory arrhythmias.

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