CSANZ 2019

Gregory Michaud

Director, Section of Cardiac Electrophysiology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, USA

Gregory F. Michaud, M.D. is a Professor of Medicine within the Division of Cardiology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Chief of the Arrhythmia Section at the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Center. Dr Michaud attended Haverford College in Pennsylvania prior to the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed Internal Medicine and Chief Medical residencies at Boston University Medical Center, and a fellowship in Cardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiology at Tufts Medical Center. Dr Michaud began his career by investigating pacing maneuvers that allow easy diagnosis of arrhythmias in the setting of catheter ablation for supraventricular tachycardia and has broadened this approach to assist ablation operators in more complex arrhythmia cases. He is credited with at least 4 separate pacing maneuvers that are now part of core testing during specialty Board examinations for cardiac electrophysiology.

Prior to arriving at Vanderbilt, he was the Director of the Center for the Advanced Management of Atrial Fibrillation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr Michaud played a pivotal role in developing better ablation strategies for the treatment of atrial fibrillation, which is the most common arrhythmia requiring hospitalization. These include methods for assessing and improving the quality of radiofrequency ablation lesions, the result of which improves the durability of pulmonary vein isolation. He recently published strategies to optimize lesion delivery by varying the amount of coolant delivered through the tip of the ablation catheter, which may limit damage to structures adjacent to the left atrium.

Dr Michaud has spoken at national and international academic conferences on his work in arrhythmia diagnosis and treatment and authored or co-authored numerous manuscripts. He is currently co-director of the Heart Rhythm Society board review course for clinical cardiac electrophysiology and a member of the Heart Rhythm Society Scientific Sessions planning committee. He was recently elected to the Association of University Cardiologists.

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