Dr. Gordon Tomaselli Becomes President of The American Heart Association
Gordon Tomaselli, M.D., who earned his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in 1982, became president of the American Heart Association (AHA) on July 1. AHA is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization focused on the nation’s number one killer, cardiovascular disease, and stroke, which together claim more than 800,000 lives each year. Dr. Tomaselli is professor and director of the division of cardiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he has worked for the past 25 years.
“My time at Einstein really launched my career in medicine,” said Tomaselli. “I am incredibly gratefully to have learned in an environment that focuses on compassionate and scientifically rigorous medicine.”
In addition to his medical school classes and clinical rotations during the school year, Tomaselli conducted research at Einstein during the summers. “I was always interested in biological electricity,” he said. “I worked closely with Bill Norton in neurochemistry. He and my other mentors always reinforced the notion of intellectual curiosity and asking not just ‘what’ but the ‘why’ questions as well.”
A cardiac electrophysiologist, Tomaselli is an internationally recognized expert in sudden cardiac death and heart rhythm disturbances. He has focused most of his research on arrhythmias, and especially on new therapies aimed at warding off the potentially fatal heart rhythm disturbances that claim the lives of more than a quarter million Americans each year. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed research articles and many book chapters on various aspects of arrhythmia.
In 2007 and 2008, Tomaselli served as program chair for the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions, the world’s premier conference for cardiologists. He is currently chairman of the association’s 2010-2013 Strategic Planning Task Force and president-elect. He also remains an active member of the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Rhythm Society.