News & Announcements

Virtual IHRS 2020

September 22, 2020
Please click the link below to access the Virtual IHRS 2020 Scientific Program. Also, please not that registration for this event is free.

Virtual IHRS 2020 Scientific Program

Message from the President

June 12, 2020

There have been so many positive responses to my slide of George Floyd at the annual meeting that I feel compelled to write to the group.

We are a special group of people – by inclination and training - who take care of some of the most vulnerable patients in healthcare: children with heart problems. By nature we are compassionate and find it hard to see people suffer. The sight of a grown man pleading for his life, unable to breathe and calling out for his mother is one of the most horrifying and heartbreaking images I have ever witnessed. And like all of you, I have been witness to many a heartbreaking scene in my life.

We ask ourselves, how in this day and age, can so much cruelty exist, in, what is, supposedly, one of the most advanced countries on earth. The country that exemplifies the rule of law and proclaims justice for all.

Life will always be imperfect. In the words of Walt Whitman: “There was never any more inception than there is now. Nor any more youth or age than there is now. And will never be any more perfection than there is now. Nor any more heaven or hell than there is now.”

We have had wars, and pestilence and cruelty forever. And yet, we feel we are in a nightmare, where everything we held sacred has been called into question. We watch a government that seems incompetent and uncaring. Separation of children from parents. Children doing active shooter drills at school. Gun violence with no response in sight. Discrimination by religion. Open support for armed white supremacists. Denial of the climate crisis. The list goes on.

Then came Covid and the needless deaths of thousands. And just as we were reeling from that comes this current tragedy that has peeled off the Band-Aid covering up the systemic racism in our institutions. George Floyd is but one of many countless deaths and even more numerous injustices. And even George Floyd’s murder would have gone unremarked except for the cell phone that captured the deed on film.

It is so easy to despair. And yet, ordinary people have woken up. They are marching all over the country. They want change. They are demanding change. And we are certain that 2020 will be a landmark year. A year we will not soon forget. The year that America redefines itself. Will it be the country that gave the immortal words of freedom and the Bill of Rights? Or will it be the country of white men for white men and run by white men?

I watched the documentary about James Baldwin, “I am not your Negro” and these words stood out to me: “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced”. And I was reminded also of the words of Margaret Mead: “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have”.

So, let me close with that. We are all leaders in our communities. It is time for us to lead and create a more compassionate world. Thank you.

Seshadri Balaji
President, PACES.

PACES 2020 Annual Report

May 6, 2020
Please click the link below to view and download the annual report:

PACES 2020 Annual Report

COVID 19 INFORMATION and LINKS for Providers and Patients

March 20, 2020
To download the list of links in PDF format, please click here

Important COVID 19 Information Links for Providers and Patients 3/20/20
Adult Congenital Heart Disease Association (ACHA):
COVID -19 Clinical Guidance for the Cardiovascular Team 

Caring for critically ill COVID -19 patients:

Epidemiological Characteristics of 2143 Pediatric Patients With 2019 Coronavirus Disease in China

HRS COVID-19 Emergency Response Package: Letter to the Senate

Preclinical evidence and recommendations on Acei, ARB, ARNi and COVID-19:

Multicenter Study of Leadless Pacing in Children

April 24, 2020
Dear PACES Members:

Maully Shah is leading a multicenter study of leadless pacing in children. The protocol, data collection form, and IRB approval letter are attached. If you have patients that may qualify for the study and are interested in collaborating, please contact

Please see that attachements below:

Winter 2020 PACES Newsletter

January 27, 2020
Please open the attached document to view the Winter 2020 PACES Newsletter. This newsletter includes messaging from the President, important dates, upcoming award and grant deadlines, plus much more information.

PACES-Heart Rhythm Journal Partnership

December 12, 2019
Heart Rhythm will serve as the official journal of PACES as of January 1, 2020. To view the full announcement, click here.  If you would like additional information on The Heart Rhythm Society please go to ttps:// or

Inagural PACES 5K Run/Walk

December 4, 2019
Registration for the Inaugural PACES 5K run/walk is now open! To register, click here or go to:

Your guide to PACES/HRS San Diego May 5-9, 2020

November 26, 2019
PACES/HRS will be held in San Diego May 5-9, 2020. Please view the guide to PACES/HRS in San Diego here.

Fall 2019 PACES Newsletter

November 8, 2019
Please open the attached document to view the Fall 2019 PACES Newsletter. This newsletter includes messaging from the President, important dates, upcoming award and grant deadlines, plus much more information.

PediRythm IX

October 31, 2019
Pedirhythm IX World Congress of Pediatric and Congenital Rhythm Disorders will take place from 26 th to 29 th September 2020 at Krakow, Poland.

To find out more information, click here.

Pediatric Journal Review by Trainees (PJRT)

July 30, 2019
A new Pediatric Journal Review by Trainees document is available. The presentation was put together by fellows Louis Rigos, MD of Cohen Children's Hospital, Henry Chubb, PhD, of Stanford University and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Chalese Richardson, MD, of Columbia University, CHONY and Ellis Rochelson, MD, of Albert Einstein College of Medicine and The Children's Hospital at Montefiore.

PACES Summer Newsletter

July 30, 2019
Dear PACES colleagues

I am excited to share our summer PACES newsletter with you. One of my goals for my presidential year is to ensure that the members are engaged and there is active communication between members and the PACES Exec. If you can take a moment in your busy schedule, be it between patient visits, procedures, aboard a flight, at the beach or simply while sipping your morning cup of coffee, please do read this newsletter.

While quite lengthy, it has many important updates, events and new initiative announcements. I promise in the future I will aim for brevity.

Finally, I decided to lend my personal voice to some aspects of this newsletter (in particular The Last Word) . Please feel free to ignore these personal views. Also email me ( with questions and comments. I welcome your feedback about what you would like to see in future newsletters.

Happy summer to all.

If you just got back from a summer vacation, remember “No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one” (quoted by writer Elbert Hubbard).

Best wishes

President, PACES

PACES COVID-19 Survey Results and the Heart Rhythm COVID-19 Guidance

April 3, 2020
Please click the links below to access the PACES COVID-19 Survey Results and the Heart Rhythm COVID-19 Guidance PDFs