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Exciting New Committee for PACES AP Members

August 21, 2017

Wanted: APs interested in participating in our newly developed PACES AP Research Subcommittee

Purpose: To foster interest in developing and generating nursing/AP led research in the pediatric and adult congenital population


  • Review research proposals/grants for submission to PACES Research Committee
  • Provide support in writing and/reviewing abstracts for presentations
  • Long term goal is to design and implement multi-center studies led by PACES APs
Requirements: Be an AP member in good standing with PACES, interested in working with individuals to design and conduct research, improve patient care within the PACES Community, and commit to a 3-year term of service.

Contact: Vicki Zeigler ( or Vicki Freedenberg ( for more information.

PACES Summer Newsletter

August 14, 2017

New Patient Resource: Heart Block

July 20, 2017

PACES Patient Resources Website Survey

July 14, 2017
We invite you to take a 2-minute survey to help us improve our website content. Please do not include any urgent or confidential patient information in your answers.  Click here to begin survey.

PACES History Project - Videos Now Online

July 6, 2017
Dear fellow colleagues,

I hope that everyone is enjoying a little bit of free time this summer. For those traveling to Barcelona next week for World Congress, I look forward to catching up with everyone either at the meeting or over a glass of sangria and some tapas. Current attendance for WCPCCS 17’ is estimated at 3,000 registrants.

On a separate note, PACES leadership is excited to highlight a major new addition to the website. Under the heading: “About Our Society” is a brand new feature spearheaded by Ian Law and Carolyn Dick. There are four featured videos (You Tube downloads) by PACES leaders (Dick, Van Hare, Benson, and Walsh) about the inception of our society and its evolution over the years. We intend over the next few years to add key PACES leaders and lifetime achievement recipients to the growing PACES Website Library. I want to personally thank Ian and Carolyn for their hard work and dedication to this project as well as the fantastic high quality of the videos themselves.
Warmest regards,

Mitchell Cohen MD FACC FHRS
President, Pediatric & Congenital Electrophysiology Society (PACES)
Scientific Program Chair, World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology & Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 & 2021


Request for PACES Committee Members

June 15, 2017

Dear fellow PACES Members,
I hope that everyone is enjoying the start of summer.  I want to thank everyone again for their involvement and continued support of PACES. PACES continues to grow and see ongoing collaboration with HRS, as it relates to guidelines, involvement on committees, and advocacy. The PACES Executive Committee continues to encourage members to join committees that are of particular interest and passion to individuals. Along those lines, there are a number of committees that have openings. If you would like to join one of these committees please let me know (email:

Research: Chair: Maully Shah

2 new individuals with an interest in basic science research
3 new junior individuals (< 5 years out of training) with an interest in clinical research

AP Research Subcommittee: Chair: Vicki Freedenberg

2 new Allied Professionals

Finance Committee: Chair: Bryan Cannon

2 new members

Education Committee: Chairs: Andy Blaufox and Scott Ceresnak

5 new members

Advocacy Committee: Chair: Seshadri Balajii

3 new members

Mitchell Cohen MD FACC FHRS

Radiation Safety in Children with Congenital and Acquired Heart Disease: A Scientific Position Statement on Multimodality Dose Optimization from the Image Gently Alliance

May 23, 2017


There is a need for consensus recommendations for ionizing radiation dose optimization during multi-modality medical imaging in children with congenital and acquired heart disease (CAHD). These children often have complex diseases and may be exposed to a relatively high cumulative burden of ionizing radiation from medical imaging procedures including cardiac computed tomography, nuclear cardiology studies and fluoroscopically guided diagnostic and interventional catheterization and electrophysiology procedures. Although these imaging procedures are all essential to the care of children with CAHD and have contributed to meaningfully improved outcomes in these patients, exposure to ionizing radiation is associated with potential risks, including an increased lifetime attributable risk of cancer. The goal of these recommendations is to encourage informed imaging to achieve appropriate study quality at the lowest achievable dose. Other strategies to improve care include a patient-centered approach to imaging, emphasizing education and informed decision making and programmatic approaches to ensure appropriate dose monitoring. Looking ahead, there is a need for standardization of dose metrics across imaging modalities, so as to encourage comparative effectiveness studies across the spectrum of CAHD in children.

For more information:

PACES Spring Newsletter

March 15, 2017

AP Research Committee Announcement

March 15, 2017
Dear PACES AP Members,

Great news! We are forming an AP Research Committee and are excited to announce that the Chairperson of this committee will be Vicki Zeigler, PhD, RN.
The mission of this sub-committee is to foster interest and fuel support in developing and generating AP led research projects that specifically align with AP clinical practices and interests.  

The sub-committee will:
  • Provide a platform for scholarly interaction amongst the AP members of PACES
  • Provide peer review for research proposals/grants for submission to PACES Research committee
  • Provide support in writing/reviewing abstracts for presentations
  • Have a long-term goal to design and implement a multi-center study led by PACES AP’s
We are also looking for committee members: anyone who is interested in developing a research project, being part of a research team, or who is  in any stage of on ongoing project is welcome.
Please contact Vicki Freedenberg at with your interest or for further details.

Best regards,
Vicki Freedenberg
PACES AP Representative

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