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Board of Directors 2016-2017

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Robert L. Lux, PhD
University of Utah, CVRTI


Robert Lux, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Following his graduate studies in Electrical Engineering at the University of Vermont, he moved to Utah where he was appointed to the faculty at the Cardiovascular Research and Training Institute, a laboratory that focused on clinical and experimental studies of cardiac electrophysiology. His research interests include electrocardiographic mapping, ECG lead systems, and development of cardiac electrophysiologic measurements for assessing heart disease and arrhythmogenic risk. Although “retired” he remains active on research grants at the University and continues to review grants and manuscripts for the NIH and medical journals.

He has been an active ISCE participant since the “2nd Engineering Foundation” meeting (parent meeting of ISCE) in 1976 and chaired the 2003 meeting at Snowbird, Utah. He currently serves as ISCE’s President.


 Peter Macfarlane, PhD
University of Glasgow


Professor Macfarlane is Emeritus Professor and Hon Senior Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow. He was one of the founding members of the Department of Medical Cardiology and was Professor in Medical Cardiology from 1991 – 1995 and Professor of Electrocardiology from 1995 – 2010.  His major interest throughout has been the application of computer techniques to ECG interpretation. The work of his team has been adopted commercially and the University of Glasgow ECG interpretation program developed in his laboratory is currently used worldwide. He is particularly interested in differences in ECG appearances due to age, gender and ethnicity. As a result, he has influenced international guidelines for the ECG definition of acute myocardial infarction. In addition, he has established an ECG Core Laboratory for handling ECGs recorded in national and international clinical trials and epidemiological studies.

Professor Macfarlane is a Fellow of many learned Societies.  He was also President of the Board of Computing in Cardiology from 2008-2014 and is currently Treasurer of the International Society of Electrocardiology.  In 2000, he was awarded a DSc on the basis of his contribution to research in his own field. He was also jointly awarded the 1998 Rijlant International Prize in Electrocardiology by the Belgian Royal Academy of Medicine.  He first attended the Engineering Conference in Banff in 1983 and then chaired both the 1990 and 1993 ISCE meetings, the latter due to the untimely ill health of Professor Jos Willems. In January 2014, he was awarded a CBE for Services to Healthcare.


Mary Carey, PhD, RN
University of Rochester



Mary Carey (nee Adams) earned her Master’s degree in Critical Care Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco. At the onset of her Master’s studies, she worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Physiological Nursing launching a decade of submersion in research and the development of a lifetime mentor-mentee relationship with Dr. Barbara J Drew RN, PhD, a nursing pioneer in electrocardiography. After earning her Master’s degree, Dr. Carey was the Project Director for multiple National Institutes of Health (NIH), enrolling over a thousand hospital patients. These experiences led Dr. Carey to pursue doctoral studies and enjoy a career rich with colleagues immersed in science. After graduation, she returned home, to Buffalo NY to be closer to her family and joined the faculty at the University of Buffalo, School of Nursing.

Dr. Carey’s long term research goal is to improve ECG monitoring so that cardiovascular disease conditions can be better detected utilizing noninvasive procedures. Her most recent work focuses on identifying ECG predictors of sudden cardiac death and to apply these ECG predictors to populations at high risk for cardiac events. Among her 85 scientific publications, over 30 are original data-based, peer reviewed reports and she has earned National Institutes of Health grants (K23 & R21). Dr. Carey was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2009. She is married to Peter Carey, Chief of State University Police. They have a 4 year old daughter and have a home on Lake Erie.


Larisa Tereshchenko, MD, PhD
Oregon Health & Science University 
Knight Cardiovascular Institute


Larisa Tereshchenko, MD, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, Knight Cardiovascular Institute. She earned MD degree in 1986, and PhD degree in 1994 in Russia. After residency and clinical fellowship in cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology, she was Assistant Professor in Tyumen Medical School (Russia). In 2004 Dr. Tereshchenko moved to the US and joined Cardiovascular Division, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. After completion of fellowship in cardiac electrophysiology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and clinical investigation program at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Dr. Tereshchenko was promoted to faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division. In December 2013 Dr. Tereshchenko moved her laboratory to Portland, Oregon, and accepted Assistant Professor position at the Knight Cardiovascular Institute, Oregon Health & Science University.

The mission of her NIH-funded laboratory is to develop cutting-edge tools to advance prediction, prevention and treatment of the cardiac arrhythmias and to train future leaders in cardiac electrocardiology and electrophysiology. Tereshchenko’s laboratory developed a novel approach for ECG analysis. Laboratory developed dynamic vectorcardiogram, or three-dimensional electrocardiogram, to measure repolarization lability and SAI QRST, in order to identify individuals at risk of life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias. The research in the laboratory is focused on developing novel diagnostic and prognostic markers of cardiac arrhythmias, advancing understanding of the mechanisms of arrhythmogenesis, developing life-saving preventive approaches, and improving arrhythmia treatment options.

Annual Conference Chair

Jean-Philippe Couderc, PhD
University of Rochester


Jean-Philippe has dedicated his career to quantitative electrocardiography focusing on the development and application of novel techniques for the analysis of ventricular repolarization from the surface ECG in human and in various animal models for clinical trials. He is a founder and director of the Telemetric and Holter ECG Warehouse, a partnership between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the University of Rochester. The THEW serves as a platform for industry, academia and regulators to validate new methods for advancing the science and practice of conducting cardiac safety studies. He is the author or co-author of numerous publications in computational science and engineering, numerical analysis, and computer science applied to electrophysiological signals. Jean-Philippe is currently a member of the editorial boards of the Annals of Non-Invasive Electrocardiology and holds a Special Government Employee position at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research for the FDA. He has participated in a wide range of clinical trials as well as being principal investigator and a co-investigator in several federally-funded research grants. Jean-Philippe is a frequent lecturer at universities, laboratories, and industrial research centers in U.S and Europe involving industry and national agencies like the National Institutes of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency. He obtained his PhD degree with highest honors from the French National Institute of Applied Sciences in Lyon, France and was appointed Associate Professor of Medicine in the Cardiology Department of Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Jean-Philippe also has an MBA from University of Rochester’s Simon Business School. He is Assistant Director of the Heart Research Follow-up Program Laboratory, an international leader in the research of the long QT syndrome.

Conference Co-Chair

David Strauss, PhD, MD
Food & Drug Administration


Dr. Strauss received both a B.A. in chemistry and medical degree (M.D.) from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in clinical physiology from Lund University, Sweden. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. He has led regulatory science research since joining FDA in 2010. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters related to assessing the safety and effectiveness of drugs and medical devices and predicting individualized response to therapies.

Dr. Strauss currently serves as FDA’s Acting Director of the Division of Applied Regulatory Science, which seeks to move new science into the CDER review process, closing the gap between scientific innovation and product review and improving public health by building and translating knowledge of drug response into science-based, patient-centered regulatory decisions of the highest quality. Dr. Strauss is also Senior Advisor for Translational and Experimental Medicine in the Office of Clinical Pharmacology.

Additionally, Dr. Strauss oversees and coordinates FDA’s research activities supporting the Comprehensive In Vitro Proarrhythmia Assay (CiPA) Initiative, including the evaluation of ion channel pharmacology data, development and validation of an in silico computational model of the human ventricular myocyte, design and interpretation of induced pluripotent stem cell derived cardiomyocytes assays, and assessment of novel ECG biomarkers in phase 1 clinical trials. He has received multiple awards, including recently receiving the Secretary of Health and Human Services Award for Meritorious Service, the second highest award granted by the Department.


Roger Abächerli, PhD
Schiller AG


Roger Abächerli, MSE, PhD, has graduated as electrical engineer from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL). He was student at the Georgia Institute of Technology (GaTech), Atlanta, USA and University College of Dublin (UCD), Ireland and did his PhD at the department of radiology at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nancy and got his degree of the National Polytechnic Institute of Lorraine, Nancy in France. He got several national and international awards such as the Jos Willems Award, the Biosignal award, CTI Swiss MedTech Award, techtextil innnovationaward. In 2012, he became senior Member of the IEEE, in 2014, he was elected as fellow of the American Heart Association (AHA) and became international associate of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Moreover, he is director of the board of the International Society of Computerized Electrocardiolgy (ISCE). He worked for 16 years in the medtech industry, latest as global head of biomedical research and signal processing at SCHILLER AG, Baar, Switzerland. He is designated professor at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Art for medical technology. Further, he is part-time senior lecturer at BFH and has a part-time position as research associate at the Cardiovascular Research Institute (CRIB) of the University Hospital Basel.


Konrad A. Brockmeier, MD
University of Cologne


Professor Brockmeier is a professor of pediatrics and the director of the department of pediatric cardiology at the University of Cologne, Germany, since 2002. His major interest has been processing and interpretation of the electrocardiogram and the magnetocardiogram in children and adolescents as well as catheter interventions and electrophysiology. 

Professor Brockmeier is a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology. He has served in Council of the Association of the European Paediatric Cardiologist until 2016 as a Scientific Secretary. He was also member of the Board of the International Society of Computerized Electrocardiology from 2003-2013. In 2004 he chaired the annual ISCE meeting in Hutchington Island, Florida, and in 2006 the annual meeting of the International Society of Electrocardiology in Cologne, Germany.


Martin Burke, DO
University of Chicago Hospitals & Medical Center


Dr. Burke is a practicing clinical cardiac electrophysiologist in Chicago who has recently departed the University of Chicago to pursue a global clinical research project. As Chief Scientific Officer at CorVita Science, he will be able to introduce with abandon cutting edge cardiovascular clinical research such as the S-ICD to high volume centers previously underserved in the US and abroad.  



Dewar Finlay, PhD
University of Ulster


  Dewar Finlay, PhD is a Reader in Electronic Engineering at Ulster University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Systems and a PhD in Computer Science.  His general area of research is healthcare technology with a specific focus on computerised electrocardiology.  His research in computerised electrocardiology has focused on electrocardiographic lead systems and diagnostic algorithms.  He has secured funding for his research from a wide range of sources and is currently an investigator on a number of significant EU funded (Horizon 2020) programmes investigating connected health solutions for improved diagnosis and management of CVD.  He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Computing in Cardiology and is an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Electrocardiology.  He has previously served as conference Chairman for the 37th Annual Computing in Cardiology Conference and the 40th Annual ISCE Conference. Dewar currently teaches students at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels.  His main areas of teaching are in digital signal processing and engineering computing.  He is the past Course Director of Ulster University’s postgraduate Health Informatics program.


Paul D. Kligfield, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College 
Cornell University Medical Center


Paul Kligfield, MD is Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, and has been at the Cornell Center of The New York- Presbyterian Hospital since 1977. In addition to patient care activities and teaching, his clinical investigation has focused on various aspects of the electrocardiogram, including new algorithms in exercise testing and methodologic issues in standard electrocardiography.  His interests in the history of medicine include the development of the stethoscope, the origins of the electrocardiogram, and the development of the pathophysiologic understanding of angina. Dr. Kligfield has served as President of the International Society for Computerized Electrocardiography, on the Board of Governors of the American College of Cardiology and as a member of its Annual Scientific Program Committee, as President of the New York Cardiological Society, and on the Board of Computing in Cardiology. He has previously served as a Director of the New York Heart Association, Secretary and Trustee of The New York Academy of Medicine, and President of the American Osler Society.


Shen Luo, PhD
Starcare Medical LLC


Shen Luo received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in China, and earned his PhD degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) in 1994. Soon after, he began working as a senior engineer for Burdick, a company specialized in producing electrocardiographs, defibrillators, and other cardiac devices. Five years later, he was promoted to Director of Engineering. He left the company in 2011 to join Mindray, an international patient monitoring and electrocardiographic product manufacturer, as a Deputy General Manager. He remained there until 2015 when he left and founded a startup company. In addition, he became an Honorary Associate at the UW-Madison in 2016.  His major interests are the development of cardiac devices and the application of ECG signal processing techniques.

Dr. Luo is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He has been an active participant of the International Society of Computerized Electrocardiology (ISCE) conference since 1994, and has co-chaired the Jos Willems Young Investigator Competition of the ISCE since 2008. He is currently a member of the Board of the ISCE. He chaired the annual Computing in Cardiology conference in Hangzhou, China, in 2011, and the annual International Congress on Electrocardiology conference in Beijing in 2012. He is a recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award of the College of Engineering at the UW-Madison.


Marek Malik, PhD, M
Imperial College London


Marek Malik graduated from Charles University in Prague in both mathematics and medicine. He subsequently moved to London where he became Professor of Cardiac Electrophysiology at the University of London, specializing in computer processing or electrocardiograms, cardiac risk stratification, and autonomic testing. Presently, he is with the National Heart and Lung Institute of Imperial College in London.


Claire Sommargren, RN, PhD
University of California
San Francisco



Claire Sommargren is Assistant Adjunct Professor in the ECG Monitoring Research Laboratory at the University of California San Francisco.  After working 25 years as a clinician in critical care and electrophysiology at the University of Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital, Yale-New Haven Hospital, and several community hospitals, she earned a PhD at the University of California San Francisco and has pursued a research and teaching career there since 2003.  Her research has focused on the application of ECG monitoring to understand patient characteristics and outcomes in a variety of settings, including the neurological critical care unit, the emergency department, and the pre-hospital arena.

Besides her activity on the Board of Directors of ISCE, Dr. Sommargren also serves as ISCE Publication Chair and Section Editor for the ISCE Symposium issue of the Journal of Electrocardiology.   She is also a Fellow of the American Heart Association, and has served as the AHA Cardiovascular Nursing Council’s Communications Committee co-chair and national newsletter editor.  She has participated in several AHA writing groups, including that for ECG monitoring standards for hospitalized patients.  In the past, Dr. Sommargren has served on the Boards of Directors of both the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Certification Corporation.  She also served for 10 years on the Board of Directors of Dominican Hospital in her hometown of Santa Cruz, California.


Joel Xue, PhD
GE Healthcare

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