The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) has announced the appointment of Sami Viskin (Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel) as the new editor-in-chief of Heart Rhythm from January 2024.
Heart Rhythm is the official journal of the HRS, the Cardiac Electrophysiology Society, and the Pediatric & Congenital Electrophysiology Society. Viskin replaces Peng-Sheng Chen (Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, USA) who will have served as editor-in-chief for ten years.
Currently, Viskin is the Chaim Sheba Chair of Cardiology, Tel Aviv University. He was born in Mexico and received his medical degree from the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, completed his residencies at the Sourasky Tel Aviv Medical Center and was a cardiology fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, USA.
During the last two decades, Viskin served as associate editor for Europace, Heart Rhythm and until recently, Circulation. He has been an editorial board member of Heart Rhythm and has reviewed nearly 400 manuscripts for the journal.
Viskin’s research has focused on ventricular arrhythmias, particularly polymorphic ventricular tachyarrhythmias related to the long QT syndromes, idiopathic ventricular fibrillation, Brugada syndrome and Purkinje-related polymorphic ventricular tachycardia. He has published 250 peer-reviewed articles. For his scientific achievements, Viskin was awarded the Pioneer in Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology award by the HRS in 2022.