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International expert to address local physicians

Hinsdale – An internationally renowned expert in the field of electrophysiology is the keynote speaker at an upcoming event hosted by Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospitals. Dr. Jasbir Sra, clinical professor of medicine at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, will present “Emerging Developments in Atrial Fibrillation Ablation” at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Oak Brook Hills Marriot, 3500 Midwest Road, Oak Brook Hills.

More than 500 doctors have been invited to the program and limited seats are available. The event is open to physicians interested in learning more about this growing field. To reserve a seat for the event please e-mail ted.paarlberg@ahss.org or call (630) 856-6102.

The fastest growing segment of cardiology, electrophysiology is a relatively new subspecialty of interventional cardiology that evaluates, treats and manages arrhythmias and other heart rate and rhythm disorders. In order to accommodate a growing number of patients seeking these highly specialized heart procedures, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital is opening a dedicated electrophysiology laboratory in September.

“Having a dedicated EP lab allows our physicians to provide a superior patient experience right in our patients’ backyards,” said Dr. Chad Bonhomme, medical director of the lab.

In addition to his professorship, Sra also serves as director of the Clinical Electrophysiology Basic Research Laboratory and Electrophysiology Laboratory at Aurora Sinai Medical Center, affiliated with the University of Wisconsin Medical School’s clinical campus in Milwaukee. He has the distinction of being the first U.S. researcher to implant an atrial defibrillator (in 1996) and is the author of a groundbreaking study on the cause of syncope, published in the New England Journal of Medicine. He has been involved in nearly 30 clinical research protocols and is the author of more than 100 abstracts.

“Bringing Dr. Sra to the Chicago area for this event underscores our commitment to putting Adventist Hinsdale Hospital on the map as a national EP center of excellence,” said Ted Paarlberg, regional executive of the Adventist Midwest Region Cardiovascular Network.  “Very few programs in the country have the state-of-the-art technology and clinical talent that we have at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and we are currently ramping up our EP capabilities at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital as well.  This program really rounds out an already robust menu of cardiology services that we’re able to provide to the people of our communities.”