J. Philip Saul, MD
Children’s Hospital, West Virginia University, USA
Dr. Saul is a Professor of Pediatrics and Executive Vice President for Children’s Hospital at West Virginia University. He earned his B.S. and M.D. from Duke University, and then completed a pediatrics residency, and clinical and research fellowships in Pediatric Cardiology at Children’s Hospital, Boston. His research interests include control system analysis of the heart and circulation, management of syncope and arrhythmias, innovative techniques for interventional electrophysiology, and translational research for pediatric and congenital heart disease. He performed the first radiofrequency ablation for WPW syndrome in a child in 1990, and the first catheter cryoablation procedure in a child in the U.S. in 2003. He has pioneered multiple techniques for the minimally invasive treatment of arrhythmias, particularly in patients with congenital heart disease. In recent years, his interests have included preventative cardiology to address the epidemic of childhood obesity, sudden unexpected death in the young and the role of genetics in the new era of “personalize medicine”. He has published more than 300 articles, chapters and books, and holds 8 patents. Dr. Saul has lectured extensively, directed and organized numerous conferences, and has been the recipient of numerous awards, honors and grants.