Michael R. Gold, MD, PhD, FHRS, received the ceremonial gavel Friday evening during the annual Presidents’ Reception, signifying the start of his term as the 38th president of the Heart Rhythm Society.
Since he first presented a moderated poster at Heart Rhythm in 1991, Dr. Gold has been an HRS member and active participant in the Annual Scientific Sessions. He has also served on a number of HRS committees and groups, including the Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, Health Policy Committee, Education and Meetings Committee, Board Review Course Committee, Finance Committee, Governance Committee, Scientific Sessions Committee, several Writing Groups, the Heart Rhythm Foundation Board of Directors, and Value of Membership Task Force.
Dr. Gold serves as the Michael E. Assey Professor of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He has authored more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals, in addition to more than 30 book chapters. He sits on the editorial board of several peer-reviewed journals, including HeartRhythm, JACC, American Journal of Cardiology, PACE, and the Journal of Cardiac Electrophysiology.
A passionate researcher, Dr. Gold’s clinical research interests are in the areas of defibrillator optimization, risk stratification for sudden cardiac death, and pacing for congestive heart failure. He has been the national or global principal investigator of several clinical trials, including RIGHT, ASSERT, REVERSE, UNTOUCHED, INOVATE-HF and Evera MRI.
Dr. Gold attended medical school at the University of Colorado after completing his PhD in physiology at the University of Virginia. He completed his internship, residency, and clinical fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
He takes over the presidency from John D. Day, MD, FHRS, Director of Heart Rhythm Services at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, UT.