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CME Accreditation

12th International Winter Arrhythmia School was approved for the following credits by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto:

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – 17.5 Section 1 credits
The American Medical Association – 17.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits
The College of Family Physicians of Canada – 4.0 Mainpro-M1 credits

Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at www.ama assn.org/go/internationalcme.

12th International Winter Arrhythmia School was endorsed by:


Building on the success of previous conferences, our workshops offered specialized instruction for nurses, EP technicians, residents, fellows, and allied professionals.

We deployed world-class faculty to engage in discussions and expect, as always, fierce educational argument.

International Winter Arrhythmia School Founder and Chair: Dr. Eugene Crystal

12th Annual Hosting Faculty

  • Dr. Eugene Crystal, Chair, Toronto, Ontario
  • Claudia Bucci, Toronto, Ontario
  • Dr. Ilan Lashevsky, Toronto, Ontario
  • Dr. Edgar Hockmann, Toronto, Ontario
  • Dr. Darren Kagal, Toronto, Ontario
  • Dr. Bruce lubelsky, Toronto, Ontario
  • Dr. David Newman, Toronto, Ontario
  • Dr. Mohammed Shurrab, Toronto, Ontario
  • Dr. Irving Tiong,Toronto, Ontario
  • Suzette Turner, NP, Toronto, ON

12th Annual International Faculty

  • Dr. David Burkhardt, Austin, USA
  • Dr. Martin C. Burke, Chicago, USA
  • Dr. Fermin C. Garcia, Philadelphia, USA
  • Dr. Lior Gepstein, Haifa, Israel
  • Dr. Hamid Ghanbari, Ann Arbor, USA
  • Dr. Gregory Golovchiner, Petah Tikva, Israel
  • Dr. Hiroshi Nakagawa, Oklahoma City, USA
  • Dr. William Spear, Oak Lawn, USA
  • Dr. Tamas Szili-Torok, Rotterdam, Netherlands
12th Annual National Faculty

  • Dr. Guy Amit, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Dr. Sean Balmain, Toronto, Ontario
  • Dr. Brian Baker, Toronto, Ontario
  • Dr. Adrian Baranchuk, Kingston, Ontario
  • Dr. Sacha Bhatia, Toronto, Ontario
  • Dr. David Birnie, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Debra Campbell, RN, Kingston, Ontario
  • Dr. Michael Hartleib, Peterborough, Ontario
  • Dr. Jeff Healey, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Dr. Amir Janmohamed, Toronto, Ontario
  • Dr. Peter Leong-Sit, London, Ontario
  • Dr. Bhavanesh Makanjee, Toronto, Ontario
  • Dr. Carlos Morillo, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Dr. Grish M. Nair, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Dr. Pablo Nery, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Dr. Doug Ng, Toronto, Ontario
  • Dr. Vladislav Ovchinnikov Vladislav, Toronto, Ontario
  • Dr. Arnold Pinter, Toronto, Ontario
  • Dr. Kieran Quinn, Kingston, Ontario
  • Dr. Sherryn Rambihar, Toronto, Ontario
  • Dr. James Swan, Toronto, Ontario
  • Dr. Anthony Tang, London, Ontario
  • Dr. Derek Yung, Toronto, Ontario

Organizers Banafsheh Arouny & Seddigheh Baktash


The 12th International Arrhythmia School was hosted at the Westin Trillium House at Blue Mountain in Collingwood, Ontario. Blue Mountain is a ski resort located approximately 90 minutes by car outside of Toronto. 220 Gord Canning Drive (Formerly Mountain Drive), Blue Mountains Ontario, L9Y 0V9, Canada Phone: (705) 443-8080


Obstructive Sleep Apnea as a Predictor of Post Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Atrial Fibrillation: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Feasibility and Safety of Using Mechanic and Magnetic Robotic Systems for EGM-Guided AF Ablation with Near Zero Radiation: A Pilot Study
Vurtigo, a Visualization Platform for MR-guided EP Interventions
Expert physicians cannot distinguish the ECG pattern of Brugada Syndrome from that of Brugada Phenocopies
Real World Usage Of Direct Oral Anticoagulants In Patients Undergoing Electrical Cardioversion
Real-time Lesion Characterization and Visualization for Image-guided Cardiac Ablation Therapy
Antiarrhythmic therapy post-ablation to reduce atrial fibrillation recurrence: a meta-analysis
Comparative Study of Robotic Catheter Ablation and Manual Catheter Ablation in the Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation: A single center experience
Intrinsic magnetic resonance characterization of acute ventricular RF ablation lesions
Acute and long term safety of a novel ‘flextip’ irrigation catheter in catheter ablation of Paroxysmal and Persistent Atrial Fibrillation
Advanced interatrial block predicts new onset atrial fibrillation in patients with severe heart failure and cardiac resynchronization therapy
Remote magnetic navigation versus manually controlled catheter ablation of right ventricular outflow tract ventricular arrhythmias: A retrospective single center experience
Cardiovascular implantable electronic device infection - from prevention to treatment experience
Performing Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Patients with Conditional Cardiac Devices: A Collaborative Protocol to Mitigate Risk
Cardiac Rhythm Devices and End of Life Care:Development of an Educational Tool for Nurse Educators and Interprofessionals

Presentation Downloads

ECG Workshop by Dr. A. Baranchuk & Dr. K. Quinn

Outline of the 11th IWAS programOutline of the 11th IWAS program

ECG in Cardiac Devices by Dr. A. Pinter

Outline of the 11th IWAS program

ICD Troubleshooting (case-based) by Dr. A. Pinter

Telemetry Workshop (level 1) by Dr. D. Kagal & Dr. I. Tiong

Telemetry Workshop (level 2) by Dr. D. Kagal & Dr. I. Tiong

Telemetry Workshop (level 3) by Dr. D. Kagal & Dr. I. Tiong

Intracardiac Echo – ICE, AcuNav by Dr. E. Camus

Managing Cardiac Devices at End of Life: Our Clinic’s Role in Proactive Care by
D. Campbell

Post Traumatic Stress in the Cardiac Patient by Dr. B. Baker

Post Implantable Defibrillator Shock Psychology Counselling by Dr. B. Baker

How to Become a Successful Researcher in Cardiology by Dr. M. Hartleib

Challenging Arrhythmia Cases by Dr. B. Makanjee

Pacemaker Troubleshooting (case-based) by Dr. D. Ng

Challenging Arrhythmia Cases by Dr. D. Ng

What is the Strategy of Ablation After STAR AF Trial by Dr. G. Amit

“Robotics in Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation” & “V-drive: Benefits and Challenges From User Perspective” by Dr. W. Spear

Indications for PVC Ablation by Dr. G. Nair

Duelling “PVI vs. Pace and Ablate” by Dr. G. Nair

Role of Stress Test in Arrhythmia Management by Dr. J. Healey

Magnet Application on “CIEDs” by Dr. D. Yung

Substrate Mapping Techniques and Technologies by Dr. D. Burkhardt

Robotics for Ischemic/structural VTs: Practical Tips and Tricks by Dr. D. Burkhardt

Post Implantation Wound Care by S. Turner

Duelling “Antiarrhythmic vs. Ablation of VT” by Dr. D. Burkhardt

Myths and Facts: A Discussion of MRI Imaging for Pacemaker and ICD Patients by M. Reitzel

Best Abstract Presenters

First Place went to Fariha Sadiq Ali for “Advanced Interatrial Block Predicts New Onset Atrial Fibrillation in Patients with Severe Heart Failure and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy”.


Second Place went to Philippa Krahn for “Intrinsic Magnetic Resonance Characterization of Acute Ventricular RF Ablation Lesions”.

Third Place went to Debra Campbell for “Performing Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Patients with Conditional Cardiac Devices: A Collaborative Protocol to Mitigate Risk”.