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Anne B. Curtis, MD, one of the world’s leading clinical cardiac electrophysiologists, is a member of the committee that issued a new practice guideline for sudden cardiac death.

Curtis Co-Author on New Practice Guideline for Sudden Cardiac Death

Published November 15, 2017

Anne B. Curtis, MD, SUNY Distinguished Professor and Charles and Mary Bauer Professor and chair of the Department of Medicine, is a member of the committee that has issued a new practice guideline for treating sudden cardiac death (SCD).

The guidelines were issued Oct. 30 by the American Heart Association (AHA), the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS).

SCD Accounts for Nearly 20 Percent of All Deaths

Curtis was among the nation’s top cardiologists who worked on developing the 2017 AHA/ACC/HRS Guideline for Management of Patients with Ventricular Arrhythmias and the Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death.

Researchers at UB and other institutions are working to screen and predict who is most as risk for SCD, a condition that accounts for as much as 20 percent of all deaths.

Curtis says the new guideline is “a comprehensive review of the findings from clinical trials that provide the most up-to-date and expert recommendations for the management of patients with these potentially life-threatening conditions.”

“I was fortunate to be a member of the writing committee and I can attest to the rigor and thoroughness of the review of the medical literature to develop this new guideline,” she says. “It will be helpful to all physicians who care for patients with these serious cardiac conditions.”

Pioneering Research by Curtis Helped Transform Field

Curtis is among the world's leading clinical cardiac electrophysiologists. Her pioneering research has helped transform the evaluation and treatment of heart disease — especially cardiac arrhythmias — worldwide and has significantly advanced knowledge of human cardiac electrophysiology and abnormal heart rhythms.

In addition to contributing to the 2017 guideline on sudden cardiac death, Curtis has been a key contributor to guidelines on atrial fibrillation issued by the ACC and the AHA Task Force on Practice Guidelines.

Widely Published, Board Certified in Internal Medicine

Curtis is board certified in internal medicine with additional certification in cardiovascular diseases and clinical cardiac electrophysiology.

She is widely published, with nearly 300 peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, abstracts, reviews and editorials, as well as a treatise on cardiac pacing.

She is vice president of UBMD Physicians’ Group and president and CEO of UBMD Internal Medicine. Curtis is also president of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Society and the Association of University Cardiologists.