Michel Haissaguerre, MD

Central Hospital, University of Bordeaux, France

Professor Haïssaguerre teaches at the Hôpital Cardiologique du Haut-Lévêque, Bordeaux-Pessac, and is the director of the Electrophysiology and Heart Modeling Institute LIRYC. He has an outstanding national and international scientific reputation. His scientific and clinical work focuses on cardiovascular electrophysiology, particularly on cardiac fibrillation. He is best known for his remarkable contributions in the area of atrial fibrillation ablation. He was the first to detect the importance of pulmonary vein triggers and drivers in the genesis of atrial fibrillation. In addition, he was first to propose the technique of pulmonary vein isolation, which underlies current methods used throughout the world for atrial fibrillation cure. His team has also demonstrated that Purkinje cells were the main triggers of human ventricular fibrillation, with or without heart disease.