ABOUT US

our history

The International Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology Society (ICPES) was officially co-founded by Dr. Victor Parsonnet, Dr. Bert Th. Thalen, Dr. Graeme Sloman, Dr. H. Sykosch, Dr. Claude Meere, Dr Warren Harthorne and Dr. Seymour Furman in 1978. However, it had existed in a less formal guise from 1963 when the first World Congress was held.

The Society is established with missions to promote worldwide education in cardiac pacing and electrophysiology. It also provides a platform for scientific exchange among its members and other national and international organizations by hosting the World Congress on Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology. Further, it acts as a body to advise, encourage, and, when requested, assist in promoting and coordinating worldwide education, research, and development in cardiac pacing and electrophysiology.

Additionally, it guides and supports the efforts of those responsible for the education and training of physicians, allied professionals, scientists and engineers in cardiac pacing and electrophysiology throughout the world.

In 1979, ICPES was incorporated as the official organizing body for World Congress on Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology which is a quadrennial scientific meeting with the objective to promote education, research and training to an international audience in the fields of cardiac pacing and electrophysiology. Past World Congresses were held in New York, United States (1963, 1968), Monaco (1970), Groningen, The Netherlands (1973), Tokyo Japan (1976), Montreal, Canada (1979) Vienna, Austria (1983), Jerusalem, Israel (1987), Washington, USA (1991), Buenos Aires, Argentina (1995), Berlin, Germany (1999), Hong Kong, China (2003), Rome, Italy (2007), Athens, Greece (2011), Beijing, China (2015), Buenos Aires, Argentina (2019). In 2007, the society was renamed World Society of Arrhythmias.

The Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, (JCE) is the official journal of the World Society of Arrhythmias
WSA strives to cooperate with all national and international professional and patient-orientated societies devoted to arrhythmias, cardiac electrophysiology and cardiac pacing in all its forms.

VISION

Generate educational, scientific and quality-improvement opportunities for healthcare professionals and patients to improve arrhythmia care everywhere

MISION

Engage and educate all those involved in arrhythmia care

VALUES

- Promote worldwide education in the fields of cardiac pacing and electrophysiology.
- Coordinate the activities of national an international scientific societies devoted to cardiac pacing and electrophysiology.
- Provide a platform for scientific exchange among its member and other national and international organizations through hosting World Congress on Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology.

CHALLENGES

1. Collaborate in global arrhythmia outcomes research initiatives.
2. Conduct World Surveys of arrhythmia services.
3. Facilitate international training fellowships and mentorship programs.
4. Develop specific guidelines for underserved areas recognizing fiscal constraints.
5. Disseminate and cooperate in the development of global guidelines.
6. Cooperate with patient-based charitable organizations.
7. Support/develop language- and culture-specific sources of information for patients with arrhythmias.