Dr. Elad Anter is a Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western. As an expert in his field of arrhythmias, his academic focus is on mechanisms of arrhythmia, catheter ablation, and technological innovations in mapping and catheter technology. Dr. Elad Anter is also the founder of the International Conference in Cardiac Electrophysiology “Signal Summit”, an annual event meant to stimulate the exchange of ideas while fostering innovation. As one of the largest meetings in electrophysiology, the 2021 meeting saw over four thousand registrants. Dr. Elad Anter takes great pride in his work and continues to shape the medical field.
How have you achieved success?
During my post-secondary education, I was always interested in biology, physiology, and electrical engineering. However, it was not until my father developed heart disease that I decided to pursue a career in medicine. Now I have devoted my life to advancing therapeutic options for patients with arrhythmias. For instance, I helped establish the ventricular tachycardia (VT) program which has become the largest in the country. With over 300 VT ablations per day, I am helping to make a difference in the medical community.
What obstacles have you overcome in the process?
As a physician and researcher, my career is all about trial and error. Sometimes you are confident that you have a good research idea, but the experimental investigation does not support the hypothesis. Instead of repeating the experiment take the time to explain your findings. Secondly, do not let failed experiments negatively impact your confidence as a scientist or researcher. We are lifelong learners, and always looking for better solutions.
What drives you to succeed?
My passion to make the world a better place. I consider myself an inquisitive person and I never settle for the status quo. Medicine is always evolving, so I want to play a role in helping people improve their quality of life. I work and study alongside a group of very talented individuals who inspire me. We exchange and share ideas and I know I am better for it.
How has your definition of success changed over the years?
I moved to the United States over twenty years ago and throughout my career I was fortunate enough to study under the guidance of various industry-leading professionals, who only furthered my passion for science and medicine. My first mentor was Dr. John Keaney and I completed my Research Fellowship in Molecular Biology in his laboratory, before completing my residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. My study of medicine continued under the late Dr. Mark Josephson who introduced me to cardiac electrophysiology and inspired me to make a difference in my field. I would not be where I am today without the help of these outstanding individuals.
What has success meant to you?
My laboratory specializes in medical therapies. Our goal is to develop new solutions by overcoming current limitations. Our continued research is helping individuals live better lives. I am a firm believer in pulsed field ablation. We have seen firsthand how this treatment can prove to be beneficial. I cannot wait until this research is applied to patients.
Do you have advice for others on how to be successful?
The best piece of advice I can give is to never be afraid to push boundaries. Continue to challenge yourself personally and professionally. There is always room for growth and improvement. Sometimes the difficult decisions are what get us to where we want to be.
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