Prof. John Camm - International President
Professor John Camm became Professor of Clinical Cardiology at St. George’s University of London 1986. He continues to hold this positions alongside positions as Professor of Clinical Cardiology at St George’s Hospital London and Professor of Cardiology at Imperial College London.
An internationally renowned expert in atrial fibrillation (AF), Prof Camm leads the European Network for translational research in atrial fibrillation, which works towards a better understanding of AF. Other research interests include ventricular tachycardia, cardiomyopathy, pacemakers and sudden cardiac death.
Professor Camm is a Senior Consulting Editor for the European Heart Journal and Editor of the European Society of Cardiology Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine. He has received numerous awards for his contributions to cardiology, including the British Cardiovascular Society Mackenzie Medal and the European Society of Cardiology Gold Medal.
Nigel Breakwell - Board Chair
Nigel Breakwell became Chair at the beginning of 2017, having previously been a Board member since 2016. He is an Executive Committee member, Arrhythmia Alliance UK, and Special Projects Director for the Charity with a focus on Policy & Communications. He leads the A-A secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Arrhythmias and Atrial Fibrillation.
He has worked closely with A-A since 2012, first working with Trudie Lobban, to create the Hearts & Goals initiative (with SCA survivor, former soccer player, Fabrice Muamba), then with Bernard Gallacher (famous Ryder Cup golfer, SCA survivor) and his family – to set up and launch the Arrhythmia Alliance Bernard Gallacher Defibs campaign in 2014. He has over three decades of experience in healthcare, and over two decades in communications, having begun his pharmaceutical career in the mid-80s at Sanofi, in sales and marketing, followed by roles in sales, marketing, and external affairs at MSD UK, a marketing company of Merck Inc.
Trudie is recognized as a world expert at representing patients and their carers as well as working closely with all those involved in the care and treatment of people affected by cardiac arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. She has contributed to medical papers and books as well as presenting at national and international meetings from Japan to USA and Norway to South Africa. In 1993, Trudie Lobban established STARS (www.stars.org.uk) as a result of her own daughter being diagnosed with Reflex Anoxic Seizures (RAS). Trudie brought together a multi-disciplinary group of professionals consisting of paediatricians, geriatricians, neurologists and cardiologists to form the STARS Medical Advisory committee. May 2004 saw the first Arrhythmia Awareness Week and the establishment of Arrhythmia Alliance A-A). The Arrhythmia Alliance (www.heartrhythmcharity.org.uk) is a coalition of charities, patient groups, healthcare professionals, Department of Health, Government and industry allies all working together.
Diana Reindl, PhD, CHES
In 2017, Diana Reindl became an Arrhythmia Alliance board member.
Dr. Diana Reindl, currently the Program Coordinator of B.S. in Health Promotion at the University of South Carolina- Beaufort, received her doctorate in Health Education from the University of Toledo with a minor in research design and statistics. She presently serves as a Certified Health Education Specialists and has yielded several years of experience as a researcher specialist preparing reports and developing evaluation research designs for The Ohio State University. Over the years, Dr. Reindl has attained maximum amounts of awards, preformed professional presentations and contributed to an extensive amount of publications.
Hugh Calkins, MD
In 2017, Hugh Calkins became an Arrhythmia Alliance board member.
Dr. Calkins, director of the Electrophysiology Laboratory and Arrhythmia Service at Johns Hopkins Hospital and The Nicholas J. Fortuin M.D. Professor of Cardiology, is internationally recognized as an expert on catheter ablation, atrial fibrillation, syncope, and arrhythmia management. Dr. Calkins has published more than 600 articles and book chapters on a large variety of cardiac arrhythmias. His research has focused predominantly on catheter ablation, atrial fibrillation, syncope, and arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia. Dr. Calkins has also written extensively on most aspects of heart rhythm disorders and their treatment. He was the lead author on the 2007, 2012, and 2017 Consensus Document on Catheter and Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation. He is a past president of the Heart Rhythm Society.
Tricia Mikouchi is a wonderful addition to the Arrhythmia Alliance board of directors. Mikouchi attended Sophia University in Tokyo for Asian Studies, then received a B.A. in Sociology from North Central College in Illinois and a Master's degree in Organizational Development from National Louis university in Illinois. She has worked as a non-profit Director of Illinois and Indiana for International Aid Agency (CARE) for several years and later went into Training and Development and Succession Planning for several private companies. She has lived on Hilton Head Island for ten plus years with her four daughters (three adopted) and is currently writing a book with one of her daughters. She enjoys nature, animals and public speaking.
Rex H. Gale
Rex H. Gale’s experience and community engagement is essential to the Arrhythmia Alliance board of directors. Gale is the organizer of TEDxHiltonHead, an independently organized TED event that serves the Lowcountry of South Carolina. TEDxHiltonHead is dedicated to sharing ideas, usually through short, powerful talks. He was previously the National Accounts Director of Sales at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, advising corporations on strategies to improve individual and organizational performance by developing ways to better manage population health; reduce organizational health risk; improve health care quality; and reduce health care costs. As a former Vice President Corporate Human Resources and Management Consultant, Gale has led large teams to maximize organizational effectiveness in areas including employee engagement, learning & development, performance management, leadership development and succession planning as ways to improve individual and organizational performance and productivity. He also has atrial fibrillation, an implanted pacemaker, and understands quite well the importance of the early identification, treatment, and prevention of heart arrythmias and other heart conditions to save lives, and help those with heart conditions thrive.
Arrhythmia Alliance is pleased to have the President of Burke's Main Street Pharmacy, Tim Burke, as a member of our board of directors. He is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. He moved to Hilton Head Island in 1983 and opened Burke’s Main Street Pharmacy in 1987 with his father, Bill, and his brother, David, also both pharmacists.
Burke has enjoyed serving the Hilton Head community for the past 33 years. He has served on board of directors for Hospice Care of Low Country and currently serves with the Hargray Caring Coins Foundation. Burke has been married for 38 years to Daryl Ann and he is father of four grown children. Tim was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation in 2016 and understands the needs of other AF patients. His professional and personal experience is a wonderful addition to the board.
With extensive education and training Joseph McCullough is an Arrhythmia Alliance board member. He has experience in developing ethical business culture along with global management experience including strategy development, operations and sales execution. Joseph has been successful in the development and execution of both global sales, local sales and marketing strategies.
He has worked for world renowned organizations and received multiple accomplishments such as introduced the AICD into the U.S. Market, initiated the development of the U.S. ICD market through education programs and more than doubled the bradycardia market share in the U.S.
Medical Advisory Committee
Founder, CEO and MBE
Professor of Medicine,Associate Dean of Clinical Research, Faculty of Medicine, Vice President Research Calgary Health Region, University of Calgary, Division of Cardiology, Calgary, Canada
Division Driector of the Children's Heart Center of South Carolina, MUSC Children's Hospital, The Children's Heart Program of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina
University of Michigan Health System. Nurse Practitioner, Cardiology/Electrophysiology
Cleveland Clinic Foundation Head; Hemodynamic and Neuroregulation Lab in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Cardiology, EP Imaging Section. Holds joint appointments in the Department of Nuclear Medicine and the Department of Molecular Cardiology, Cleveland Ohio
Division of Gerontology. Director, Syncope and Falls in the Elderly (SAFE) Program. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division-Department of Medicine, Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratory and Arrhythmia Service University of Minnesota Medical School. Attending Cardiologist, Central Minnesota Heart Center
Honorary Member. Professor of Clinical Cardiology, St. Mary's Hospital, London, England