Board of Directors


Charles J. Love, MD, FHRS, FACC, FAHA, CCDS
Director of Cardiac Rhythm Device Services
Johns Hopkins Hospital
New York, NY USA

Dr. Charles Love is currently the Director of Cardiac Rhythm Device Services at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, he served as Director of Cardiac Rhythm Device Services at New York University. Before that, he was Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at The Ohio State University Medical Center, practicing medicine at OSU for over 20 years. Known around the world as an expert and leader in techniques of pacemaker implantation and especially in the area of lead extraction, Dr. Love is an internationally sought speaker on pacemaker technology. He has made hundreds of presentations in venues ranging from the World Congress on Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology in Hong Kong to the Advanced Didactic Course on Cardiac Pacing in France and the Japanese Heart Rhythm Society in Tokyo. He has been published a number of times in peer-reviewed journals such as Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology. He is a member of several professional societies including the American College of Cardiology, The Heart Rhythm Society, and the American Heart Association. Dr. Love is the current president of the Board of Directors of IBHRE. He has been a member of the IBHRE Board of Directors since 1992.

Vice President/ Treasurer

Edward V. Platia, MD, FHRS, CCDS, CEPS
Washington Hospital Center
Washington, DC USA

Dr. Edward V. Platia is the director of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Center at the Washington Hospital Center. He is also a professor of medicine at Georgetown University and George Washington University School of Medicine. His research interests have focused on cardiac arrhythmias. He has been principal investigator of a number of major grants, including the American Heart Association and National Institutes of Health. He has served on the editorial board of several cardiology journals, and continues to be a reviewer for Circulation, American Journal of Cardiology, Annals of Internal Medicine, and PACE. Dr. Platia has been a member of the IBHRE Board of Directors since 2002.


Christine Chiu-Man, MSC, FHRS, CCDS, CEPS
Hospital for Sick Children
Toronto, ON CANADA

Christine Chiu-Man works as the Electrophysiology Pacemaker technologist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. Her other areas of interest include epidemiology, patient safety and human factors research. She served as an associate editor for the HeartRhythm journal from 2004 to 2014 and as a HRS Fellow in 2008. She has served on the IBHRE Allied Electrophysiology Test Writing Committee since 1998, on the Physician EP Test Writing Committee since 2009, and on the Board of Directors since 2000.

Members of the Board

Thomas F. Deering, MBA, MD, FHRS, CCDS, Ex-Oficio, HRS President
Piedmont Heart Institute
Atlanta, GA USA

Dr. Deering's research interests are focused on defining and implementing quality initiatives in electrophysiology and cardiovascular medicine. He has served as a speaker and moderator at national and international electrophysiology and cardiology meetings. Dr. Deering earned his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the Yale-New Haven Hospital, his cardiology fellowship training at Boston University Medical Center and his cardiac electrophysiology fellowship at Tufts New England Medical Center.

Jay N. Gross, MD, CCDS
Montefiore Medical Center
Bronx, NY USA

Dr. Jay Gross is the Medical Director of the Arrhythmia Program at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York. He has been on the IBHRE Pacing Testing Writing Committee since 1994 and joined the IBHRE Board of Directors in 2013.

Melanie T. Gura, MSN, CNS, FHRS, FAHA, CCDS
NE Ohio Cardiovascular Specialists
Akron, OH USA

Melanie Gura is the Director of Pacemaker and Arrhythmia Services for Northeast Ohio Cardiovascular Specialists in Akron, Ohio. Recognized as a leading expert in the arrhythmia field, she is widely published and known as a prominent international lecturer. She has served on numerous committees for the Heart Rhythm Society and the American College of Cardiology. She has served as a member of IBHRE’s Pacing Test Writing Committee since 1998 and joined the IBHRE Board of Directors in 2009. In 2002, Ms. Gura was the recipient of the Heart Rhythm Society’s Distinguished Service Award.

Marleen E. Irwin, FHRS, RCRT, CCDS
Alberta HEART, University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB CANADA

Marleen Irwin is currently practicing as a Device Specialist and Clinical Research Associate for Alberta HEART, and the Division of Cardiology in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Recognized as a leading expert in the device field, she is widely published and known as a prominent international lecturer. She has served on numerous committees for the Heart Rhythm Society and the Canadian College of Respiratory Therapists. She is also a practicing consultant specialist and director of CardioSys Knowledge Transfer Group Ltd. In 2005, Marleen Irwin received the HRS Distinguished Service Award, and in 2006 received an HRS Fellowship. She has served as a member of IBHRE's Pacing Testing Writing committee since 1998 and has been on the IBHRE Board of Directors since 2006.

Toshiyuki Ishikawa, MD
Yokohama City University
Yokohama JAPAN

Dr. Ishikawa is a Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Yokohama City University. He has contributed greatly to the heart rhythm profession through his research in cardiovascular medicine and arrhythmia. Much of his work has been published by the official journal of the Japanese Circulation Society, the Journal of Arrhythmia and PACE. Along with his service on IBHRE's Board of Directors, Dr. Ishikawa is a member of the Inaugural Japan Editorial Committee as well as the Japanese Society of Electrocardiology, Japanese Colleges of Cardiology, Japanese Heart Failure Society and Japanese Heart Rhythm Society.

Dr. Aparna Jaswal, CCDS, FHRS, FACC, FESC
Fortis Escorts Heart Institute
New Dehli INDIA

Dr. Aparna Jaswal is an Additional Director at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute who completed medical school, her internship and residency with gold medals. She has completed many national and international research projects and was the first Indian resident to earn IBHRE's Certified Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS) credential in September 2007. Dr. Jaswal was also the first electrophysiologist to start an EP program in Mauritius in November 2010 and has earned the following distinctions: Fellow of American College of Cardiology in 2014, FHRS in 2015, Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology and IBHRE Ambassador of the Year in 2017. Along with these accomplishments, she serves as an IBHRE Senior Ambassador, mentoring EP fellows at her hospital and internationally. Dr. Jaswal is also the Joint Secretary of the Indian Heart Rhythm Society.

Elsie M. Kelly, Public Member
Lake Tahoe, NV USA

Elsie Kelly is retired and she and her husband, Raymond, are still active in private investments. During her working years, she taught Science and Math in the California Public Schools and spent many years as a Real Estate Broker and Property Manager. She has served her community via several charitable board memberships including the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Merola Opera Program Finance Committees. Probably her best qualification for joining the IBHRE Board of Directors as a public member is the fact that she has a heart arrhythmia condition herself. She has a personal interest in helping the public receive quality care through the certification of heart rhythm professionals by this board.

Janet McComb, MD, FHRS
Freeman Hospital
Newcastle-upon-Tyne ENGLAND

Dr. Janet McComb is a consultant cardiac electrophysiologist at Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. After completing an electrophysiology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, she moved to Newcastle where she helped develop one of the largest EP centers in the UK, introducing radiofrequency ablation, ICDs and cardiac resynchronization therapy. She joined the NASPExAM/IBHRE test writing committee on pacing when she was president of the British Pacing and Electrophysiology Group (BPEG) in 2002, and has served as a member since. Dr. McComb continues to contribute both nationally and internationally, advising, teaching and speaking. She has contributed to guidelines and has published on provision of and equity of access to device services. Dr. McComb joined the IBHRE Board of Directors in 2013.

Neil F. Strathmore, MBBS, FHRS, CCDS
Royal Melbourne Hospital

Dr. Neil Strathmore is a cardiologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and several private hospitals. He trained at the University of Melbourne, Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. He has a general cardiology practice with a major component of pacemaker and ICD implantation and follow-up. He has specialized in the removal of implanted devices and leads and has a wide experience in this area. Dr. Strathmore has been involved with teaching for many years and is a Clinical Associate Professor of the University of Melbourne. Dr. Strathmore has served on the IBHRE Test Writing Committee since 1992 and the IBHRE Board of Directors since 2005.

George Van Hare MD, FHRS, CCDS, CEPS
Washington University / St. Louis Children's Hospital
St. Louis, MO USA

Prior to assuming his current role as Director of Pediatric Cardiology at Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Van hare has been a practicing academic pediatric electrophysiologist at the University of California San Francisco, Case Western Reserve University and Stanford University. He is a past-president of the Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiology Society, and is currently Treasurer and Secretary of the Heart Rhythm Society. He was previously the principal investigator for a 5 year NIH-funded multi-center clinical study of catheter ablation in children entitled “Prospective Assessment after Pediatric Cardiac Ablation.” He has previously served on the question-writing committee for the IBHRE Pacing Examination for Physicians. He currently serves as the pediatric chair for the IBHRE Cardiac Electrophysiology Examination for Physicians, the first examination to offer board certification to pediatric electrophysiologists.

Staff Liaison 

Tracy Lofty, MSA, CAE
International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners
Washington, DC USA

Tracy Lofty is the Executive Director of the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners in Washington, DC. With more than 20 years of experience in professional development, she previously served as Executive Director for the Commission on Nurse Certification and as Director of Postdoctoral Residency Training Standards and Evaluation for the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park and also Trinity College. In addition, she received a certificate from George Washington University’s School of Business and has earned the Certified Association Executive certification. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Credentialing Excellence and previously served as an advisor to the Board of Directors for the Clinical Nurse Leaders Association.