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Anne                           Curtis

Anne B. Curtis MD

Department of Medicine

Charles and Mary Bauer Professor and Chair & UB Distinguished Professor

Specialty/Research Focus

Cardiology; Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Professional Summary:

As a clinician actively involved in patient care, I see patients in my office at 1020 Youngs Road, suite 110 in suburban Amherst, as well as in Buffalo General Medical Center on the downtown Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. My specialty is clinical cardiac electrophysiology, which is the field of cardiology that deals with arrhythmias and implantable devices, such as pacemakers and defibrillators. We have assembled a team of cardiac electrophysiologists who work closely together, so that patients who are evaluated for cardiac arrhythmias in our practice have access to state-of-the-art procedures such as catheter ablation and implantable cardiac electrical devices. I was personally involved in the development of national guidelines for patient care in the treatment of atrial fibrillation from 2004 to 2011.

As the chair of the Department of Medicine at the University at Buffalo, I am involved in the education of residents and fellows as well as clinical research, in addition to my administrative responsibilities. My research focus is electrophysiology and pacing, including implantable device therapy and clinical trials in atrial fibrillation. I am the principal investigator on a study of heart failure patients with atrioventricular block entitled the Block HF Trial, the results of which have recently been published in the New England Journal of Medicine. I have been involved in clinical trials for over 25 years which have led to close to 250 publications. I am a member of a number of prominent professional organizations, including the Association of University Cardiologists.

On a national level, I have held numerous national leadership roles, including serving as president of the Heart Rhythm Society. I have also chaired the American College of Cardiology’s Clinical Electrophysiology Committee and the Food and Drug Administration’s Circulatory System Devices Panel. I currently serve as associate editor of one of the key journals in the field of cardiac electrophysiology, Circulation: Arrhythmias and Electrophysiology.

Education and Training:
  • Fellowship, clinical cardiac electrophysiology, Duke University Medical Center (1986)
  • Fellowship, cardiovascular disease, Duke University Medical Center (1985)
  • Residency, internal medicine, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center (1982)
  • MD, Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (1979)
  • BA, Chemistry, Rutgers University, summa cum laude (1975)
  • UB Distinguished Professor, Medicine, Univeristy at Buffalo (2013-present)
  • Professor, Medicine, University at Buffalo (2010-present)
  • President & CEO, Medicine, UBMD Internal Medicine (2010-present)
  • Professor, Medicine, University of South Florida, College of Medicine (2005–2010)
  • Professor, Medicine, University of Florida, College of Medicine (1997–2005)
  • Associate Professor, Medicine, University of Florida, College of Medicine (1992–1997)
  • Assistant Professor, Medicine, University of Florida, College of Medicine (1987–1992)
  • Instructor, Medicine, University of Florida (1986–1987)
Awards and Honors:
  • Business First's Who Who in Healthcare (2014)
  • Buffalo 612' C-Level Executive Award (2012)
  • Walter Bleifeld Memorial Award for Distinguished Contribution in Clinical Research in Cardiology (2012)
  • Distinguished Service Award, Heart Rhythm Society (2012)
  • Western New York Woman of Influence (2012)
  • Health Care 50, Buffalo, NY (2012)
  • Distinguished Fellowship Award, World Congress on Heart Disease (2010)
  • America's Top Doctors (2010)
  • Association of University Cardiologists (2009)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (1978)
  • Summa cum Laude with High Honors in Chemistry (1975)
  • Sigma Xi (1975)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (1974)

Research Expertise:
  • Atrial fibrillation: Clinical trials in the prevention and management of atrial fibrillation
  • Cardiac resynchronization therapy
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillators: Management of patients with ICDs Clinical trials in the prevention of sudden cardiac death
  • Pacemakers: Management of patients with pacemakers Cardiac resynchronization therapy
  • Sudden cardiac death
  • Ventricular tachycardia: Diagnosis and management
UB 2020 Strategic Strengths:
  • Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan
Grants and Sponsored Research:
  • September 2011–September 2016
    Academic Administrative Units in Primary Care
    Health Resources and Services Admin
    Role: Co-Investigator

Evaluative Studies and Case Reports:
Journal Articles:
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Professional Memberships:
  • Women in EP; Co-Chair (2015–present)
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology Society; HRS Nominations Subcommittee, Vice President (2014–2016)
  • HRS Financial Viability Task Force; HRS Financial Viability Task Force (2014–present)
  • AAMS Council of Faculty & Academic Societies (CFAS); AOM representative (2013–2016)
  • TEAM Initiative (The Evolution of Anticoagulation Management) for the American College of Cardiology Foundation, Chair (2013–2015)
  • Heart Rhythm Society Journal Subcommittee, Chair (2012–2014)
  • HRS Communications Committee (2012–2014)
  • Heart Rhythm Journal Editor-in-Chief Search Committee, Chair (2012–2013)
  • Buffalo Niagara Regional Board of the American Heart Association (2012–present)
  • ACC New Era for Atrial Fibrillation Advisory Board, Co-Chair (2011–2012)
  • ACC New Era for Atrial Fibrillation Advisory Board, Co-Chair (2011–2012)
  • ACC Council on Academic Cardiology (2010–2013)
  • HRS Ethics Committee, Chair (2010–2012)
  • HRS Relationships with Industry Task Force (2010–2011)
  • HRS Governance Committee (2009–2011)
  • HRS Awards Subcommittee (2009–2011)
  • ACC CardioSurve Research Panel (2009–2011)
  • Advisory Committee for the ACCF CME Educational Initiative, "A New ERA: Evidence-based Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation" (2009–present)
  • HRS Task Force on Lead Performance Recommendationsw (2008–2009)
  • AHA Executive Leadership Committee, Go Red for Heart, Tampa-St. Petersburg (2008–2009)
  • Great Explorations Advisory Panel, St. Petersburg, FL (2008–present)
  • HRS President's Council, Chair (2007–2008)
  • HRS Audit Committee, Chair (2007–2008)
  • European Society of Cardiology, 2007 Heart Failure Congress, Berlin, abstract grader (2007–present)
  • HRS Women's Leadership Initiative, Chair (2007–present)
  • HRS Awards Subcommittee, Chair (2007–present)
  • HRS AF 360 Initiative, Chair (2006–2008)
  • ACC 56th Annual Scientific Sessions, Electrophysiology Spotlight Session, Co Chair (2006–2007)
  • HRS Audit Committee (2006–2007)
  • HRS Governance Committee, Chair (2006–2007)
  • HRS Nominations Subcommittee, Chair (2006–2007)
  • Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) (2006–present)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Subspecialty Board on Cardiovascular Disease (2005–2008)
  • HRS Coding Subcommittee (2005–2006)
  • European Heart Rythm Association (EHRA) Advisory Board (2005–2006)
  • HRS, Presidency (2005–2006)
  • HRS Executive Committee, Chair (2005–2006)
  • HRS Annual Scientific Sessions Program Committee (2005–2006)
  • HRS Committee on Health Policy (2005–2006)
  • ACCF Clinial Electrophysiology Committee (2005–2006)
  • Heart Rhythm Foundation Executive Committee (2005–2006)
  • National Forum on Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, Executive Commttee (2005–2006)
  • Association of Professors of Cardiology (2005–present)
  • HRS President Elect (formerly NASPE) (2004–2005)
  • HRS Marketing Committee, Chair (2004–2005)
  • American Heart Association (AHA) (2004–present)
  • ACC Cardiac Care Team Committee (2003–2006)
  • AHA Council on Clinical Cardiology Program Committee (2003–2005)
  • NASPE, First Vice President (2003–2004)
  • NASPE Program Committee, Chair (2003–2004)
  • NASPE ICD/Biventricular Pacing Competency Task Force (2003–2004)
  • NASPE/Heart Rhythm Society Relocation Task Force (2003–2004)
  • NASPE Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Task Force (2002–2004)
  • NASPE International Positioning Task Force (2002–2003)
  • NASPE Program Committee, Co-Chair (2002–2003)
  • NASPE Health Policy Committee, Chair (2002–2003)
  • NASPE, Second Vice President (2002–2003)
  • NASPE ICD Implantation Training Task Force (2002–present)
  • NASPE Finance Committee (2002–present)
  • NASPE Education Task Force, Co-Chair (2002–present)
  • ACC Electrophysiology Spotlight Session Planning Subcommittee (2002–present)
  • NASPE Practice Guidelines Subcommittee of the Committee on the Development of Position Statements (2001–2002)
  • NASPE Web Site Steering Committee (2000–2002)
  • Women and Heart Disease Task Force, State of Florida (2000–2002)
  • NASPE Committee on Health Policy (2000–2002)
  • NASPE Continuing Medical Education Committee, Chair (1999–2002)
  • NASPE Long Range Planning Committee (1999–2002)
  • NASPE Web Site Committee (1999–2002)
  • NASPE Web Site Editorial Board (1999–2002)
  • Scientific Committee, XIth World Symposium on Cardiac Pacing & Electrophysiology, abstract grader (1999–present)
  • ACC Clinical Electrophysiology Committee, Chair (1998–2005)
  • NASPE Ad Hoc Task Force to Examine Credentialling & Accreditation (1998–2001)
  • NASPE Nominations and Awards Committee (1998–1999)
  • NASPE Continuing Medical Education Committee, Co-Chair (1998–1999)
  • NASPE Continuing Medical Education Committee, Primary Care Subcommittee (1998–1999)
  • North Florida Arrhythmia Society, Organizer & President (1998–present)
  • NASPE Board of Trustees (1997–2008)
  • NASPE Subcommittee on the NASPE Electrophysiology Review Course (1997–2005)
  • AHA Electrocardiography & Arrythmia Committee (1996–2002)
  • NASPE Program Committee (1996–2002)
  • ACC Electrocardiology Committee (1996–1999)
  • Florida Arrhythmia Society, Chair of the Membership Committee (1996–1998)
  • Florida Arrhythmia Society, Organizing Committee (1996–1997)
  • ACC abstract grader (1996–present)
  • NASPExAM Committee, Electrophysiology Subcommittee (1995–2002)
  • NASPE Continuing Medical Education Committee (1995–1996)
  • AHA abstract grader (1995–present)
  • NASPE Fellowship Training Program Directors Committee (1994–present)
  • NASPE Electrophysiology Technical Advisory Panel (1993–1999)
  • AHA Council on Clinical Cardiology (1992–present)
  • ACC Electrophysiology Technical Advisory Panel (1991–1992)
  • American Federation for Clinical Research (1990–present)
  • North American Society of Pacing & Electrophysiology (now Heart Rhythm Society) (1989–present)
  • ACC Electrophysiology/ECG Committee (1988–1994)
  • American College of Cardiology (ACC); Fellow Past Chair, Electrophysiology Committee (1987–present)
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  • "“Designing and Implementing Large Scale Clinical Studies in Electrophysiology,”" Heart Rhythm Society 35th Annual Scientific Sessions, HRS (2014)
  • "“When to Choose CRT-P for your Heart Failure Patient”" Heart Rhythm Society 35th Annual Scientific Sessions,, HRS (2014)
  • "“Arrhythmias and ICD versus CRT” in a session on “Gender Differences that Impact Outcomes – Are the Current Guidelines Adequate?”" American College of Cardiology 63rd Annual Scientific Sessions, ACC (2014)
  • "“Clinical Trials and Reductions in Sudden Cardiac Death”" American Heart Association Annual Scientific Session, AHA (2013)
  • "“Evolving Indications of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy: Ejection Fraction Less Than 50% and Pacing Indication”" European Society of Cardiology Congress 2013, ESC (2013)
  • "“Heart Failure Trials: The Year in Review: BLOCK HF”" HFSA2013 (2013)
  • "Controversial Indications for Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy: A Case-based Approach: Patient with an Indication for Antibradycardia Pacing”" European Society of Cardiology Congress 2013,, ESC (2013)
  • "Biventricular versus Right Ventricular Pacing in Patients with Left Ventricular Dysfunction and Atrioventricular Block: The Block HF Study”" International Academy of Cardiology 18th World Congress on Heart Disease, WCH (2013)
  • "Sudden Cardiac Death/Advances in Implantable Rhythm Device Therapy,”" International Academy of Cardiology 18th World Congress on Heart Disease, WCH (2013)
  • "“Battle of the Titans: Are ICDs Over-used or Under-used?”" Heart Rhythm Society 34th Annual Scientific Sessions, HRS (2013)
  • "“Is There a Future for Academic EPs?”" Heart Rhythm Society 34th Annual Scientific Sessions,, HRS (2013)
  • "“Left Atrial Appendage Closure is Better than Anticoagulation Therapy for Stroke Prevention in AF,”" Heart Rhythm Society 34th Annual Scientific Sessions, HRS (2013)
  • "“Management of Asymptomatic Arrhythmias Noted on the ECG or Other Monitoring,”" American College of Cardiology 62nd Annual Scientific Sessions, ACC (2013)
  • "Diagnosis and Work-up of Patients with Syncope" American College of Cardiology 62nd Annual Scientific Sessi, ACC (2013)
  • "Atrial Fibrillation in Women: Epidemiology, New Anticoagulant Agents and Outcomes" 7th Annual Heart of Women’s Health Symposium, American College of Cardiology Foundation (2013)
  • "Implantable Devices in Women: Is There a Difference?" 7th Annual Heart of Women’s Health Symposium, American College of Cardiology Foundation, American College of Cardiology Foundation (2013)
  • "President, Chief, Chair: How I Got There" Women’s Career and Leadership Development Conference, American College of Cardiology Foundation, American College of Cardiology Foundation (2013)
  • "New Management Options for Patients with Atrial Fibrillation”" Primary Care Update in Medicine (2013)
  • "Sudden Cardiac Death: Why Are Women Different?" Arrhythmia Symposium at Cedars Sinai Heart Institute, Cedars Sinai Heart Institute (2012)
  • "New Management Options for Patients with Atrial Fibrillation" 12th Annual Current Concepts in Cardiovascular Management Conference (2012)
  • "Anticoagulation in Atrial Fibrillation: Benefits, Risks & Choices" 2nd Annual Update in Cardiovascular Medicine for Primary Care Providers (2012)
  • "Atrial Fibrillation: Mechanisms and Management" Grand Rounds, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (2012)
  • "Is Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Proarrhythmic?" Electrophysiology conference, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (2012)
  • "Lessons Learned from the Life in Medicine" Epsilon of New York Chapter, Alpha Omega Alpha (2012)
  • "From Bench to Bedside: Applying Current Guidelines and Evidence to Optimize Outcomes in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation" CME conference (2012)
  • "Biventricular versus Right Ventricular Pacing in Patients with Left Ventricular Dysfunction and Atrioventricular Block: BLOCK HF" 1st Annual Research Day, Univeristy at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Department of Medicine
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Service Activities:
  • School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Executive Commitee; Chair (2014)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Advisory Council; Alpha Omega Alpha Advisory Council; Advisor (2014–present)
  • Hospital & Insruance Contracting Committee; UBMD Hospital & Insruance Contracting Committee; Member (2014–present)
  • Kaleida Quality Leadership Couuncil; Kaleida Quality Leadership Couuncil; Member (2014–present)

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Buffalo General Medical Center
100 High Street, D2-76
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: 716-859-4828
Fax: 716-859-4850

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