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Vassilios J. Bezzerides | Education

Undergraduate School

University of Washington

1998, Seattle, WA

Graduate School

PhD, Biophysics

Harvard University

2004, Cambridge, MA

Medical School

Harvard Medical School

2006, Boston, MA

Internship

Boston Children's Hospital

2009, Boston, MA

Fellowship

Pediatric Cardiology

Boston Children's Hospital

2011, Boston, MA

Fellowship

Cardiac Electrophysiology

Boston Children's Hospital

2013, Boston, MA

Vassilios J. Bezzerides | Professional History

I went to the University of Washington in Seattle where I studied physics and biochemistry. I was lucky enough to work on a number of different research projects ranging from high-energy nuclear physics to microgravity. My medical degree and PhD in biophysics are from Harvard Medical and MIT, where I had the opportunity to work with Dr. David Clapham. Following graduation, I did my internship and residency in pediatrics at the Boston Combined Residency Program. It was here, working with patients at Boston Medical Center, that I developed my interest in long-term care of patients and their families.

I completed a fellowship in pediatric cardiology and acquired additional specialized training in electrophysiology and research. I started on staff at Boston Children's Hospital in 2013 as both a clinical electrophysiologist and a basic research scientist in the fields of inherited cardiac disease and arrhythmia. Under the mentorship of Dr. William Pu, I have developed a program to use induced pluripotent stem cells from patients as models of human cardiac disease to improve therapies for patients with inherited arrhythmia disorders.

Vassilios J. Bezzerides | Publications

Caring for patients is a humbling and tremendous privilege. Working with patients and their families to understand their cardiac condition and devise a management strategy together is a deeply rewarding experience. Understanding each individual patient's story is critically important to providing the highest quality care. This is especially true with patients that have forms of inherited cardiac conditions. Working in the Inherited Cardiac Arrhythmia Program provides a unique opportunity to combine my knowledge of basic cardiovascular science with the latest clinical research to help treat patients with channelopathies and other forms of genetic heart disease. Caring for patients is also tremendously inspiring and directly influences my work as a research scientist to develop novel therapies for patients with inherited cardiac disease.