2007 Hall of Fame Inductee, Eric N. Prystowsky

Eric N. Prystowsky, M.D.

Eric N. Prystowsky has achieved international prominence in teaching, research, and patient care in cardiac electrophysiology.

He is the director of the clinical electrophysiology laboratory at St. Vincent Hospital and Health Care Center in Indianapolis, Indiana; a consulting professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina; and a practicing cardiologist with The Care Group, LLC. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology and of Medscape CRM.com for the Internet information service WebMD. He serves on the editorial boards of 16 journals including the journal Circulation.

In addition to co-authoring two textbooks, Cardiac Arrhythmias: An Integrated Approach for the Clinician and Clinical Electrophysiology Review, Dr. Prystowsky also authored over 640 scientific manuscripts and abstracts concerning cardiac arrhythmias.

Dr. Prystowsky was born in Canal Zone, Panama and graduated from Nutley High School in 1965. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University as an Outstanding Senior in 1969. He graduated from the Mt. Sinai Medical school in 1973 and completed his internal medicine training at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He trained in cardiology and clinical electrophysiology at Duke University Medical Center.

From 1979 to 1986, Dr. Prystowsky was a full-time faculty member at the Indiana University School of Medicine, where he was the director of the electrophysiology laboratory. In 1986, he returned to Duke University as a professor of medicine and the director of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Center. He joined The Care Group in 1988.

He is past chairman of the American Heart Association’s Committee on Electrocardiography and Electrophysiology, past president of the Heart Rhythm Society, and chairman of the Test Writing Committee for Clinical Electrophysiology for the American Board of Internal Medicine.

He was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Pennsylvania State University in 2007. On the occasion of this award, Dr. Prystowsky stated, “Of everything I do, I’m most passionate about teaching. I hope people remember me as a good doctor and a good teacher.” Dr. Prystowsky has trained many electrophysiologists who are currently chiefs of cardiology in the United States and abroad.

Dr. Prystowsky received Mount Sinai’s Saul Horowitz Memorial Award for significant achievements since medical school graduation in 1981. In 1982, he received the Distinguished Teacher Award from the Heart Rhythm Society, the Henry I. Russek Lectureship Award from the American College of Cardiology, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of California, San Francisco. His peers have named him to The Best Doctors in America since its inception in 1992.