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Expert in the Room: Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

On April 29, 2014, AHRQ sat down with Sana M. Al-Khatib, M.D., M.H.S., a cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist at Duke University Medical Center to discuss the recently released comparative effectiveness research report, Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is a condition that affects more than 2 million Americans and we wanted to understand how the findings from this report can benefit practicing clinicians.


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About the Presenter

Dr. Sana M. Al-Khatib is an associate professor of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center, a board-certified clinical electrophysiologist and an experienced clinical researcher in cardiac arrhythmias. As a graduate of the NIH-funded Clinical Research Training Program, she is one of a few electrophysiologists nationwide with expertise in quantitative research methods. Her clinical expertise is in sudden cardiac death prevention, atrial fibrillation and ventricular arrhythmias, and implantable cardiac devices.

Dr. Al-Khatib's research expertise lies in the design and conduct of clinical trials, outcomes research, and cost-effectiveness analyses. She is a recipient of a National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s R-01 grant titled “Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Therapy in Patients with Heart Failure” (2009-2013) and of an American Heart Association Career Development Award (2002-2006). She is a Co-Principal Investigator on an NHLBI-funded T-32 Postdoctoral Training in Cardiovascular Clinical Research and on several Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality sponsored R-01 grants including the “Duke Cardiovascular Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics.” She has more than 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals. She has established several collaborative research efforts both within and outside her institution. The goals of these collaborations are to synergize efforts aimed at improving the survival and quality of life of patients at risk for sudden cardiac death and those with atrial and ventricular arrhythmias through clinical trials and outcomes-based research and to evaluate study design and data analysis in order to improve the quality of research done in these arenas.

Dr. Al-Khatib is an associate editor for the American Heart Journal and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology. Dr. Al-Khatib serves on multiple national committees including the Heart Rhythm Society Board of Trustees, the Heart Rhythm Society Health Policy committee, the Heart Rhythm Society Legislative subcommittee, the Heart Rhythm Society Program Planning committee, the American College of Cardiology ICD Registry Steering committee, and the National Quality Forum Cardiovascular Steering committee.