Angelo Auricchio is director of the Clinical Electrophysiology Unit at Fondazione Cardiocentro Ticino, Lugano, Switzerland, and Professor of Cardiology at University Hospital in Magdeburg, Germany. He is the immediate past President of European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) and Scientific Director at the Fondazione Ticino Cuore, an institution devoted to increase public awareness of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims and to improve the survival rate of its victims.
In 1991, Dr Auricchio has been awarded with the very prestigious Young Investigator Award of the North American Society of Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology, and in 2005 he received the Fritz Acker Award of the Germany Society of Cardiology for his breakthrough research activities in the field of cardiac resynchronization therapy. Finally, Dr Auricchio is an inventor as well. He has about 10 currently active patents and applications, being the most relevant one the left ventricular pacing lead with an over-the-wire design; this lead represents today the standard pacing technique for cardiac resynchronization therapy.