José Jalife, MD, is Professor and Chairman of Pharmacology, a Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, and Director of the Institute for Cardiovascular Research at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University. He joined the Department of Pharmacology at Upstate Medical University as a member of the faculty in 1980 and became its Chairman in 1988. Dr Jalife’s work is aimed at elucidating fundamental mechanisms of complex life-threatening arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. He has published more than 230 original papers and review articles and has authored nine books, including the internationally acclaimed Cardiac Electrophysiology: From Cell to Bedside, now in its fourth edition. Dr Jalife’s research has been funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) without interruption since 1982. In addition, he is the recipient of numerous lectureships, honors, and awards. Dr Jalife completed his MD at the National University of Mexico in 1972. After clinical training in Spain, he conducted post-doctoral research in pharmacology at the Upstate Medical University and at the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory in Utica, New York.