May 31, 2018

LA pediatrician Dr. Michael Silka wins Lifetime Achievement for contributions to arrhythmia care

Michael Silka, M.D. '78, interim co-director of the Heart Institute at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pediatric & Congenital Electrophysiology Society.

The professor of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California is the sixth recipient of the award, which recognizes extraordinary contributions to the diagnosis and management of arrhythmias in children.

Dr. Silka is an innovator in the fields of pediatric cardiology and electrophysiology, and has pioneered the development of guidelines for the use of implantable cardiac rhythm devices. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and served as lead investigator for multiple National Institutes of Health-funded studies and multi-center collaborative research efforts.

In addition to his involvement at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, Dr. Silka has held posts in several national organizations committed to advancing the care of children, most notably as past president of PACES, the largest society of pediatric heart rhythm specialists in the world.