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 In 2011, Dr.Villafane chaired a session on Pacemakers and presented clinical researchon Short QT Syndrome at the annual meeting of the Heart Rhythm Society in San Francisco. He gave 2 lectures on RV pacing and Athlete Heart at the annual meeting of the Puerto Rico Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. He also served as judge during the Young Investigator Award session. In September, he was invited to speak at the 52nd annual convention of the University of Puerto Rico Medical School of Medicine graduates,"Syncope in the Adoloscent". He wrote an article on high cholesterol for the Kentucky Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics newsletter. For a second time, he received the Physician's Continued Medical Education award with commendation from the American Medical Asociation. He was admitted to the National Hispanic Cardiology Leadership Network and was invited to join the Patient-Centered Care Committee of the American College of Cardiology. Dr.Villafane chaired the planning scientific committee for the 7th Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. He received a special achievement award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for his leadership in forming a coalition of Kentucky youth advocates to combat obesity and smoking.

On December 16,2010, our Echocardiogram laboratory was awarded a 3-year re-accreditation in Pediatric Transthoracic Echo by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL). Our pediatric lab was the first in Kentucky, of very few, to receive such a distinction.

On Oct 22,2010, Children's Heart Specialists endorsed a resolution from Smokefree Kentucky Coalition to government officials requesting smoke-free law for our Commonwealth.   In September, our staff recertified in Basic Life Support for Health-care Providers.

Dr.Villafane became Governor for the American College of Cardiology in Kentucky. He will be the President of the Kentucky Chapter 2010-2013.  Dr. Villafane joins the faculty at the University of Kentucky as Professor in Pediatrics effective March 2010.

Dr.Villafane was interviewed by WLKY TV News regarding Pediatric Heart Transplants in Kentucky (1-10-10).

Dr.Villafane was chosen as a Louisville's Top Doc in his specialty. This was published in the Louisville magazine of August 2009.

Effective July 2009, we joined BLUEGRASS FAMILY HEALTH as a provider for Pediatric Cardiology including cardiac electrophysiology.


On April 1,2009, our lab was granted an additional 2 years of certification by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories. This is an important and unique achievement shared with a few other pediatric labs in the nation. Our dear technician, Donielle, is a certified tech. We are proud of her.


5th District 2009 KMA delegate
Dr.Villafane was elected delegate to the Kentucky Medical Association
for the Greater Louisville Medical Society.


Dr.Villafane did a Poster Presentation about "Foramen Ovale- is there a need for follow-up?"


Dr.Villafane was invited to lecture on "Channelopathies associated with Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Adults" and "Patent Foramen Ovale".


On October 30,2008, Dr.Villafane was selected as a Fellow of this prestigious society becoming the first electrophysiologist in Kentucky and the 12th pediatric cardiac eletrophysiologist in the world to achieve this honor.


Dr.Villafane's medical article entitled " Patent Foramen Ovale in Children- Is there a need for Follow-up? was published in Nov 2008.


Children's Heart Specialists
Elizabethtown, KY Office

New location: In order to serve better our patients in Etown & surrounding counties, our Etown office moved to a new building at 1003N Dixie Hwy. Our new office will offer easier access and parking for our pediatric and adult patients with congenital heart defects. The new facility will have an ICAEL-accredited ECHO lab and spacious exam rooms. Please come and visit us.


Staff at Children's Heart Specialist Accreditation of our echocardiogram laboratory: The Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories granted accreditation to our Echo lab and staff in March of 2008. We are the first in the region to be accredited by ICAEL.


Heart Rhythm Society, 2008 Annual Scientific Session:

Dr. Villafañe presented at the 2008 meeting in San Francisco.


World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology, 2005:

Dr. Villafañe was invited to lecture at the World Congress in Argentina.


World Congress on Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology, 2007:

Dr. Villafañe was invited to lecture at the World Congress in Rome.


International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners:

Dr. Villafañe was certified as a heart rhythm professional on December 14, 2007.


American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award in Continuing Medical Education:

Dr. Villafañe received an award with commendation in 2008.

Children's Heart Specialists staff take a break during recertification course
 for Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers, Sept 2010

Dr. V's 60th Birthday
Dr. Villafane's 60th Birthday Party

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