Jan. 2, 2019— Following a national search, UF cardiologist Jamie Conti, M.D., FACC, has been named chair of the department of medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Conti, who has served as interim chair of the department since January 2018, is internationally recognized in the field of clinical cardiac electrophysiology.
UF College of Medicine interim dean Joseph Tyndall, M.D., M.P.H., said Conti will provide outstanding leadership to the UF department of medicine and continue to build upon its rich history.
“Dr. Conti has the expertise, leadership skills and passion that are required to take the department of medicine to the next level,” Tyndall said. “She will help to build an exciting future on a foundation of a strong legacy.”
Conti graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1982. She then pursued her medical training at the University of Florida, where she earned her medical degree in 1987, followed by an internship year at Georgetown University and residency at Emory University. She then did her general cardiology training at UF Health, followed by a year of subspecialty training in clinical cardiac electrophysiology. Conti, who joined the UF College of Medicine faculty in 1994 as an assistant professor in the department of medicine’s division of cardiovascular medicine, has held a number of positions that have shaped the division’s clinical and training programs. She served as the cardiology program training director from 1998-2009, the director of clinical cardiac electrophysiology from 2005-2008 and was promoted to full professor in 2007. In 2009, she took over as chief of the division of cardiovascular medicine.
In addition to her outstanding clinical and teaching accomplishments, Conti has contributed a great deal to the science of cardiac electrophysiology, generally in the area of device implantation. She has published more than 120 peer-reviewed manuscripts and another 100 published abstracts and book chapters. She has co-authored several international guidelines, including those on atrial fibrillation, supraventricular tachycardia and the training of clinical cardiac electrophysiologists. She is a reviewer for more than a dozen major journals in cardiology and has presented nationally and internationally on arrhythmias in pregnancy.
Her honors and awards include the American College of Cardiology, or ACC, Proctor Harvey Teaching Award in 1998, and election to the American Clinical and Climatologic Association in 2006, and to the Association of University Cardiologists in 2006. She was also the recipient of the 2002 Distinguished Service Award, ACC, Florida Chapter; the 2007 Chapter Recognition Award, ACC; the 2008 Distinguished Service Award, ACC Florida Chapter; and the 2011 Founders Award, ACC, Florida Chapter. She was elected governor of the ACC from 2005-2008.