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2015 AF Symposium by Steve S. Ryan,

Steve Ryan at the 2015 AF Symposium

Steve Ryan 2015 AF Symposium

20th Annual AF Symposium

Mechanisms and New Directions in Therapy, January 8-10, 2015, Orlando, FL

My AF Symposium reports are in three parts (click title to go to that page):

Part 1: News & Views from the 2015 AF Symposium (below)
Part 2:  My Brief Reports
Part 3:  My In-depth Reports Written for Patients

Looking for other AF Symposium reports? see Steve’s AF Symposiums Summaries By Year

The annual AF Symposium (formerly called the Boston AF Symposium) is an intensive and highly focused three-day scientific forum that brings together the world’s leading medical scientists, researchers and cardiologists to share the most recent advances in the treatment of atrial fibrillation.

I attend in order to offer readers the most up-to-date A-Fib research findings and developments that may impact the treatment choices of patients who are seeking their A-Fib cure (or best outcome).

News & Views From the 2015 AF Symposium

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One of four water slides at the Orlando World Center Marriott.

by Steve S. Ryan, PhD

The Symposium was held at the Orlando World Center Marriott, the largest Marriott hotel in the world which is a tourist attraction in itself. With 2,009 rooms, all 1,000+ Symposium attendees could stay at the same hotel (unlike when the Symposium was held in Boston when going outside was a necessity rather than an option.)

The grounds were relaxing as well as beautiful and a fun walk after spending 10-11-hour days concentrating on heavy-duty, content-rich talks.

I was surprised at how crazy the air conditioning was at the Marriott. In the morning in the large meeting room you’d be freezing and need a heavy jacket. Then in the afternoon sometimes they’d shut off the AC and you’d be sweltering and stinky and need a shower before the next meeting.

As a journalist, my registration fee was waived, but all my other costs were out-of-pocket. So, I stayed at the Motel 6 down the road for $30+ a night (with AARP discount) and drove a Payless rental car from the Orlando airport for $13.00/day plus taxes (I brought my own GPS for the car). But the Marriott did get me for $18.00/day to park in their garage.

About the 2016 AF Symposium

Dr. Jeremy Ruskin, Director of the Symposium, announced that next year the AF Symposium hotel location will move to the Orlando Hyatt Regency and will be scheduled a week later in the month, January 14-16, 2016. The later date will help avoid the mad dash right after the New Year holiday to get organized, make travel plans, etc.

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the AF Symposium: A Nostalgic Look Back

David Keane MD Ireland

David Keane

Dr. David Keane of St. Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin, Ireland, gave a heart-warming, nostalgic presentation about how the Boston/Orlando AF Symposium has developed and evolved over 20 years.

He found a wealth of old photos starting when the Symposium was only a one-day meeting for local doctors. He showed an ‘excited’ Dr. Jeremy Ruskin back in 1995 initiating the first AF Symposium in Boston.

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Dr. Keane related how Dr. Jeremy Ruskin would spend his summers inviting speakers, developing topics, constantly planning and improving the content of the AF Symposium. “You have no idea just how much effort Jeremy Ruskin puts into these meetings.”

One of the most surprising slides was of a draft of a proposed schedule by Symposium Director, Jeremy N. Ruskin. It read “JNR Draft 58”!

[The next day I happened to be walking down the hallway with Dr. Ruskin. He mentioned that this year’s Symposium only took 70 drafts! His own talk was the first to go on the chopping block to make room for another speaker.]

Dr. Ruskin said he has probably put in about 10,000 hours over 20 years planning the Symposiums! Many speakers offered their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Ruskin for his incredible efforts.Steve Ryan

Steve S. Ryan photo: another surprising slide was one of me! I was so shocked I can’t tell you what was said. I think it was something about patients who attend the AF Symposium. (I’ve been writing reports on the AF Symposiums since 2003―twelve years!)

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About Steve S. Ryan, PhD

About Steve S. Ryan, PhD

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Steve at “Bank of Books” book signing in Malibu

In 2002 Steve Ryan started Atrial Fibrillation: Resources for Patients,, to spare other the frustration, depression and anxiety he went through to find his cure.

Dr. Ryan had his first A‑Fib attack in the January 1997. After numerous failed drug therapies, two unsuccessful right atria ablations, and much frustration, he educated himself about Atrial Fibrillation through an exhaustive search of medical literature and interviews with medical experts.

In April 1998 he was cured by Drs. Pierre Jaïs and Michel Haïssaguerre of the French Bordeaux group (Hôpital Cardiologique du Haut-Lévêque, France) through a relatively new procedure at the time called Focal Point Catheter Ablation (now called “pulmonary vein Isolation”).

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So grateful for his cure, he pledged to help other A‑Fib patients find their cure, too. In 2002, he started Atrial Fibrillation: Resources for Patients (A‑ a source of well-researched, unbiased information on current and emerging treatments, resources and medical research―all written in plain language for the patients and their families.

Every month tens of thousands of A-Fib patients and their families visit seeking hope and guidance. Healthcare professionals around the world refer their patients to

Videos: We’ve edited several short videos (3-5 min.) from Steve’s most interesting radio and TV interviews: Steve Ryan videos. Also, visit our Library of instructional videos and animations.

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Steve and the high jump

Dr. Steve Ryan earned a Ph.D. in Educational Communications from the Ohio State University, and for many years taught film and television courses at the college level.

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Steve – sprint training

He “jumped the fence” in 1983 to work in broadcast television production at ABC-TV in Hollywood and later for many years at NBC-TV in Burbank.

For fun Steve trains for and runs sprint races, the high jump and an occasional 5K race. He is quite the film buff and has seen every notable film ever made (well almost). He took an early retirement from NBC in 2001.

He spends much of his time researching and writing for and counseling other A-Fib patients. He and his wife, Patti, live in Malibu, California, USA.

For more background information, see Steve S. Ryan, PhD at LinkedIn, Steve S. Ryan on Facebook, and review of Beat Your A-Fib book at Press Room Press Room - logo

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Since 2002, Atrial Fibrillation: Resources for Patients ( has been the independent and unbiased source of well-researched information on current and emerging Atrial Fibrillation treatments, resources and medical innovations―all written in plain language for patients and their families. The mission is to offer hope and guidance to empower patients to find their A-Fib cure or best outcome.

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Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure by Steve S. Ryan, PhD

We Beat Our A-Fib. So Can You!

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S. California A-Fib Support Group with Steve Ryan

After publishing for over 12 years, I distilled all I’d learned to the essentials and presented it in an easy-to-read format. 

Beat Your A‑Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure, by Steve S. Ryan, PhD, is written for the newly diagnosed A-Fib patient, and every A-Fib patient who wants to understand their illness but doesn’t want to wade through medical books and research journals.

A Practical Guide Written for Patients and Their Families


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Is written from a patient’s point-of-view
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 Is well-researched with bibliography of over 150 medical references
 252 pages and over 91,000 words
 Empowers patients to seek their own best treatment options
 Encourages you to become your own healthcare advocate.

Beat Your A‑Fib is written for everyone coping with this disease including family, friends and colleagues of someone dealing with this life altering disease. Beat Your A‑Fib is offered in both digital and print formats. You can be reading the digital (eBook) TODAY!

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Steve with four book awards for ‘Beat Your A-Fib’

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