Current Opinion in Cardiology was launched in 1985. It is part of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The field of cardiology is divided into 14 sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Section Editors for this issue.
Ali J. Marian
Dr Marian received his M.D in 1981 from Tehran University in Iran. He completed post-doctoral training in internal medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, USA, in 1988 and in cardiovascular medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas, USA in 1991. He was appointed to faculty at Baylor College of Medicine in 1992 and became a full professor in 2006. He was recruited to The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine, USA, in 2006 to lead the Center for Cardiovascular Genetics. He is currently Professor of Internal Medicine (Cardiology) and Molecular Medicine and Director of Center for Cardiovascular Genetics at The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases at UTHSC – Houston, USA.
Dr Marian is recognized nationally and internationally for his research achievements and expertise in cardiovascular genetics. He has received a number of awards including the Young Investigator Award of the American College of Cardiology, Junior Faculty Award for research the from the American Federation of Medical Research, Award for Excellence in Research from Baylor College of Medicine, Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Clinician-Scientist Award in Translational Research from Burroughs Wellcome Fund. He has trained a number of post-doctoral fellows including the recipient of the 2008 Louis N and Arnold M. Katz Basic Science Research Award Prize for Young Investigators from the American Heart Association.
Dr Marian is a Senior Guest Editor and Co-Editor for the sections on “Commentary on Cutting Edge Science” and “News and Views” for Circulation Research. He is an Associate Editor for European Journal of Clinical Investigation, Section Editor on Genetics for Current Opinion in Cardiology and Current Atherosclerosis Reports and a former Associate Editor for Circulation. He is on the Editorial Board of a number of journals including; Journal of Cardiac Failure, Translational Research and CARDIOLOGY. Dr Marian has co-authored over 130 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. His expertise in genetics of cardiovascular disease is recognized and evidenced by lectureship in major national and international meetings, editorials in major journals and review articles and book chapters. Dr Marian is a frequent reviewer for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and AHA grants and has been a member of the review committees on various NIH study sections.
Dr Feldman MD, PhD, FACC, FAHA is the Director of Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant at the Minneapolis Heart Institute located at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minnesota, USA. Dr Feldman is also an Associate Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. After completing his MD/PhD, Dr Feldman completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowships in cardiology and heart failure/cardiac transplantation at Washington University-Barnes Hospital, USA, and Duke University Medical Center, USA. He is board certified in cardiovascular diseases as well as advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology.
Dr Feldman's research interests include the study of G-protein coupled receptors, mechanisms of heart failure, genomic-mediated developmental changes and cardiac transplantation. He is currently funded by multiple National Institute of Health grants and is the Editor of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplants (ISHLT) Links as well as on the editorial board of several journals. His research endeavors have included both basic and clinical research as he has extensive publications in both clinical and basic science. Despite his research, Dr Feldman continues to have a busy clinical practice. His clinical focus is cardiac transplant, end-stage disease management, ventricular assist devices and critical care.
Dr Josef Stehlik, MD, MPH, FACC is Associate Professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine, USA. He received his medical degree from the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, and Masters in Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA. He completed his training in internal medicine and in cardiovascular diseases at Allegheny General Hospital, MCP Hahnemann University, Pittsburg, PA, USA and advanced training in heart failure and transplantation at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA.
Dr Stehlik serves as Director of the Heart Transplant Program at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA. Dr Stehlik has clinical appointments at the University of Utah Medical Center and at the George E. Wahlen VA Medical Center, USA. Dr Stehlik's research interests include outcomes after heart transplantation and effects of mechanical circulatory support on the myocardium. He has received research funding from the American Heart Association, the Veterans Health Administration and the National Institutes of Health. He currently serves as the Director of the ISHLT International Registry for Heart and Lung Transplantation.