Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine was launched in 1995. It is one 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 pulmonary medicine is divided into nine 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 Journal's Section Editor for this issue.
Dr Basil Varkey obtained his medical degree from Trivandrum (Thiruvanathapuram) Medical College in Kerala, India. He then served as a general practitioner in a village in Kerala. He immigrated to the United States of America in 1965 and did residency and fellowship training at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) affiliated hospitals in Milwaukee, USA. He joined the faculty of MCW in 1972 as instructor and rose to the title of Professor of Medicine in 1983.
Dr Varkey has held several administrative positions at MCW and its affiliate, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), in Milwaukee. Notably, he was Chief of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Section at VAMC and directed the Internal Medicine Program for 20 years. He took the lead role in establishing a clinical and teaching program in palliative care at VAMC. For many years he was Director of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Training Program at MCW.
Dr Varkey has taught and mentored many hundreds of physicians over 4 decades. His dedication and devotion to educational excellence has been well recognized. Over the years at MCW he has received many teaching awards. He is a 4-time winner of the Best Teacher of the year award from resident physicians, and the Ernest O. Henschel Clinical Teaching Award from graduating medical students. In 2001 he was elected to the Society of Teaching Scholars of MCW.
Dr Varkey is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) and was twice elected as a Governor and has served in many committees and work groups. He has served as faculty in annual scientific meetings of ACCP and was the Chair of the Palliative and End-of-Life Care network. He has chaired several continuing medical education programs and has been an invited professor at institutions in the USA and other countries.
Dr Varkey 's major areas of clinical and research interests are in pleuro-pulmonary infections, mycoses, obstructive airway diseases and palliative medicine. He has authored or co-authored over 120 peer-reviewed medical articles, over 50 book chapters and many abstracts. Dr Varkey is the recipient of many honors; among them are the election to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society by medical students, selection to the VA Faculty Leaders Project for improved care at the end-of-life and the Roger C. Bone Award for Advances in End-of-Life-Care awarded by the Chest Foundation and ACCP.
Dr Varkey was awarded the Distinguished Service Award, MCW's highest honor, in 2004, for his dedicated service and excellence as a clinician, scholar and teacher. Dr Varkey recognizes with gratitude his role models, especialy Dr Narayana Pai, a gentle and compassionate Professor of Medicine at his medical college in Trivandrum and Dr Harold Rose, an astute clinician and master teacher at MCW.
Dr Basil Varkey, Professor Emeritus of Medicine (Pulmonary & Critical Care) at MCW, currently resides in Austin, Texas, USA.
Johny Verschakelen is Professor of Radiology at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, and senior staff member responsible for chest radiology at the Department of Radiology, University Hospitals Leuven. He has a widespread interest in all aspects of chest radiology, with a particular interest in CT of the lungs. He is currently President of the Fleischner Society, founding member, member of the board and past-President of the European Society of Thoracic Imaging, member of the European Society of Radiology, the Radiological Society of North America, the Society of Thoracic Imaging and the European Respiratory Society.
He is a reviewer for several journals. He is author and co-author of more than 130 scientific publications in international journals and books and is an invited lecturer worldwide.