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 Ali J. Marian received his MD in 1981 from Tehran University in Iran. He completed post-doctoral training in Internal Medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, USA in 1988, where he received the Intern and Resident of the year award. This was followed by a four-year training in Cardiology as an American Heart Association – Bugher foundation fellow at Baylor College of Medicine, USA. Upon board certification in clinical cardiology, Dr Marian pursued training in molecular genetics of cardiovascular disease at Baylor College of Medicine under the mentorship of Dr Robert Roberts. He was appointed to faculty in the Section of Cardiology, Department of Medicine in 1992 and rose the rank of academics to professor of medicine in 2006. Dr Marian is currently Professor of Internal Medicine (Cardiology) and Molecular Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, USA. He is also the Director of Center for Cardiovascular Genetics at The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine.
Dr Marian's research is focused on molecular genetic basis and pathogenesis of cardiomyopathies. His research is supported by grants from NIH and Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Dr Marian has received several awards for his contributions to the field including the Young Investigator Award of the American College of Cardiology (1995), Junior Faculty Award for research from the American Federation of Medical Research in Washington, D.C. (1998), Award for Excellence in Research at Baylor College of Medicine (1998), Established Investigator Award by the American Heart Association (1997) and the Clinician-Scientist Award in Translational Medicine from Burroughs Wellcome Fund (2006).
He was an associate editor for Circulation (1999–2004) and is currently a Consulting Editor for Circulation Research. Dr Marian serves on editorial board of several journals, including Circulation Research (2001 – 2004), Journal of the American College of Cardiology (2001–2005), Current Cardiology Reviews (2004-present), Journal of Cardiac Failure (2005 – present) and Cardiovascular Research (2007 – Present). He is the Section Editor for Genetics in Current Atherosclerosis Reports and has co-authored over 100 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. Dr Marian has been actively involved with NIH grant review process and has been an active member of the several review committees.
Dr Feldman MD, PhD, FACC, FAHA is the Director of Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant at The Ohio State University (OSU), USA. Dr Feldman is also the director of the heart failure fellowship program at OSU. He has appointments in the Departments of Cardiovascular Medicine, Physiology and Cell Biology as well as in the school of Pharmacy.
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 the Heart failure Society of America. 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, and critical care.
William T. Abraham
William T. Abraham, MD, FACP, FACC is Professor of Internal Medicine and Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, USA. He also serves as Deputy Director of the Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute. Dr Abraham earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, following which he completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowships in cardiology and heart failure/cardiac transplantation at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He previously held faculty appointments at the University of Colorado, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Kentucky. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and in Cardiovascular Diseases. Dr Abraham's research interests include the role of the kidney in heart failure, neurohormonal mechanisms in heart failure, sleep disordered breathing in heart failure, and clinical drug and device trials in heart failure and cardiac transplantation. Dr Abraham has received grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the American College of Cardiology, and the Aetna Quality Care Foundation and has participated as Principal Investigator in more than 100 multicenter clinical drug and device trials. In addition to authoring more than 600 original papers, abstracts, book chapters, and review articles, Dr Abraham has co-edited a leading textbook on heart failure entitled Heart Failure: A Practical Approach to Treatment. Dr Abraham serves on the editorial boards of several major journals including Congestive Heart Failure and Journal Watch Cardiology. He is also a scientific reviewer for such publications as Circulation, the European Heart Journal, and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Dr Abraham has been recognized as one of the “Best Doctors in America” for six consecutive years.