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, USA, in 1991. He was appointed to the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine in 1992 and rose through the academic rank to full Professor in 2006. He was recruited to The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine 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 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 NIH and AHA grants and has been a member of the review committees on various NIH study sections.
Stavros G. Drakos
Stavros G. Drakos, received his M.D. degree from the Medical School of the National University of Athens (1991–1997, Summa Cum Laude), Greece, and his PhD from the same university (1997–2001), with a thesis titled, “Pulsatile vs. non-pulsatile cardiac mechanical support in a porcine model of heart failure” (Award for Best PhD Thesis between 2000–2004/Univ. of Athens). He served his internal medicine residency at the National University of Athens and went on to complete an extended clinical and research fellowship in heart failure (HF), transplant, and mechanical circulatory support at the University of Utah, USA/UTAH Cardiac Transplant program (2001–2003). He then completed a fellowship in cardiology at the National University of Athens, Greece, (2003–2006). Upon completion of his fellowship he joined the Division of Cardiology/Department of Clinical Therapeutics, University of Athens and focused his clinical and research efforts on the advancement of the “Harefield (United Kingdom)-Athens Cardiac Recovery Program” (2005–2008). In 2008, he returned to the University of Utah to complete a post-doctorate in molecular medicine and heart failure at the Molecular Medicine Program, Eccles Institute of Human Genetics, USA, (2008–2009). In 2009, Dr Drakos was appointed as Assistant Professor of Cardiology and Molecular Medicine Program Investigator and in 2012 he was appointed as the Medical Director of the Cardiac Mechanical Support Program, University of Utah. Dr Drakos’ research interests are focused on advanced heart failure therapies and mechanical unloading-induced reverse myocardial remodeling and cardiac recovery. During the last several years he has been splitting his time between the UTAH clinical HF/Transplant/Cardiac Mechanical Support program and the Univ. of Utah Molecular Medicine program while advancing a prospective translational research program that investigates the impact of mechanical unloading on the failing heart. Dr Drakos has published more than 80 manuscripts and book chapters and received extramural funding for his research from the Doris Duke Foundation, American Heart Association, NIH/CTSA Awards, Deseret Foundation, Veterans Affairs Merit Award, European Union Research Executive Agency and other sources. Dr Drakos serves in the editorial board of prestigious peer reviewed journals and also serves in the ISHLT Council of Heart Failure and Transplant Medicine/Registries and Databases Workforce.
Dr Nir Uriel studied Medicine at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. He continued his education with an internal medicine residency at Tel Aviv University, Israel, where he also pursued his cardiology fellowship. He came to the US and completed a heart failure/transplantation fellowship at the Center for Advanced Cardiac Care at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, USA. Dr Uriel evolved into a key leader in the field of Mechanical Circulatory Assist Device and is the Director of Research for the Mechanical Circulatory Support program at Columbia University Medical Center.
Dr Uriel's contribution to scientific literature includes more than 70 peer reviewed publications; his research focus is on Advanced Heart Failure physiology, heart transplant and mechanical circulatory support with particular attention to high risk transplant populations such as HIV positive patients and post-mediastinal radiation patients due to malignancy and re-transplantation. His work helped redefine current eligibility criteria for advanced heart failure therapy in these high risk patients.
Dr Uriel also studied metabolic changes in advanced heart failure and the effect of left ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy on metabolic profile of these patients. He reported dramatic improvements in control of Diabetes Mellitus after LVAD implantation (EJHF, 2010), followed by changes in glucose and free fatty acids availability in heart failure as part of Insulin resistance (JACC HF, 2013). The majority of Dr Uriel's research is devoted to mechanical circulatory support. Over the last several years, he described the biological mechanisms of bleeding in heart failure patients supported by current generation LVADs, and was one of the first investigators to report the prevalence of acquired Type II von Willebrand's disease in this patient population (JACC, 2010). He also developed and validated multiple algorithms for treatment of patients supported with mechanical assist devices, including: Ramp test for speed adjustment (JACC, 2012), Treating ventricular arrhythmia in LVAD patients (JACC, 2013), Device thrombosis diagnosis and treatment (JACC 2012, JHLT 2013).
Dr Uriel received the Outstanding Teacher Award, presented by the Fellows of Cardiovascular Medicine at Columbia University in the year 2013.