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.
Sherif F. Nagueh
Dr Nagueh has a longstanding interest in the evaluation of cardiac function, particularly left ventricular diastolic function. He was the chair of the writing group for the ASE/EAE guidelines on the echocardiographic evaluation of left ventricular diastolic function. He has done extensive research in the diagnosis and management of patients with myocardial diseases, especially dilated and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and he was the chair of the multimodality imaging guidelines for patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Dr Nagueh serves as director of the Echocardiography Laboratory at the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center.
He has several clinical studies looking at left ventricular diastolic function in patients with and without heart failure and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
In addition to his clinical and research work, Dr Nagueh is a devoted educator, and has won numerous teaching awards. He has taught Principles and Clinical Applications of Echocardiography to cardiology fellows and sonographers for two decades. His lectures cover topics such as the use of Doppler for calculation of flow and pressure gradients, assessment of left ventricular diastolic function, and echocardiographic assessment of patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. As part of his commitment to education, Dr Nagueh serves as a board member, editor, and peer reviewer for many cardiology publications. He has published extensively in leading cardiology journals and has also contributed numerous textbook chapters.
Dr Andrew Pipe graduated from Queen's University in 1974. Currently Chief of the Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Dr Pipe is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa.
He is currently involved in clinical research assessing new approaches to smoking cessation, strategies designed to facilitate exercise adoption, and novel initiatives to prevent cardiovascular disease.
Dr Pipe has addressed audiences in over 30 nations and is frequently consulted on issues related to tobacco use and smoking cessation, drug use in sport, and physical activity and health.
In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr Pipe has been extensively involved in sports and sport medicine for many years. Dr Pipe served as a physician at 12 Olympic Games and has been the Team Physician for Canada's National Men's Basketball Team since 1978. A member of the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame (Builder), he served as Chair of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport from its inception until 2003.
Dr Pipe is the recipient of the International Olympic Committee's Award for “Sport, Health and Wellbeing” and honourary degrees from Queen's University (LLD), Brock University (DSc) and University of Guelph (DSc). He was formerly Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Queen's University. In 2002 he was named to the Order of Canada.