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Section Editor(s): Braverman, Alan C.; Ruel, Marc; Stone, Peter H.

Current Opinion in Cardiology: November 2016 - Volume 31 - Issue 6 - p v–vi
doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000344

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.

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Alan C. Braverman

Dr Braverman is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, USA. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, USA, and served as Chief Medical Resident. Dr Braverman also completed cardiology fellowship training at Brigham and Women's Hospital. In 1991, Dr Braverman joined the faculty at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, USA, where he is currently the Alumni Endowed Professor in cardiovascular diseases. Dr Braverman is actively involved in the education of students, house staff and fellows at Washington University and serves as Director of the Inpatient Cardiology Firm at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, USA. He has been awarded Teacher of the Year Award by the internal medicine residents on five occasions, the Clinical Teacher of the Year Award by the Washington University Medical Students Class of 2004, and the Benico Barzilai Teaching Award by the cardiology fellows in 2016. In 2010, Dr Braverman was awarded the E. Grey Dimond Take Wing Award from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr Braverman is a clinical cardiologist and has a particular interest in diseases of the aorta and Marfan syndrome and related disorders. He is the Director of the Marfan Syndrome Clinic at Washington University in St. Louis and serves on the Professional Advisory Board of the National Marfan Foundation. Dr Braverman is actively involved in clinical research on Marfan syndrome and related aortic diseases, including genetically triggered aortopathy and bicuspid aortic valve disease.

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Marc Ruel

Dr Marc Ruel is the Michael Pitfield Chair, Chief, and Professor in the Division of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. He was born in Québec City, received his medical doctor degree from the University of Ottawa in 1994, and his specialist certification in cardiac surgery in 2000. He subsequently pursued minimally invasive surgery and translational research training at Harvard Medical School, and completed a Masters in Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr Ruel's surgical areas of predilection include minimally invasive coronary and valve procedures, as well as complex and repeat cardiac operations. He developed and taught in numerous countries minimally invasive multivessel coronary bypass grafting (now frequently performed around the world), and introduced several other novel cardiac surgical techniques internationally. Dr Ruel established a successful translational regenerative medicine research program in Ottawa, and grew his division's renowned focus on clinical care, quality outcomes, long-term follow-up, heart transplant, research, innovation, and education. He conducted numerous clinical trials and studies on the outcomes of valve and coronary surgery. Dr Ruel's laboratory research program has been continuously funded by national funding agencies for 15 years. He was the recipient of many awards, including the Gold Medal in Surgery from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Dr Ruel has authored or co-authored over 250 peer-reviewed publications, and written textbooks on cardiac surgery techniques and cardiac regeneration. He is the Chairman of the Council on Cardio-Vascular Surgery and Anesthesia at the American Heart Association, Surgical Editor for the journal Circulation, and he serves on executive committees at the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, and the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery.

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Peter H. Stone

Peter H. Stone, MD, is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, USA, Director of the Vascular Profiling Research Group, a Co-Director of the Center for Clinical Investigation, and Senior Physician at Brigham & Women's Hospital, USA. Dr Stone's research interests are in evaluating and managing patients with acute and chronic coronary artery disease. He is using new in-vivo methodologies to identify areas where human coronary disease will progress to determine if pre-emptive therapeutic strategies may avert adverse cardiac events. He also directs the BWH Research Ambulatory ECG (Holter) Core Laboratory to investigate the significance of myocardial ischemia and heart rate variability in patients with coronary syndromes.

He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, USA, and his Medical Degree from Cornell University, USA. He completed internal medicine training at the University of California, San Francisco, USA, and then did a clinical cardiology fellowship at Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, USA. He came to the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital as a cardiology research fellow and he has remained at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is Past President of the Boston Chapter of the American Heart Association, Past President of the International Society for Holter and Noninvasive Electrocardiology, and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

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