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 Varkey graduated from Trivandrum Medical College in Kerala, the southern most state in India. After serving as a general practitioner in a village for 2 years he immigrated to the USA. He did his residency and fellowship training at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) affiliated hospitals in Milwaukee. He joined the faculty of MCW in 1972 as an instructor and, having attained the rank of Professor of Medicine in 1983, continues his service at MCW. He has held several administrative positions at MCW and affiliated Milwaukee Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). 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 directed the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Training Program at MCW.
Dr Varkey has taught and mentored many hundreds of physicians. His dedication to teaching 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 an active member of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) and was twice elected as a Governor, serving in many committees and work groups. He has served as faculty in annual scientific meetings of ACCP and in 2006 completed a 3 year term as 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 US 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 more than 100 peer reviewed articles, over 50 book chapters and many abstracts. Dr Varkey is the recipient of many honors; among them are 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, the Roger C. Bone Award for Advances in End-of-Life Care awarded by the Chest Foundation and ACCP, and the Distinguished Service Award of MCW.