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Editorial introductions

Editor(s): Fein, Alan; Ost, David E.; Light, Richard

Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine: July 2018 - Volume 24 - Issue 4 - p v-vi
doi: 10.1097/MCP.0000000000000495
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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 Editors for this issue.


Alan Fein

Alan Fein

Alan Fein, MD, received his medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, USA in 1973. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx Municipal Hospital, New York, USA. From there, Dr Fein moved on to a fellowship in Pulmonary Disease at the University of California, San Francisco Cardiovascular Research Institute, USA. He served as Division Chief for Sleep, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at Winthrop Hospital and then for the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System. Dr Fein is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American College of Physicians, and the American College of Critical Care Medicine. He is the former President of the American Lung Association of Nassau/Suffolk and served on the national boards of the American Thoracic Society and the American College of Chest Physicians. Dr Fein is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at New York University, USA and Zucker School of Medicine, USA. He is currently Chief of the Pulmonary, Critical and Sleep Division of Proheathcare Associates.

Dr Fein is on the editorial boards of Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine, the American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine, and Annals of the American Thoracic Society. Dr Fein has authored almost 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, over 100 review articles, and book chapters on topics such as diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer, pneumonia, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.

David E. Ost

David E. Ost

David Ost, MD, MPH, is Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, USA. Dr Ost is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and the American College of Physicians and has served on the board of directors of the American Association of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology.

Dr Ost is currently on the editorial boards of the Journal of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology. He is a reviewer for many journals including Annals of Internal Medicine, the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Chest and the Journal of the American Medical Association. Dr Ost has authored over 100 manuscripts and book chapters on such topics as interventional pulmonology, lung cancer, pulmonary embolism, and ventilator associated pneumonia.

Dr Ost received his medical degree from the Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, USA. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, USA. Additionally, Dr Ost was a fellow in pulmonary and critical care diseases at Northwestern. He received his Masters in Public Health from Harvard University, USA with a focus in quantitative methods.

Richard Light

Richard Light

Professor Richard Light was born in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, the son of a fox and mink farmer. He then attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University, USA from 1964 to 1968 and subsequently did his training in internal medicine and pulmonary diseases at that institution. He then spent nearly 20 years at the University of California Irvine, USA where his positions included Chief of the Pulmonary Diseases Section and Associate Chief of Staff for Research at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Long Beach. Dr Light moved to Vanderbilt University, USA 21 years ago and is presently Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr Light is best known for his research on pleural disease. He developed Light's criteria for the separation of transudates and exudates in 1972. Subsequently, he has published many papers concerning the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and management of pleural disease. Dr Light is the editor of 16 books of which the two most famous are the single authored monograph Pleural Diseases, which is now in its sixth edition, and The Textbook of Pleural Disease, which he edits in conjunction with Dr YC Gary Lee and is in its third edition. Dr Light has been an author on more than 450 articles and has spoken in 57 countries.

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