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Editorial introductions

Section Editor(s): Norfolk, Stephanie G.; Cochat, Pierre; Kirklin, James K.

Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation: October 2015 - Volume 20 - Issue 5 - p v-vi
doi: 10.1097/MOT.0000000000000240
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Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation was launched in 1996. 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 organ transplantation is divided into 18 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.


Stephanie G. Norfolk

Stephanie G. Norfolk

Dr Stephanie G. Norfolk is currently Assistant Professor of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center, USA. She is also a member of the Transplant Steering Committee of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). Dr Norfolk obtained her medical degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Between 2005 and 2008, she worked at the University Hospitals of Cleveland, USA, where she completed a residency. Following this, Dr Norfolk moved to Duke University Medical Center where she completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care. In 2011, Dr Norfolk became the Assistant Professor of Medicine, which is the position she currently holds. Dr Norfolk and her family live in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, USA.

Pierre Cochat

Pierre Cochat

Pierre Cochat, MD, PhD, is Professor of Pediatrics at University Claude-Bernard in Lyon, France. He is currently Chair of the Pediatrics and Pediatric Surgery Department at Lyon University Hospital, Vice-Dean at the Medicine Faculty and President of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association. His main fields of interest are the primary hyperoxalurias and disease recurrence post-renal transplantation. Prof. Cochat currently leads the Pediatric Renal Transplantation Program and the Rare Renal Diseases Reference Center in Lyon.

James K. Kirklin

James K. Kirklin

Dr James K. Kirklin is Professor and Director of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and holds the John W. Kirklin Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), USA. He graduated from Ohio State University, USA, in 1969, where he excelled as a springboard and tower diver, twice receiving All-American Honors. Dr Kirklin received his MD from Harvard Medical School, USA, in 1973 as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. After completing general and cardiothoracic surgery residencies at Massachusetts General Hospital, USA, in 1979, he pursued additional training at Boston Children's Hospital, USA, and UAB. Dr Kirklin was appointed Assistant Professor of Surgery at UAB in 1981, Director of Cardiac Transplantation in 1986, Professor of Surgery in 1987, and in 2006 he was named Director of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Consistently cited in “Best Doctors in America”, Dr Kirklin's current clinical interests focus on surgery for pediatric and adult congenital heart disease, heart transplantation, and mechanical circulatory support.

Prior to being named Divisional Director, Dr Kirklin held the UAB Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Surgical Research. His many research interests include cardiac transplantation, mechanical circulatory support, and outcomes research in cardiac surgery. Dr Kirklin and his colleagues at UAB established the Cardiac Transplant Research Database in 1990, which generated the first multi-institutional collaborative research in heart transplantation, producing numerous seminal publications over a 20-year span. In 1993, Kirklin and his UAB research group initiated the Pediatric Heart Transplant Study Group, which continues to lead the field in multi-institutional studies. Currently Dr Kirklin is Principal Investigator of the $15 million NIH-sponsored national Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support (INTERMACS).

Dr Kirklin is past President of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) and is a member of numerous academic societies. He served as Editor of the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation from 2000 – 2009, and he is Principal Editor of the ISHLT Monograph Series in which 8 books to date have been published. He has authored over 450 scientific publications and was first author on the premier textbook on Heart Transplantation. He is also co-author of the 4th Edition of the Cardiac Surgery textbook. UAB has honored him with the establishment of the James K. Kirklin Endowed Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

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