A Legend in Cardiology Named Heart Journal’s Next Editor-in-Chief

Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Director of Mount Sinai Heart and Physician-in-Chief at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, has been selected as the next Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), the world’s most widely read cardiovascular journal. His five-year term will begin in July 2014.

JACC is the flagship publication of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), a 43,000-member organization dedicated to improving cardiovascular care and heart health around the world through education, research, and advocacy.

Last year, the ACC named Dr. Fuster a “Legend of Cardiovascular Medicine” for his leadership, innovation, and outstanding contributions in cardiovascular medicine. In 2012, Dr. Fuster also received the Research Achievement Award from the American Heart Association, and in 2011, he received what is considered the world’s most prestigious honor in cardiovascular research, the “Grand Prix Scientifique” by the Institut de France.

“I am deeply honored to be selected as the next Editor-in-Chief of JACC,” says Dr. Fuster, who also serves as Director of the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute and the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health, and is Richard Gorlin, MD/Heart Research Foundation Professor. “In this important leadership role, I will oversee the JACC’s vital research findings that are published each week, and are so crucial in advancing the field of cardiology and the care of patients.”

As the JACC’s next Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Fuster brings with him three decades of global leadership in patient care, scientific research, and clinical trials. His extensive discoveries into the understanding of the role of platelets in heart disease, and the causes of atherothrombosis—a degenerative process of the arteries brought about by smoking, diabetes, and arterial hypertension—for example, have appeared in the world’s leading peer-reviewed medical journals. He is also a pioneer in the prevention of heart disease through novel educational programs around the world.

“We are very proud of Dr. Fuster, a true leader at Mount Sinai and globally in the field of cardiovascular diseases. We congratulate him on this extraordinary accomplishment,” says Dennis S. Charney, MD, the Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. “As one of Mount Sinai’s most renowned physician-scientists, Dr. Fuster will be sharing his expertise through one of the world’s most prestigious medical and scientific journals, and helping to explore and advance the latest frontiers in biomedical research.”

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