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Journal of the American College of Cardiology Taps Next Editor-in-Chief

New York, NY (PRWEB) August 15, 2013

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has selected internationally recognized cardiologist Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Director of Mount Sinai Heart and Physician-in-Chief at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, as its next Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC). Dr. Fuster will begin his five-year term in 2014.

As the new Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Fuster brings with him his vast experience as a physician-scientist for the last three decades as a global leader in the field of cardiology in cardiovascular medicine, scientific research, and clinical trials. He has published his scientific findings extensively in more than 900 research studies in the world’s leading peer-reviewed medical journals.

“JACC has long been committed to bringing the newest and most innovative research to cardiovascular professionals, and Dr. Fuster brings unmatched prestige and expertise to the role of editor and we trust he will continue and expand on this tradition,” says ACC President John G. Harold, MD, MACC.

“I sincerely thank the American College of Cardiology for this incredible honor to be the next Editor-in-Chief of one of the most important scientific journals in our history that has helped revolutionize cardiovascular research and patient care,” 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 at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. “This high-esteemed recognition by my fellow cardiologists in the ACC is one of the most exciting and prestigious honors of my career.”

“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 and opportunity to lead JACC to new heights with his global perspective on heart disease,” says Dennis Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “Dr. Fuster is just another great example of Mount Sinai’s premier physicians and scientists sharing their leading expertise with the world’s most prestigious medical and scientific journals helping to explore and advance the latest frontiers in biomedical research.”

JACC, published by Elsevier Inc., is the flagship journal of the ACC. It is the most widely read cardiovascular journal in the world and among the most highly cited. The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles on all aspects of cardiovascular disease. The ACC is a 43,000-member medical society comprised of physicians, surgeons, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, and practice managers. Committed to quality improvement, patient-centered care, payment innovation and professionalism, the College is a leader in the formation of health policy, the development of standards and guidelines for cardiovascular professionals, and the support and dissemination of cardiovascular research.

Dr. Fuster is a physician-scientist who specializes in the understanding and treatment of heart disease, coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis, and thrombosis, as well as in its prevention. In addition, he focuses on the unique challenges of treating patients diagnosed with both diabetes and heart disease who have an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and death. As the leader of the FREEDOM trial, Dr. Fuster seeks to firmly establish a standard of care for this high-risk population living with both diabetes and heart disease in this first long-term, multi-site clinical trial.

He is past President of the American Heart Association, past President of the World Heart Federation, and is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. In addition, Dr. Fuster is the General Director of the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III (CNIC) in Spain, which is the equivalent to The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in the United States. Also, Dr. Fuster is Chairman of the SHE Foundation (Science for Health and Education) he created to improve health in children, which has several projects around the world.

Dr. Fuster was born in Barcelona, Spain. After receiving his medical degree from Barcelona University and completing an internship at Hospital Clinic in Barcelona, Dr. Fuster spent several years at the Mayo Clinic, first as a resident and later as Professor of Medicine and Consultant in Cardiology. In 1981, he came to The Mount Sinai Medical Center as head of Cardiology. From 1991 to 1994, he was Mallinckrodt Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief of Cardiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He returned to Mount Sinai in 1994.

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center
The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Established in 1968, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is one of the leading medical schools in the United States. The Icahn School of Medicine is noted for innovation in education, biomedical research, clinical care delivery, and local and global community service. It has more than 3,400 faculty members in 32 departments and 14 research institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and by U.S. News & World Report.

The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation's oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked The Mount Sinai Hospital 14th on its elite Honor Roll of the nation's top hospitals based on reputation, safety, and other patient-care factors. Mount Sinai is one of just 12 integrated academic medical centers whose medical school ranks among the top 20 in NIH funding and by U.S. News & World Report and whose hospital is on the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 560,000 outpatient visits took place.

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