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Introducing the Heart Editorial Board
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Introducing the new Heart editorial team

Heart is relaunching for 2014 with a new look cover, new content and a brand new editorial team. After 7 successful years under the editorship of Dr Adam Timmis, Dr Catherine Otto is taking the lead as the journal's first Editor-in-Chief based in the USA. She hopes to build on the hard work of Dr Timmis and his editorial team and has some exciting developments planned for the journal. As this is the first issue, we would like to take the opportunity to formally introduce you to the new international team and put some faces to the names.

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Editor-in-Chief: Professor Catherine M. Otto Current affiliation: University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine, Seattle, USA

Current status position: Professor of Medicine and Director of the Heart Valve Clinic

Career history: Director of the Cardiology Fellowship Training Program for 20 years

Research interests: Dr Otto's research has mainly focused on Calcific aortic valve disease, validation of noninvasive measures of disease severity, disease progression, immunohistologic studies establishing the cellular and molecular mechanisms of valve disease and clinical risk factors associated with calcific valve disease.

Other achievements: Dr Otto has won many prestigious awards over the past 6 years including;

2011 American College of Cardiology Distinguished Scientist Award (Clinical Domain) for her research.

2008 UW School of Medicine Award for Excellence in Mentoring Women and Minorities

2011 Teamwork, Leadership and Caring Award from the UW Medical Center

2013 UW School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Award.

She is also a Fellow of the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

Publications: Dr Otto is the author of several cardiology books: The Textbook of Clinical Echocardiography (5th Edition published in 2013), The Practice of Clinical Echocardiography (4th Edition just published in 2012), Valvular Heart Disease (3rd Edition, co-edited by Robert O. …

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  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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