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With this issue of Heart, Professor Michael Davies relinquishes the Editorship, which he has held for the past seven years. He leaves to take up the post of Assistant Medical Director (Research) of the British Heart Foundation.
I was extremely fortunate to have been taught by Mike Davies both as an undergraduate medical student and as a research fellow. His approach to his work has always been characterised by a friendly but relentlessly fierce scientific objectivity. Over the years he has acquired many friends among senior cardiologists and cardiac surgeons. He has, however, never compromised in explaining the truth as he saw it from a pathologist's perspective, even when he knew that this was not what his friends wanted to hear. His pre-eminence in the fields of coronary artery pathology,1-3 sudden death,4 an understanding of valvar pathology,5 6 and cardiomyopathies together with his outstanding abilities as a teacher, made him the ideal person to become Editor of the thenBritish Heart Journal when Dr Dennis Krikler retired in 1992. His ability to bridge the gulf between pathologists and clinicians is exemplified by the outstandingly lucid editorials he has provided for the journal over the years.7 8
His mission was to provide a truly international perspective and profile for the British Heart Journal. He presided over the changing of the name with consummate diplomatic skill allied to a quiet determination. He gathered together a team of subspecialists and encouraged his Associate and Assistant Editors to employ the rigorously objective methods of assessment that he himself always exemplified. In an age when team players are important, Mike Davies as a team leader engendered total loyalty, commitment, and appreciation from his team. The “hanging committees” were days of hard work, wonderful postgraduate education, and a friendly, witty, and open exchange of views.
His many friends, and I hope most of the authors who have submitted manuscripts to the journal, will wish Professor Davies well at the British Heart Foundation. The Foundation will benefit from his many talents not only as an immensely knowledgeable scientist but also as an inspiring leader.
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