CardioPulse 1665 doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehy197 Peoples corner: Dr Eric J Velazquez New chief of cardiovascular medicine at Yale School of Medicine We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Eric J. Velazquez, MD, as chief of the Section of Cardiovascular Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine, Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital, and Physician-in-Chief of the Heart and Vascular Center for the Yale-New Haven Health System, effective 4 June 2018. Dr Velazquez is currently Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at Duke University and holds appointments at the Duke Clinical Research Institute and Duke Global Health Institute. A first-generation American whose parents emigrated from Cuba, Dr Velazquez was born in New York City where he attended Regis High School. He graduated from Williams College with a Bachelor’s degree with Honours in Psychology and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine and cardiology training at Duke University, including Fellowships in clinical research and echocardiography. Named the inaugural Greenfield Scholar of Cardiology in 2001, Velazquez joined Duke University faculty and built a noteworthy career spanning patient care, research, and education. He was named Professor of Medicine with Tenure in 2012. He has served as Chief of the Cardiovascular Imaging Section and Director of the Duke Cardiac Diagnostic Unit and Echocardiography Laboratories since 2007. Dr Velazquez is a clinician-investigator whose major contributions to science include the design, development, and implementation of landmark, randomized clinical trials that have altered international guidelines and the treatment of patients with chronic heart failure and, in particular, those with concomitant coronary artery disease. With his Duke colleagues and over 100 centres worldwide, Velazquez led the Surgical Treatment of Ischaemic Heart Failure Trial (STICH). The programme, continuously funded by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) since 2002, defined the role for coronary artery bypass grafting in increasing survival of patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. With funding from the NHLBI Global Health Initiative, Velazquez partnered with colleagues at Moi University in Western Kenya to develop a Center for Excellence for Chronic, Non-communicable Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Diseases, including the country’s first intensive cardiac care and research training programme. He established the Duke Echo Laboratory Database, one of the largest imaging repositories in the world with over 600 000 digitized clinical studies to champion research that link cardiac imaging findings more directly to clinical outcomes. Dr Velazquez has authored over 250 peer-reviewed publications, chaired the American Society of Echocardiography’s Taskforce on International Echocardiography, and is an incoming Associate Editor for Circulation Cardiovascular Imaging. He is board certified in Cardiovascular Diseases and is a Fellow in the American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians, American Society of Echocardiography, and American Heart Association. In 2014, he was elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation. A dedicated mentor, he has guided many physician-scientists and allied health care professionals in building unique careers providing outstanding patient care through clinical, academic, and research excellence. As a committed clinician and educator, Dr Velazquez has had an active practice in advanced heart failure where he has also trained dozens of fellows who are emerging leaders in this field. We congratulate Dr Velazquez on this appointment at Yale, Yale-New Haven Hospital and Health System, and welcome him, his wife Maureen and his children Luc and Sofia to the Yale community. Gary V. Desir MD Keith B. Churchwell MD Paul B. Beeson Professor of Medicine Senior Vice President, Operations Chair of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine Executive Director, Heart and Vascular Chief of Medicine, Yale New Haven Hospital Center and Transplantation Center 330 Cedar Street – Boardman 110 Clinical Service Coordinator, Medicine New Haven, CT 06520-8056, USA Associate Clinical Professor, YSM Phone: (203) 785-4119 Cardiovascular Medicine Fax: (203) 785-6954 Email: email@example.com; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Keith.Churchwell@YNHH.ORG Conflict of interest: none declared. Downloaded from https://academic.oup.com/eurheartj/article-abstract/39/19/1665/4995732 by Ed 'DeepDyve' Gillespie user on 21 June 2018
European Heart Journal – Oxford University Press
Published: May 11, 2018
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