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Advances in PH Journal

Editor's Memo

Charles Burger


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Vol 14, No 1 ( 2015 )

  • Burger, C Editor's Memo Advances in Pulmonary Hypertension.2015;14:1: 2.

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It is my honor and pleasure to serve as Editor-in-Chief for Advances in Pulmonary Hypertension volumes 14 and 15. Importantly, I would like to thank Myung Park, MD, for her excellent leadership as past Editor and her support in my transition. The editorial board strives to continually improve the journal under the direction of the Scientific Leadership Council for PHA. Under Dr Park's leadership, the journal has transformed to meet scientific publication standards and yet remains committed to address important clinical challenges and active areas of inquiry in the scientific understanding of pulmonary hypertension.

In this issue, Drs. Ioana Preston and Ray Benza serve as guest editors and have secured manuscript submissions addressing prognostic risk scoring and cardiac imaging in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Prognosis, derived from Greek, literally means foreknowledge and may be defined in a medical dictionary as a forecast of probable outcome. As with weather forecasts and the limitation of applying statistical probabilities to individual patients, we are challenged in the determination of prognosis in PAH. Nonetheless, significant progress has been made in this area warranting a whole issue on this important topic.

I would also like to welcome Drs. Jonathan Rich and Oksana Shlobin who have agreed to co-edit a special section entitled Research Review. I would also like to thank Drs. Sean Studer and Deborah Levine for their continued support as section editors. Lastly, Ms. Deborah McBride, managing editor, works tirelessly to bring everything together in a seamless fashion.

I suspect the readers will find this issue both enlightening and provocative and most importantly, clinically applicable.

Charles Burger, MD Professor of Medicine Mayo Clinic College of Medicine Medical Director, PH Clinic Mayo Clinic, Florida