James T. Willerson, MD, Editor of Circulation, 1993–2004
A Note of Appreciation
With this issue of Circulation, the remarkable tenure of James T. Willerson as Editor comes to a sterling close. Many of us who know Jim well recognize that he works harder than any of us, and his job as Circulation’s Editor for the past 11 years only serves to confirm that oft-repeated observation. As an editor, Jim Willerson has been described as tireless, devoted, thoughtful, impeccably fair in his decisions, and committed to an unparalleled level of excellence for the journal and its readership. With this professional work ethic, he propelled Circulation to even greater heights as the premier international journal of cardiovascular medicine. Under his tenure, submissions increased dramatically, the acceptance rate fell, and the journal’s impact on cardiovascular medicine continued to grow. As a mark of his fairness, he recognized that many high-quality manuscripts important for the cardiovascular community could not be published because of the page limitations of this once monthly journal. Thus, he successfully prevailed on the American Heart Association and the journal’s publisher to increase the publication frequency, first to twice-monthly in 1995, and ultimately to weekly in 1998. With this increasing frequency of publication, Circulation increased its influence as the timely source of the newest and most important information in cardiovascular medicine. True to his word, Jim met his original promise to provide “a balanced selection of manuscripts reflecting the best of … clinical and basic research”1 in the field and did so with great effect.
Thus, it is most appropriate to pay tribute to Jim Willerson and his devoted associate editors and managerial staff for their outstanding service to the journal and its readership. We owe them all a great debt of gratitude. We will do our best to continue this fine tradition and to expand further the journal’s influence and importance for the cardiovascular community. This is James T. Willerson’s legacy, and we are honored to be its recipients.