Circulation’s Vision for Cardiac Surgery
The complexity and global scope of cardiovascular disease have reached unparalleled heights. No sooner do we achieve success in treating and managing some forms of cardiovascular disease than new ones such as metabolic stress-induced pathologic remodeling emerge with alarming incidence and severity. To address these evolving challenges head on, a multidisciplinary strategy is required. Physicians and surgeons, scientists, advanced practice providers, nurses, and pharmacists are working together around the world to prevent disease or, when present, to slow, halt, and even reverse its progression.
It is the aspiration, indeed firm commitment, of the Circulation editorial team to foster this progress across the full spectrum of cardiovascular professional activities. We will work hard to lead the way.
Central to this vision is our abiding commitment to foster a close partnership between cardiovascular medicine and surgery. For many forms of heart and vascular disease, surgical interventions are the unique key to therapeutic success. Without question, the practice of cardiovascular medicine would be impossible without the special expertise of cardiovascular surgeons, and at the same time, the practice of cardiovascular surgery requires longitudinal input from medical providers to achieve optimal outcomes.
A continued symbiotic relationship between cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons is more critical than ever before. Today, a wide range of novel therapies for structural heart disease requires multidisciplinary teams of care providers with diverse training and expertise. Hybrid operating rooms are being built around the world to facilitate team-based care. New approaches are on the horizon. There has never been a better time to foster crossfertilization across all the professional realms of cardiovascular medicine and science.
Since 1962, Circulation has published an annual issue dedicated to cardiothoracic surgery. This issue has evolved substantially over the years, serving as an important platform for the dissemination of novel insights and techniques. It also has served as a marker of the Journal’s abiding commitment to surgical science. We thank Marc Ruel for once again coordinating this themed issue and assembling a superb series of papers that capture the diversity and depth of clinical science in cardiovascular surgery. He and his team of reviewers have worked tirelessly to evaluate the many papers submitted for consideration in this issue.
Looking to the future, Circulation is firmly committed to fostering crossdisciplinary scientific interchanges, and our commitment to professionals of all backgrounds is unwavering. We seek to identify, develop, and disseminate the very finest of science, including surgical science. We will partner with our colleagues to accomplish our mutually shared objectives of taking the science to the very highest levels and to disseminating it rapidly, globally, and in a manner accessible to our readers.
We reach out to surgical investigators to submit their best science to Circulation. In turn, we pledge to provide thorough, timely, and transparent feedback. When appropriate, we will connect with you by telephone or e-mail to dialogue about a paper, leaving behind the barriers of boilerplate responses.
Going forward, we have positioned Circulation uniquely to capture the best science around the globe. We strive to be the “go to” journal for all cardiovascular practitioners and investigators, spanning the entire spectrum of professional activities. The current “surgery-themed” issue of Circulation is one indication of this commitment. You can also expect to see many other surgical papers published throughout the year that reflect the full range of science in cardiothoracic and vascular surgery.
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- © 2016 American Heart Association, Inc.