Read the fine print. No, I am not referring to your tax returns, although it is a good idea to give your W-2s, 1040s, 1099s and all the other forms that so enchant the IRS a thorough review before signing on the dotted line.
I am referring to the column at the left of this page. In this issue, we introduce our 2012 editorial board members, and they indeed are a fine assembly of thought leaders in the cardiovascular community. Many of these names frequently appear in leading journals and conference proceedings, reflecting their roles as top practitioners and researchers in their respective fields. Many also hold teaching positions at universities and maintain busy practices. Some work as administrators, and several also offer expertise in policy, healthcare economics and business.
We offer many thanks to the outgoing board members for their insights and support throughout the past year, including in the present issue, which addresses peripheral artery disease and the possible exodus of cardiovascular specialists just as demand for their expertise is expected to grow.
The common thread in this issue may be the potential to prevent or reduce these two problems if patients (or potential patients) were to eat less and exercise more. The challenge is that such prevention may be controlled less by healthcare professionals than by patients themselves.
Will prevention trump treatment in 2013? One critical role for our editorial board is guiding the Cardiovascular Business editorial calendar to address the interests and needs of you, our readers. The board is diverse, reflecting the many subspecialties that we cover: healthcare economics, interventional cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, electrophysiology, heart failure, transplantation and others.
Current board members will help us lay out a roadmap of topics and trends that we anticipate will have impact or will percolate into relevance in the near future. I already have a file with proposed ideas, some inspired by research and reports, others by editorials and perspectives. What do you see when you scan healthcare’s horizon? I encourage you to share your thoughts with our editorial board members or with us. Feel free to email me at any time.
Candace Stuart, Editor