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The Inimitable Mandeep Mehra

Vincent Valentine, MD
Links Editor-in-Chief

links imageThe one who has been steering us along has been none other than our very own Dr Mandeep Mehra. Who is Mandeep Mehra? Mandeep is not unlike Thomas Jefferson. He is our behind the scenes and in front of the scenes ISHLT leader. But unlike Jefferson, he does not sit quietly and is not a poor public speaker. Mandeep is a gifted public speaker, is our Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation and today serves as Medical Director of the Brigham and Women's Hospital Heart and Vascular Center and Executive Director of the Collaborative Center for Advanced Heart Disease. He is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining the Brigham, he served as the Dr Herbert Berger Endowed Professor of Medicine and Head of Cardiology and Assistant Dean for Clinical Services at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. Dr Mehra has authored over 500 book chapters, manuscripts, editorials and abstracts focusing on all aspects of advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation, treatment modalities, medical therapies and alternatives to transplantation. His specific research interests in heart transplantation include: post-transplant coronary arterial disease (use of intravascular ultrasound and angioscopy), newer immunosuppressive therapies to improve heart transplant outcomes (particularly in minority populations), and bringing genomic and proteomic science from the bench to the bedside (in an effort to avoid the morbidity of endomyocardial biopsies). In the field of heart failure, his research has focused on the role of novel percutaneous cardiac support devices and serum markers to guide diagnosis and therapy. One important area of his focus is in developing International Guidelines for care of the heart transplant candidate and process enhancement for improving performance measure adherence in heart failure. More recently, he has focused on bench research to understand the effects of cigarette smoke on the transplanted heart coronary vasculature and its interaction with the development of nephropathy in the presence of immunosuppression.

Finally, Dr. Mehra is a Past-President treasurer of the ISHLT, served as the 2004 Program Chairman for the ISHLT Annual Scientific Meeting and as a Board member. Mandeep we owe you a debt of gratitude for your efforts and guidance. ■

Disclosure Statement: The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

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