“As trainees, we were too financially challenged to afford personal subscriptions so we borrowed our professor’s sole copy and read it by turns, taking handwritten notes. It was a fascinating world of information and we treasured it greatly. The College has been educating me ever since and even today I feel a sense of excitement when I hold a physical copy of JACC or JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging in my hand.” Read More >>>
Growing up in India, Chandrashekhar says there were two assumed career paths: medicine or engineering. “The thought of helping someone in distress rather than designing software or airplanes made medicine more appealing to me,” he says. Choosing imaging as a specialty came more naturally. “After all, nearly everything we do is related to seeing pathology and is some sort of imaging,” he explains. “All doctors are, thus, fundamentally imagers plus something else. Cardiology is even more dependent on seeing things in 2-D and 3-D, and its expansive technology allows striking visualization of disease pathophysiology. With such rich information, imaging was a natural fit for me.”
The first time Chandrashekhar traveled to the U.S. was to present at ACC’s Annual Scientific Session, an experience which he says played a large part in him moving to the U.S. permanently. He now serves as a professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota.
Chandrashekhar recently completed his term as chair of the Cardiology Merit Review study section of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and is on the Scientific and Policy Advisory Committee of the World Heart Federation. He directs the cardiovascular imaging laboratory at the VA Medical Center, Minneapolis with clinical interests in multiple imaging modalities. He has been a physician investigator for over 20 years funded by federal agencies and other grant agencies. He continues to be an active member of multiple grant review committees, including the National Institutes of Health and the VA. He was also an author of the 2015 multimodality imaging guidelines in COCATS 4 and has published extensively in leading medical journals.
The new editor-in-chief of JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging has been involved with the Journal since day one, having helped plan and edit the first issue. He served as the deputy editor and then as the executive editor of the Journal, which he calls a very rewarding experience.
“JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging has established itself as one of the premier cardiovascular journals in the world,” Chandrashekhar says. “Dr. Narula’s astute leadership has positioned the journal as the ‘go to’ resource in cardiovascular imaging and I look forward to continuing the outstanding work of Dr. Narula and his staff in highlighting the most important research in the field of cardiovascular imaging.”
Chandrashekhar plans to continue to focus on high-quality science and its scientific impact. He says that the Journal has set the benchmark for quality imaging science in its first decade and should, in its next decade, focus on the big questions and evidence-based imaging.
“This is an exciting time to be an editor, but there are a lot of unknowns,” Chandrashekhar says. “New paradigms are shaking up traditions, the publishing cycle is becoming very rapid, and readers have shorter attention spans. We plan to anticipate and adapt nicely to these changes. You will see a very lively journal with something for nearly everyone.” He adds that the Journal will be rich in multimedia and mobile friendly. “Above all, I strongly believe that each issue should bring a smile to the face as well as satiate the mind, teaching something of consequence to each and every one of our readers,” he says.
When he has the time, Chandrashekhar enjoys reading both fiction and non-fiction books and stays active by running. He also loves to travel with his family, making a point to see a new place or visit a new culture every year.
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