David Wilber, MD, named editor of major new journal on heart rhythm disorders

News Archive November 19, 2014

David Wilber, MD, named editor of major new journal on heart rhythm disorders

MAYWOOD, Ill. – David Wilber, MD, FAHA, FACC, director of Loyola University Chicago’s Cardiovascular Research Institute, has been named editor-in-chief of the newly launched Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Clinical Electrophysiology.

The bimonthly journal will begin publishing in March 2015. It will feature original research and review articles on cardiac rhythm disorders.

Electrophysiology is the branch of cardiology that involves the diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm disorders such as atrial fibrillation.

“Electrophysiology is an incredibly dynamic and rapidly growing specialty in cardiology, and this new resource will be a valuable source of information for those in the field, as well as for general cardiologists,” said Patrick O’Gara, MD, FACC, president of the American College of Cardiology.

Electrophysiologists treat heart rhythm disorders with medications, with implantable devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators and with a procedure called catheter ablation that burns problematic heart tissue.

Dr. Wilber said JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology will bridge the gap between new scientific developments and their implementation in clinical practice. “We hope this new journal will be a major addition to the medical literature on electrophysiology and a forum for new advances,” he said.

Dr. Wilber also is the George M. Eisenberg Professor of Cardiovascular Sciences at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and director of the Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC) Division of Cardiology.

LUMC serves as a major regional and national referral center for the treatment of complex heart rhythm disorders, offering treatment options often unavailable elsewhere. Loyola’s team of electrophysiologists, advanced practice nurses, technical staff, imaging experts and other professionals provide an integrated approach to the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of rhythm disturbances and their associated underlying conditions.  Loyola’s heart rhythm specialists are frequently at the forefront of new technology innovations for the treatment of patients.

Loyola’s heart program has been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 12 years in a row.

The American College of Cardiology is a 47,000-member medical society. The mission of the college is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications.

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