BOSTON – July 23, 2021 – The American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) is pleased to announce that Alec Patterson, MD, has been appointed the new Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, JTCVS Open, and JTCVS Techniques. Dr. Patterson will start his new position as Editor-in-Chief on January 1, 2022.
“Dr. Patterson is a consummate academic surgeon who understands the critical role of the AATS family of journals in the dissemination of knowledge for cardiothoracic surgery around the world,” said Dr. Shaf Keshavjee, President of the AATS Board of Directors on announcing this appointment. “We are excited about the opportunities before us in naming Dr. Patterson to this key role.”
“It is an honor and a privilege for me to succeed Dr. Weisel as Editor-in-Chief of JTCVS,” said Dr. Patterson. “I look forward to further development of the AATS journals with a commitment to diversity as well as vision, leadership, and scholarship; the core values of the AATS.”
Dr. Patterson is Past President of the AATS (2009-2010) and has also served as an Associate Editor of JTCVS as well as the American Journal of Transplantation and the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery. He is the author of 492 peer reviewed manuscripts and 75 book chapters. His current interests focus on general thoracic surgery and lung transplantation.
He joined the Thoracic surgery faculty at the University of Toronto in 1982. In 1987, he was awarded the Royal College of Surgeons Gold Medal for his research in lung transplantation. Dr. Patterson was Director of the Lung Transplant Program while at the University of Toronto and served in that capacity at Washington University from 1992-2014. He was Evarts A Graham Professor and Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Washington University from 2005 to 2014.
Dr. Keshavjee acknowledged the contributions of outgoing editor, Dr, Richard D. Weisel. “The AATS would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Richard D. Weisel, MD, the current Editor-in-Chief of JTCVS for his commitment and dedication to JTCVS since 2014. During his editorial term, Dr. Weisel has overseen tremendous growth at JTCVS and the launch of two new online, open access journals: JTCVS Open and JTCVS Techniques.”