A New Page for the AATS
As we enter a new season, hopefully feeling rested and rejuvenated from time spent with family and friends over the summer, we celebrate two major milestones in the AATS’ history: a new CEO for our organization, and a new Editor-in-Chief for our journal. Despite the uncertainty we face as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, the AATS continues to evolve, making us stronger as a collective and clearing the path to a brighter future.
The AATS welcomed David Bobbitt as its Chief Executive Officer on July 19, 2021. David is an seasoned entrepreneur, a fundraiser, and a nonprofit executive who has established a stellar record of excellence through his work to launch and lead organizations. Prior to joining the AATS, David was President and Chief Executive Officer of Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC), a global data standards organization supporting regulated research for pharmaceuticals and medical devices. We are proud to have David join us and look forward to working with him in realizing and executing on a fortified vision and strategic plan for the AATS and the AATS Foundation – to advance the organization that supports the best in cardiothoracic surgery.
The AATS also announced a new incoming Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (JTCVS), JTCVS Open, and JTCVS Techniques. Dr. Alec Patterson will begin his position as Editor-in-Chief on January 1, 2022. 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.
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. We are excited about the opportunities before us in naming Dr. Patterson to this key role for the AATS. We sincerely thank Dr. Richard Weisel, the outgoing Editor-in-Chief, for his commitment and dedication to JTCVS since 2014, and his significant contributions to the increasing impact and growth of the journal and for launching two new online, open access journals: JTCVS Open and JTCVS Techniques.
As I close my second President’s Message, I’d like to remind you that the AATS 102nd Annual Meeting will be held in Boston, MA from May 14-17, 2022. The Aortic Symposium Workshop Boston and the Mitral Conclave Workshop Boston will be held on the Friday and Saturday immediately preceding the Annual Meeting. I look forward to seeing you there in person to catch up with the latest in cardiothoracic surgery and to mark our achievements as we continue to position the AATS for a brighter future.
Shaf Keshavjee, MD
AATS 102nd President