Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

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Transition, according to Merriam-Webster, is a passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another. As such it is as much about the past as it is about the future. As we transition the Editorial Team at the Journal of Thoracic Imaging (JTI), we are looking back at a formidable past. The lineage of previous Editors—from our Founding Editor, the immortal Eric Milne, to my immediate predecessor, Phil Boiselle—have worked tirelessly, dedicating their energy and genius to the growth of the Journal. They have left no stone unturned to develop JTI into the cherished, revered platform for lively scholarly discourse and education in the cardiothoracic imaging sciences. Owing to them, the Journal is in an excellent position as a versatile, widely respected, and trusted resource for all things imaging. Thus, as I humbly and gratefully commence my service as the Editor of JTI, I will have large enough shoes to fill following in their tradition. It will be a daunting, yet limitlessly rewarding task to solidify and sustain my predecessors’ accomplishments and carry on their legacy.
JTI is in great shape, and I find it unlikely that any abrupt major changes in its structures and inner workings are needed. Yet, in order to prepare JTI for future challenges and seeing to its continued growth, we are gradually introducing some subtle adjustments and new features, starting with this issue of the Journal.
Editorial Board. While the overall size of the Board has not changed, we rotated roughly 15% of the Board seats with the goals of involving the next generation of leaders in cardiothoracic imaging, further enhancing gender balance, and ensuring greater international diversity across our sponsoring Societies. It is my distinct pleasure to announce that Dr Dorith Shaham from Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem has kindly accepted my invitation to succeed me as Deputy Editor and serve alongside Dr Jeff Kanne who has thankfully agreed to continue his tenure. New Consulting Editor positions for Pathology (Dr Teri Franks) and Statistics (Dr Roze Vliegenthart) were created to better formalize and acknowledge the increasingly important role of special expertise in these areas. Dr Diana Litmanovich will handle all submissions from the University of Wisconsin, Hadassah Medical Center/Hebrew University, and from the Medical University of South Carolina as the new Conflict-of-Interest Editor. In order to better engage our members and integrate them into the editorial process, the Editorial Board is now organized into 11 disease-specific or topic-specific sections, each headed by a Section Editor. Those sections span the traditional topics covered by our Journal, yet we placed special emphasis on the expansion into hitherto uncharted scientific territories, which we expect to become of increasing importance to our field. Examples include the new sections on “Health Policy, Evidence, and Cost-Effectiveness” as well as the “&BEYOND” section on Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, -Omics, and Quantitative and Multiparametric Imaging. Finally, to ensure a dynamic, vibrant team for many years to come, Board positions are now subject to a renewable 3-year term.
New Article Types. “Current Controversies in Cardiothoracic Imaging” (Series Editor: Dr Charles White) pits 2 single experts in the field against each other to debate the pro and con sides of a current contentious topic in short contributions. This article type does not contain any Tables or Figures and has only limited References. My hope is to provide an engaging public platform for the exchange of vigorous, healthy controversy to address and eventually resolve contentious issues in cardiothoracic imaging.

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