PRESIDENT'S REPORT - DECEMBER 2022
Dear SCVP Member,
As we move toward the end of 2022, there is much to celebrate in our society. I would like to take a few minutes of your time to share with you a number of these activities.
In March of 2023, we will gather together in New Orleans to celebrate our Distinguished Achievement Awardee, Dr. John Veinot. John has been a stalwart member of our society and this is a great opportunity to congratulate him. In addition, Carmela Tan and the Program Committee have put together excellent programs for the Saturday (March 11th) and Sunday (March 12th) SCVP events. I encourage you to attend.
At our meeting, the terms of three of our councilors will end. As we did last year, we will have an open request that any member interested in becoming a councilor can be nominated or self-nominate. Councilors serve for three-year terms, sit on the SCVP Executive Board, and attend SCVP Executive Board meetings. Councilors can provide thoughts on the functions and directions of the SCVP, without other significant responsibilities. It is a great opportunity to have a voice in the Society’s future. More information to come on this, regarding deadlines and requirements.
A large change coming to our society in 2023 is that our journal, Cardiovascular Pathology, is going fully-online. You will not be receiving physical copies of the journal any longer. This was done in conjunction with Elsevier, our publishing house, as a way to keep the journal affordable to us all and consistent with the trends how most people access the publication. I encourage everyone to sign up for Table of Content alerts from the journal. This can be done on the Elsevier website under the tab “Articles & Issues” -> “Sign in to set up alerts.” We should also congratulate Max Buja and Giulia Ottaviani on their stewardship of the journal, resulting in our highest ever impact factor of 3.975. The impact factor is expected to be even higher in 2023. I encourage you to send your scholarship to the journal and continue to strengthen our scientific knowledge base.
We have had a strong year for society-wide and collaborative projects. I am pleased to report that our consensus statement on sudden cardiac death in the young, led by Karen Kelly, has been published. Our other major publication on temporal arteritis, led by Vidhya Nair, is nearly complete and will be a useful guide for us all, when it is published in 2023. A survey of practices relating to myocarditis, led by Monica De Gaspari and Chieh-Yu Lin also was recently published. This was the collaborative work of both the SCVP and the AECVP.
This has been a strong year for our SCVP365 initiative. With a huge thank you to Peter Wang, our monthly SCVP journal club is running strong. These journal clubs have been led by Dylan Miller, Melanie Bois, Sarah Thomas, Michelle McDonald, and Chieh-Yu Lin. They have covered a number of interesting and provocative papers and have led to robust discussions. All of these events are available for review on our YouTube page. We also had “What I know/What I don’t know” seminars from Drs. Chuck Murry, Gaetano Thiene, Mary Sheppard, Allen Burke, and Douglas Mann throughout the year.
Please continue to bring your best ideas forward on how to make our society best work for everyone.
Happy Holidays to you and yours!
Marc K. Halushka, MD, PhD
President, Society for Cardiovascular Pathology