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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 223
Change of guard: Introducing the new editor of the Annals of Pediatric Cardiology, Dr. KS Iyer

Department of Pediatric Cardiology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center, Cochin, Kerala, India

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Date of Web Publication21-Aug-2017

How to cite this article:
Kumar RK. Change of guard: Introducing the new editor of the Annals of Pediatric Cardiology, Dr. KS Iyer. Ann Pediatr Card 2017;10:223

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Kumar RK. Change of guard: Introducing the new editor of the Annals of Pediatric Cardiology, Dr. KS Iyer. Ann Pediatr Card [serial online] 2017 [cited 2022 Jul 5];10:223. Available from:

After nearly 4 years as an editor of the Annals of Pediatric Cardiology, it is now time to say goodbye and hand over the reins to the incoming editor, Dr. KS Iyer. The last 4 years witnessed an impressive growth in the journal in terms of the number of submissions as well as the diversity of contributions from all over the globe necessitating an increase in the frequency of publication to three issues per year. Much of this growth reflected the excellent groundwork done by the previous editors, Dr. Bharat Dalvi and Dr. SS Kothari. Unstinted support from the assistant editors Dr. Sangeetha Viswanathan and Dr. Ramakrishnan was also equally critical to the success of the journal. It is also important to not forget the unselfish contributions from its reviewers who have always found the time to perform an unbiased and thorough peer review of the submissions. It is perhaps fair to state that the journal now has a truly global status.

The Annals of Pediatric Cardiology was conceived as a journal of all pediatric cardiac specialties that include pediatric cardiology, pediatric cardiac surgery, and pediatric cardiac intensive care. The Pediatric Cardiac Society of India (PCSI) initiated the journal recognizing the need for a common academic forum for pediatric cardiac specialties, and all the subspecialties have been well represented in the journal. In the last Annual Conference of the PCSI in October 2016 at Bengaluru, the executive committee of the PCSI thought it appropriate to ask a surgeon to take over as the editor of the journal and Dr. KS Iyer emerged as a unanimous choice. Having recently served very successfully as the Editor-in-Chief of Indian Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, we can look forward to the Annals of Pediatric Cardiology reaching even greater heights under his leadership. Dr. KS Iyer combines several unique attributes with a rich academic and clinical experience that make him ideally suited for running this multispecialty journal. He is respected globally as a pioneering pediatric heart surgeon who had the courage to venture into the exceptionally difficult task of doing neonatal heart surgeries amid massive resource constraints in the early 90s at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. This was at a time when infant heart surgery was only just starting to develop in India.

Dr. KS Iyer's research contributions in the field of pediatric cardiac care have been prolific through more than hundred research publications in national and international journals and sections in medical books on pediatric and neonatal cardiac surgery. He has served as an editorial board member of Cardiology in the Young in addition to the Annals of Pediatric Cardiology. He has been the Founder President of Asia-Pacific Pediatric Cardiac Society and President of PCSI and has been instrumental in supporting pediatric cardiac programs in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nepal, and Malaysia.

In December 2017, the Annals of Pediatric Cardiology will complete 10 eventful years. The journal has overcome some significant challenges to become a recognizable voice of the pediatric cardiac community for low resource environments where the vast majority of children with heart disease live. It has become the leading forum for discussion of issues that concern children with heart disease who live in low- and middle-income countries. Perhaps, the greatest ongoing challenge for the journal has been to balance inclusiveness with quality of scientific content. It is not always possible to generate the most rigorously tested scientific content in the face of serious constraints in human and material resources. In addition, it is also important to have the space for discussion of real-world challenges that we commonly encounter.

Dr. KS Iyer is perhaps in the best position to overcome these challenges, and we can expect the journal to reach great heights under his leadership.

Correspondence Address:
Raman Krishna Kumar
Department of Pediatric Cardiology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center, Cochin - 682 041, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/apc.APC_114_17

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