Taken from PracticeUpdate:

“On behalf of Elsevier and PracticeUpdate, we’d like to send special congratulations to the editor-in-chief of PracticeUpdate Cardiology, Dr. Douglas Zipes, Distinguished Professor, Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Emeritus Director of the Division of Cardiology and Krannert Institute of Cardiology, Indiana University School of Medicine, for the recognition bestowed on him by the European Society of Cardiology as one of this year’s recipients of the 2013 ESC Gold Medal Award.

Dr. Zipes is one of “who’s who” in American cardiology research. Among many accomplishments in his career, he invented the first implantable transvenous cardioverter, has served as president of the American College of Cardiology, chairman of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and President of the Heart Rhythm Society. In addition to publishing more than 800 scholarly articles, Dr. Zipes also held positions as editor-in-chief of HeartRhythm and editor of Braunwald’s Heart Disease. (read more about Dr. Zipes profile)

“I am thrilled that my colleagues from “across the pond” have given me this award,” said Dr. Zipes. “I feel the cardiology community is like family, despite the turmoil in the world, and that we come together for the benefit of our patients. To be recognized by the ESC with its Gold Medal Award is one of the highest fulfillments in my career. And to share it with my friend and colleague of over 30 years, Evegeny Chazov, made it even more special.”

But to know Doug Zipes, one has to consider his passion of fiction writing. So far he has two novels under his belt; the Black Widows and Ripples in Opperman’s Pond. And recently he’s become a strong advocate for the safe use of tasers, training law enforcement on their proper use to prevent taser-induced cardiac arrest.”