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EACPR Board -  President Elect

David Wood

Vision Statement l CV

“The new Board of our Association must provide leadership at a political, professional and scientific level to our members and also to the wider constituency of the European Society of Cardiology. I was privileged to be a member of both our two former Working Groups, and we have now succeeded in creating a much stronger political, professional and scientific alliance. We need to become the leading authority for prevention and rehabilitation in Europe.

I propose to build on the strengths of our Association in three ways. The first is to provide political leadership. The ESC looks to our Association to provide the intellectual and professional resource which informs the development of a European Heart Health Charter. This is a unique opportunity to influence the European Union to place prevention of CVD at the centre of its health policy. The second is to provide professional leadership. We need to grow all the elements of our Association – specialists in cardiac rehabilitation, specialists in preventive cardiology, and specialists in population health. As a cardiologist who also trained in epidemiology I understand the need for both excellence in patient care and a societal approach. We need to promote our professional disciplines, gain professional accreditation and set standards. Our development of guidelines, training courses, and textbooks is part of this professional contribution. The third is to provide scientific leadership and to help all our scientific disciplines flourish, from basic science to clinical and population science through our new European journal, which I helped to found and develop, and our annual congresses. EuroPrevent needs to embrace a wide professional constituency – scientists, health professionals and policy makers - and to become the leading European meeting in prevention and rehabilitation.

I will bring to the post of President Elect my experience and service as a Board member of the ESC, as a Chairman of the Euro Heart Survey programme, as a Chairman of the Joint European Societies Guidelines on Prevention, as a Chairman of the Joint European Societies Prevention Committee and finally as a Chairman of the WG on Epidemiology and Prevention.”