Members of ISHLT,

It is with tremendous sadness that I share the news of the passing of David Taylor, ISHLT president from 2012 to 2013, after a brief and unexpected illness.

Dr. Taylor was recognized as a true leader in the field of advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology. He was a professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, where he served as director of the Heart Failure and Transplantation Fellowship. Dr. Taylor devoted much of his professional time to the transplant community including many roles with ISHLT. He served as program chair for the 21st ISHLT meeting in Vancouver in 2001 and ISHLT President in 2012-13. He continued to contribute to ISHLT in important ways after concluding his term as president by serving as chair of the Standards & Guidelines Committee and serving as chair of task forces on Education and the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation.

Dr. Taylor was described by his fellow past ISHLT presidents as having “a keen sense of heart transplantation … a true leader in the field”, one of the “very few of us who have dedicated our entire careers to what we enjoyed most”, “the consummate clinician and a tenacious patient advocate”, “a calm and sensible voice who earned the huge respect and affection of us all”. There is no doubt that ISHLT benefitted from his passion and many of us considered Dr. Taylor both a mentor and a friend.

I cannot emphasize enough the impact his loss will have on our society. We anticipate publishing a more detailed tribute to Dr. Taylor in an upcoming issue of JHLT. We will post links to his obituary and arrangement on our website and in ISHLT Connect when available.

On behalf of all ISHLT members, I wish to express deepest condolences to Dr. Taylor’s wife, Linda, children, Matthew, Alyssa and Mackenzie and to those who knew him well.

Stuart Sweet
ISHLT President