C Richard Conti, MD, MACC, FESC, is Professor of Medicine and Cardiology at the University of Florida College of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of Physiology at the same university. He is also an elected member of the Southern Society of Clinical Investigation. Dr Conti has been active as a member of the education committees of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and has been Past-Chairman of the ACC Extramural Program Committee. He is also an elected member of the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation and the American Clinical and Climatological Association, amongst others, and has gained numerous awards and distinctions, including the Gifted Teacher Award from the Florida Chapter of the ACC in 1999. Dr Conti has served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Cardiology, the American Heart Journal, Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, European Heart Journal, and many other national and international journals. He is also the author or co-author of over 700 scientific papers, book chapters, and abstracts, and has edited six books and written two. He is a distinguished 1952 graduate of Central Catholic High School in Allentown, Pennsylvania, a 1956 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Lehigh University and a 1960 Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr Conti received his medical training on the Osler Medical Service of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and his cardiology training at Johns Hopkins.