Bertram Pitt is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan School of Medicine. Between 1977 and 1991 he also served as the Director of the Division of Cardiology, also at the University of Michigan School of Medicine. Dr Pitt is author of nearly 500 papers and chapters in books and is member of the editorial boards on a number of journals in cardiovascular diseases. He is a member of numerous professional societies and has held office in several of them. Among others, he was Chairman of the Council on Circulation of the American Heart Association (AHA), President of the Michigan Chapter of American College of Cardiology, Chairman of the Young Investigator’s Award Committee of the American College of Cardiology, and is currently Chairman of the Reveal Committee of the ACC. Dr Pitt has distinguished himself as the Principal or Co-principal Investigator of a number of clinical trials, such as the Digitalis-Captopril Trial (300 patients) and Studies of Left Ventricular Dysfunction (SOLVD – 6,700 patients). He is a graduate of the Medical School of the University of Basel (Switzerland), and received his post-doctoral training at Beth Israel Hospital Boston and the Johns Hopkins Hospital University, and then joined the Faculty of the Johns Hopkins University. He joined the University of Michigan in 1977 as the Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of the Division of Cardiology.