John R Teerlink, MD, is Associate Professor of Medicine at the School of Medicine and Director of the Heart Failure Clinic and Clinical Echocardiography at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). His previous positions with the UCSF include Director of the sub-specialty out-patient clinics at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr Teerlink was awarded a fellowship in the American College of Cardiology (ACC) in 1999, in the American Heart Association (AHA) in 2002, and in the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) in 2003. He serves on the AHA National Committee on Heart Failure and Transplantation, is a member of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Cardiovascular and Renal Drug Advisory Committee, and is on multiple committees with the Heart Failure Society of America. He has given over 100 presentations regionally, nationally, and internationally and has authored or co-authored scores of publications on heart failure, many of them in the field of endothelin. Dr Teerlink received his post-graduate clinical cardiology and internal medicine training at the UCSF after obtaining his medical degree from Harvard University in 1988. He received his baccalaureate with highest honors from Swarthmore College in 1983.