The editors of the Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal extend their gratitude to John P. Cooke, M.D., Ph.D., for serving as guest editor of this special issue on nanotechnology and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Cooke chairs the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences at the Houston Methodist Research Institute, is director of the Center for Cardiovascular Regeneration at the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, and is professor of cardiovascular medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Having earned his medical degree from Wayne State University and a Ph.D. in physiology from the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Cooke joined Harvard Medical School as an assistant professor of medicine. In 1990, he moved to Stanford University to spearhead the vascular biology and medicine program. He was later named professor of cardiovascular medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and associate director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, where he remained until his move to Houston Methodist Hospital in 2013.

Dr. Cooke has published more than 500 collective papers, reviews, book chapters, and patents based on discoveries from his research on vascular regeneration. He has been an advisor to government, industry, and professional societiesincluding the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, Society for Vascular Medicine, and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Instituteon matters of cardiovascular disease, public health, and technology. He also served as president of the Society for Vascular Medicine, director of the American Board of Vascular Medicine, and associate editor of Vascular Medicine. Dr. Cooke's translational research program focuses on vascular regeneration, with a specific interest in restoration or stimulation of endothelial functions such as vasodilation and angiogenesis using small molecules, mRNA constructs, and stem cell therapies.