March 10, 2011 / 5:11 PM / 8 years ago

Leading medical journal JAMA names new editor

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals, has a new editor.

Dr. Howard Bauchner, the new editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), is seen in this handout photo. REUTERS/Handout

Dr. Howard Bauchner, 59, a professor of pediatrics and public health at Boston University School of Medicine, will take over as the editor of the journal on July 1, 2011. He replaces Dr. Catherine DeAngelis, who has served as editor since 2000 and announced last year she would step down.

The journal has a circulation of about 300,000, according to auditor BPA Worldwide, and has been published since 1883.

Bauchner has published about 130 scientific papers, with a focus on better ways to deliver healthcare to underserved populations. His work has been supported by government agencies including the US Department of Agriculture, National Institutes of Health, and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. According to an undated questionnaire at the journal BMJ website, he has not received industry funding in the past five years.

He also serves as the editor in chief of the UK journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, a post he will resign upon starting at JAMA.

DeAngelis, who was the first woman to serve as the journal’s editor in chief, is returning to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she taught for many years. She will develop the Center for Professionalism in Medicine and the Related Professions.

DeAngelis “has been a great leader for JAMA, and has distinguished the journal in a lot of ways,” said Dr. Rita Redberg, the editor-in-chief of the Archives of Internal Medicine, also published by the AMA.

For example, the journal’s impact factor - a measure of how often other scientists cite its research - nearly tripled from 2000 to 2009.

“One of the things that distinguishes JAMA is integrity and ethics standards,” Redberg, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, told Reuters Health. “JAMA is very careful about independent statistical reviews, about reviewing industry sponsored trials, and monitoring conflicts of interest. I look forward to continued leadership in that regard.”

The journal, she said, is facing the same issues newspapers and magazines do, “how to live and flourish in this online world.” That will be a key issue for Bauchner, who also has oversight of all nine of the Archives journals including hers, said Redberg.

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