JAMA appoints woman editor
- By: Scott Gottlieb
JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association (AMA), appointed a new editor - the first woman and the first paediatrician in its 116 year history - and pledged to maintain strict independence for the publication's editorial process.
“Editorial freedom is essential,” said Dr Catherine DeAngelis, a dean of academic affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, in Baltimore, Maryland, and current editor in chief of the association's Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
“It is the absolute byword by which I will operate,” she said at a news conference where her appointment was announced. “If I had any doubts, I wouldn't be standing here.”
The appointment of Dr DeAngelis begins a new chapter in JAMA's leadership after the controversial firing earlier this year of her predecessor, Dr George Lundberg. The AMA was roundly criticised for hastily dismissing Dr Lundberg last January after some in the organisation's leadership accused