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JAMA. 2012;307(12):1231. doi:10.1001/jama.307.12.1231.
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Key Objective
To promote the science and art of medicine and the betterment of the public health

Critical Objectives

  1. To maintain the highest standards of editorial integrity independent of any special interests

  2. To publish original, important, valid, peer-reviewed articles on a diverse range of medical topics

  3. To foster responsible and balanced debate on important issues that affect medicine, health, health care, and health policy

  4. To provide physicians with continuing education in basic and clinical science to support informed clinical decisions and ongoing career development

  5. To enable physicians to remain informed in multiple areas of medicine, including developments in fields other than their own

  6. To improve health and health care internationally by elevating the quality of medical care, disease prevention, and research

  7. To inform readers about the various aspects of medicine and public health, including the political, philosophic, ethical, legal, environmental, economic, historical, and cultural

  8. To recognize that, in addition to these specific objectives, JAMA has a social responsibility to improve the total human condition and to promote the integrity of science

  9. To achieve the highest level of ethical medical journalism and to produce a publication that is timely, credible, and enjoyable to read

  10. To use technologies to drive innovation and improve the communication of journal content

Howard Bauchner, MD

Executive Editor
Phil B. Fontanarosa, MD, MBA

Deputy Editor and Online Editor: Margaret A. Winker, MD
Deputy Editors: Drummond Rennie, MD, Ronna Henry, MD, Robert M. Golub, MD
Managing Deputy Editor: Annette Flanagin
Senior Contributing Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD
Senior Editor: Jody W. Zylke, MD
Associate Senior Editor: Roxanne K. Young
Contributing Editors: Derek C. Angus, MD, MPH, Robert G. Badgett, MD, Huan J. Chang, MD, MPH, Helene M. Cole, MD, Thomas B. Cole, MD, MPH, J. Michael Gaziano, MD, MPH, Richard M. Glass, MD, Edward H. Livingston, MD, David H. Mark, MD, MPH, Mary McGrae McDermott, MD, Robert A. McNutt, MD, Boris Pasche, MD, PhD, Eric D. Peterson, MD, MPH, Jeanette M. Smith, MD, Janet M. Torpy, MD, John L. Zeller, MD, PhD
Statistical Editor: Naomi Vaisrub, PhD
Associate Editor: Charlene Breedlove
Fishbein Fellow: Ann R. Punnoose, MD
Contributing Writers: Robert H. Brook, MD, ScD, Christine K. Cassel, MD, Nicholas A. Christakis, MD, PhD, MPH, Allan S. Detsky, MD, PhD, Mark Duggan, PhD, Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD, Elliott S. Fisher, MD, MPH, Lawrence O. Gostin, JD, Kathy Hudson, PhD, John P. A. Ioannidis, MD, DSc, Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH, David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD, Howard Markel, MD, PhD, Steven E. Nissen, MD, Bruce M. Psaty, MD, PhD, Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, Stephen M. Shortell, PhD, MPH, MBA, Harold C. Sox, MD, Robert Steinbrook, MD, Mary E. Tinetti, MD, Abraham Verghese, MD, Jason Wang, MD, PhD, Steven H. Woolf, MD, MPH
Medical News & Perspectives: Joan Stephenson, PhD (editor); Bridget M. Kuehn, Mike Mitka (senior staff writers); Rebecca Voelker (associate managing editor)
Assistant Editors: Carrie Butt, Angela Grayson, Jennifer Reiling
Manuscript Editing: Stacy L. Christiansen (director); Emily A. Greenhow, Joy K. Jaeger, Phil Sefton, Heather A. Shebel, Kristine B. Simmons, Beverly Stewart (senior manuscript editors); Kim S. P. Campbell; Cara Wallace (freelance manuscript editor)
Editorial Graphics: Cassio Lynm, Alison E. Burke (senior medical illustrators); David Song (editorial assistant)
Electronic Media: Michelle Kurzynski (director, development and design); Christopher Hastings, Peter Kim, Craig McCaffrey (developers/designers); Reuben Rios (Web administrative assistant)
Administration: Marla A. Hall (director); Gloria Tate (supervisor); Deanna M. Willis (staff assistant)
Editorial Assistants: Mary Cannon, Susan Collister, Carmina Conley, Dawn Cortez, Cheryl Dixon, Georgia Eaton, Audrey Forman, Gwenn Gregg, Lisa Hardin, Rachell M. Lozano, Rosa E. Miranda, Lupe Morales
Workflow and Content Management Systems: Larry Bryant (director); Paul Frank (systems administrator); Monica Mungle (editorial systems manager); J.D. Neff (associate developer)
Editorial Systems and Administration: Elaine Williams (director); Gale Saulsberry (database specialist); Lenette Gardner-Gullens (electronic input supervisor); Delayna Brown, Fanny L. Brown (electronic input assistants)
Editorial Counsel: Joseph P. Thornton, JD
Survey Research Specialist: Joseph S. Wislar
JAMA/Archives Media Relations: Jann Ingmire (director); Jim Michalski, Deanna Bellandi, Cassie Brasseur

Daniel M. Albert, MD, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, Wisconsin
Editor, Archives of Ophthalmology
Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, Newton, Massachusetts
Philip Cagle, MD, The Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas
Jordan J. Cohen, MD, The George Washington University
Washington, DC
Joseph T. Coyle, MD, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
Editor, Archives of General Psychiatry
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Julie Freischlag, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
Editor, Archives of Surgery
Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
Michael M. E. Johns, MD, Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
Wayne F. Larrabee Jr, MD, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
Editor, Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery
Paul A. Levine, MD, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
Editor, Archives of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery
Donald A. B. Lindberg, MD, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland
C. David Naylor, MD, DPhil, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Rita F. Redberg, MD, MSc, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, California
Editor, Archives of Internal Medicine
Uwe E. Reinhardt, PhD, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
Frederick P. Rivara, MD, MPH, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
Editor, Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
June K. Robinson, MD, The Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
Editor, Archives of Dermatology
Griffin Rodgers, MD, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Bethesda, Maryland
Roger N. Rosenberg, MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
Editor, Archives of Neurology
Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, Maryland Department of Health and Hygiene, Baltimore, Maryland
Harold C. Sox, MD, Dartmouth Medical School Hanover, New Hampshire

Edward H. Shortliffe, MD, PhD (chair), American Medical Informatics Association, Bethesda, Maryland
Kent R. Anderson,Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery , Needham, Massachusetts
Karen Antman, MD, Boston University, School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
Steven L. Kanter, MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Raynard S. Kington, MD, MBA, PhD, Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa
James L. Madara, MD, American Medical Association, Chicago, Illinois
Claire Pomeroy, MD, MBA, UC Davis Health System University of California, Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, California

Nathan S. Davis, MD (1883-1888)
John B. Hamilton, MD (1889, 1893-1898)
John H. Hollister, MD (1889-1891)
James C. Culbertson, MD (1891-1893)
Truman W. Miller, MD (1899)
George H. Simmons, MD (1899-1924)
Morris Fishbein, MD (1924-1949)
Austin Smith, MD (1949-1958)
Johnson F. Hammond, MD (1958-1959)
John H. Talbott, MD (1959-1969)
Hugh H. Hussey, MD (1970-1973)
Robert H. Moser, MD (1973-1975)
William R. Barclay, MD (1975-1982)
George D. Lundberg, MD (1982-1999)
Catherine D. DeAngelis, MD, MPH (2000-2011), Editor in Chief Emerita

Senior Vice President and Publisher, Periodical Publications
Elizabeth A. Jones

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Executive Vice President, Chief Executive Officer: James L. Madara, MD
Chief Operating Officer: Bernard L. Hengesbaugh
President: Peter W. Carmel, MD
President-Elect: Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD
Immediate Past President: Cecil B. Wilson, MD
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Trustees: Joseph P. Annis, MD; David O. Barbe, MD, MHA; Peter W. Carmel, MD; Alexander Ding, MD; Andrew W. Gurman, MD; Patrice A. Harris, MD; Ardis D. Hoven (immediate past chair), MD; Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD; Barbara L. McAneny, MD; Mary Anne McCaffree, MD; Albert J. Osbahr, III, MD; Stephen R. Permut, MD, JD; Carl A. Sirio, MD; Steven J. Stack (chair-elect), MD; Georgia A. Tuttle, MD; Jordan M. VanLare; Robert M. Wah (chair), MD; Monica C. Wehby, MD




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