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JAMA. 2003;289(17):2176. doi:JSL0507.
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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 publish original, important, well-documented, peer-reviewed clinical and laboratory articles on a diverse range of medical topics

  2. To provide physicians with continuing education in basic and clinical science to support informed clinical decisions

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

  4. To improve public health internationally by elevating the quality of medical care, disease prevention, and research provided by an informed readership

  5. To foster responsible and balanced debate on controversial issues that affect medicine and health care

  6. To forecast important issues and trends in medicine and health care

  7. To inform readers about nonclinical 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, THE JOURNAL 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


Catherine D. DeAngelis, MD, MPH

Executive Deputy Editor: Phil B. Fontanarosa, MD
Deputy Editors: Richard M. Glass, MD, Drummond Rennie, MD, Margaret A. Winker, MD
Senior Contributing Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD
Managing Senior Editor: Annette Flanagin
Senior Editors: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Ronna Henry Siegel, MD
Contributing Editors: Helene M. Cole, MD, Thomas B. Cole, MD, MPH, David S. Cooper, MD, Michael S. Lauer, MD, Wendy Levinson, MD, David H. Mark, MD, MPH, Robert A. McNutt, MD, Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Boris Pasche, MD, PhD, Jeanette M. Smith, MD, Janet M. Torpy, MD, Jody W. Zylke, MD
Consulting Editor: Deborah J. Cook, MD
Statistical Editor: Naomi Vaisrub, PhD
Associate Editors: Charlene Breedlove, Roxanne K. Young
Fishbein Fellow: Sarah Pressman Lovinger, MD
Medical News & Perspectives: Joan Stephenson, PhD (editor); Mike Mitka, Brian Vastag (associate editors); Rebecca Voelker (contributing editor)
Assistant Editors: Jennifer Reiling, Juliana M. Walker
MSJAMA: Jane van Dis, Stuart P. Weisberg (editors)
Assistant to the Editor: Marla A. Hall
Administrative Assistant: Delia Rico
Medical Illustrator: Cassio Lynm
Electronic Media: Michelle Kurzynski (director); Katherine Behar, Erin Giannini (associate Web editors)
Editorial Systems and Administration: Elaine Williams (director); Gale Saulsberry (database specialist); Lenette Gardner-Gullens (electronic input supervisor); Fanny L. Brown, Celina Canchola (electronic input specialists)
Staff Assistant: Gloria Tate
Editorial Assistants: Mary Cannon, Susan Collister, Carmina Conley, Dawn Cortez, Audrey Forman, Gwenn Gregg, Lisa Hardin, Mary Ann Lilly, Rachell M. Lozano, Rosa E. Miranda, Lupe Morales, Ethel Pinkston, Kenny Stewart, Esmeralda Velasco
Editorial Processing Division: Cheryl Iverson (director); Paul Frank, Monica Mungle (editorial systems managers); J. D. Neff (associate editorial systems developer)
Copyediting: Stacy L. Christiansen (director); Joy K. Jaeger (abstracts editor); Coleen Adamson, Susan R. Benner, Phil Sefton, Beverly Stewart (senior copy editors); Jennifer L. Reddy, Heather A. Shebel
JAMA/Archives Media Relations: Jann Ingmire (director); Jim Michalski, Sharon Parmet


Daniel M. Albert, MD, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, Wis
Kenneth A. Arndt, MD, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass
H. David Banta, MD, The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research, Leiden, the Netherlands
Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Boston, Mass
Robert J. Blendon, ScD, Harvard University, Boston, Mass
Marjorie A. Bowman, MD, MPA, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, Pa
Cyril Chantler, MD, FRCP, London, United Kingdom
Joseph T. Coyle, MD, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass
James E. Dalen, MD, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, Ariz
Pierre Durieux, MD, MPH, Université Paris, 6 Paris, France
Ronald G. Evens, MD, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St Louis, Mo
Michael E. Johns, MD, Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University, Atlanta, Ga
Colin I. Johnston, MB, BS, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Mary-Claire King, PhD, University of Washington, Seattle, Wash
Wayne F. Larrabee, Jr, MD, University of Washington, Seattle, Wash
Joseph K. Lim, MD, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, Calif
Donald A. B. Lindberg, MD, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Md
Kenneth D. McClatchey, MD, DDS, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Ill
C. David Naylor, MD, DPhil, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Claude H. Organ, Jr, MD, University of California–San Francisco, East Bay, Oakland, Calif
June E. Osborn, MD, Josiah Macy, Jr Foundation, New York, NY
Edmund D. Pellegrino, MD, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Uwe E. Reinhardt, PhD, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Povl Riis, MD, DSCI, DHC, Professor of Medicine, Copenhagen, Denmark
Frederick P. Rivara, MD, MPH, University of Washington, Seattle, Wash
William L. Roper, MD, MPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Roger N. Rosenberg, MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Tex
Masaaki Terada, MD, National Cancer Center, Tokyo, Japan


Bassel Atallah, MD,JAMA—Middle East
Pierre Durieux, MD, MPH,JAMA—Français
Csaba Farsang, MD, DSc,JAMA—Hungary
Igor Francetic, MD, PhD,JAMA—Croatia
Evarist Feliu Frasnedo, MD,JAMA—Spain
Zbigniew A. Gaciong, MD, PhD,JAMA—Poland
Carla Gikovate, MD, MSc,JAMA—Brazil
Hiromasa Ishii, MD,JAMA—Japan
Evin Kantemir, MD,JAMA—Turkey
Li Chengyi, MD,JAMA—China
Guillermo E. Ruiz Velasco y Aranzolo, MD,JAMA—Mexico
Ivan Vidmar, MD,JAMA—Slovenia
Jiří Widimský, MUDr, DrSc,JAMA—Czech/Slovak


Group Publisher: Nawin Gupta, PhD
VP Office Staff: James Clinton, Geoffrey Flick, Terri Hanley, Maureen Archey, Anna Goins

International Business and Development
Director: William Fox
Staff: Norman Frankel, PhD, Rhonda Bailey, Millette Jackson-Bates

Online Business and CME
Publisher: Bonnie Chi-Lum, MD, MPH

Circulation and Classified Advertising Sales
Director: Curt Reilly
Managers: Vida Damijonaitis, Kim Krebs, Thalia Moss
Staff: Kathy Braun, Ana Dirksen, Sandra Garzon, Christine Hearne, Amy Postlewait, Trina Rizzo, Barbara Van Wagner

Advertising Sales and Marketing
Director: Peter J. Murphy
Advertising Sales: Stuart H. Williams (director)
Sales Representatives: Jeffery J. Bonistalli, Susan J. Carollo, Nancy E. Souza
Marketing Services: Kathleen Hiltz (manager), Dennis Sammartino
Staff: Susan Lovenberg, Victoria Anne Acot, Mirna Monal, Debra Ann Sardo

Director: Mark Kuhns
Staff: Wanda Bartolotta, Joseph Rekash

Publishing Operations Division
Division Director: Vanessa Hayden
Directors: Karen Adams-Taylor, Paul Gasiecki, Sue Sherrill
Managers: David Antos, Karen Branham, Debbie Camp, Diane Darnell, Karl Elvin, Betty Frigerio, Linda Gardner, Mary Ellen Johnston, Mark Matura, Michael McGraw, Phil O'Leary, Susan Price, Charl Richey, Alfred Tomaselli, Carmela Ware
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Circulation Processing: Bernadette Bauer, Julie Burton, Rosa Eng, Felicia Kyles, Lawrence Majkszak, Kathryn Osten
Composition and New Media: Rebecca Aiken, Clifford O. Barrett, Gail Barrett, Regina Brownlee, Brenda Chandler-Grayer, Rowena F. Dagang, Amy Evers, Mary Ann Kuranda, Sandra Lopez, John Marcinek, Bruce McGregor, La'son Diggs Sledge, Angela Smits
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Proofreading: Carol Joy Farrell, Daniel James, Judith A. Literskis, Teresa H. Omiotek, Barbara Wojtowicz, Agnes A. Zarkadas


Executive Vice President, Chief Executive Officer: Michael D. Maves, MD, MBA
Senior Vice President, Publishing and Business Services: Robert A. Musacchio, PhD
President: Yank D. Coble, Jr, MD
President-Elect: Donald J. Palmisano, MD, JD
Immediate Past President: Richard F. Corlin, MD
Speaker, House of Delegates: John A. Knote, MD
Vice-Speaker, House of Delegates: Nancy H. Nielsen, MD, PhD
Trustees: J. Edward Hill, MD (chair); William G. Plested III, MD (chair-elect); Herman I. Abromowitz, MD; John H. Armstrong, MD (young physician); Duane M. Cady, MD; Peter W. Carmel, MD; Ronald M. Davis, MD; Timothy T. Flaherty, MD; Joseph M. Heyman, MD; Robert R. McMillan, JD (public board member); John C. Nelson, MD; Joseph A. Riggs, MD; J. James Rohack, MD; David A. Rosman (student); Peter Y. Watson, MD (resident); Cecil B. Wilson, MD


Joshua Lederberg, PhD (chair); Christine K. Cassel, MD; David A. Kessler, MD, JD; Robert A. Musacchio, PhD; William M. Passano, Jr; Roy M. Pitkin, MD; Kenneth I. Shine, MD




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