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JAMA. 2005;293(8):900. doi:10.1001/jama.293.8.900.
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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, well-documented, peer-reviewed articles on a diverse range of medical topics

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

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

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

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

  7. To anticipate important issues and trends in medicine and health care

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

  9. 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

  10. 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: Robert M. Golub, MD, Ronna Henry Siegel, MD
Contributing Editors: Helene M. Cole, MD, Thomas B. Cole, MD, MPH, David S. Cooper, MD, David R. Flum, MD, MPH, Michael S. Lauer, 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 Ringold, MD
Medical News & Perspectives: Joan Stephenson, PhD (editor); Tracy Hampton, PhD, Mike Mitka (senior staff writers); Bridget M. Kuehn (staff writer); Rebecca Voelker (contributing editor)
Assistant Editors: Kristen M. Quaranta, Jennifer Reiling
Executive Assistant to the Editor: Marla A. Hall
Administrative Assistant: Delia Rico
Editorial Graphics: Cassio Lynm (senior medical illustrator), Tiffany J. Glass (medical illustrator), Hamlet Theodore (editorial assistant)
Electronic Media: Michelle Kurzynski (director); Erin Giannini, Peter Kim (associate Web editors); Nadine Siewnarine (Web office manager)
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, Esmeralda Velasco
Editorial Processing Division: Cheryl Iverson (director); Paul Frank, Monica Mungle (editorial systems managers); J. D. Neff (associate editorial systems developer)
Manuscript Editing: Stacy L. Christiansen (director); Coleen Adamson, Susan R. Benner, Joy K. Jaeger, Phil Sefton, Heather A. Shebel, Beverly Stewart (senior manuscript editors); Kim S. P. Campbell; Laura King, Cara Wallace (freelance manuscript editors)
JAMA/Archives Media Relations: Jann Ingmire (director); Laura Adamczyk, Jeanne Galatzer-Levy, Jim Michalski


Daniel M. Albert, MD, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, Wis
Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Boston, Mass
Cyril Chantler, MD, FRCP, London, United Kingdom
Joseph T. Coyle, MD, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass
Pierre Durieux, MD, MPH, Université Paris 6, Paris, France
Ronald G. Evens, MD, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St Louis, Mo
Julie Freischlag, MD Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Baltimore, Md
Philip Greenland, MD, The Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill
Michael M. 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
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ
Joseph K. Lim, MD, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, Calif
Donald A. B. Lindberg, MD, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Md
C. David Naylor, MD, DPhil, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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
June K. Robinson, MD, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
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
Eugeniu Pascal Ciofu, MD, PhD,JAMA—Romania
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
Hiromasa Ishii, MD,JAMA—Japan
Evin Kantemir, MD,JAMA—Turkey
Li Chengyi, MD,JAMA—China
Guillermo E. Ruiz Velasco y Aranzolo, MD,JAMA—Mexico
Helena Saldanha, PhyD,JAMA—Portugal
Ivan Vidmar, MD,JAMA—Slovenia
Jíbrí Widimský, MUDr, DrSc,JAMA—Czech/Slovak


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President: John C. Nelson, MD, MPH
President-Elect: J. Edward Hill, MD
Immediate Past President: Donald J. Palmisano, MD, JD
Secretary-Treasurer: John H. Armstrong, MD
Speaker, House of Delegates: Nancy J. Nielsen, MD, PhD
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Trustees: Herman I. Abromowitz, MD; John H. Armstrong, MD; Duane M. Cady, MD (chair-elect); Peter W. Carmel, MD; Ronald M. Davis, MD; William A. Hazel, Jr, MD; Cyril M. Hetsko, MD; Joseph M. Heyman, MD; J. Edward Hill, MD; Edward L. Langston, MD; Matthew C. Lawyer, JD; Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD; Robert R. McMillan; John C. Nelson, MD, MPH; Nancy H. Neilsen, MD, PhD; Donald J. Palmisano, MD, JD; Rebecca J. Patchin, MD; William G. Plested III, MD; Kevin C. Reilly, Sr, MD; J. James Rohack, MD (chair); Cecil B. Wilson, MD


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