Catherine DeAngelis, M.D., announced that she will leave her post as editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association on June 30, 2011, and will head to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, where she will develop a Center for Professionalism in Medicine and the Related Professions. DeAngelis, 70, was the vice dean for academic affairs and faculty at Johns Hopkins and received her pediatric training there, too, after receiving her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She also has a master's degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. "I'm going to return to my academic home," DeAngelis says in a news video posted on the AMA website, adding that the center for professionalism will study the ethics of medicine, nursing and public health as well as healthcare business and law. "That's going to be pretty exciting." DeAngelis was named the top editor at JAMA in 2000 after working for six years as editor of another AMA journal, the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. DeAngelis replaced George Lundberg, M.D., who was dismissed by the AMA on Jan. 15, 1999, for "inappropriately and inexcusably" interjecting JAMA into the debate over President Bill Clinton's impeachment by publishing a report on American opinions on sex from Indiana University-Bloomington's Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, according to an article in the Feb. 3, 1999, edition of JAMA. In her current position, DeAngelis also oversees publication of the AMA's nine Archives specialty journals. As editor, DeAngelis instituted a policy requiring that reports on industry-sponsored clinical trials be reviewed by an independent academic statistician before the manuscript would be published, according to a news release. "Whatever else, people know that—to the best of all our abilities—integrity is No. 1," DeAngelis says in the video. "And so we do our darnedest to make sure that what people read in JAMA is the truth." The Russell Reynolds Associates executive recruiting firm will assist a search committee in finding a new editor. The panel will be led by Ronald Evens, M.D., a member of the JAMA editorial board and the director of special projects at Washington University School of Medicine's Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology in St. Louis. In a news video, Michael Maves, M.D., executive vice president and CEO of the AMA, said he expects "world-class scientists" to apply for the post. "We really do regard JAMA as the jewel of the AMA," Maves said. "We really have been fortunate to have Dr. DeAngelis as our editor-in-chief over the past 12 years."
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