Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, a physician-scholar from the University of California, San Francisco, has been named the next editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association. She is the first person of color to lead the medical journal and only the second woman to serve as editor-in-chief, AMA Chief Communications Officer Rodrigo Sierra said during a press conference today.
Bibbins-Domingo will take the reins on July 1. The last permanent editor, Howard Bauchner, left the position following a controversy over a podcast and associated tweet that called into question the existence of systemic racism in the medical profession. Dr. Phil Fontanarosa has served as interim editor-in-chief since March 2021.
Bibbins-Domingo co-founded the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and is the Lee Goldman, M.D. Endowed Professor of Medicine and chair of the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the UCSF School of Medicine.
“As a physician, scholar and leader, she has focused on health equity, on cardiovascular disease prevention—top priorities for the AMA—and more recently on COVID-19. I am confident Dr. Bibbins-Domingo—with her remarkable professional background ranging from basic science to an array of scholarly approaches to clinical studies—will effectively advance JAMA’s mission that accelerates clinical research into practice at this critical time in health care in the U.S. and in global public health,” AMA CEO and Executive Vice President Dr. James L. Madara said in a statement.