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JAMA Masthead
June 22 2011

About This Journal

JAMA. 2011;305(24):2495-2496. doi:10.1001/jama.305.24.2495
The Key and Critical Objectives of JAMA

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 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, Gianna Zuccotti, MD, MPH
Statistical Editor: Naomi Vaisrub, PhD
Associate Editor: Charlene Breedlove
Fishbein Fellow: Ryszard M. Pluta, MD, PhD
Contributing Writers: Robert H. Brook, MD, ScD, Christine K. Cassel, MD, Frank F. Davidoff, MD, Allan S. Detsky, MD, PhD, Lawrence O. Gostin, JD, LLD, Jeffrey P. Koplan, MD, MPH, David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD, Howard Markel, MD, PhD, Steven E. Nissen, MD, Bruce M. Psaty, MD, PhD, Stephen M. Shortell, 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, Meredith Matthews, Cassie Brasseur


Daniel M. Albert, MD, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, Wisconsin
Editor, Archives of Ophthalmology
Philip Cagle, MD, The Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas
Cyril Chantler, MD, FRCP, London, United Kingdom
Joseph T. Coyle, MD, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
Editor, Archives of General Psychiatry
Laura K. DeLong, MD, MPH, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
Ronald G. Evens, MD, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri
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
Robert P. Kelch, MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Wayne F. Larrabee Jr, MD, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
Editor, Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, New Jersey
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
June E. Osborn, MD, Josiah Macy, Jr Foundation, President Emerita, Falls Church, Virginia
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
Povl Riis, MD, DSCI, DHC, Professor of Medicine, Copenhagen, Denmark
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
Roger N. Rosenberg, MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
Editor, Archives of Neurology


Jordan J. Cohen, MD (chair), George Washington University, Washington, DC
Kent R. Anderson,Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery , Needham, Massachusetts
Karen Antman, MD, Boston University, School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
Bernard L. Hengesbaugh, American Medical Association, Chicago, Illinois
Steven L. Kanter, MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Olufunmilayo Olopade, MD, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
Edward H. Shortliffe, MD, PhD, American Medical Informatics Association, Bethesda, Maryland


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)


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

Staff: Monica Smith


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Directors: Karen Adams-Taylor, Marilena Conforti, Ryan Patella, Sue Sherrill, Brian Shields
Managers: David Antos, Nicole Bossert, Suzanne J. Bukovsky, Debbie Camp, Lydia Cruz, Diane Darnell, Karl Elvin, Mary Ellen Johnston, Michael McGraw, Chris Meyer, Sean O’Donnell, Sean Ohlson, Phil O'Leary, Susan Price, Stacy Tucker
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Executive Vice President, Chief Executive Officer: Michael D. Maves, MD, MBA
Chief Operating Officer: Bernard L. Hengesbaugh
President: Cecil B. Wilson, MD
President-Elect: Peter W. Carmel, MD
Immediate Past President: J. James Rohack, MD
Secretary: Steven J. Stack, MD
Speaker, House of Delegates: Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD
Vice-Speaker, House of Delegates: Andrew W. Gurman, MD
Trustees: Raj S. Ambay, MD, DDS; Joseph P. Annis, MD; David O. Barbe, MD, MHA; Peter W. Carmel, MD; William A. Dolan, MD; Andrew W. Gurman, MD; Cyril M. Hetsko, MD; Ardis D. Hoven, MD (chair); Christopher K. Kay; Edward L. Langston, MD; Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD; Barbara L. McAneny, MD; Mary Anne McCaffree, MD; Rebecca J. Patchin, MD (immediate past chair); Stephen R. Permut, MD, JD; J. James Rohack, MD; Carl A. Sirio, MD; Steven J. Stack, MD; Robert M. Wah (chair-elect), MD; Meredith C. Williams; Cecil B. Wilson, MD