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Jan/Feb 2015

Faces of ChangePassing of the Torch in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • 2Editor in chief, JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery
JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2015;17(1):7. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2014.1334

John S. Rhee, MD, MPH

It is a distinct honor and privilege to be selected as the new editor in chief for JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. It is even more special to succeed my dear friend and mentor Wayne F. Larrabee Jr, MD, the founder of this journal. During Wayne’s 15 years as editor in chief, the journal experienced a substantial transformation and significant progress. His visionary leadership and tireless dedication propelled this journal to its current state of success. Moving beyond the long list of lofty achievements, Wayne managed to achieve all of this success with his signature class, charming smile, and artistic style. I am so pleased that Wayne has agreed to continue his involvement with the journal as our international editor. His international and global health passion and deep-rooted professional and personal connections will help build and solidify our relationships and programs with our international facial plastic surgery community.

As the deputy editor of JAMAFacial Plastic Surgery for the past 5 years, I have had the wonderful opportunity to learn and grow under Wayne’s mentorship as well as under the editorial leadership of JAMA—specifically, Howard Bauchner, MD, editor in chief of JAMA and The JAMA Network, and Phil B. Fontanarosa, MD, MBA, executive editor of JAMA. Listening in on the discussions at the JAMA editorial board meetings on topics related to public policy, domestic and global health issues, and medical journal ethics and responsibilities has been enlightening and inspiring. It has been a privilege to be part of this special group; I have been readied for this position. We are fortunate to be a part of the JAMA Network Journals and family. The resources and collective intellectual capacity are unparalleled, and we are well positioned to launch the journal to the next level.

As you review the masthead, you will recognize some new names and new categories. I will highlight some of these structural changes in future editorials. I want to thank the past and outgoing members of the editorial board leadership who have been so instrumental in the success of the journal and have laid the foundation for this next great chapter in our journal’s story. I also welcome our new associate editors, editorial board members, section editors, and the international advisory board. Many of the new offerings will be from the collective creativity and work from this talented group of individuals.

So, what shall be the new direction of the journal? The mission and vision of the journal will stay true to its roots—a multispecialty journal that provides facial plastic surgeons the most accurate and innovative information available to enhance their patient’s quality of life. The strategy and actions will be different, however, because we will be introducing changes in the educational content and format—that is, more multimedia formats and shorter educational synopses. We will enhance our partnership with our specialty societies and others to create educational features that will be rich in content but also will be of a point-of-care resource for our physicians. We will also publish more Viewpoints on topics related to clinical quality, outcomes, and patient safety. Tutorials on improving research design, using appropriate outcome measures, and basic statistics will be incorporated in future issues as we continue to push our scientific community to increased scientific rigor.

Finally, and perhaps most important, the journal must include the best science of our discipline—pushing the boundaries of our current knowledge in innovation, significance, importance, and influence. The vision is for JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery to be the journal of choice for authors desiring to publish the best science—clinical and translational—of our specialty. We will be leveraging our strengths in certain areas, such as rhinoplasty (nasal form and function), but will actively seek out the best science of all the disciplines that reflect the breadth of the specialty of facial plastic surgery. In addition, we will be committed to a more efficient and rapid submission-to-publication process. Once accepted, manuscripts will be eligible to be showcased by the JAMA Network media relations team, who are well positioned to disseminate the news of our scientific community.

The future is bright for JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, and I am excited to embark on this journey with you and our newly assembled editorial team. I will provide updates in future issues as these new initiatives roll out over the next year. Thank you for your support and commitment to the journal.

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Corresponding Author: John S. Rhee, MD, MPH, Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences, MCW Clinic at Froedtert West, 9200 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53226 (jrhee@mcw.edu).

Published Online: January 2, 2015. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2014.1334.

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.