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JAMA Masthead
April 23 2008

About This Journal

JAMA. 2008;299(16):1869-1870. doi:10.1001/jama.299.16.1869

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

Editorial staff

Catherine D. DeAngelis, MD, MPH

Executive Deputy Editor: Phil B. Fontanarosa, MD, MBA
Deputy Editors: Richard M. Glass, MD, Drummond Rennie, MD, Margaret A. Winker, MD
Managing Deputy Editor: Annette Flanagin
Senior Contributing Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD
Senior Editors: Robert M. Golub, MD, Ronna Henry Siegel, MD
Contributing Editors: Derek C. Angus, MD, MPH, Helene M. Cole, MD, Thomas B. Cole, MD, MPH, David S. Cooper, MD, David R. Flum, MD, MPH, J. Michael Gaziano, MD, MPH, David H. Mark, MD, MPH, Mary M. 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, Jody W. Zylke, MD
Statistical Editor: Naomi Vaisrub, PhD
Associate Editors: Charlene Breedlove, Roxanne K. Young
Contributing Writers: Thomas F. Boat, MD, Christine K. Cassel, MD, Allan S. Detsky, MD, PhD, Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD, Lawrence O. Gostin, JD, LLD, Kevin Grumbach, MD, David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD, Howard Markel, MD, PhD, Bruce M. Psaty, MD, PhD, Stephen M. Shortell, PhD, Steven H. Woolf, MD, MPH
Medical News & Perspectives: Joan Stephenson, PhD (editor); Tracy Hampton, PhD, Bridget M. Kuehn, Mike Mitka (senior staff writers); Rebecca Voelker
Editorial Graphics: Cassio Lynm (senior medical illustrator), Alison E. Burke (medical illustrator), David Song (editorial assistant)
Assistant Editors: Kristen M. Quaranta, Jennifer Reiling
Executive Assistant to the Editor: Marla A. Hall
Staff Assistants: Gloria Tate, Deanna M. Willis
Manuscript Editing: Stacy L. Christiansen (director); Coleen Adamson, Joy K. Jaeger, Phil Sefton, Heather A. Shebel, Beverly Stewart (senior manuscript editors); Kim S. P. Campbell, Kristine B. Simmons; Jennifer Reddy, Cara Wallace (freelance manuscript editors)
Scientific Online Resources: Michelle Kurzynski (director, electronic media); Christopher Hastings, Peter Kim (associate Web editors); Reuben Rios (Web administrative assistant)
Editorial Assistants: Mary Cannon, Susan Collister, Carmina Conley, Dawn Cortez, Cheryl Dixon, Audrey Forman, Gwenn Gregg, Lisa Hardin, Rachell M. Lozano, Rosa E. Miranda, Lupe Morales, Ethel Pinkston
Workflow and Content Management System: Larry Bryant (director)
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)
Editorial Processing Division: Cheryl Iverson (director); Paul Frank, Monica Mungle (editorial systems managers); J. D. Neff (associate editorial systems developer)
Editorial Counsel: Joseph P. Thornton, JD
Survey Research Specialist: Joseph S. Wislar
JAMA/Archives Media Relations: Jann Ingmire (director); Jim Michalski, Cindy Kuzma, Daisy Franco
Editors of International Editions: Bassel Atallah, MD, Middle East; Eugeniu Pascal Ciofu, MD, PhD, Romania; Csaba Farsang, MD, DSc, Hungary; Igor Francetic, MD, PhD, Croatia; Evin Kantemir, MD, Turkey; Li Chengyi, MD, China; Ivan Málek, MD, PhD, Czech Republic; Aleksander N. Neskovic, MD, PhD, Serbia and Montenegro; Ivan Vidmar, MD, Slovenia

Editorial board

Daniel M. Albert, MD, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, Wisconsin
Editor, Archives of Ophthalmology
Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Boston, Massachusetts
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
Pierre Durieux, MD, MPH, Université Paris 6, Paris, France
Ronald G. Evens, MD, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St Louis, Missouri
Julie Freischlag, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
Editor, Archives of Surgery
Philip Greenland, MD, The Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
Editor, Archives of Internal Medicine
Michael M. E. Johns, MD, Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
Mary-Claire King, PhD, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
Wayne F. Larrabee Jr, MD, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
Editor, Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery
Paul A. Levine, MD, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
Editor, Archives of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, New Jersey
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
Uwe E. Reinhardt, PhD, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
Povl Riis, MD, DSCI, DHC, Professor of Medicine, Copenhagen, Denmark
Sarah Ringold, MD, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
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
William L. Roper, MD, MPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Roger N. Rosenberg, MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
Editor, Archives of Neurology
Ph. Gabriel Steg, MD, Hôpital Bichat-Claude Bernard, Paris, France
Editor, JAMA-Français

Journal oversight committee

Frank F. Davidoff, MD (chair), Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Wethersfield, Connecticut
Kathleen Case, American Association for Cancer Research, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jordan J. Cohen, MD, Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington, DC
Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, Institute of Medicine, Washington, DC
Robert A. Musacchio, PhD, American Medical Association, Chicago, Illinois
Olufunmilayo Olopade, MD, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
Vivian W. Pinn, MD, Office of Research on Women’s Health, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

Former editors

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)

Publishing and business staff

Robert A. Musacchio, PhD

Advertising sales and marketing

Division Director: Jeffery J. Bonistalli
Phone: (312) 464-2551
Manager: Kathy Russell
Staff: Mirna Monal, Jennifer Seminerio
Sales Representatives:
Susan J. Carollo
Phone: (973) 263-9191 ext 208
Maureen A. Reichert
Phone: (973) 263-9191 ext 226
Nancy E. Souza
Phone: (973) 263-9191 ext 209
Advertising Sales, Marketing and Research
Director: Mark Thornbury
Phone: (973) 263-9191 ext 212
Staff: Tricia Leonardis
Phone: (973) 263-9191 ext 214
Reprint Communications
Director: Mark Kuhns
Phone: (312) 464-0776
Sales Representative:
Susan Lovenberg
Phone: (973) 263-9191 ext 218
Classified Advertising/Circulation Promotion
Assistant Publisher, Director: Geoffrey Flick
Phone: (312) 464-2464
Sales Manager: Thalia Moss
Phone: (312) 464-4169
Staff: Michelle Sharpe
Sales Representatives:
Tem Harrier
Phone: (312) 464-2491
Kim Jenkins
Phone: (312) 464-2490
Allison Kruse
Phone: (312) 464-4486

Journal sales and online business

Division Director: Richard W. Newman
Phone: (312) 464-2510
Worldwide Sales
Director: Vida Damijonaitis
Phone: +1 (312) 464-4766
Regional Managers:
Silvana Benzoni, Europe/Middle East/Africa
Phone: +1 (312) 464-2543
Saskia Bolore, Americas
Phone: +1 (312) 464-4371
Jeremy Nielsen, Asia/Pacific
Phone: +1 (312) 464-2449
Sales Representatives:
Rebecca Haas
Phone: +1 (312) 464-2452
Christine Hearne
Phone: +1 (312) 464-2524
Marketing and Product Development
Director: Michael T. Clarke
Manager: Elizabeth Solaro
Staff: Sara Nicholson, Millette Jackson-Bates
Online Journal Publishing
Director: Julie Harrington
Phone: (312) 464-4838
Online Advertising Sales Representative: R. J. Lewis, E-Healthcaresolutions
Phone: (609) 882-8887

Publishing operations

Division Director: Vanessa Hayden
Directors: Karen Adams-Taylor, Sue Sherrill
Managers: David Antos, Karen Branham, Suzanne J. Bukovsky, Debbie Camp, Susan Chiara, Diane Darnell, Susana Eloy de Vitale, Karl Elvin, Mary Ellen Johnston, Michael McGraw, Chris Meyer, Sean O’Donnell, Sean Ohlson, Phil O'Leary, Ryan Patella, Susan Price, Stacy Tucker
Advertising and Production Services: Karen Allbright, Bernadette Bauer, Rhonda Bailey Brown, Anna Goins, Terri Hanley, Euwanaha Joiner-Smith, Brian McCartney, Noemi Olmo, John Pantlind, Cindy Rendlen, Denise Steinhauser, Ellen Yoshihara
Circulation Services: Julie Burton, Michael Deegan, Rosa Eng, Donovan Hanson, Felicia Kyles, Kathryn Osten
Composition and New Media: Gail Barrett, Regina Brownlee, Brenda Chandler-Grayer, Scott Curl, Amy Evers, Teri Hutchison, Mary Ann Kuranda, Joshua Lampinen, Patricia E. Panek, La'son Diggs Sledge, George Thomson
Graphics: Joe Amft, Maria Duda, Fred Furtner, Carolyn Hall, Maria Kowalkowski, JoAnne Weiskopf
Proofreading: Carol Joy Farrell, Daniel James, Judith A. Literskis, Teresa H. Omiotek, Barbara Wojtowicz, Agnes A. Zarkadas

Ama executives and trustees

Executive Vice President, Chief Executive Officer: Michael D. Maves, MD, MBA
Chief Operating Officer: Bernard L. Hengesbaugh
Senior Vice President, Publishing and Business Services: Robert A. Musacchio, PhD
President: Ronald M. Davis, MD
President-Elect: Nancy H. Nielsen, MD, PhD
Immediate Past President: William G. Plested III, MD
Secretary: William A. Hazel Jr, MD
Speaker, House of Delegates: Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD
Vice-Speaker, House of Delegates: Andrew W. Gurman, MD
Trustees: Joseph P. Annis, MD; Peter W. Carmel, MD; Ronald M. Davis, MD; Chris M. DeRienzo; William A. Dolan, MD; Andrew W. Gurman, MD; William A. Hazel Jr, MD; Cyril M. Hetsko, MD; Joseph M. Heyman, MD; Ardis D. Hoven, MD; Edward L. Langston, MD (chair); Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD; Robert R. McMillan; Nancy H. Nielsen, MD, PhD; Rebecca J. Patchin, MD; William G. Plested III, MD; J. James Rohack, MD; Samantha L. Rosman, MD; Steven J. Stack, MD; Robert M. Wah, MD; Cecil B. Wilson, MD