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MED Prof to Lead Journal

Howard Bauchner to edit AMA’s influential publication

| From Commonwealth | By Rich Barlow

Howard Bauchner, a 25-year veteran of the School of Medicine, will take a leave of absence to head the Chicago-based Journal of the American Medical Association. Photo courtesy of Howard Bauchner

Howard Bauchner, a 25-year veteran of the School of Medicine, has been named the new editor in chief of the 128-year-old Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Bauchner (MED’79) succeeds friend and fellow pediatrician Catherine DeAngelis, the journal’s first woman editor. JAMA is based in Chicago, so Bauchner is taking a leave of absence, retaining his title as a MED professor of pediatrics.

“It’s truly an honor and a privilege to direct JAMA,” Bauchner says. From the Gilded Age to the Internet Age, JAMA has been the scholarly flagship of one of the most influential professional groups in the country. Published continuously since 1883, the magazine bills itself as “the most widely circulated medical journal in the world.”

In selecting Bauchner as editor, JAMA has chosen a physician whose résumé brims with editorial experience. He is currently the first U.S.-based editor in chief of the British Archives of Disease in Childhood, published by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. He is a member of the editorial boards of several publications, and author of more than 125 papers.

He plans “intelligent innovation” at JAMA, by updating its website and print presentations and bringing in new columnists to provide “provocative content.”

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