The American Medical Association has announced that Dr. Howard Bauchner will step down as editor-in-chief of JAMA and JAMA Network™, effective June 30, 2021. Dr. Bauchner had been on administrative leave while a review of a JAMA podcast and tweet about structural racism in medicine was in process.
During Dr. Bauchner’s leadership of JAMA, the Archives journals were renamed, four new journals—JAMA Oncology (2015), JAMA Cardiology (2016), JAMA Network Open (2018) and JAMA Health Forum (2021)—were also launched. Both the journals and the website were also redesigned. Under his editorship the journals embraced social media, with followers of JAMA increasing from about 15,000 in 2011 to over 1,000,000 in 2021. Podcasts, videos, and new, shorter article types became part of the daily offerings. Views of content for JAMA reached a record high in 2020, with over 100M downloads of content, 5M listens of its podcasts, and 16M views of its videos.
JAMA Executive Editor Dr. Phil Fontanarosa will serve as interim editor-in-chief until a new editor is appointed.
The AMA has begun to form a search committee to start the process of appointing a new editor-in-chief. The chair of this committee will be Dr. Otis Brawley, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Oncology and Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University. He served as chief medical and scientific officer and executive vice president of the American Cancer Society. In that capacity, Dr. Brawley twice chaired the search committee for the editor-in-chief of the journal Cancer. Other members of this committee will be named in the near future.Click here to read the original press release.