Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (PCCM) has named Dr. Robert C. Tasker as its new editor-in-chief. Dr. Tasker will become the second editor-in-chief of PCCM, effective October 1, 2020, taking over for Dr. Patrick M. Kochanek who has served as editor-in-chief since 2000.
PCCM is the official journal of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies (WFPICCS). The announcement comes
after a lengthy selection process headed by both organisations. Dr. Tasker was selected based on his extensive editorial expertise and international experience. He has served as a senior associate editor for PCCM since 2018 and has been an associate editor since 2001. He has more than 20 years of experience as an editorial associate for other academic medical journals, including Intensive Care Medicine, Archives of Disease in Childhood, Critical Care, and Current Opinion in Pediatrics.
PCCM claims to be the first scientific, peer-reviewed journal to focus exclusively on pediatric critical care and critical care neonatology. Launched in July 2000, each issue offers clinical papers and scientific investigations, solicited reviews, selected abstracts translated into six languages, and various CME opportunities. Dr. Tasker will uphold the standards of PCCM, which recently reported an increased impact factor to 2.854 while also implementing new initiatives.
A longtime member of SCCM, starting after a pediatric critical care fellowship education at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Tasker most recently served as an author on the Surviving Sepsis Campaign International Guidelines for the Management of Septic Shock and Sepsis-Associated Organ Dysfunction in Children, the first comprehensive recommendations of their kind, published in the February 2020 issue of PCCM. A member of SCCM’s Pediatrics and Neuroscience specialty sections, Dr. Tasker received Presidential Citation Awards from SCCM in 2003, and 2017 to 2019.
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