WIHI: Integrity On and Off the Page: A Discussion with JAMA’s (Departing) Editor-in-Chief

Date: June 9, 2011


  • Catherine D. DeAngelis, MD, MPH, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the American Medical Association
It's hard to imagine the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) without its editor-in-chief, Cathy DeAngelis, who will be stepping down this July. Since 2000 Dr. DeAngelis, JAMA’s first woman editor, has steered the peer-reviewed publication in important new directions and successfully brought about greater scientific integrity across the medical research and publishing industry. Because of her efforts, as a condition of publication virtually all clinical trials in the US are now listed in a public registry. JAMA won’t consider industry-funded research unless it’s been independently vetted.
Dr. DeAngelis’ principled stands, along with her interest in the narrative side of practicing medicine, as well as health policy and reforming the status quo, have all made JAMA more accessible and “required reading” for a broader audience. And her own story — which began in a coal-mining town in northeastern Pennsylvania, and has included nursing, pediatrics, and teaching — is far from over! She is now preparing to return to the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine — this time around to start a Center for Professionalism in Medicine and the Related Professions. 
WIHI host Madge Kaplan talks with Dr. DeAngelis, who shares her thoughts about the challenges facing all research scientists today, including those engaged with improvement science, and her passion for maintaining the integrity of taking care of patients.


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