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New JAMA editor says she will focus on communication, diversity, and health equity

BMJ 2022; 378 doi: (Published 22 September 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;378:o2295
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

The new editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, has said she will emphasise communication, diversity, and equity among authors, reviewers, and editors to improve public health.

Bibbins-Domingo became the journal’s 17th editor on 1 July and the second woman and first person of colour to lead the journal in its 139 year history.1 She took over after a controversy about a podcast on racism in medicine that led to the resignation of JAMA’s previous editor in chief, Howard Bauchner, last year.2 She is on leave from her position as professor of epidemiology, biostatistics, and medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where she has spent her entire career. She will now oversee JAMA and its 13 specialty journals.

In an online interview with the health news website STAT Bibbins-Domingo described herself as a “science data nerd” who had excellent mentors, including the Nobel laureate Harold Varmus, in whose laboratory she earned her doctoral degree before she went on to receive an MD and master of applied …

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