The Board of Trustees of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery is very happy to introduce, to our readers, our new CEO/Publisher and our new Editor-in-Chief. Last year, the Trustees made the major strategic decision to separate the CEO/Editor-in-Chief position into two positions: CEO/Publisher and Editor-in-Chief. At this time of extraordinary change in publishing, the Trustees determined that The Journal would be best served by providing clarity of focus for The Journal's dual imperatives of maintaining editorial excellence and integrity while successfully transitioning to a new era in medical publishing.
The CEO/Publisher is expected to lead The Journal into an era of continuously improving operations and service together with innovation in the ways in which The Journal's content is accessed and utilized, including print and electronic offerings. The Editor-in-Chief is expected to lead The Journal into an era of sustained commitment to editorial excellence, improving the visibility and content of The Journal while continuing with innovation in the ways in which The Journal's content is accessed and utilized. The two will work together to ensure continuity for The Journal as an extraordinary international professional resource at a time of uncertainty in publishing.
Kent R. Anderson is our CEO/Publisher. He comes to us from The New England Journal of Medicine, where he worked as Publishing Director and an Executive Director for the past ten years. Kent has spent almost his entire career in medical publishing and is a member and leader in numerous publishers' professional organizations. He founded a daily blog entitled "The Scholarly Kitchen" and has served on the Board of Directors of the Society for Scholarly Publishing.
Vernon T. Tolo, MD, our new Editor-in-Chief, is well known to our readers and needs no introduction. Vern is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, a former member of The Journal's Board of Trustees, a Deputy Editor, and a long-term contributor to The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. He recently retired from his administrative position at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, where he served as Director of the Children's Orthopaedic Center and the John C. Wilson, Jr. Professor. Vern continues to be in active practice with an emphasis on spine deformities. He was elected President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in 2002.
James D. Heckman, MD: The Trustees would also like to publicly thank James D. Heckman, MD, for his outstanding leadership as CEO/Editor-in-Chief for the past ten years. Jim has remained active at The Journal as Consulting Editor during this transition period for The Journal. We are extremely grateful.