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AMA Journal To Name New Editor

October 8, 1999

CHICAGO (AP) _ The American Medical Association was set to name a new editor of its influential journal, and speculation Thursday centered on Dr. Catherine D. DeAngelis, a dean at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.

Two sources speaking on condition of anonymity said they had been told DeAngelis would be named editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, succeeding Dr. George Lundberg, whose firing in January provoked a controversy over the journal’s editorial independence. One of the sources has close ties to the AMA; the other is a leading figure in medical journalism.

The AMA announced Thursday that JAMA’s new editor would be introduced at a news conference Friday afternoon in New York.

DeAngelis is the editor of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, published by the AMA, as well as a member of JAMA’s editorial board. Reached Thursday at her office at Johns Hopkins, where she is dean of academic affairs and faculty, she declined to confirm her selection.

``I can’t comment,″ she said. ``There is a news conference tomorrow in New York.″

JAMA has been run by interim coeditors since Lundberg’s firing. He was dismissed after publishing in JAMA a survey of college students’ sexual attitudes that coincided with President Clinton’s impeachment trial. AMA executive vice president Dr. E. Ratcliffe Anderson felt Lundberg inappropriately injected the organization into a political debate.

The journal has since created a board to serve as a buffer between the editor in chief and the organization’s management.

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