The American Medical Association (AMA) didn't have to look far to find a new editor-in-chief for its flagship journal. The association today announced that Catherine D. De Angelis, editor-in-chief of AMA's Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, will take the reins of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
Last January, the association fired longtime JAMA editor-in-chief George Lundberg, who had been accused of threatening the journal's "integrity" for publishing a report detailing a survey of college students' attitudes about sex at a critical time during the congressional debate about whether to impeach President Clinton (ScienceNOW, 15 January ). Rival medical journals widely denounced the ouster (Science, 5 February, p. 787 ).
De Angelis, vice dean for academic affairs and faculty and a pediatrics professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, is the first woman to hold the top position at JAMA in its 116-year history. Lundberg, meanwhile, has since resurfaced as editor-in-chief of the medical Web site Medscape .