AAMC names Laura Roberts next editor-in-chief of Academic Medicine

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The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges)announced that Laura Roberts, MD, MA, has been named the next editor-in-chiefof Academic Medicine, one of its peer-reviewed, scholarly journals. She willsucceed David Sklar, MD, a distinguished professor emeritus of emergencymedicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and a senior advisorand professor at the Arizona State University College of Health Solutions, whohas served as editor-in-chief since 2012.

Roberts will begin her five-year term on January 1, 2020,becoming the second female editor-in-chief since the journal was founded in1926. She has served as editor-in-chief for the journal Academic Psychiatrysince 2002, has been a member of the editorial board for Academic Medicinesince 2013, and serves as a peer reviewer for many other scientific andeducation journals.

“Dr. Roberts is an exceptional scholar, educator and leaderin academic medicine, and our community will undoubtedly reap the rewards ofher experience and expertise as she leads the journal into the next generationof scholarly publishing,” said Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC president and CEO.

Roberts is chairman of and the Katharine Dexter McCormickand Stanley McCormick Memorial professor in the Department of Psychiatry andBehavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She is aninternationally recognized scholar in bioethics, psychiatry, medicine andmedical education. Roberts has received competitive funding continuously since1997 from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, andprivate foundations. Her work has led to advances in the understanding ofethical aspects of physical and mental illness research; societal implicationsfor innovation in genetics and the neurosciences; health disparities in urban,rural, and frontier communities; the impact of medical student and physicianhealth issues; and optimal approaches to fostering professionalism in medicine.

Widely recognized for her bioethics work and leadership inpsychiatric education, Roberts received the 2015 MacLean Center Prize and theDistinguished Psychiatrist Award from the American Psychiatric Association in2005 and 2010, and she was recognized as the foremost leader in psychiatriceducation in the United States and Canada by the University of Toronto in 2008.Roberts has also received numerous awards for leadership, teaching and science,including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for AcademicPsychiatry in 2010.

Roberts completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees atthe University of Chicago and her medical degree and a fellowship in clinicalmedical ethics at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Shereceived her residency training in psychiatry at the University of New MexicoSchool of Medicine.


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