Canadian Medical Association

Canadian Medical Association

December 05, 2006 11:21 ET

Dr. Paul C. Hebert Appointed New Editor-in-Chief of CMAJ

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 5, 2006) - Paul C. Hebert, MD, FRCPC, MHSc, a critical care physician at The Ottawa Hospital, a clinical researcher at the University of Ottawa and a prolific author, has been appointed the new editor-in-chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), Canada's leading peer-reviewed medical journal.

Dr. Hebert was selected for the senior-most editorial position at the CMAJ by an independent search committee of journal stakeholders. The committee's recommendation was approved at a meeting of the CMA Board of Directors on December 2, and he is scheduled to assume his responsibilities on January 2, 2007.

"Dr. Hebert's passion for patient-driven clinical research, his extensive experience as an author and reviewer, his ability to lead teams and build working relationships, and his many affiliations in the medical community all make him an excellent choice to lead Canada's premiere medical journal," said Dr. Peter Tugwell, chair of the Journal Oversight Committee and head of the search committee.

"The CMA Board was delighted to approve the search committee's recommendation of Dr. Hebert as the CMAJ editor-in-chief," said Dr. Louise Cloutier, Chair of the CMA Board of Directors. "Dr. Hebert combines the perspective of a researcher and author with a clinician's strong focus on patient care. This combination nicely reflects the dual role of the CMAJ in advancing both the science and practice of medicine - in other words, providing doctors with a source of practical information to improve patient care while also providing a vehicle for researchers to share results that expand the boundaries of medical knowledge."

Dr. Hebert is Vice-Chair of Research in the Department of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, where he has been responsible for the overall strategic direction of medical research. Dr. Hebert is also Professor of Medicine in the Departments of Critical Care and Epidemiology, and Chair in Transfusion and Critical Research at Ottawa Health Research Institute, at the University of Ottawa.

The author of more than 180 publications, Dr. Hebert is fluently bilingual and has extensive experience in scientific writing and critical review with many major journals and grant review panels.

His research interests include an examination of transfusion practice (when and what to transfuse), including the use of alternatives to transfusion and blood conservation, resuscitation fluids and cardiac resuscitation and trauma research.

Dr. Hebert will take over from Dr. Noni MacDonald, the acting editor-in-chief, and will continue his critical care practice at The Ottawa Hospital.

"Throughout my career as a practicing physician and a researcher, I have valued the CMAJ as a source of ideas, innovation and knowledge" said Dr. Hebert. "Today, with a progressive new governance structure, the CMAJ is stronger than ever, and I feel privileged to be able to contribute to its success. I also feel fortunate to be taking over from Dr. Noni MacDonald, who has been an exceptional steward of the journal in recent months, and to be joining a first-rate team."

"Dr. Hebert is one of our most outstanding physicians, renowned researchers and prolific academics," said Dr. Jack Kitts, President and CEO, The Ottawa Hospital. "We are tremendously proud of his appointment and I am confident that he will continue to be at the forefront of innovation with his unyielding commitment to set the standard of care for our patients."

"This bodes well for the future of the journal as a catalyst to stimulate publication of outstanding Canadian and international health science as well as provide a forum for communicating evidence-based medicine that helps doctors make better treatment decisions for their patients," said Dr. Paul Armstrong, a member of the CMAJ interim editorial board.

"The CMAJ is fortunate to be blessed with an exceptionally talented staff," said Dr. Cloutier. "We are deeply indebted to Dr. Noni MacDonald, the staff of CMAJ and the interim editorial board for continuing to produce excellence in medical journalism while the search for a permanent editor proceeded. Our thanks also go to Dr. Peter Tugwell and the search committee for recruiting such an eminently qualified candidate."

Members of the search committee are:

Dr. Peter Tugwell, University of Ottawa and Chair, CMAJ Journal Oversight Committee

Dr. Louise Nasmith, Chair, Family and Community Medicine, U of T

Dr. Paul Armstrong, Professor of Medicine, University of Alberta, and CMAJ Editorial Board

Dr. Robert Fletcher, Editor Emeritus, Annals of Internal Medicine

Dr. Kathryn Bigsby, CMA Board of Directors

Ms. Barbara Drew, ASG and COO, CMA

Mr. William Tholl, Secretary General and CEO, CMA

Photograph and full bio of Dr. Paul Hebert are available at

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