Canadian Medical Association Journal

Canadian Medical Association Journal

December 05, 2006 11:32 ET

Dr. Paul Hebert Named CMAJ Editor-in-chief

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 5, 2006) - The publisher of the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), Glenda Proctor, today announced the appointment of Dr. Paul Hebert as the new Editor-in-chief of CMAJ.

"We are extremely pleased that Dr. Hebert, one of Canada's foremost researchers, has accepted the position of Editor-in-chief of CMAJ," says Ms. Proctor. "Dr. Hebert's enthusiasm and extensive experience as a researcher and a professor are well suited to lead the future direction and development of CMAJ, as both the principal general medical journal in Canada and a top-ranked international journal."

Dr. Hebert is a highly regarded clinician scientist who practices at the Ottawa Hospital and has authored more than 180 publications. He is Vice-Chair of Research in the Department of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, where he is also a professor in the Departments of Critical Care and Epidemiology, and holds the Chair in Transfusion and Critical Research at the Ottawa Health Research Institute. Dr. Hebert's 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. He is fluently bilingual.

Dr. Hebert will take over from Dr. Noni MacDonald, the acting editor-in-chief, January 2, 2007. Dr. MacDonald assumed her duties after the dismissal of Dr. John Hoey last February for undisclosed reasons.

"The staff and editors here at CMAJ, as well as the national and international research community, have all helped the journal to weather the storm this past year," says Dr. MacDonald. "The announcement of Dr. Hebert as the new full time editor-in-chief is welcome news as he has a strong background in research and a track record of translating it into practice. He also brings great enthusiasm for the journal and an inspirational vision of what it can achieve. Change is never easy but it's always an opportunity for growth and improvement. The timing for this new era is absolutely perfect. We have the new governance - probably one of the best in the world - submissions and advertising are up compared to last year and the staff, editors and editorial board have jelled into a great team. Dr. Hebert is just the right person to lead these exceptional people."

Dr. Hebert was selected by a committee of journal stakeholders headed by Dr. Peter Tugwell, chair of the Journal Oversight Committee.

"This is a tremendous opportunity," says Dr. Hebert. "CMAJ is Canada's premiere medical journal and this is the job of a lifetime."

"CMAJ has been through a rough year but it's doing very well. What we are going to do now is to continue with the good parts, like the news journalism, and increase the journal's impact by dramatically enhancing both the quantity and quality of the research elements."

Dr. Hebert is also committed to making the journal useful for clinical practice. "We want to make sure the information we publish has an impact on patient care directly."

Contact Information

  • Dr. Paul Hebert
    613-731-8610 ext. 2295
    CMA Media
    Ms. Glenda Proctor
    613-731-8610 ext. 2154