CMAJ editor-in-chief ready for new challenges

Dr. Paul Hébert wraps up five years at Canada's major medical journal

OTTAWA, Sept. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - Dr. Paul C. Hébert, Editor-in-Chief of CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), is moving on after almost five years at the helm of Canada's major medical journal.

Under Dr. Hébert's leadership, CMAJ published a variety of high impact scientific studies, the journal's impact factor increased to over 9 and media coverage of practice-changing research papers expanded in Canada and beyond.

"I have enjoyed my time at CMAJ immensely," states Dr. Hébert. "It has been an honour and a pleasure to lead Canada's major medical journal and to increase the journal's profile in Canada and internationally. We are publishing more high impact papers relevant to clinicians and patients in many countries. I hope this knowledge will help improve medicine and health care."

Dr. Hébert is also a critical care physician at The Ottawa Hospital and a senior scientist in the Clinical Epidemiology Program at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI). He holds the rank of full professor in the Department of Medicine (Critical Care) at the University of Ottawa, with cross-appointments to the Departments of Anesthesiology and Surgery as well as Epidemiology and Community Medicine. He is a respected researcher who has published widely.

His decision to leave at the end of his five-year contract was announced in December, 2010. Dr. Hébert's last day is September 30, 2011.

"Dr. Hébert's impact as CMAJ's Editor-in-Chief has been significant," states Dr. John Haggie, President of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). "Under his leadership, CMAJ has gained increased renown and respect, as illustrated by the journal's impact factor, which is now at an all-time high of 9. As well, the CMAJ continues to be the most read medical publication among Canadian physicians. Thanks to Dr. Hébert and his team, the journal is stronger and better than ever. That is a legacy to cherish, and an achievement of which we can be proud."

The search for a new Editor-in-Chief is currently underway. More details will be announced in the weeks ahead.

About CMAJ
CMAJ showcases innovative research and ideas aimed at improving health for people in Canada and globally. It publishes original clinical research, analyses and reviews, news, practice updates and thought-provoking editorials. In 2011, the journal celebrates 100 years of publishing medical knowledge in print and now online at CMAJ has an impact factor of more than 9 and its website receives over 30 million requests a year.


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Lucie Boileau, Manager, Media Relations
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Kim Barnhardt, Senior Strategist, Communications and Partnerships
Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMA)
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