Howard Bauchner, MD, was appointed the 16th Editor in Chief of JAMA and The JAMA Network in 2011. Prior to coming to JAMA, Howard was a Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health at Boston University School of Medicine and Editor in Chief of Archives of Disease in Childhood (2003-2011). At BUSM he was Vice-Chair of Research for the Department of Pediatrics and Chief, Division of General Pediatrics. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) and an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, United Kingdom.
At JAMA, Howard has focused on improving and expanding clinical content, using electronic/digital approaches to enhance communication, and ensuring a commitment to innovation. Since his arrival in 2011, followers on social medical (Twitter and Facebook) have increased from 13,000 to approximately 700,000, and an electronic table of contents (eTOC) is now distributed to close to 750,000 individuals weekly. JAMA now reaches over 1.5M physicians each week worldwild in print, via eTOC, and by social media. Views (PDF and HTML) have increased from 10M in 2011 to 32M in 2017 (50% from outside the U.S.) and podcast downloads have increased from 300,000 in 2014 to 2.2M in 2017. The print journal was redesigned for the first time in over 20 years and the website has been updated twice. All nine of the specialty journals were renamed (Archives of Pediatrics became JAMA Pediatrics), and three new journals have been launched – JAMA Oncology (2015), JAMA Cardiology (2016), and JAMA Network Open (2018). The entire JAMA Network will have over 110M views (HTML, PDFs, abstract only) in 2018.