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Christine Laine, MD, MPH, FACP Named Editor of Annals of Internal Medicine

A Practicing Physician, Laine is the Youngest Editor in the Journal’s 82-Year History

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PHILADELPHIA, April 24, 2009 -- The American College of Physicians (ACP) has named Christine Laine, MD, MPH, FACP editor of its flagship journal, Annals of Internal Medicine. A former vice president and senior deputy editor of Annals, Laine succeeds Harold C. Sox, MD, MACP, who will retire in July. Laine will oversee an editorial staff housed at the ACP headquarters in Philadelphia.

“ACP is extremely proud to announce Christine Laine as editor of Annals of Internal Medicine,” said Jeffery P. Harris, MD, FACP, president of ACP. “She is a proven innovator who has conceived and implemented several well-received features in Annals including Summaries for Patients, Editor’s Notes, and the In the Clinic section. We have no doubt she will continue to advance the journal through hard work and energetic leadership.”

A nationally-renowned academic general internist, Laine is the youngest editor in the history of Annals of Internal Medicine, and brings a unique perspective to the journal. She plans to continue the tradition of excellence established by her predecessors, while striving to chart new and innovative courses that will help to make the journal invaluable to general internists and subspecialists alike. “I want to publish practice-defining studies and cutting edge commentary on current issues, while continuing to improve the amount and quality of practical, summative articles that have immediate clinical relevance,” said Laine. “I also plan to devote a great deal of energy to developing innovative electronic delivery of Annals content to our readers , so that the journal is an accessible and trusted source of health information for both physicians and the public around the globe.”

Widely respected in the field of medical journalism, Laine is Secretariat for the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, the Vice President of the Council of Science Editors, and a member of the Ethics Committee of the World Association of Medical Editors. She has authored many articles on subjects such as patient-centered communication; preventive care; quality of care; women in medicine, and HIV/AIDS care. One of her most widely cited articles in the general press is “The Annual Physical Examination: Needless Ritual or Necessary Routine?” published in the May 7, 2002, Annals of Internal Medicine.

Laine is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Internal Medicine at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia where she continues to teach and see patients.

“It is exciting to become Annals’ Editor at a time when information technology is promoting major societal shifts in the way people interact with others and educate, inform, and entertain themselves ,” Laine said. “I am thrilled to take on this challenge with the support of my esteemed colleagues.”

Laine graduated summa cum laude, with a double major in biology and writing, from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. She received her medical degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook, and completed residency training in internal medicine at The New York Hospital (Cornell University), and a fellowship in general internal medicine and clinical epidemiology at Beth Israel Hospital (Harvard University). Laine earned her master of public health degree, with a concentration in quantitative methods and clinical epidemiology, at Harvard University.

The American College of Physicians (www.acponline.org) is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 126,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection, and treatment of illness in adults.

Annals of Internal Medicine (www.annals.org) is one of the five most widely cited peer-reviewed medical journals in the world. The journal has been published for 82 years and accepts only 7 percent of the original research studies submitted for publication. Annals of Internal Medicine is published by the American College of Physicians.

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