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Harold Sox to Retire as Editor of Annals of Internal Medicine

Successor to be Announced

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PHILADELPHIA, April 23, 2009 -- Harold C. Sox, MD, MACP, a noted internist, author, teacher, and nationally-renowned expert on medical decision making, will retire as editor of Annals of Internal Medicine, effective July 11. A replacement for Dr. Sox has not yet been named.

Annals is the official journal of the American College of Physicians (ACP). Dr. Sox, a former president of the organization, became editor of the journal in 2001 after an eight-month search by the ACP.

“Dr. Sox’s presence will be greatly missed, but his influence will endure,” said Jeffrey P. Harris, MD, FACP, president of ACP. “For more than 80 years, Annals has published important and groundbreaking research that impacts the practice of internal medicine. Already a top-tier journal, Dr. Sox raised the bar even further by working to attract more original research, reports on quality improvement and clinical policy, and articles to support evidence-based medical decision-making. Through his enthusiasm and innovation, Annals has maintained its position as one of the five most widely-cited medical journals in the world.”

Dr. Sox is a leader in health policy. ACP recently announced that Dr. Sox has been named to chair the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Comparative Effectiveness Research Priorities. Dr. Sox will lead a panel of nationally renowned medical experts to make recommendations to the U.S. government about which ailments and corresponding treatments should have the highest priority for research funding using money allotted to the Secretary of the DHHS in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

“As I leave my post as editor, I feel that I’ve achieved most of the goals I set for myself, my staff, and the journal,” said Dr. Sox. “We have made Annals as lively and interactive as possible in both print and on the Web. We have worked very hard to earn authors’ loyalty by helping them to improve their manuscripts. I and my colleagues have focused a great deal of energy on identifying and publishing top-notch comparative effectiveness research, as I have always believed that it provides a foundation for physicians and patients to make the best possible treatment decisions. Every day working as the editor for an essential journal like Annals has been a treasure, but it’s a very intense life and 8 years is about right, at least for me. I expect great things to happen under the leadership of my successor.”

Dr. Sox is the principal author of “Medical Decision Making,” an introductory textbook used throughout the world. He was editor of the first and second editions of “Common Diagnostic Tests,” a groundbreaking evaluation of medical tests first published by ACP in 1987, and he co-edited—with Edward Huth, one of his predecessors as editor,—the recently published Landmarks in Internal Medicine: 80 years of Annals of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Sox received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1966. After serving as a medical intern and resident at Massachusetts General Hospital, he spent two years doing research in immunology at the National Institutes of Health before becoming chief medical resident at Dartmouth, where he began his studies of medical decision-making. Sox then spent fifteen years on the faculty of Stanford University School of Medicine, where he served as chief of the division of general internal medicine and as a director of ambulatory care at the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Medical Center. In 1988, Dr. Sox returned to Dartmouth to chair the department of medicine. He was the Joseph M. Huber Professor of Medicine and chair of the department of medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center until 2001, when he became editor of Annals of Internal Medicine.

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 81 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.

Contact: Angela Collom, 215-351-2653 or 800-523-1546, ext. 2653

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