NEJM names new editor-in-chief

The Massachusetts Medical Society, which publishes the New England Journal of Medicine, on June 19 named Eric J. Rubin, MD, PhD, as the newest editor-in-chief of the Journal and NEJM Group.

Rubin, who himself has authored 147 scientific articles, has been an associate editor of NEJM for seven years and has served as either an editor or editorial board member for several other journals, including Tuberculosis, Current Opinion in Microbiology, PLoS Pathogens and mBio

Currently, Rubin is chair of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases. Maryanne C. Bombaugh, MD, president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, said in a release he’s “a recognized and respected leader in the field of infectious disease, where he is known for his groundbreaking tuberculosis research and his personal dedication to often neglected populations of patients.” 

Rubin plans to step into the role in September and will succeed Jeffrey M. Drazen, MD, who’s served as editor-in-chief of NEJM since 2000. 

“All those associated with the Journal truly believe that they are stewards of a public trust and that the Journal has an obligation to rigorously evaluate and impartially present the most important findings in medicine and help translate them into practice,” Rubin said in the release. “I look forward to continuing to uphold the standard of excellence for which the Journal is known.”