Dr. Dimitri Christakis Named New JAMA Pediatrics Editor in 2018

CHICAGO (November 6, 2017) – Dimitri Christakis, M.D., M.P.H., the George Adkins Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington and director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, has been named the new editor in chief of JAMA Pediatrics, the top-ranked general pediatrics journal in the world from The JAMA Network.

The appointment is effective in January when Christakis will replace Frederick P. Rivara, M.D., M.P.H., who will leave the post after nearly 17 years to be founding editor in chief of JAMA Network Open, the new online, open-access, general medical journal launching in 2018. Rivara is the Seattle Children’s Guild Endowed Chair in Pediatrics, Professor of Pediatrics and adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington.

Christakis is a current associate editor at JAMA Pediatrics and an attending pediatrician at Seattle Children’s Hospital. The Christakis Lab at Seattle Children’s Hospital focuses on how early environment influences childhood behavior and development, and develops strategies to help parents optimize their children’s social, cognitive and emotional development. Christakis has published numerous research articles and the 2006 book, The Elephant in the Living Room: Make Television Work for Your Kids. Christakis graduated from Yale University, earned a medical degree the University of Pennsylvania and received a master’s degree in public health at the University of Washington.

“Science has long been a transformative force. Peer-reviewed journals are the best means to vet and disseminate science. As the preeminent pediatric journal, JAMA Pediatrics will continue to publish the best science from all disciplines that impact child health in meaningful and demonstrable ways,” Christakis said.

A leader in the field of pediatrics, Rivara reflected on his time at JAMA Pediatrics:

“The journal has grown in so many ways during this time: number of submissions, number of downloads and visits to our website, our reach and Impact Factor. We have been fortunate to be the leading pediatric journal in the world and attract articles that truly affect the health and welfare of children around the globe,” Rivara said. “Most gratifying to me is to hand the position over to my colleague and friend, Dimitri Christakis, who will take the journal forward and accomplish great things that I can only imagine.”

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