UPMC and Pitt Physician-Researchers Assume JAMA Editorial Roles

By: Allison Hydzik

One of the world’s most prestigious academic medical journals announced today that it is strengthening its editorial team with expertise from UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Derek Angus, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Derek Angus, chief health care innovation officer at UPMC and professor and chair of the Department of Critical Care Medicine at Pitt, will become a senior editor at the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Dr. Christopher Seymour, UPMC intensivist and director of the Translational and Clinical Science Program at the Clinical Research, Investigation and Systems Modeling of Acute Illness (CRISMA) Center in Pitt’s School of Medicine, will take Angus’ place as associate editor at JAMA, focused on critical care medicine.

Christopher Seymour, M.D.

“Derek is among the most prominent ICU physicians in the world and has helped JAMA recruit the best papers in this specialty,” said Dr. Howard Bauchner, JAMA’s editor-in-chief. “After consideration of many possible replacements, we have decided that Christopher Seymour – also from UPMC – will become an associate editor … Christopher has been an important contributor to JAMA as an author and reviewer, and is a well-known trialist in the field.”

Angus joined UPMC and Pitt in the early 1990s after earning his medical degree and completing residency training in internal medicine at the University of Glasgow, UK. His specialties include epidemiologic, economic and health services research aspects of critical illness, with a particular focus on improving randomized control trials to better serve the sickest of the sick. He has authored or co-authored hundreds of papers and abstracts and received several awards and honors nationally and internationally for his research.

“Serving as an associate editor at JAMA has been a professional honor and delight,” said Angus. “It has introduced me to the physicians and scientists who are transforming the way we care for patients and prevent disease. I look forward to my new role as senior editor.”

Seymour joined UPMC and Pitt nearly a decade ago after earning his medical degree and completing his residency at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, followed by a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Washington. His research focuses on the early recognition and treatment of sepsis and critical illness, using machine learning and translational science.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to select and review the latest in critical care research from around the world for JAMA,” said Seymour. “Having worked with Derek the last several years, I know what an important role the editors at JAMA have in shaping the future of medicine for the better and am eager to play my part in improving outcomes for my patients in Pittsburgh and patients around the world.”