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New Editors-in-Chief Announced for JGIM

 , March 22, 2023

The Society of General Internal Medicine is pleased to announce incoming Editors-in-Chief for our flagship medical publication, the Journal of General Internal Medicine (JGIM). Joseph Conigliaro, MD, MPH, FACP; D. Michael. Elnicki, MD, MACP; and Lenny López, MD, MDiv, MPH will assume control of JGIM on July 1, 2023 for a five-year term.

SGIM’s CEO, Dr. Eric Bass, is “delighted to welcome the new editors to this position of vital importance to the field of academic general internal medicine. The new editors have big shoes to fill after the tremendous work done by their predecessors, but they have a wonderful vision for the next phase of JGIM.“

The Journal of General Internal Medicine promotes improved patient care, research, and education in primary care, general internal medicine, and hospital medicine. Its articles focus on topics such as clinical medicine, epidemiology, prevention, health care delivery, curriculum development, and numerous other non-traditional themes, in addition to classic clinical research on problems in internal medicine.

Dr. Joseph Conigliaro, professor of medicine, Division Chief and Vice Chair at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, and former Editor-in-Chief of SGIM’s newsletter, Forum, brings expertise in health services and implementation research in the areas of social determinants of health, patient safety, substance abuse and behavior change to the position. Dr. Conigliaro’s research work has centered primarily on the evaluation of provider behavior change, brief interventions to reduce hazardous drinking, health care disparities, and implementation of best practices. He has a strong history of mentoring junior faculty and fellows who have successfully obtained peer reviewed independent funding and have been promoted at their respective institutions. “Serving as an Editor-in-Chief of JGIM, the premier voice for general internal medicine, is a great professional responsibility given the issues we face as a profession and as nation”, says Dr. Conigliaro. “I look forward to the opportunity to build on the great work of the current Editors-in-Chief. I can think of no better way to contribute to the Society.”

Dr. D. Michael Elnicki is a professor of medicine and Director, International Medical Education Programs, at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. As Director of International Medical Education Programs, he has been instrumental in constructing the curriculum for the Nazarbayev University School of Medicine in Kazakhstan. He has also worked with medical schools in Spain, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. At Pitt, he has served as a GIM section chief, Ambulatory Clerkship Director, a residency track director, and chair of the Academy of Master Educators. Nationally, he has served as chair of the AAMC’s Research in Medical Education (RIME) committee. He was President of the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (CDIM) and served on the Board of the Alliance in Academic Internal Medicine. He served on and chaired several committees for the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is involved in teaching and mentoring students, residents and fellows and has received numerous awards for both teaching and research in medical education. Dr. Elnicki writes, “SGIM has been my academic home since I began my career, and I look forward to being able to give back to an organization that has given me a great deal. Over the past several years, I have been able to learn much form the prior cohorts of Chief Editors. Hopefully, my colleagues and I can continue to expand upon their excellent work.”

Dr. Lenny López, an academic hospitalist and Chief of Hospital Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco – VA Medical Center, was a former program co-chair of the 2019 SGIM National Meeting and is active in health services research on healthcare disparities and the social determinants of health. Dr. López' research addresses issues relating to patient safety and language barriers, optimizing clinical services for Latinos with cultural and linguistic barriers, and using health information technology to decrease disparities. A second line of research is investigating the epidemiology of acculturation and other cultural factors among Latinos in the US and its impact on the prevalence and development of cardiovascular disease. This research will help inform how to better design clinical interventions for improving chronic disease management among Latinos. Finally, Dr. López has served on equity focused national healthcare policy advising committees for the National Academies of Medicine, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Joint Commission. “JGIM is a leading voice in clinical medicine, research and healthcare policy. I am thrilled to work closely with the JGIM editorial board, associate editors and the SGIM leadership to continue growing the equity and diversity mission of the journal. “

SGIM Is pleased to welcome these distinguished physicians to the helm of our journal. They will build upon the success of the current Editors-in-Chief, Steven M. Asch, MD, MPH; Carol K. Bates, MD; and Jeffrey L. Jackson, MD, MPH, whose term is ending after six years of dedicated service to JGIM.

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