A Letter to Our Readers – A Farewell from Editor-in-Chief Ron Walls
Happy New Year! I hope you had a restful and memorable holiday, surrounded by loved ones. The New Year often brings change, and this year brings a very big change for me. On January 1, 2015, I began a new role as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Brigham and Women’s Healthcare, the hospital for which I have served as Chair of Emergency Medicine for over 21 years. I am very excited by this new opportunity, but sadly it will require me to turn the page on some of my most wonderful and fulfilling activities, including my duties as Editor-in-Chief of NEJM Journal Watch Emergency Medicine. Richard Zane, Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado and the long-time Deputy Editor of NEJM Journal Watch Emergency Medicine, has graciously agreed to serve as interim Editor-in-Chief while a search is done for my successor. NEJM Journal Watch Emergency Medicine is in great hands with Rich, our stellar editorial board, and our outstanding and long-serving executive editor, Cara Adler. I want to thank Cara and the editors for their service, their partnership, their friendship, and their single-minded commitment to our mission of bringing medical science to our readers in a digestible and clinically relevant format.
Most of all, though I wish to thank each of you, our readers, for your support of NEJM Journal Watch Emergency Medicine and for your dedication to your patients, whose care has always informed our mission. I hope you have enjoyed and learned from our 15-plus years of work and you will continue to see NEJM Journal Watch Emergency Medicine as an essential part of your clinical routine.
With humble thanks for the opportunity,
Ron M. Walls, MD, FRCPC, FAAEM
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