CMAJ announces leadership changes

Ottawa (ON)

March 1, 2021 – Today, Dr. Andreas Laupacis announced his plan to step down as Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of the CMAJ to become Senior Deputy Editor—a personal decision informed by a rebalancing of his priorities and ambitions.

“During the last year the pandemic has made me reflect upon what is important to me and how I want to spend the rest of my life,” explained Dr. Laupacis, in a note to staff. “It is time for me to hand the joys and stresses of leadership to someone else and become a committed member of the team.”

Since joining the CMAJ Group, Dr. Laupacis along with his team achieved several accomplishments, including removing the CMAJ paywall, increasing readership threefold, and offering the first-ever French language edition.

“It has been a great honour working with Dr. Laupacis,” said Deborah Scott-Douglas, Executive Vice-President, Innovation and President, Joule.

“On behalf of all the staff of the CMAJ and Joule, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to Dr. Laupacis for his contributions as EiC and for always leading by example. We are pleased that he will stay on as Senior Deputy Editor so we may continue to benefit from his experience and perspective.”

Dr. Kirsten Patrick, the current Executive Editor of the CMAJ, will assume the role of interim EiC. Dr. Patrick brings a wealth of experience to the role, having spent the past seven years contributing to the CMAJ’s ongoing success as deputy editor and executive editor and prior to this, as a section editor at The BMJ. She holds a medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and a MSc in Global Health Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK.

“I am deeply grateful to Dr. Patrick for taking on this role and have every confidence that the CMAJ will continue to flourish under her leadership,” said Deborah Scott-Douglas.