In recognition of Dr. Diane Kelsall, Interim Editor in Chief, CMAJ

September 24, 2019 Deborah Scott-Douglas

As we get ready to welcome Dr. Andreas Laupacis as CMAJ’s new Editor in Chief, I would be remiss if I did not take an opportunity to thank and recognize Dr. Diane Kelsall who, for the last three and a half years, has held the role of CMAJ Interim Editor in Chief.

During her tenure, Diane has led her team in the transformation of CMAJ, strengthening its voice in health policy and supporting its recognition as a world class medical journal.

We appreciate Diane for her vision and pursuit of innovation, particularly in the rebranding and restructuring of CMAJ and the CMAJ Group, which included the realization of numerous process efficiencies and cost savings.

We are grateful for everything Diane has done to increase the profile of CMAJ within the medical community but also with patients, governments and policy makers. Thanks to Diane and the team, CMAJ content has been behind some of the most stimulating debates making news today.

And, we will remember Diane as a charismatic leader who built a devoted, engaged and high-functioning team―steering it through uncharted, and at times, turbulent waters with grace and good humour.

On behalf of everyone at Joule and CMAJ, I thank Diane for her leadership, passion and dedication. It has been a true pleasure to serve with her and we wish her the very best in her future endeavours.


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Deborah Scott-Douglas

Deborah Scott-Douglas is President of Joule and Vice-President, Innovation at the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). As President for Joule, Deborah will seek to create synergies in innovation across the enterprise, leading the design and implementation of innovation strategies and projects in support of our strategic plan, CMA 2020. Deborah has held a series of leadership roles within the CMA enterprise where she provided oversight and leadership to the Physician Leadership Institute, CMA’s publishing group, health science accreditation and a clinical reference service for physicians. With a focus on social innovation, Deborah is a key lead in CMA’s work in transforming the association to an agile organization. Deborah is a volunteer mentor in the Christie Lake Kids (CLK) Leadership in Training program which works to build leadership skills for at risk youth and sits on the CLK Board of Directors.

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