Rexford S. Ahima elected as JCI Editor in Chief

The ASCI is pleased to announce the election of Rexford S. Ahima, MD, PhD, to Editor in Chief of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, effective July 1. He will succeed Gordon Tomaselli, MD, who will become Dean of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine as of July 1. Dr. Ahima has served as a JCI Deputy Editor since July 2017, and he previously served as JCI Associate Editor from 2010 to 2012.

Dr. Ahima

Dr. Ahima, who will be the JCI’s 25th Editor in Chief since its founding in 1924, is Director of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism; Professor of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing; and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Diabetes at Johns Hopkins University. His research focuses on central and peripheral actions of adipocyte hormones in energy homeostasis, and glucose and lipid metabolism. Dr. Ahima is a member of the ASCI (elected 2005) and the Association of American Physicians (elected 2010), as well as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The Johns Hopkins University-based Editorial Board will continue its stewardship of the JCI. Dr. Tomaselli will become a Deputy Editor, joining Arturo Casadevall, MD, PhD, and Gregg L. Semenza, MD, PhD.

The ASCI recently distributed ballots to Active members recommending Dr. Ahima’s election; nearly 52% of ballots were returned by the June 19 deadline, and voters were overwhelmingly positive about the recommendation. The ASCI’s Secretary-Treasurer, Hossein Ardehali, MD, PhD, oversaw the ballot audit; auditors were Benjamin D. Humphreys, MD, PhD (ASCI Secretary-Treasurer Elect) and Ajay Chawla, MD, PhD.