UCSF's Redberg Assumes Editorship of Archives of Internal Medicine

February 11, 2009
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UCSF cardiologist Dr. Rita Redberg has taken over as the new editor of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

The position presents both an exciting, new opportunity and a challenge for Redberg, who has no formal editing experience, she said.

"It's been wonderful so far," Redberg said in a phone interview in early February, one month into her new role. "You get first look at some fascinating research that's going on out there, and you get to put your own imprint on it."

Redberg, who has served as director of women's cardiovascular services at the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health since 1990, first became familiar with the bimonthly journal as an author submitting her own papers for consideration.

When she was approached to take on the editor position, she said she was "very flattered and excited," but had to think it over and discuss it with friends and colleagues. In addition, the offer came to her shortly before she found out that a major National Institutes of Health grant she was pursuing had been approved for submission — with a Feb. 5 deadline.

"I knew [the editorship] would be a major commitment of time," Redberg said, noting that the Archives of Internal Medicine receives 2,000 manuscript submissions every year.

Nevertheless, she decided to accept the offer, and she said her transition last month was made easier by the team of people she works with — both longtime Archives staffers as well as some new faces Redberg recruited from UCSF to work as section editors.

Redberg will continue in all her current roles at UCSF and will work on the journal from San Francisco, traveling occasionally to Chicago, where the Archives publication staff is based, she said.

Redberg earned her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and completed her residency and a cardiology fellowship at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. She later received a Master of Science degree in health policy and administration from the London School of Economics.

From 2003 to 2004, Redberg was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow working in the office of Sen. Orrin Hatch in Washington, D.C.

She was the founding member of the American Heart Association's Women in Cardiology Committee in 1994, and she continues to serve on the Scientific Advisory Council for WomenHeart, a national organization promoting women's heart health.

The Archives of Internal Medicine is one of nine specialty Archives journals published by the American Medical Association, along with its primary publication, the Journal of the American Medical Association.