Vernon T. Tolo, MD, named new editor of JBJS

Vernon T. Tolo, MD, will take over as editor-in-chief of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, American Volume (JBJS) on April 1, 2010. Dr. Tolo replaces James D. Heckman, MD, who is retiring after serving for 10 years as editor-in-chief and CEO of JBJS. Filling Dr. Heckman’s role of CEO and publisher is Mr. Kent Anderson.

Vernon T. Tolo, MD

Dr. Tolo has served as chief of orthopaedics at Children’s Orthopaedic Center in Los Angeles since 1987. He received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and went on to surgical and orthopaedic training at Johns Hopkins Hospital. There, he served as chief of pediatric orthopaedics for 11 years before coming to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

In 2001, Dr. Tolo was inducted into the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars. He is a past president of the AAOS, and has been president of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, the Scoliosis Research Society, and the Orthopaedic Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Tolo’s clinical practice is at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and he is the John C. Wilson, Jr., Professor of Orthopaedics at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He has been the JBJS deputy editor for pediatrics as well as a member of the JBJS Board of Trustees.

“I consider it essential that JBJS continues to be the highest quality general orthopaedic surgery journal, in these days of so much orthopaedic subspecialization. Whether in print or electronic form, JBJS will remain in the forefront in educating orthopaedists both nationally and internationally,” said Dr. Tolo. “It is a wonderful honor to have been selected as JBJS editor and I am excited to meet the challenges and opportunities of my new position.”

Mr. Anderson comes to JBJS from The New England Journal of Medicine, where he worked for 6 years as executive director of international business and product development and for 4 years as publishing director. Prior to that, he was director of medical journals and professional periodicals at the American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition, he is editor-in-chief of The Scholarly Kitchen, the official blog of the Society for Scholarly Publishing.

“For years, I’ve been helping to bring strategic and digital advancement to prestigious scholarly publishers,” said Mr. Anderson. “I’m excited by new opportunities, and I believe JBJS is poised to do more than ever for the orthopaedic surgery community worldwide.”

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