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CHEST®, the flagship journal of the American College of Chest Physicians, was first published in 1935 as Diseases of the Chest, founded, along with the College, by Murray Kornfeld, a patient then recovering from tuberculosis. Dr. Charles Hendricks was elected to be the journal's first Editor in Chief (EIC). In the 1950s, with medications available to quell the spread of TB, the journal expanded its scope to examine other disease states of the chest and lungs. Dr. Alfred Soffer became EIC in 1968 and, in 1970, changed the journal name to CHEST®. Under his editorship, the journal grew in stature and prestige. Dr.  A. Jay Block became EIC in 1993, and the journal continued to thrive and grow in to the highest circulation of any respiratory or critical care journal in the world. In 2005, Dr. Richard S. Irwin assumed the helm, developing special sections to serve the broad range of practicing clinicians across pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine, while humanizing the patient-physician journey by incorporating humor and the arts. Dr. Irwin’s second term as EIC ends June 30, 2019.

Key Responsibilities

  • Providing strategic, scientific, and editorial leadership for the CHEST® journal.
  • Developing and executing annual editorial plans that fulfill the mission of the journal.
  • Assembling and holding accountable editors and editorial boards that promote the goals of the journal and contribute to the identification and publication of the highest quality content.
  • Establishing editorial policies and peer-review processes that maintain the scientific integrity of all content published in the journal.
  • Overseeing the timely and unbiased evaluation and selection of scientific articles and other editorial material published in the journal.
  • Maintaining the journal’s editorial policies and procedures and establishing new policies and procedures as appropriate to reflect relevant changes in science, clinical practice, and medical publishing.
  • Serving as a champion in the field through participation in relevant conferences, speaking engagements, and activities, and actively soliciting high quality manuscripts and impactful research.
  • Respond to environmental disruptions across medical publishing and research through innovative reader-focused solutions.

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