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January 22, 2004

JAMA editor to address honors convocation

Pitt alumna Catherine D. DeAngelis, the first female editor in the 116-year history of the Journal of American Medicine (JAMA) and a University trustee, will be the featured speaker for Pitt’s 28th annual honors convocation, at 3 p.m. Feb. 27 in Carnegie Music Hall.

DeAngelis’s address is titled “The Importance of Caring.” Prior to the talk, Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg will confer an honorary degree on her.

DeAngelis, who began her duties as JAMA editor three years ago, also is editor-in-chief of scientific publications and multimedia applications for the American Medical Association. She oversees JAMA, as well as its archives publications and web site content.

Previously, DeAngelis was editor-in-chief of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and vice dean for academic affairs and faculty at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She continues to hold a faculty position there as professor of pediatrics.

Widely regarded as one of the best academic pediatricians in the country, DeAngelis received her M.D. from Pitt’s School of Medicine in 1969 and a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University in 1973. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine and has been an officer of numerous national academic societies, including past chair of the American Board of Pediatrics.

In 2000, DeAngelis was named a Legacy Laureate, one of the highest honors bestowed on Pitt alumni, and in 2003 she received the Distinguished Fellows Alumni Award at Pitt’s honors convocation.

DeAngelis has written or edited 10 books, and written more than 150 professional journal articles, book chapters, editorials and abstracts. Her recent publications focus on conflicts of interest in medicine, women in medicine and medical education.

Pitt’s annual honors convocation recognizes undergraduate, graduate and professional academic achievement; student leadership, and faculty and staff accomplishments.

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