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12 September 2018
Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research appoints Dr David H Hickam as Senior Editor

The Future Science Group has today announced the appointment of Dr David H Hickam as the new Senior Editor of the Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research.


Dr Hickam is a Program Director of the Clinical Effectiveness and Decision Science program at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). He is responsible for developing PCORI’s research program that evaluates comparisons among alternative clinical strategies in a broad range of clinical domains, and he also provides staff support to the PCORI Methodology Committee. Dr Hickam received his BA from Stanford University, an MD from the University of California, San Francisco, and a MPH from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a specialist in internal medicine and has 30 years of experience as a health services researcher.


The Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research is a peer-reviewed journal for the presentation of studies of patient-centered outcomes, effectiveness or comparative effectiveness yielding new findings relating to diagnostics, therapeutics, surgical procedures, or other healthcare services or options. The role of Senior Editor provides vital support and guidance to the journal’s editorial team.


Dr Hickam succeeds Dr Sheldon Greenfield (University of California, Irvine, USA) and Dr Eugene Rich (Mathematica Policy Research, USA), who have been co-Senior Editors since the journal’s launch in 2012. Dr Greenfield and Dr Rich have been instrumental in the journal’s success, including indexing on Medline/PubMed and achieving it’s most recent impact factor of 1.906.


Editorial Director, and Managing Editor of JCER, Laura Dormer commented: “I am delighted that Dr Hickam will be taking over as the journal’s new Senior Editor. I have very much enjoyed working with Dr Greenfield and Dr Rich over the last 7 years; they have provided great advice and support during the journal’s formative years, and I would like to extend my personal thanks to them both for all their hard work. I look forward to continuing this journey with such a well-respected expert as Dr Hickam.”


Dr Hickam commented: “Useful comparative effectiveness research is guided by the needs of healthcare decision makers.  When conducted with sound methodologies, these studies can enhance the clinical evidence base and provide guidance for clinical decisions.  The Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research has quickly established itself as a trusted source of new evidence.  I look forward to working with the editorial staff at the Future Science Group to ensure the scientific integrity and relevance of the studies reported in the journal.”