Sportsmedicine Changes Guard
THE PHYSICIAN AND SPORTSMEDICINE - VOL 29 - NO. 1 - JANUARY 2021
Every so often we must pause to thank someone who has been very important to us here at The Physician and Sportsmedicine. With this issue, we do that as we say good-bye to Susan Hawthorne, who had been our executive editor for 5 years when she left last month.
Susan surprised all of us when she announced she was leaving to pursue doctoral studies in philosophy, a subject that lights up her eyes and evokes a special passion. We will miss Susan a great deal. As the journal's personality and its friendly face, Susan has been a custodian of the journal's quality and of its integrity. Susan worked in the crucible, the area where editorial integrity and commercial interests (advertisers) intersect. She had a knack for reaching out to people in the sports medicine community; she supported those around her and drew inspiring ideas from editorial board members and contributing authors. Most important, Susan cared deeply about her staff at The Physician and Sportsmedicine, and this is an essential attribute of an executive editor.
It's nice to know that the journal's impact goes beyond our readership, and that even those of us who work here tend to adopt the principles of exercise and health. Susan, during her 10-year tenure at The Physician and Sportsmedicine, took up running and strength training.
Susan has established an ambitious, creative mission for The Physician and Sportsmedicine that seeks to keep the journal scientific in its content and clinically relevant in its readability. I feel confident that the journal will maintain that track with the appointment of Jim Wappes, formerly the journal's managing editor, as executive editor.
A superb writer and editor at The Physician and Sportsmedicine for the past 10 years, Jim has finely tuned the monthly article lineup, kept the journal published on time, and consistently pulled many pieces of editorial content together into a smooth, compelling package. He also reviews the work of other editors. A highly reliable and creative manager, Jim is in fine physical shape to lead the editorial staff—he's a runner and an outdoor enthusiast.
In his new position, Jim will continue to monitor developments in sports medicine, solicit articles on state-of-the art topics, and pull together a compelling editorial lineup.
Finally, we take this opportunity to invite you, the reader to send us your thoughts and comments. Your feedback keeps us strong as we say good-bye to a close friend and colleague, eagerly embrace new challenges, and welcome the new year.
P.S. Congratulations to the PSM staff on two bronze excellence awards from the Minnesota Magazine & Publications Association—one for a special issue on exercise and aging (October 1999) and one for its News Briefs department.