March 19, 2015

Smith selected as next editor of Journal of Urology

Joseph Smith, M.D.

Joseph Smith Jr., M.D., professor of Urologic Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, was recently named the next editor of The Journal of Urology.

Smith, the William L. Bray Professor of Urology, was selected for the role by the American Urological Association Board of Directors and will work with other editors at the journal to select and review articles and content for the monthly publication.

“The Journal of Urology is the most widely read and frequently cited journal in the field, so I am honored to be selected as editor,” Smith said. “Publications in the journal help direct new patient care initiatives and determine best treatment approaches. This is likely the most influential position in the world in our specialty.”

Most recently, Smith served as the journal’s associate editor. His editorial experience spans 25 years, during which he’s served as an associate editor, an assistant editor and an editorial board member for more than 15 international and domestic journals.

The Journal of Urology receives more than 3,000 submissions yearly, Smith said.

“It is a lot of work to process, review and adjudicate that many manuscripts,” Smith said. “We have a capable group of associate and assistant editors who will work with me.”

Smith, who is past chair of VUMC’s Department of Urologic Surgery, said he plans to continue his surgical practice despite the additional effort to oversee the journal.

“Dr. Smith is one of the best known and most respected urologists, not just in the U.S. but in the world,” said David Penson, M.D., chair of Vanderbilt’s Department of Urologic Surgery. “As such, it is completely fitting that he be chosen editor-in-chief of the premier urologic journal in the world.”

Smith will assume the editing role July 1.

“This is one of the highest honors one can attain in urology and Dr. Smith has certainly earned it,” said Penson, the Paul V. Hamilton, M.D. and Virginia E. Howd Professor of Urologic Oncology and a professor of Urologic Surgery, Medicine and Health Policy.

“This is yet another incredible accomplishment for Jay, and all of us in the department look forward to helping him in any way we can with this new and important position.”