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Wellons to co-chair neurosurgery journal’s board

May. 4, 2017, 8:31 AM

Jay Wellons, M.D., MSPH, chief of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery and professor of Neurological Surgery, was recently named co-chair of the editorial board for the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.

Jay Wellons, M.D., MSPH

Wellons will work with and oversee other editors at the journal to select and review articles and content for the monthly publication.

He has served on the journal’s editorial board since 2012 and will serve as co-chair from April 2017 – April 2018.

“Jay Wellons has emerged as a national leader in Pediatric Neurosurgery. His appointment as co-chair of the editorial board of the most influential journal in our field is a reflection of his leadership and scholarship,” said Reid Thompson, M.D., William F. Meacham Professor of Neurological Surgery and chair of the department.

“He is a role model as an academic neurosurgeon, and we are so fortunate to have him leading our Pediatric Neurosurgery division here at Vanderbilt. I could not be more proud.”

Editorial board members typically review more than 200 manuscripts per year during their tenure, with this number increasing to nearly 1,000 manuscripts during their final year as chair.

“I am humbled to be asked to do this work,” Wellons said. “In truth, I feel that this is one of the most important roles that we have in organized neurosurgery, the responsibility to chart the academic course for our field. Pediatric neurosurgery is a close-knit community and we hold our feet to the fire when it comes to what we publish and how we push the field forward in a data driven way.”

The Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics was founded in 2004 as a supplement to the Journal of Neurosurgery and became a monthly publication of its own in 2005, along with JNS: Spine.

The three journals, which are part of American Association of Neurological Surgeons, are the most cited journals in neurosurgery today according to Thomson Reuters’ Journal Citation Reports.

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