The editor-in-chief of one of the largest medical journals stepped down after questioning the existence of structural racism in medicine on a podcast
- Howard Bauchner stepped down as EIC of
JAMAfollowing racial bias controversy.
AMAhad been investigating Bauchner after a JAMA tweet said, "No physician is racist."
- Bauchner said he was "disappointed" in himself over the tweet, according to a release.
The editor-in-chief of a renowned medical journal has stepped down after the publication recorded a podcast questioning the existence of structural racism in
The AMA had been investigating Bauchner since March after JAMA's official Twitter account sent a now-deleted post that read: "No physician is racist, so how can there be structural racism in
The tweet lead to widespread social media backlash. The Institute for Antiracism in
"I remain profoundly disappointed in myself for the lapses that led to the publishing of the tweet and podcast," Bauchner said in a release. "The best path forward for the JAMA Network, and for me personally, is to create an opportunity for new leadership at JAMA."
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Under Bauchner's leadership, JAMA increased production of podcasts, videos, and shorter articles pertaining to medical research. JAMA's social media following increased from 15,000 in 2011 to over 1 million in 2021 during Bauchner's tenure, according to a release.
AMA said it has begun to form a search committee to appoint a new editor-in-chief. Phil Fontanarosa, JAMA's executive editor, will serve as interim editor-in-chief.
Numerous studies have linked racial bias to the treatment of Black patients. A 2020 report published by Jamila Taylor, the director of health care reform at The Century Foundation, found historical racial bias contributes to Black mothers being two to three times more likely to die during childbirth than white women. The New York Times reported Black Americans had been less impacted by the opioid crisis because physicians were less likely to empathize with their pain and more likely to assume they would abuse prescription pain killers.
Susan Moore, a Black physician, posted a video in December in which she accused doctors at an Indianapolis hospital of neglecting her pain because of her race. She soon died of COVID-19, and her video sparked outrage over racial bias in medicine.
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