Introducing the New Editor of Arthritis & Rheumatism, Joan M. Bathon, MD


Joan M. Bathon, MD assumed the editorship of Arthritis & Rheumatism on July 1, 2010. She succeeds Dr. Michael D. Lockshin, for a 5-year term. 1

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Joan M. Bathon, MD

Dr. Bathon is Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, where she also serves as Deputy Director of the Division of Rheumatology and Director of the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center. She received her BS degree magna cum laude from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She attended the University of Maryland Medical School in Baltimore as a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar, receiving her MD in 1978. She performed her internship and residency at the University of Maryland Hospital and was a postdoctoral fellow in rheumatology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Bathon began her academic career as Assistant Professor of Medicine at West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown. In 1986 she returned to Johns Hopkins as Assistant Professor of Medicine, becoming an Associate Professor in 1993 and Professor in 2003. From 2000 to 2003, Dr. Bathon served as Director of the Office of Women in Science and Medicine in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

A prolific investigator in the field of rheumatology, Dr. Bathon has published more than 120 journal articles and book chapters, with a focus on mechanisms of inflammation in arthritis, biologic treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, and biomarkers in inflammatory arthritis. Her current research interests include cardiovascular risk in rheumatoid arthritis, and the contribution of aberrant body composition to outcomes in rheumatoid arthritis. In 2007 the American College of Rheumatology awarded her a Within Our Reach: Finding a Cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis grant to pursue in-depth research on the latter topic.

The award-winning Johns Hopkins Arthritis WebSite was founded by Dr. Bathon in 1998. She served as the site's Director and Editor from its inception until she became Editor of Arthritis & Rheumatism. Originally begun as a source of information for health care providers, the site was subsequently expanded to provide information for the lay public as well. It has remained one of the most heavily trafficked Web sites on arthritis and has continuously been listed among the top 10 Web sites on arthritis on most major search engines. In addition, from 2005 until becoming Editor of Arthritis & Rheumatism, Dr. Bathon served as Editor of the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Bulletin, a patient-oriented quarterly subscription publication.

Dr. Bathon served on the Board of Directors of the American College of Rheumatology in 2007−2009, and prior to that she was a member of several of the organizations's standing and ad hoc committees. She has been an Advisory Editor of Arthritis & Rheumatism and, from 2004 to 2007, was an Associate Editor of Arthritis Research and Therapy. With the Maryland Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, she has served on the Board of Directors and on the Executive Committee of the Maryland Arthritis Rheumatology Research Center. She also served as a member of the FDA Arthritis Advisory Committee from 2004 to 2008.

Dr. Bathon's numerous awards include the Women's Leadership Award from Johns Hopkins University Women's Network in 2004 and the Mary Betty Stevens Award for Excellence in Clinical Research from the American College of Physicians Maryland Chapter. In 2008, Marquette University College of Arts and Sciences named her Distinguished Alumna of the Year.

Among Dr. Bathon's plans for Arthritis & Rheumatism is formal incorporation of epidemiologists and a statistician on the editorial board, to evaluate the design of studies at an early stage in the review process. She also places importance on the collaboration between Arthritis & Rheumatism and Arthritis Care & Research, in addition to engaging and managing more dynamic scientific discourse between and among editorial board members. Finally, while continuing to focus on publication of the very best science in the field of rheumatology, she intends to explore delivery of some information through interactive electronic resources, employing expertise she has gained overseeing the Johns Hopkins Arthritis WebSite. Dr. Bathon has assembled a distinguished panel of Co-Editors—Drs. Clifton Bingham, III, S. Louis Bridges, Jr., Richard Bucala, Mary Goldring, Timothy McAlindon, Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman, Antony Rosen, Daniel Solomon, Nae-Yuh Wang, and Frederick Wigley—as well as an internationally recognized panel of Associate Editors who bring a wide range of expertise in all areas related to rheumatology. With the depth and breadth of this editorial team and Dr. Bathon's own experience, Arthritis & Rheumatism will continue to be at the forefront of basic and clinical investigation in our discipline and will remain the pride of the ACR.