Catherine D. DeAngelis
Catherine D. DeAngelis, MD, is the first woman and the first pediatrician to become editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association
Journal of the American Medical Association
The Journal of the American Medical Association is a weekly, peer-reviewed, medical journal, published by the American Medical Association. Beginning in July 2011, the editor in chief will be Howard C. Bauchner, vice chairman of pediatrics at Boston University’s School of Medicine, replacing ...

(JAMA). She has also edited several additional medical journals. Before assuming the editor's position at JAMA in 2000, DeAngelis was a professor and Vice Dean of Faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine , located in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S., is the academic medical teaching and research arm of Johns Hopkins University. Hopkins has consistently been the nation's number one medical school in the amount of competitive research grants awarded by the National...


Background and training

DeAngelis was born and raised in northeastern Pennsylvania
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is a U.S. state that is located in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. The state borders Delaware and Maryland to the south, West Virginia to the southwest, Ohio to the west, New York and Ontario, Canada, to the north, and New Jersey to...

. She completed a three-year registered nurse
Registered nurse
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 program at the Scranton State General Hospital School of Nursing in 1960 and worked at the Columbia University Medical Center
Columbia University Medical Center
Columbia University Medical Center is an academic medical center that includes Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, College of Dental Medicine, School of Nursing and Mailman School of Public Health...

, then known as the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. DeAngelis wished to become a medical doctor, and her high school chemistry teacher both advised her to apply to college and supported her application. While attending Wilkes University
Wilkes University
Wilkes University is a private, non-denominational American university located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. It has over 2,200 undergraduates and over 2,200 graduate students...

, DeAngelis continued to work as a nurse, started a clinic, and pursued medical research in immunology
Immunology is a broad branch of biomedical science that covers the study of all aspects of the immune system in all organisms. It deals with the physiological functioning of the immune system in states of both health and diseases; malfunctions of the immune system in immunological disorders ; the...

. She then moved to the University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh
The University of Pittsburgh, commonly referred to as Pitt, is a state-related research university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. Founded as Pittsburgh Academy in 1787 on what was then the American frontier, Pitt is one of the oldest continuously chartered institutions of...

, continuing her research and teaching and working in the library to put herself through medical school. She obtained her MD
Doctor of Medicine
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 in 1969.

DeAngelis completed her residency in pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital
Johns Hopkins Hospital
The Johns Hopkins Hospital is the teaching hospital and biomedical research facility of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, located in Baltimore, Maryland . It was founded using money from a bequest by philanthropist Johns Hopkins...

. She then obtained a masters of public health
Professional degrees of public health
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 degree at Harvard University
Harvard University
Harvard University is a private Ivy League university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, established in 1636 by the Massachusetts legislature. Harvard is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and the first corporation chartered in the country...

 while working in a local health clinic. During this time, DeAngelis observed problems related to health care access and cost and began to formulate possible solutions.


DeAngelis was able to implement some of her ideas for improving health care when she took her first faculty position at the Columbia College of Physicians
Columbia University
Columbia University in the City of New York is a private, Ivy League university in Manhattan, New York City. Columbia is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York, the fifth oldest in the United States, and one of the country's nine Colonial Colleges founded before the...

. Her next appointment was at the University of Wisconsin. In 1978, DeAngelis returned to Johns Hopkins as the head of the general pediatrics and adolescent medicine division. In 1984, she was promoted to full professor, the twelfth woman to attain this distinction in the school's history. DeAngelis was the deputy head of the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. She has served as an expert witness in court cases involving pediatric medical issues, including the high-profile Hilary Foretich case
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DeAngelis became the vice dean for academic affairs and faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1994. Under her guidance and interest in issues involving women in academia, further opportunities for women were nurtured and many women became full professors. She helped to introduce a new curriculum for the medical school, emphasizing "hands-on experience and contact with patients," beginning in 1992. In 1999, DeAngelis was appointed editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, and Janice E. Clements
Janice E. Clements
Janice Ellen Clements is Vice Dean for Faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Mary Wallace Stanton Professor of Faculty Affairs. She is a professor in the departments of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology, Neurology, and Pathology, and has a joint appointment in Molecular...

succeeded DeAngelis as vice dean.

Dr. DeAnglis stepped down as Editor-in-Chief of JAMA in 2011.

Author and editor

DeAngelis published the textbook "Pediatric Primary Care" in the 1970s, with a third edition in 1984. DeAngelis and this text have been quoted often in popular articles on children's medical issues. With Frank A. Oski, director of the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, DeAngelis wrote a medical advice column in The Baltimore Sun. She has also written numerous articles in the popular press.

With Michael M.E. Johns, she co-authored "Curriculum for the Twenty-first Century" (2000).


  • 2008: Catcher In The Rye Humanitarian Of The Year Award, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
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