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Jay F. Piccirillo, MD

Named editor-in-chief of JAMA specialty journal

by Julia Evangelou StraitNovember 6, 2015

Jay F. Piccirillo, MD, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been named editor-in-chief of JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, one of 10 specialty journals in The Journal of the American Medical Association’s (JAMA) network of publications.

Piccirillo is a professor of otolaryngology at the School of Medicine, where he also serves as the vice chair for research and director of the Clinical Outcomes Research Office for the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

Piccirillo, whose new appointment will begin Jan. 1, currently serves on the journal’s editorial board. The journal previously was known as the Archives of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

“I am thrilled to assume the editor-in-chief position at JAMA-Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery and continue the great work of the previous editors,” Piccirillo said. “I also look forward to working with the great JAMA Network medical publishing team and my otolaryngology colleagues who serve on the editorial board and as reviewers.”

Piccirillo’s research, teaching and clinical interests include tinnitus, sinus infections, head and neck cancer and methods in clinical research and statistics. He is a prolific research scientist and has published more than 130 peer-reviewed journal articles.

In addition to his research and teaching responsibilities, Piccirillo sees patients at Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals.

Julia covers medical news in genomics, cancer, cardiology, developmental biology, otolaryngology, biochemistry & molecular biophysics, and gut microbiome research. In 2022, she won a gold award for excellence in the Robert G. Fenley Writing Awards competition. Given by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the award recognized her coverage of long COVID-19. Before joining Washington University in 2010, she was a freelance writer covering science and medicine. She has a research background with stints in labs focused on bioceramics, human motor control and tissue-engineered heart valves. She is a past Missouri Health Journalism Fellow and a current member of the National Association of Science Writers. She holds a bachelor's degree in engineering science from Iowa State University and a master's degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Minnesota.