Transition at TPJ

Stephen Tarnoff, MD, Editor in chief (interim)

Perm J 2020;24

E-pub: 03/23/2020

Since its inception in 1997, The Permanente Journal has occupied a distinct and important niche in health care literature. And perhaps more than anyone else, founding editor in chief, Tom Janisse, MD, has played a critical role in carving out that niche and demonstrating its importance for patient care.

Under Dr. Janisse’s 23 years of inspired leadership, The Permanente Journal has helped advance the fields of quality improvement, care delivery, and implementation science through the publication of cutting-edge clinical research. The Journal has also shone a light on the intersection between complex clinical care and the social determinants of health -- even as it boldly created space for the arts and humanities in our increasingly technology-driven profession.  

As a long-time reader and admirer of The Permanente Journal, I was honored to be invited to serve as interim editor during this period. Having recently stepped down from my role as President and Executive Medical Director of Washington Permanente Medical Group, I am deeply aware of the vital service that this publication provides to the health care community. I look forward to working with the editors and editorial board to strengthen this valued Permanente Medicine asset and plan for a dynamic future.

Over the months ahead, we will be carefully evaluating The Permanente Journal’s future goals and considering the best ways to enhance the journal’s value for readers and the broader health care community.  

Some significant changes are already in the works, including a shift to online-only publication that will take effect with our next issue. Other changes will likely follow as we work to ensure the Journal is positioned for a successful future. The Permanente Journal has long been a valued resource for medical professionals across the globe, and we are well positioned for continued success. I am grateful for the support of our readers and the Kaiser Permanente and Permanente Medicine communities as we navigate this period of change and chart a course for new growth.


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