Howard C. Bauchner, MD

Professor, Pediatrics

Howard Bauchner
88 E. Newton St Vose Hall


Dr Bauchner is a professor of pediatrics and public health. He served as the 16th Editor in Chief of JAMA and the JAMA Network between 2011 and 2021. Previously he was vice chairman of academic affairs in the department of pediatrics at BMC/BUSM and assistant dean, alumni affairs and continuing medical education at BUSM and Editor in Chief of the Archives of Disease in Childhood (2003-2011), the official publication of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in the United Kingdom. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

At JAMA Dr. Bauchner focused on publishing important and novel research articles, including randomized clinical trials, opinion pieces, and special communications. During his tenure followers on social media increased from ~13,000 to ~1,200,000 with the electronic table of contents distributed to over 1,000,000 individuals each week. In print, via eTOC, and social media, content published in JAMA reached over 1.5M physicians and others worldwide. Views increased from 10M in 2011 to over 100M in 2020. Podcast downloads increased from 300,000 in 2014 to 6M in 2020. Videos were viewed more than 16M times in 2020. The print journals were redesigned, the website updated twice, and all of the original 9 “Archives” journals were renamed, for example Archives of Surgery became JAMA Surgery. 4 new journals were launched, JAMA Oncology (2015), JAMA Cardiology (2016), JAMA Network Open (2018, fully open-access journals), and JAMA Health Forum (2020/2021). Dr. Bauchner conducted over 100 podcasts and live-stream events, and authored over 100 editorials on issues such as open-science (data-sharing, pre-print servers, open-access), conflict of interest, diversity and equity in medicine, interpretation of RCTs, mentoring, scientific misconduct, and numerous health policy issues, including healthcare as a right, waste in medicine, etc.

Other Positions

  • Boston Medical Center


  • Boston University School of Medicine, MD
  • University of California, Berkeley, BA


  • Published on 7/28/2023

    Bauchner H, Rivara FP. Improving Child Health Research: The Role of Randomized Clinical Trials. J Pediatr. 2023 Jul 28; 262:113641. PMID: 37517647.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 2/28/2023

    Bauchner H, McDermott MM, Butte AJ. Data Sharing Enters a New Era. Ann Intern Med. 2023 Mar; 176(3):400-401. PMID: 36848652.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 10/15/2022

    Bauchner H, Rivara FP. The scientific communication ecosystem: the responsibility of investigators. Lancet. 2022 Oct 15; 400(10360):1289-1290. PMID: 36244369.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 10/7/2022

    Bauchner H, Moher D. Ensuring an Accurate Scientific Record in an Era of Pre-print Servers. Dtsch Arztebl Int. 2022 Oct 07; 119(40):675-678. PMID: 36155651.

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  • Published on 6/15/2022

    Bauchner H. Conflicts of interest: ubiquitous, unrelenting, and forever challenging. J Clin Epidemiol. 2022 Sep; 149:172-174. PMID: 35714936.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 5/1/2022

    Bauchner H, Alexander GC. Rejection of Aducanumab (Aduhelm) by the Health Care Community: Lessons Learned and the Path Ahead. Med Care. 2022 May 01; 60(5):392-393. PMID: 35319522.

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  • Published on 4/13/2021

    Bauchner H. On Mentoring. JAMA. 2021 Apr 13; 325(14):1393. PMID: 33847714.

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  • Published on 4/6/2021

    Fontanarosa PB, Bauchner H, Golub R. To JAMA Authors, Reviewers, and Especially Physician Readers-A Profound Thank You. JAMA. 2021 04 06; 325(13):1263-1265. PMID: 33821914.

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  • Published on 3/23/2021

    Angus DC, Gordon AC, Bauchner H. Emerging Lessons From COVID-19 for the US Clinical Research Enterprise. JAMA. 2021 03 23; 325(12):1159-1161. PMID: 33635309.

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  • Published on 3/16/2021

    Flanagin A, Frey T, Christiansen SL, Bauchner H. The Reporting of Race and Ethnicity in Medical and Science Journals: Comments Invited. JAMA. 2021 Mar 16; 325(11):1049-1052. PMID: 33616604.

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