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Deborah Cook is the first Canadian to be offered a consulting editorship with the American Medical Association

Published: June 10, 1998

Deborah Cook, associate professor of medicine and clinical epidemiology for the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University is the first Canadian to be named to a consulting editorship with the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). JAMA has the largest worldwide circulation of all biomedical journals.

"This honor is a direct reflection of the respect that Dr. Cook has earned in both her research and clinical careers," says Dr. John Kelton, chair of the department of medicine.

Cook graduated from McMaster University's medical school in 1985. She went on to complete her residency in internal medicine at McMaster and a fellowship in critical care at Stanford University in California. She has received many honors including the prestigious Career Scientist Award from the Ontario Ministry of Health and the Canadian Critical Care Society Research Award. She is now chair of a group of national collaborators called the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group.

Having received close to $5 million in research funding throughout her career, she has been the principal investigator in many research projects. Recently, she has investigated the most effective agent to prevent stress-related gastrointestinal bleeding in the largest randomized trial ever conducted in critically ill patients, published in the New England Journal of Medicine. She is now leading an international study on the administration and withdrawal of life support in critically ill patients.

Dr. Cook's opening editorial for the Journal of the American Medical Association, will be featured in the July 8, 1998 edition in a section that she has renamed "Caring for the Critically Ill Patient."

Dr. Cook states that, "Intensive care unit patients today require more multidisciplinary, technologically advanced and culturally competent care than ever before."

This new section will highlight and support the evolution of the care of critically ill patients into the next millennium.

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