SAHM is pleased to announce the appointment of Carol A. Ford, MD, FSAHM, to succeed Charles E. Irwin, Jr., MD, FSAHM, as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Adolescent Health (JAH) effective July 1, 2019. Dr. Ford’s commitment to adolescent and young adult health and medicine, SAHM, and JAH are undeniable. She currently serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal, is a SAHM past president, served as a board member and committee chair, and has been valued member of the Society for more than 20 years. Dr. Ford currently serves as Chief of the Craig-Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Professor of Pediatrics at The University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. 
Dr. Ford is deeply committed to continuing the success of our multidisciplinary Journal, which now ranks #5 out of 124 pediatric journals and is also highly ranked in three other categories: #24 out of 189 public health journals, #7 out of 73 developmental psychology journals (social science edition) and # 8 out of 156 public health journals (social science edition). Dr. Ford brings her strong management skills, research background, experience leading multi-disciplinary teams, and interpersonal skills to continue the impressive success the Journal has experienced in the last two decades. 
SAHM is deeply grateful to Dr. Irwin for his outstanding leadership and thrilled that Dr. Ford will carry forward his success as the new editor-in chief. Transition planning between SAHM, Dr. Irwin, and Dr. Ford is currently underway to ensure that the Journal continues to thrive. 
On behalf of the SAHM Board of Directors, thank you to the Search Committee and all who contributed to the incredibly important search and selection process. SAHM is proud that the Journal of Adolescent Health has become an elite, top-tier scientific journal focusing on adolescent and young adult health under the leadership of Dr. Irwin and his editorial team and looks forward to continued excellence and growth under Dr. Ford’s leadership.

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