By Andis Robeznieks

Posted: October 18, 2012 – 11:15 am ET

The American Medical Association has named New England Journal of Medicine Publisher and Managing Director Thomas Easley as its new senior vice president of periodic publications, which puts him in charge of the Journal of the American Medical Association, the JAMA Network of medical journals and American Medical News.

Easley starts Dec. 1. He replaces Elizabeth “Betsy” Jones, who left in June; she was named to the post in May 2010.

Easley, 52, has been with the NEJM group for 13 years, and has led strategy, marketing and business development during his tenure, according to an AMA news release.

“Tom’s impressive accomplishments in medical publishing and his strong sense of business and strategy make him the perfect candidate to raise that stature of JAMA, JAMA Network and American Medical News even higher,” Dr. James Madara, AMA executive vice president and CEO, said in the release.

Previously, Easley was editorial director for Mosby Consumer Health and acquisitions editor at Elsevier Science Publishing.

The JAMA network includes the 10 Archives journals, including the Archives of Internal Medicine, the Archives of Surgery and the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

SOURCE: Modern Physician