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IDSA Welcomes New Journal of Infectious Diseases Editors

The Infectious Diseases Society of America is pleased to welcome the incoming editorial board of The Journal of Infectious Diseases. The new editors have been training over the last several months and officially began their terms on Jan. 1.

As previously announced, Cynthia L. Sears, MD, FIDSA, is the new editor-in-chief of JID. “The IDSA Board is enormously impressed by the editorial team Dr. Sears has recruited to lead The Journal of Infectious Diseases,” said IDSA President Carlos del Rio, MD, FIDSA. “JID has a longstanding reputation as a leading journal in infectious diseases research, and we expect Dr. Sears and her editors to grow that reputation to new heights.”

Dr. Sears is a professor of medicine and oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is the microbiome program leader of the Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy at Johns Hopkins and director of the Johns Hopkins Germ-free Murine Facility. She previously served as an associate editor of IDSA’s journal Clinical Infectious Diseases (2000-2016) and served IDSA as president from 2018-2019.

Dr. Sears’ editorial board was recruited with significant attention to IDSA’s values of diversity, inclusion, access and equity. For the first time, all three IDSA journals conducted an open call for associate editor applications, with special attention to encouraging members of underrepresented groups to apply.

Dr. Sears will be joined on the editorial board by a diverse group of infectious diseases experts, including two deputy editors, Jonthan Z. Li, MD, FIDSA, of Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School; Upinder Singh, MD, FIDSA, Stanford University School of Medicine; and 12 associate editors.

  • David Andes, MD, FIDSA, University of Wisconsin
  • Ann Arvin, MD, FIDSA, FPIDS, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Cornelius J. (Neil) Clancy, MD, FIDSA, University of Pittsburgh and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
  • Sara Gianella Weibel, MD, University of California San Diego
  • Eric Houpt, MD, FIDSA, University of Virginia
  • Audrey Odom John, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Daniel T. Leung, MD, MSc, FIDSA, FASTMH, University of Utah
  • Igho Ofotokun, MD, MSc, FIDSA, Emory University School of Medicine and Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
  • Roger Paredes, MD, PhD, Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol
  • Irini Sereti, MD, U.S. National Institutes of Health*
  • Jessica Snowden, MD, MS, MHPTT, FIDSA, FPIDS, FAAP, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Jeffrey A. Tornheim, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Baltimore City Health Department

Bios for all of the incoming JID editors are available on the JID website.

*Dr. Sereti is serving in her personal capacity.

About IDSA
The Infectious Diseases Society of America is a community of over 12,000 physicians, scientists, and public health experts who specialize in infectious diseases. Its purpose is to improve the health of individuals, communities and society by promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health and prevention relating to infectious diseases. Learn more at

About The Journal of Infectious Diseases
Published continuously since 1904, The Journal of Infectious Diseases is the premier global journal for original research on infectious diseases. The editors welcome Major Articles and Brief Reports describing research results on microbiology, immunology, epidemiology and related disciplines, on the pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases; on the microbes that cause them; and on disorders of host immune responses. Learn more at

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