Health Af­fairs names new edi­tor-in-chief

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Who: Alan Weil, 50

Be­gin­ning June 2: Weil will be­come edi­tor-in-chief of the health pol­icy jour­nal Health Af­fairs, re­plac­ing found­ing edi­tor-in-chief John Igle­hart. Igle­hart re­tired from the post in 2007, but re­turned last April on an in­terim ba­sis af­ter then edi­tor-in-chief Su­san Dentzer re­signed.

Cur­rently: Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for the Na­tional Academy for State Health Pol­icy, a post he has held since 2004.

Pre­vi­ously: He served as the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for the Colorado Depart­ment of Health Care Pol­icy and Fi­nanc­ing and as a pol­icy ad­viser to then-Colorado Gov. Roy Romer. He was also for­merly as­sis­tant gen­eral coun­sel for the Mas­sachusetts Depart­ment of Med­i­cal Se­cu­rity.

Wants to: Main­tain the jour­nal’s fo­cus on peer-re­viewed stud­ies and orig­i­nal reporting while ex­pand­ing its reach. “I think there are many com­mu­ni­ties out­side of the core health pol­icy com­mu­nity that are in­ter­ested in what is in the jour­nal.”

Knows he’s up against: Chang­ing busi­ness mod­els for print pub­li­ca­tions and aca­demic jour­nals.

Why Weil? “With his po­si­tion on the front lines of health sys­tem change,” Igle­hart says, Weil has “deep fa­mil­iar­ity with and long­stand­ing con­nec­tions to the health pol­icy, re­search and health­care lead­er­ship com­mu­ni­ties.”

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