The editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association is resigning as an investigation into his racist podcasts is being investigated.
Dr Howard Bauchner's departure goes into effect on June 30, the AMA announced on Tuesday.
Bauchner joined the newspaper as editor-in-chief in 2011. He has been on management leave since late March, when Black doctors and other critics complained about the tweet and podcast magazine about discrimination between doctors and the medical center.
Part of the tweet read, in part, "There is no doctor who is racist, so how can there be racism in health?"
Bauchner later apologized and asked the deputy editor in charge of the podcast to resign. In the meantime, the AMA has launched an investigation. The country's largest medical team gives JAMA the freedom to edit and other related health journals it publishes, but the medical committee may recommend dismissal from the AMA board.
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"I am still very disappointed with myself for the shortcomings that led to the tweet and podcast publication," Bauchner said in a statement. "Even though I didn't write or see the tweet, or create a podcast, as the main editor, I ended up dealing with them."
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JAMA's chief editor, Dr Phil Fontanarosa, will serve as interim chief editor until a new editor is appointed, the AMA said.
Dr Fatima Cody Stanford, head of the minority affairs team at the AMA, said the organization had recently taken steps to address racism, including declaring it a public health hazard. The tweet and podcast '' sounded like a heartbreak for those of us who worked hard to do the job, '' he said.Even though I didn't write or see the tweet, or create a podcast, as the main editor, I ended up dealing with them.
Drs. Raymond Givens, a New York cardiologist who has called for more racial diversity between JAMA's head of the minority affairs team at the AMA organizers and its medical research, said it remains to be seen whether Bauchner's departure will lead to the necessary changes.