For his part, Morton says, “I’ve been working with him for 10 years now and will miss very much working with him in this role. He’s got a great journalistic sensibility and is a truly great human being,” he notes.
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Antoline notes that, “one of the things I will miss is our monthly art calls, where the TR team—Dr. Pisetsky, Art Director Liliana Estep, and ACR Director of Communications and Marketing Michelle Hatch, and I—would brainstorm and select the images for each issue. This was where science met art and the publication took shape—and they were fun, too!” she says.
“The publication will be shaped by the subsequent editors,” notes Dr. Cronstein, “but I think that David very much gave it a rather worldly sense. TR is very different from any of the other things we normally see published, either by the ACR or by most other professional physicians’ organizations.”
Dr. Pisetsky’s advice to the incoming editor, Simon M. Helfgott, MD? “Be open-minded and curious about what’s going on and see what you find interesting.” And above all, “Have fun!”
Gretchen Henkel writes the “Metrics in Rheumatology” profile series. Working with Dr. Pisetsky has been a gratifying experience, she says: “His encouragement and intelligent shaping of material are rare—and much appreciated—qualities in an editor.”
- Pisetsky, DS. “Gamow, Guppies and the Search for GOD,” in Medicine Science and Dreams: The Making of Physician Scientists. Schwartz, D, Ed.; Springer, 2011; New York, NY.
- Pisetsky DS. A piece of my mind: What we are made of. JAMA. 1999;282:1112.
- Pisetsky DS. Unsafe at Any Dose? The Rheumatologist. June 2009, p. 8.
- Pisetsky DS. Learning from the Giants of Medicine. The Rheumatologist. July 2008, p. 6.