The Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, stationed at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., for decades, is moving to MetroHealth in Cleveland.

The reason, and new editor-in-chief, is Dr. Ronnie Fass, a member of B’nai Jeshurun Congregation in Pepper Pike and an Orange resident.

Fass, director of gastroenterology and hepatology at MetroHealth and head of the health system’s Esophageal and Swallowing Center, previously worked as a section editor for the journal.

“I was very excited,” Fass said. “I think it brings not only a good opportunity for myself from a career point of view, but also it puts MetroHealth on the map.”

He said that he has twin goals in running the publication. First, he wants to make the journal “very desirable for authors to publish” in. Second, he wants to “bring it to the 21st century” through greater use of social media. He hopes that in doing so he can widen the journal’s audience. Whether or not he’s successful will depend largely on the journal’s ability to disseminate “hot scientific information” that will garner attention, something Fass has experience doing. As a section editor, he spent four to five years identifying “potential authors for cutting-edge reviews on hot topics.”

As editor-in-chief, Fass will have help from a team of editors and secretaries. Fass said there were roughly 70 candidates for the position. In applying, he filled out a form, sent a formal letter and his curriculum vitae, and had multiple phone interviews. In late May, Fass learned he got the job.

Fass didn’t exactly need any more commitments. He is a director; heads a MetroHealth center; is a practicing clinician; teaches at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine in Cleveland, as all MetroHealth physicians do; has published close to 550 papers and 50 book chapters and has three children in their mid-to-early 1920s. He said that his wife always asks where he finds the time.

“I’ve done juggling for many years. For me, it’s very important to know how to prioritize,” Fass said. “I’ve been there and done that.”

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Jonah Rosenblum is a freelance writer from Cleveland Heights.

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