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Nath appointed editor of Mayo Clinic Proceedings

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Mayo Clinic announced last week that Dr. Karl Nath is the new editor-in-chief of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, its peer-reviewed medical journal that circulates across the globe.

Dr. Nath will be replacing Dr. William Lanier, who is retiring after filling that same role since 1999. Nath has been the editor-in-chief of Journal of the American Society of Nephrology since 2013 and has spent the last three years as medical editor of Discovery's Edge, Mayo's research magazine.

"Dr. Nath brings a wealth of editorial knowledge and expertise to his new role," said Dr. Fredric Meyer, Nath's new supervisor. "He has served on the editorial boards of numerous publications and has extensive experience with scientific peer review."

The new editor will still be responsible for setting the editorial direction of the journal and directing the existing team to establish strategic goals, policies and practices, according to a statement released by Mayo.

Proceedings has been published for 80 years and has a circulation of around 130,000, making it the third-largest journal on scholarly biomedical issues. It has an impact factor of 5.92, which places it 12th among the world's general/internal medicine journals; impact factor is calculated by dividing the number of times articles are cited by the total number of articles published in the previous two years.

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The journal had an impact factor of 2 after Dr. Lanier's first year at the helm. He's confident that upward trajectory will continue under Dr. Nath.

"I am grateful to Mayo for identifying such a strong and well-regarded editor in Dr. Nath," Lanier said. "He brings significant expertise and leadership to the role."

Dr. Nath is a nephrologist who earned his B.S. degree from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland before completing his residency and fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He was hired at Mayo Clinic in 1996.

He's now a professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and an active researcher, spending the last 15 years as program director of the Clinician Investigator Training Program. He recently received the Research Career Achievement Award from the Department of Medicine and Mayo Clinic's Distinguished Investigator Award.

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